Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Week of April 13th - April 19th

There are 18 new posts in this update!

This Week in Latina/o Studies: Abolición del pato and the 14th Annual Latin@ Culture Show

Abolicion del pato Cover
Abolición del pato: Discourses of Puerto Rican Queer Modernity and Performance.

American Culture Workshop Presentation by Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes


Wednesday, April 16

3512 Haven Hall
In this self-reflexive paper, Dr. Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes will  discuss his 2004 performance Abolición del pato (Abolition of the Duck) and the more recent publication in 2013 of an eponymous book of fiction in relation to the contemporary literary and performance scene in Puerto Rico, particularly in relation to figures such as Aravind Enrique Adyanthaya (director of Casa Cruz de la Luna in San Germán) and Mayra Santos-Febres. He retraces the performance’s process of creation and explore some of its key questions, including the relationship of adoption and historical memory (particularly regarding slavery), the intersections of racism and homophobia, and their contestation by the queer of color critique.  He proposes that Abolición del pato forms part of an experimental, queer, feminist tradition interested in challenging historical amnesia and prejudice in Puerto Rico and the United States.
Paper available for pre-circulation. RSVP tomejdules@umich.edu. Please excuse multiple postings.
Lunch is provided.

Neo Latinidad Poster

The 14th Annual Latin@ Culture Show

Thursday, April 17

Mendelssohn Theatre, Michigan League

The Latino Culture Show serves to expose, promote, and educate the greater campus community of Latino history and culture in the United States through a variety of artistic performances
History of the Latin@ Culture Show
The Latin@ Culture Show, LCS, serves to broaden awareness of the spectrum of Latino culture through artistic expression. As a student-run program, LCS provides the opportunity for University of Michigan students, faculty, and Ann Arbor residents to learn and share in a variety of experiences brought to life on stage by community participants. Since it’s founding in March 2001, the mission of LCS has been to promote and embrace the often over-looked Latino presence at the University of Michigan. Since then the show has grown tremendously in its production has attracted large numbers of community members to both participate in and attend the celebration. Staying true to its promise, students work collectively to help coordinate this innovative event as LCS continues to demonstrate the limitless contributions of Latinos to our local university, community and in mainstream society.  The Latin@ Culture Show provides a space to analyze, critique and appreciate a culture that most are unfamiliar with, while also providing the opportunity for the students involved to share their insights, talents and creativity in a production that gives voice to marginalized people.
Purpose and Contribution
This event aims to expose the Ann Arbor community to the Latino culture through music, dance, dialogue and spoken word; educate the community of Latin@ history and the evolution of our culture by emphasizing both the similarities and differences found within our culture; and to challenge stereotypes about the Latin@ community by projecting the reality of our experience.To promote a balance between the appreciation of our heritage and prospect of our future to all attendees.
Contact person: Rebecca Villegas                       

Phone: 269-357-3035

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Saturday, April 26. CFP: 5th Annual La Academia del Pueblo Conference. Featuring keynote speaker Pedro Noguera, author of The Imperatives of Power: Political Change and the Social Basis of Regime Support in Grenada. The theme of this year's conference is: "El Movimiento 2.0: Youth, Identity, Empowerment. 8:30AM-6:30PM, McGregor Center, 495 Ferry Mall, Detroit, MI 48202.

Friday, May 2. La Celebración Latina Ceremony. On Friday, May 2, La Celebración Latina Ceremony will be at 5 pm in the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater followed by a reception in the Michigan League Ballroom. We hope to see you there! Registration for participation is now open and there is no fee to participate, please go to the website to register La Celebración Latina 2014 Event RegistrationPlease follow us on Facebook, La Celebración Latina-University of Michigan! 5:00PM, Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.

Friday, May 2. Global Fridays: Grupo Escobar - Arab American National Museum. Cuba has long been a hotbed of cross-pollinating musical styles, especially when it comes to dance music. Grupo Escobar, an 11-piece ensemble specializing in Cuban salsa and timba, seizes the spirit and energy of those forms, but allows them to evolve by fusing them with cumbia, jazz, Arabic traditional and modern tropical rhythms. Tickets $10/$9 Museum Members. 7:30PM, Lower Level Auditorium, Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI.

