1.Please plan to come to the EAD Picnic Potluck on Saturday, April 24 from 11 am until 2 pm at Patriarche Park in East Lansing (corner of Saginaw and Alton). We'll provide the burgers (veggie and regular) and hot dogs, and you can bring your families and a side dish or dessert to pass.

There are many different playgrounds, some fields for kickball and it will be a great way to break up what we all know will be a weekend full of working on papers, projects, presentations and grading. So bring your kids and partners and other friends to celebrate the end of the semester!

2. The Global Institute for Higher Education will be hosting Dr. David M. Cooper, a Fulbright New Century Scholar and a sociologist from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Dr. Cooper will be giving two presentations during his visit that may be of interest to colleagues at Michigan State University.
Higher Education in the South African ContextDate: Wednesday, April 28
Time: 12:00-1:30pm
Location: 3rd floor, International Center

Dr. Cooper’s presentation will consider some of the changes in students and faculty, as well as system structures, which have occurred in South Africa in the past decade. Ten years ago in
The Skewed Revolution, Dr. David Cooper and Dr. George Subotzky argued that there were significant changes in South African higher education between 1988-1998 due to the political transformation of the country. This presentation will explore what has happened to the “skewness” in the last decade up to 2008, particularly with respect to student enrollment patterns by race and gender in both undergraduate and postgraduate education.
Issues of Engaged Scholarship in South Africa with particular reference to university-civil society research relationships
Date: Wednesday, May 5
Time: 10:30am-noon
Location: Heritage Room, Kellogg Center
Dr. Cooper’s presentation will consider issues of engaged scholarship, utilizing some of the concepts developed at Michigan State University in recent years. His empirical focus, linked to his current research as a Fulbright New Century Scholar, will be on certain case studies at South African universities which he is examining, past and present. As a sociologist, he will refer in particular to the idea of “organic public sociologists,” which the president of the American Sociological Association introduced in 2004. Dr. Cooper's talk is part of the Engaged Scholars Speakers Series.
Please register online for Dr. Cooper's presentation on engaged scholarship by Mon, May 3, 2010 at: http://outreach.msu.edu/events/cooper

3.Jackson Scholar Workshop and other Graduate Student Events at AERA

Graduate Student Council Open Business Meeting and Reception
The Graduate Student Council Open Business meeting is your opportunity to connect with the AERA graduate student community. This will be a working session, in which we develop recommendations around two issues: 1) How can AERA best support graduate students on their paths to becoming education researchers and 2) How might graduate students contribute to AERA? The results of our discussion will be used to guide ongoing GSC efforts as well as to develop new initiatives. We’ll also be reporting on the accomplishments of the Graduate Student Council over the past year, and providing information about how you can become more involved. Join us for a lively and engaging session!
Time: Sat, May 1 - 6:15pm - 7:45pm
Place: Colorado Convention Center, Room 207

Graduate Student Networking Opportunity With Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
One often overlooked avenue for involvement and networking within AERA is Special Interest Groups (SIGs). SIGs offer unique opportunities for graduate students to exercise leadership and enhance discipline-specific connections in a more focused, smaller group setting. This session is an open networking breakfast event hosted in the Graduate Student Resource Center to promote connections between graduate students, SIG chairs, and the SIG Executive Committee.
Time: Sat, May 1 - 8:15am - 9:45am
Place: Colorado Convention Center, Room 207
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