1. Scholarship Applications for All EAD Students for next Fall:

This is a reminder regarding the College of Education competition for scholarships for which applications are due on Friday, January 15, 2010 at 5:00 P.M.. Information was sent from the Dean’s Office on November 11, 2009, to all students regarding the application process for all the college awards. The outline of the EAD awards criteria and selection process is located on the left, with the detailed criteria for EAD applications.

Be mindful that both your application materials and those of the faculty members supporting your applications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2010.

2. COE Summer funding for doctoral students is DUE DEC 11. Details at left under NEW SCHOLARSHIP INFO

3. Technology Brown Bag

This looks like a good one!

Friday, December 4, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in 105 Natural Science Building.

The session for Friday, December 4, will feature a presentation on MSU's adoption of Google Apps. This will be a session for anyone wanting to know more about MSU Google Apps, what they are, how they work, and how you might use them in your teaching and research.

4. Accepting applications for the 62nd Japan-America Student Conference !
Application Deadline: February 22, 2010
Applications and instructions may be printed
from www.iscdc.org.

As the oldest student-run exchange between the U.S. and Japan, JASC
first began in 1934 when a small group of Japanese and American
students gathered in Tokyo to encourage understanding and restore the
deteriorating relations between the two countries. Since then,
students from both countries have met every summer to gain a deeper
understanding of Japan-US relations as well as its role in the
globalizing society.

Next summer will mark the 62nd gathering of JASC. The theme for the
62nd conference is "To Understand, To Unite, To Act: Continuous
Evolution through Integrated Perspectives." The theme represents what
JASC as a conference strives to accomplish: to bring together students
from two countries, foster understanding by transcending cultural
differences and make an impact on global issues both during and after
JASC. JASC values the abilities of students as future leaders to
actively discuss and seek solutions to the problems concerning our
world today.

As a historic and prestigious conference, JASC presents a unique
opportunity for students to actively expand their perspective and
knowledge beyond the classroom setting. For one month students will
live together, participate in thought-provoking discussions and listen
to enlightening lectures by prominent speakers in business, politics
and academia.

The brochure and application for the 62nd JASC can be found online at

5. PEACE and WAR
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference The University of Illinois at Chicago April 16, 2010
Submission Deadline: December 1, 2009
This graduate student conference is intended to address some of the problems of defining peace and war in the various disciplines, and to question if or how the ways we conceptualize peace and war have changed in the twenty-first century.
How do we view peace and war in the twenty-first century, if our paradigms for conceptualizing both have changed in light of the global war on terror and new theories of sovereignty, the nation-state, borders, and transnational identities? How do we convey ideas about states of peace and states of war throughout history and up to the present dayin rhetoric, literature, visual arts, media, film, criticism, and theory? Is peace a material possibility, and how do we construct topographies of peace, theoretically or artistically?
This one-day conference is intended to provide scholars with the opportunity to present individual papers from their own research.
Graduate students of all disciplines are invited to submit paper proposals and participate in the conference. Proposals from all disciplines and perspectives are welcome.
Keynote Speaker: Michael Allen
Assistant Professor of History at Northwestern University, Michael Allen is a scholar of twentieth-century U.S. politics and culture, war, and memory. Professor Allen will present from his book Until the Last Man Comes Home: POWs, MIAs, and the Unending Vietnam War (University of North Carolina Press, 2009).
Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Wars Representations in Rhetoric, Literature, Film, and Other Media

  • Nonviolence as Power
  • Utopias / Dystopias
  • Religion and Peace / War
  • Terrorism / War on Terror
  • Military-Industrial Complex / Military-Vital Complex
  • Just War Theory
  • Identity Politics and Peace / War
  • Postcoloniality
  • Anticolonial Conflicts
  • Gender and Peace / War
  • Theories of National and Transnational Sovereignty
  • Human Rights
  • Genocide
  • Enemy Combatants and Extralegal Incarceration
  • Trauma and Shame Theory
  • The Body and War
  • Science / Technology and War
  • Biological Imperatives and War
  • Global Capital Flows and Peace / War
Papers should be able to be presented in approximately 15 minutes.
Please send an abstract of 300-500 words to Mark Bennett atmbenne2@uic.eduby December 1, 2009.
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