Sunday, May 4. Les Rebeldes: Stories of Strength and Struggle in Southeastern Michigan. "Las Rebeldes: Stories of Strength and Struggle in Southeastern Michigan" takes its inspiration from a Fall course taught by professor María Cotera at the University of Michigan. Professor Cotera and a group of students conducted oral history interviews with women who have been active in community politics in Southeastern Michigan since the 1960s. The students are working with professor Hannah Smotrich and her Exhibition Design course at UM's Penny Stamps School of Art and Design to create an exhibit based on the materials and stories they collected in the Fall. Please contact elmuseodelnorte@gmail.comfor more information. Time TBA, Boulevard House, 412 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI.

Friday, June 20. Spanish Harlem Orchestra. A proud throwback to the classic era of Latin jazz big bands, the Grammy-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra has established itself as a standard bearer of contemporary Latin music since it formed over a decade ago. Directed by world-renowned pianist, arranger, and producer Oscar Hernández, this thirteen-member all-star ensemble has reintroduced the classic sounds of ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s New York City Salsa to music and dance lovers worldwide. Website. This program has been generously underwritten by Ines and Eric Storhok. PRICE: $40 General Admission with an open dance floor.8:00PM, Mainstage of the Power Center.

Volunteers needed for Stephanie Chang's state representative campaign
  • Location: The district consists of Detroit along the river, River Rouge, and Ecorse. The campaign office is located at 2810 W. Vernor, Detroit, MI 48216.
  • Schedule: We can use help any day of the week (including weekends) between 10am and 9pm!
  • Contact: Mallika Roy, mallikaaroy@gmail.com847-347-4523.

We are seeking energetic summer volunteers! Volunteers will help a great campaign team and a young progressive candidate who has a strong grassroots campaign plan and will work tirelessly with and for the community, on the campaign trail and when serving in office. This is a great opportunity for those who are interested in community organizing or public service.

Our campaign's field plan has been in action since early March, and we need help making follow-up phone calls to voters, doorknocking (both with the candidate and in volunteer pairs), and labeling postcards. 

Campaigns are fun - come join us!

Crisis in South Sudan: Exploring the Role of Student Engagement in International Conflict

Friday, April 18th
100 Hutchins Hall in the Law School

On December 15, 2013, violence erupted in South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, after longstanding political tensions between members of the country’ administration reached a boiling point. In less than three months, more than 10,00 people have been killed and over 700,000 have been displaced. This panel will explore what is really driving the conflict in South Sudan, possible policy responses, and what difference student engagement can make through activism, lobbying, or fundraising. 

Questions? Contact MichiganSSS@umich.edu 

Sponsors: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Department of Afroamerican & African Studies, Central Student Government, 

Organizations of Public Interest Students, Law School Office of Student Affairs, Law School Office of Student Services, 
African Students Association, MLAW Center for International & Comparative Law 

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.<wbr />com/events/763798163638164/
Facebook Page: facebook.com/MichiganSSS


Call for Sweetland Conversation Circle leaders

Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing, University of Michigan

Conversation Circle Facilitators wanted!

Sweetland Center for Writing is now accepting applications for a unique new program that will train you to be a Conversation Circle Facilitator! The program starts in Fall 2014 and we are recruiting now!

Conversation Circles provide multilingual students an opportunity to improve their spoken English in a relaxed environment. Each group includes 3-4 undergraduate international and multilingual students and is led by the Conversation Circle Facilitator. Groups meet once a week during the Fall term.

Accepted applicants will enroll in Writing 302, a 1-credit course that will supplement and build upon your weekly Conversation Circle meetings.

For more info, the associated 1-credit course, and to apply, visit our website for details!

Unearth the World Monthly Newsletter!
This is the place to unearth volunteer travel.
Welcome to the monthly Unearth the World newsletter! We are absolutely thrilled that you are here with us and will strive to provide regular updates on our happenings, interesting content, and inspiring stories!

We are excited to announce the official launch of our social venture!  After 250 days of travel, 20 countries, and 5 volunteer projects, we (Mike and Kathryn) have returned home inspired to start a business to help pair volunteers with international non profits in need.  While on the road, we experienced both the highs and lows that volunteer travel can bring.  The pros of the voluntourism industry are easy to see.  Volunteer travel allows individuals to experience cultural immersion, form lasting relationships, and contribute their time to the communities they visit. If the project is right, it can positively change both the volunteer and the local community forever.

