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Migrations of Islam Premiere Film Screening

Dr. Siddharth Chandra, Director

About Us The Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University, named a National Undergraduate Resource Center (Title VI NRC) since 2000 by the U.S. Department of Education, directs one of the largest, most diverse programs of education about Asia in the Midwest. Unlike other programs, the Center is distinguished by its approach to East, South, Central, North, West, and Southeast Asia in the design of its curriculum, focus on faculty research, and scope of outreach activities. Presently, the Center’s nearly[3/19/2014 7:59:45 AM]


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200 affiliated faculty members represent over 46 disciplines across MSU in teaching undergraduate and graduate students. Phone: (517) 353-1680 Email: Website:  

Upcoming Event: TODAY Red Ant Dream: The Life of Revolutionary Possibility in India

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Wells Hall Room B-117 8:00 p.m. A series of public performances were held in Michigan, to explore the different ways that Muslims in the U.S. have negotiated the relationship between their faith and their society. The film, directed and produced by MSU faculty members Swarnavel Pillai, Salah D. Hassan, follows these young MuslimAmericans as they challenge Islamophobia and pose questions to Muslim communities.

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Muslim Studies Program "Journeys of Practice" Conference Thursday and Friday, March 20 and 21, 2014 Room 303 International Center Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Wells Hall Room B-122 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. documentary screening 9:30 p.m. Q & A with director and writer Sanjay Kak Nearly 100 years ago the revolutionary patriot Bhagat Singh said, "Let us declare that the state of war does exist and shall exist." That warning resonates in India today, as the armed insurrection led by Maoist guerrillas simmers in Bastar,

MSU Muslim Studies Program will host their annual interdisciplinary conference entitled Journeys of Practice. “Practice” here includes both devotional and non-devotional expressions, customs, and tendencies among Muslims in Africa, the Middle East and Central/South Asia. Thursday, March 20 9:45-11:45 – Panel 1: Performing Identities Speakers: Fatemeh Keshavzrz-Karamustafa (Univ. Maryland); Sean Pue (MSU); Chantal Tetreault (MSU)[3/19/2014 7:59:45 AM]

Asian Studies Ctr. News indigenous communities of Odisha rise up against mining companies, and peasants protest in the northern state of Punjab, Bhagat Singh's birthplace.

1:00- 2:45 – Panel 2: Rethinking Practice(s) Speakers: Emilio Spadola (Colgate Univ.); Kai Kresse (Columbia Univ.); Mara Leichtman (MSU)

Sanjay Kak's thoughtful and layered documentary film weighs the possibilities of revolution in the present by chronicling the lives of those who fight for another ideal of the world.

3:00- 4:45 – Panel 3: Transforming Practices Speakers: Ahmet Karamustafa (Univ. Maryland); Emine Evered (MSU); Kyle Evered (MSU)

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Upcoming Event: TODAY Japan Week 2014: Sonobi Origami Workshop

Friday, March 21 9:15-11:00 - Panel 4: Spatial and Temporal Dimensions Speakers: Chen Bram (MSU/Van Leer Institute); Elisha Renne (Univ. Michigan); Carla Bellamy (Baruch College); Meryem Zaman (MSU) The Asian Studies Center is a co-sponsor among many other departments.

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Digitizing the Diaspora: The South Asian American Digital Archive

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Wells Hall Room B-342 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. In this workshop led by Betsy Lavolette, participants will learn how to fold a Sonobe module from squares of paper. Modules will be added to create an "Epcot Ball," a symbolic representation of rebuilding Japan together. This event celebrates the resilient communal spirit fueled by individual efforts to rebuild Japan since the tsunami and earthquake that took place on March 11, 2011.

Save the Date S.C. Lee Dinner 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Room 303 International Center 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Join us for an introduction to the South Asian American Digital[3/19/2014 7:59:45 AM]

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Archive (, the only independent non-profit organization giving voice to South Asian Americans through documenting, preserving, and sharing stories that reflect their diverse experiences. 

The Asian Studies Center will be hosting its annual S.C. Lee Dinner on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Everyday Restaurant (1375 East Grand River, East Lansing, MI 48823). Dinner tickets are $25.00 per person. Donations to the endowment are welcome. To purchase dinner tickets, please contact the Center by email at or by phone at (517) 353-1680. The dinner will honor the winners of the S.C. Lee Scholarship and Paper Competitions. Professor Lee was a noted authority on Chinese history and religion. He worked tirelessly to promote further understanding between East Asia and the United States.

The SAADA website received nearly 200,000 visitors from around the world in the last year alone, and the organization has been covered by the New York Times, NPR, BBC World Service, India Abroad, and other publications both in the U.S. and in South Asia. Samip Mallick, SAADA's Co-Founder and Executive Director, will share stories from the archive and the organization's unique approach to documenting and preserving community history. He will share how you too can get involved.  This event is oriented towards students, faculty, and the greater Lansing community. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Asian Studies Center, India Council, MSU Libraries, and Asian Pacific American Studies. A reception will follow. All are welcome!  

