Reminder: Summer Registration is open.

Summer class for all graduate students, EAD 991A Advanced Educational Law

The K-12 Unit has arranged to offer Advanced Educational Law this summer. The course is particularly suited to students interested in administrative positions or to students seeking to better understand the legal implications of current education policy. The course is also open to
Doctoral and Masters students.
Class Meeting times: Wednesdays, 4:10 to 9:00 p.m., C209 Wells Hall
May 18th - June 22nd, 2011 3 credits

For more information, contact the instructor, Dr. Regina Umpstead .

1. The schedules for dean candidates have been set. Each candidate will be making a
presentation in a public forum, with time for discussion with those present.
All these sessions will be in 252 Erickson. The dates and times are:

Walter Secada, Thursday, April 14, 2:00-3:30
Gloria Ladson-Billings, Thursday, April 21, 9:30 - 11:00
Edward Silver, Monday, April 25, 2:30 - 4:00
Donald Heller, Thursday, May 5, 9:30-11:00

2. Graduate and Professional Students, two FREE upcoming events hosted by Graduate Student Life and Wellness. Note: registration is required for both of these events.

2nd Graduate Student Late Night Breakfast

Step away from your papers, lab, and exams and join other MSU graduate students for the Graduate Student Late Night Breakfast. Consider it a stress reducing study break with FREE breakfast.
Monday, May 2nd
6 to 8pm
Room 6 (Basement), Student Services Building
Limit of 75 people

Registration REQUIRED! Email with the following information: Name, Department, Email address, Late Night Breakfast, and the date (5/2/11).
Meditation Session with Bob Eubanks

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
5:00 pm
Room 110 Student Services
In this experiential session, graduate students will be provided with an initial experience in the transformative potential which lies in moving toward a Mindful way of living. Mindfulness as a term will be defined, as well as instruction on Mindfulness based mediation and stress relieving practices that can be put into personal use to help in the completion of your graduate degree.

Registration REQUIRED! Email with the following information: Name, Department, Email address, Meditation, and the date (5/3/11).
Limit of 25 people.

3. Stressed is Desserts Spelled Backward
Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D.
Friday, April 29th, 2011
Anthony Hall
Large Auditorium (Room 1281)
Free Desserts

Educational, entertaining and inspiring, this by far, is Dr. Seaward’s most popular presentation. Dr. Seaward will touch on: Increasing productivity, Completing your degree on time, Different competencies that employers are looking for in new graduates, How to define the term stress, and help identify three effective coping techniques to handle life stressors.

Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. is a renowned and respected international expert in the fields of stress management, mind-body-spirit healing and health promotion. His mission, as expressed through his legacy of acclaimed books and public appearances, is to make this a better world in which to live by having each of us reach our highest potential. Dr. Seaward is an award-winning author, photographer, teacher, celebrated film director/producer and much sought after inspirational speaker.

“Brian is a recognized authority on the detrimental role of stress on our biopsychospiritual health. I am indebted to you for teaching me that 75% of our illnesses are stress-related. You are my favorite resource on relaxation and the practice of mindfulness."

Naomi Judd, Singer, Songwriter, Author and Entertainer

“With elegant simplicity, Brian Luke Seaward shows all of us the path to the wisdom that exists within all of us. And he is a masterful storyteller.“

Deepak Chopra, M.D., Author of Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

“Brian Luke Seaward's words have touched my life profoundly and helped me to find the grace and dignity, the patience and compassion, needed to navigate my ever changing course. They have helped me to understand that it is the way I choose to see the world that will create the world I see.“

Joan Lunden, Author of Joan Lunden's Wake-Up Calls

Brought to you by: Graduate Student Life & Wellness, the Council of Graduate Students, The Graduate School, Teaching Assistant Program, Olin Health Center, PhD Career Services and the Graduate Employee Union.

Introducing a new summer term class on gender and sexuality in popular literature, dealing with many issues from gender identities, to performance, sexuality, LGBT studies, and queer theories (below is a short description).. All students, major/non-majors are welcome.

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4. Taking Possession of the New World: The Powerful Female Agency of Early South American Encomenderas
Rocio Quispe-Agnoli

Friday, April 15
204 International Center

This presentation will examine the production and impact of written texts produced by Spanish and Indigenous women who acted as settlers and/or land grant owners in the first decades of the European intervention in South America. Contrary to those assumptions that excluded traditionally considered peripheral subjects from being part of historiography and canonical lists of academic knowledge, the group of women that will be discussed here learned to use a variety of legal texts for their own means, not only to satisfy immediate domestic needs for themselves or their families, but also for their personal gain. The presentation intends to demonstrate the textual ways in which Spanish and Indigenous women of sixteenth‐century South America learned to display their social, economical and political power through the patriarchal authority invested in the perceived "masculine rhetoric" that framed the production of legal documents such as letters or accounts of Indies (cartas de relación or relaciones de Indias), as well as point out how these women related to the act of writing and the production of texts in their time.

Flyer available at:

5. Gender-Based Violence in Turkey and the Gendered Nature of the State
Dr. Nur Banu Kavakli Birdal
Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey

Wednesday, April 20
3:00 – 4:00 pm
201 International Center

Gender-based violence is an important arena where one can decipher the asymmetrical relations of power as well as the gendered nature of the state and society. Gender-based violence in Turkey, and particularly honor crimes, provide a fruitful area for investigating the intersectionalities of gender and ethnicity. That is because the state formulates the problem more along ethnic lines, as a problem intrinsic to the Kurdish population, rather than as a problem originating from the unequal gender order. The responses of different segments of the civil society to this official discourse determine not only their distance to and relationship with the state, but also their course of action. Based on ethnographic research conducted in Diyarbakir and Istanbul in Turkey with state officials and NGO activists that fight against gender-based violence, this paper aims to understand the relationship between the state, the law, and civil society through their responses to and ways of dealing with gender-based violence. The struggles and negotiations that mark this process enable us to understand the dynamics of gender relations within the Turkish society, and more importantly, the gendered nature of the state structure.

Sponsored by Center for Gender in Global Context, Department of Sociology and School of Criminal Justice

6. Graduate School Certification in College Teaching Institute, May 12-13, 2011

Interested in completing the Certification in College Teaching Program? The Graduate School invites you to an intensive program that fulfills workshop requirements for the MSU CCTP. Over the course of two days, featured speakers will focus on teaching with technology, using assessment in the classroom, creating learning environments for adult learners, and creating a professional development plan for teaching in 2-and 4 year institutions. Through a combination of interactive group sessions and focused breakouts, you will gain skills in core competency areas of the Certification, AND you will plan your teaching project and develop the template for your final portfolio, to be completed in the 2011-2012 academic year. Writing reflections for the portfolio will be incorporated into the workshop.
The Certification is designed for doctoral students preparing to teach as faculty members in a college or university. Students who successfully complete all CCTP requirements will receive a designation of the Certification on their transcript. The CCTP culminates in an e-portfolio that will help students prepare for academic job interviews and plan for their professional development as early career faculty. For more details, go to:
How do I sign up?
To register for the workshop, send an e-mail with the subject line “Certification Institute” to Include the following information: name, department, e-mail address. PARTICIPANTS MUST ATTEND ALL SESSIONS** during both days of the institute, and they must either have applied to the Certification program before attending, or prepare their application at the institute. Registration limited.
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