The challenges in the industry may be less apparent.  Unfortunately, the voluntourism industry is riddled with organizations charging absurd amounts of money for volunteering and giving little to none of it to their non-profit partners.  Additionally, there are countless examples of projects that fail to address a true need.  Some projects even allow uninformed volunteers with unrealisic expectations engage in activities that they are unqualified for.  We have created Unearth the World to address the problems and improve on the virtues of voluntourism.

Unearth the World is an organization that is ethical and fiscally transparent. We partner with organizations that we have visited and volunteered with and that address a real social issue.  We believe in training volunteers and supporting them before, during, and after their volunteer travel experience so that they can have the type of transformative experience that volunteer travel can bring.  We endeavor to contribute to a world of servant leaders and global citizens.  And we are so happy that you are with us onthis journey.  But, even if you do not choose to travel through us, please email us your questions and needs so we can help point you in the right direction!

Please spread the word about Unearth the World and stay in the loop on our Facebookpage or on Twitter. And, sign up for this newsletter if you have not already. Why wouldn't you want to travel and do some good in the process?

Kathryn and Mike

Center for Chinese Studies Noon Lecture Series    Winter Term 2014
Tuesdays ~ 12:00 noon to 1:00pm ~ Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University ~ Ann Arbor, Michigan ~ Free and open to the public

Tuesday April 22nd, 2014: Neither Donkey nor Horse: Medicine and the Struggle over China’s Modernity

Sean Hsiang-lin Lei, 
Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan; Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University
This talk aims to answer one question:
  How was Chinese medicine transformed from an antithesis of modernity in the early twentieth century into a potent symbol and vehicle for China’s exploration of its own modernity half a century later?  Instead of viewing this transition as a derivative of the political history of modern China, it argues that China’s medical history had a life of its own and at times even influenced the ideological struggle over the definition of China’s modernity and the Chinese state.  Far from being a “remnant” of pre-modern China, Chinese medicine in the 20th century co-evolved with Western medicine and the Nationalist state, undergoing a profound transformation – institutionally, epistemologically, and materially – that resulted in the creation of a modern Chinese medicine.
Nevertheless, this newly re-assembled modern Chinese medicine was stigmatized by its opponents at that time as a mongrel form of medicine that was “neither donkey nor horse,” because the discourse of modernity rejected the possibility of productive crossbreeding between the modern and the traditional. Against the hegemony of this discourse, the definitive feature of this new medicine was the fact that it took the discourse of modernity (and the accompanying knowledge of biomedicine) seriously but survived the resulting epistemic violence by way of negotiation and self-innovation. In this sense, the historic rise of this “neither donkey nor horse” medicine constitutes a local innovation of crucial importance for the notion of China’s modernity, challenging us to imagine different kinds of relationships between science and non-Western knowledge traditions.

Sean Hsiang-lin Lei is Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan and Member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, 2013-14. He specializes in the history of medicine, including both biomedicine and traditional medicine, in modern China and Taiwan.
  His first book, Neither Donkey nor Horse: Medicine and the Struggle over China’s Modernity (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming in 2014) seeks to understand how Chinese medicine was transformed from an antithesis of modernity in the early twentieth century into a potent symbol and vehicle for China’s exploration of it own modernity half a century later. His on-going research investigates the changing conceptions of the body, selfhood, and moral community through the history of two competing diseases: modern Tuberculosis and laobing (wasting disorders), a traditional disease that is caused primarily by various forms of overwork.  He teaches at the Institute of Science, Technology and Society (STS) at Yangming University in Taiwan and co-edited two STS Readers (2005). Drawing on historical studies, he explores larger theoretical issues such as the relationship between modern science and non-Western knowledge traditions, the emergence of the capitalist body in China, and the role of techno-science in the making of modern East Asia.  
This talk is co-sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies and by the American Council of Learned Societies/Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation and the Department of Asian Languages and Cultureas a part of the series "Global and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Chinese Medicine."

Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served.  Please come about 10 minutes early to get a good seat ~ all are welcome to attend.