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Tuah: Malaysian Night 2014

Upcoming Event One World, Many Stories Friday, March 21, 2014 Red Cedar Elementary 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. dinner ($1.00 pizza) 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. activities OISS is excited to partner for the 6th time in the annual family literacy event, One World, Many Stories. The book of focus this year is Wendy Anderson Halperin’s Peace, which focuses on pathways to peace, along with

Friday, March 28, 2014 Erickson Kiva Hall 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Join the Malaysian Student Organization (MSO) to learn and experience the rich culture of Malaysia. Malaysia is a multi-racial country with a cuisine that is a fusion of diverse taste and uniqueness. MSO will educate the audience by explaining the origin of the food and how it successfully portrays Malaysian[3/19/2014 7:59:45 AM]

Asian Studies Ctr. News inspirational quotes from civil rights leaders around the world. Please join us for a book reading and participatory dance performances by MSU international students and Michigan-based dance troupe The Peaceful Sisters. The event is free and open to the public. If you would like more information regarding the event, please contact Nicole Namy at (517) 353-1720, One World, Many Stories is a community-based program for young children of all cultures. In collaboration with MSU, East Lansing Public Library, Target, and Red Cedar Elementary School, this initiative promotes family reading practices with interactive events that expose children to a variety of cultures and ideas. Selected books from the past six years highlight the importance of community participation, global citizenship and intercultural understanding.  

culture. This event is free and open to everyone. Tickets will be sold on: Wednesday, March 19, in the Wells Hall Lobby and Union from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in the Union from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Please bring your student ID to receive a ticket. Each ID is entitled to 2 tickets. The Asian Studies Center joins several other organizations in co-sponsoring this event.


Sino-American Cultural Exchange Scholarship

Upcoming Event Liberty in North Korea: Interactive Ways to Empower the People

Deadline: March 31, 2014 The Sino-American Cultural Exchange Scholarship aims at helping to establish and deepen cooperation between Chinese and American universities, and to attract more American students to study in China. Five scholarships are offered for the 2014-2015 academic year for students pursuing a master’s degree or a doctoral degree. The scholarship applicant is required to have bachelor's degree or above and a valid American passport. Scope of Application: The degree-oriented scholarship is provided to those American students who have received admission from the HEIs under the Chinese government scholarship program. Criteria & Eligibility:

Thursday, March 27, 2014 Room 303 International Center 8:00 p.m. Join Liberty in North Korea in welcoming LiNK nomads all the way from California with pizza, drinks, and a great interactive presentation!

1. Applicants must be American citizens in good health. 2. Applicants must not be university students in Chinese universities at the time of application. 3. Education background and age limit: - Applicants for master’s degree studies must have bachelor’s degree and be under the age of 35. - Applicants for doctoral degree studies must have[3/19/2014 7:59:45 AM]

Asian Studies Ctr. News Together we will learn new ways to empower North Korean refugees and change the way we view one of the world's most pressing conflicts - all right here in Michigan! Questions? Contact LiNK at:

master’s degree and be under the age of 40 Please log in the website: to submit the application. Contact Information: Mr. Cao Jianshu  International Students Office  

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Lecture from Anita Raghavan, author of The Billionaire's Apprentice Thursday, March 20, 2014 MSU Federal Credit Union's Community Room (4825 Mt. Hope Road) 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Author Anita Raghavan crisscrosses the globe from Wall Street boardrooms to Delhi’s Indian Institute of Technology as she uncovers the secrets of the subculture of Indian immigrant businessmen – an incredible tale of triumph, temptation, and tragedy.  

Intimate Partner Violence: Costs and Consequences for Development Thursday, April 3, 2014 Room 115 International Center 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Dr. Nata Duvvury is a development expert with research interests in gender, livelihoods, governance, and social mobilization. Dr. Duvvury has extensive international research and program experience in gender and development, with particular emphasis on gender inequality, domestic violence, rights-based approach to development, and civil society participation and

Digital Media, New Cinemas, and the Global South Digital media has changed the everyday lives of millions of people, yet the focus on these recent technological developments tends to emphasize the lives of those in first-world nations. How is it that digital media, mobile technologies, and new cinematic forms of representation have changed the production and experience of art, economy, and culture in the global south? Focusing on contemporary developments in digital media, and especially film and the arts, this symposium will explore the creative and tactical integration of digital media and new technologies through such diverse topics as new African cinema, media creation and distribution in South East Asia and South America,[3/19/2014 7:59:45 AM]

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A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Anita Raghavan spent eighteen years at the Wall Street Journal where she won the Overseas Press Club award for her coverage of the mergers and acquisition boom in Europe, and the New York Press Club award for her reporting on the near death of the hedge fund Long-Term Capital. She is currently a contributor to New York Times Dealbook and Forbes. The author will discuss the events chronicled in her book, answer questions, and sign her book.

accountability. Her research interests include modelling impacts of gender equality on economic growth and poverty reduction, gender analysis of policy responses to economic crises, dynamics of asset ownership and rural identity, and measuring costs of violence against women. She specializes in research in South Africa and South Asia and has a PhD in Economics. This event is cosponsored by the Asian Studies Center and the Center for Gender in Global Context.

This event is cosponsored by the Asian Studies Center and the Indian Women's Association.

and cinemas that engage a minoritarian viewpoint regardless of its geopolitical origins. Thursday April 3, 2014 Wells Hall Room B-122 8:00 p.m. Showings of films: Wanuri Kahiu, Pumzi, and From a Whisper followed with a skype dicussion with the filmmaker. Friday, April 4, 2014 Room 303 International Center 9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.: Opening Remarks 9:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: Panel 1, Latin American and South Asian Cinema and Media 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Panel 2, North African, African, Middle Eastern, and U.S. Minorities Media 2:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.: Panel 3, South Asian Cinema and Media 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Keynote Address, "Recylcing Modernity: Pirate Electronic Cultures in India" 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.: Emeka Ugboh, Performance/Installation discussion at Broad Museum

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