New Fall 2014 Course - Jewish Folk Literature

Crisis in South Sudan Discussion

Crisis in South Sudan: Exploring the Role of Student 
Engagement in International Conflict:

The Michigan Students for South Sudan is hosting a panel discussion, "Crisis in South Sudan: Exploring the Role of Student Engagement in International Conflict" on Friday April 18, 2014 from 1-3pm at 100 Hutchins Hall in the Law School. 

U-M School of Information: Still time to apply to graduate programs!

Are you still wondering what you'll be doing this fall?  Is graduate school on your mind?  
If you've ever considered a master's degree in information, the MSI program at the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) could be for you!
There is still time to apply for Fall 2014!
UMSI's goal is to change the world through information, and our graduates are studying information in a variety of ways.
What is an MSI?  
The Master of Science in Information (MSI) is a professional degree which prepares students for emerging careers that meet the rapidly growing information-management needs of an increasingly interconnected world.
The Information Age calls for progressive academic programs to meet the needs of future professionals.  UMSI offers an innovative and flexible Master of Science in Information and our newest program, a Master of Health Informatics.  Find out how a degree from UMSI can accelerate your career.  You¹ll be more than a leader, you¹ll be an innovator!
Master¹s students have many Pathways to Success and go on to work in positions such as:
·       User Experience Designer
·       Information Architect
·       Chief Technology Officer
·       Health Informationist
·       Information Specialist
·       Usability Engineer
·       Community Organizer
·       Digital Archivist
·       Digital Librarian
·       Museum Curator  
Learn more about the program at umsi.info/msi and about our application requirements here: https://www.si.umich.edu/academics/admissions/msi-application-requirements.  You can also check out our Facebook group for prospective students to get answers to your questions from current students and staff!
Apply by May 1, 2014!
If you have questions about our program or just want to know more about us, please contact us at umsi.admissions@umich.edu.
We hope you'll consider applying to join us this fall!

Women & Economic Security Conference

Ending Women's Poverty is a Collaborative Effort!
Women and Economic Security Conference
May 14-16, 2014, University of Michigan, Ann ArborNo cost for U-M faculty, staff and students
Please join us May 14-16, 2014 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for this 3-day conference focusing on potential practice and policy changes enabling women in poverty to seek economic security and mobility and reduce the barriers to good jobs. This event is one of the Michigan Meetings, a series of annual interdisciplinary meetings on topics of national and international significance sponsored by the Rackham Graduate School. 
This conference will bring together academics from across the country, including Ruth Milkman, Valerie Polakow, and Barbara Gault; activists such as Saru Jayaraman of ROC United, Kim Bobo of Interfaith Worker Justice, Cindy Estrada of the UAW, Danielle Atkinson of Mothering JusticeGilda Jacobs of Michigan League for Public Policy, and Ann Ladky of Women Employed.
 This multi-sector conference will:
  • focus on identifying and combating barriers that women living in poverty face 
  • have national researchers and practitioners join U-M faculty in discussions
  • bring multiple perspectives to this complex concern 
  • seek policy recommendations as the expected outcome  
Some participants from U-M will include: Deans, Janet Weiss, Rackham Graduate School, Laura Lein, School of Social Work and Susan M. Collins, Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy; Professors, Peggy Kahn, U-M Flint, Sandra Danziger, Schools of Social Work and Public Policy; and School of Social Work faculty Luke Shaefer and Trina Shanks, as well as Marian Krzyzowski of the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy.
Sheryl WuDunn of Half the Sky Movement will give the keynote address on the evening of May 14, bringing the global perspective of opportunities for women. The keynote is free and open to the public.
Current students, U-M faculty or staff may attend at NO CHARGE.  Use coupon code: WES UM 
Register at: http://tinyurl.com/CEWEconSecConf

Gloria D. Thomas, Director, CEW

MUSPERF 300: Video Game Music

MusPerf 300: Video Game Music

This course charts the evolution of video game music from the first synthesized “bleeps” and “bloops” of early games, through the rise and fall of the video arcade, to the nearly ubiquitous games/consoles found in most households, and the latest craze-causing games on mobile devices.  In-class discussions will provide methods for simple analysis of game audio, consider the interactive nature of game audio, and examine the composers who create this music and how they do it.  Class sessions will also include Skype Q&As with industry experts.  In lieu of formal written papers, your contribution to a listening blog will create a vibrant online community.  The course culminates with a creative final project: your composition of video game music.  Examined music includes games/series: Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Punch Out, Super Mario Bros, Final Fantasy, The Legend of Zelda, Myst, Diablo, BioShock, Red Dead Redemption, Farmville, Angry Birds, DDR, Guitar Hero, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and many others, as well as game music of class choice.  This course is designed for non-music majors, thus: the ability to read standard music notation is neither required nor advantageous.  4-5 pm Tues/Thurs.  Central Campus: Chem 1300.  2 credits.  For more information contact Matthew Thompson: mattthom@umich.edu

Pusan National University, South Korea

PNU Summer School would like to invite your students to 2014 Summer, Session A (June 23~July 18) and/or Session B (August 4 ~22). PNU summer school will provide outstanding opportunities for students to achieve a better understanding of various aspects of Korea. The program consists of courses regarding Korean culture, various cultural activities and excursions. PNU local students will join this program to interact with the participants and help them with studying at PNU. In addition, PNU is located in Busan, the second largest city of Korea,and boasts perfect harmony with the city, beautiful beaches, and mountains. I am sure your students will love studying and living in Busan. The details of invitations are included in the attached program brochure which provides the application procedures, fees and etc. I can also send you hard copies if students want them. Also, you can check further information at http://international.pusan.ac.kr/summer/.

Please promote this program to your students so that many of them can join. The number of students who receive waiver of tuition fee is negotiable.
Should you have further assistance, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you.

Best regards,

Chorong Hwang

Ms.Chorong Hwang(Claire)
Pusan National University
PNU International (Office of International Affairs)
International program coordinator

Library Job Fair

Date; Time
April 18, 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery, 100

Are you a student looking for Spring/Summer and/or Fall 2014 employment?  Are you interested in a flexible work schedule that accommodates your class schedule?

Please join us if you are interested in working in the University of Michigan Library system. Potential work locations include the Hatcher-Shapiro Libraries, Buhr Building, the Museums Library, the Music Library and the Duderstadt Center. No registration is required to attend this student job fair. Please contact libjobfair@umich.edu with questions. 

There are a variety of work study and non work-study positions available including:
  • Staffing Customer Service and Information Desks
  • Shelving
  • Document retrieval
  • Instructional Technology consultants
  • Programmer/Analysts
  • Publishing Marketing assistants
  • Project assistants
  • Peer Information Counselors

WEBINAR: "Where There Is No Doctor": Must-know Tools for Impacting Global Health

Friday, May 2nd
11am PST (2pm EST)

                                              Free Webinar (spots are limited)
                                               ClICK HERE TO REGISTER

Winner of the Ashoka Changemakers award, learn about the "Safe Pregnancy and Birth App" and many more tools for you and your colleagues' next community-based global health project. 
Webinar presented by Hesperian Health Guides and Child Family Health International (CFHI), two internationally recognized nonprofits with a 
combined 63 years of experience in the field of global health.

Psych Research Forum

Please join us for the 2014 Psychology Research Forum!

Friday, April 18, 2014
Atrium & Third Floor Terrace of East Hall

This conference-style poster session will showcase undergraduate student research projects.  Psychology Honors students and other students completing upper level research will be presenting their findings.  There are a large variety of research topics, and the students will be present to answer questions.  They are outstanding students and posters!  This is also a great way to inquire about working in labs, and how these students got started!

This event is brought to you by the Psych SAA Office.  If you have any questions about this event, please e-mail psych.saa@umich.edu.

We hope to see you there!
~Psych SAA Office

CGIS Winter 2015 Applications Now Open!

There is no need to wait until fall to apply for Winter 2015 programs.  Applications are now open!

Start your application now!

The deadline for Winter 2015 applications is September 15, 2014.

The Center for Global and Intercultural Study can help you figure out where to go, what to do, and how to get funding. With over 70 programs all around the world, we can find the study abroad experience that's right for you! You can browse programs online via M-Compass.

If you'd like to learn more, we host introductory Ready, Set, Go Global! sessions every day from Monday through Friday, 5-6pm in MLB B137 for the remainder of the semester. 
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