One Book, One Community: Justice Sonia Sotomayor @ East Lansing High School Theater
Aug 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
One Book, One Community: Justice Sonia Sotomayor @ East Lansing High School Theater

The City of East Lansing and Michigan State University announce the book selection for the 2018 One Book, One Community program: “My Beloved World,” a memoir by Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court of the United States.

Sotomayor’s story is one of determination and the hope, tenacity, hard work and self-reliance that would propel a little girl who grew up in a Puerto Rican corner of the Bronx to the highest court in the land.

UFest @ MSU Union
Aug 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
UFest @ MSU Union

Start the 2018-2019 year off right with the 38th Annual UFest! Hosted by University Activities Board and the MSU Union, come and celebrate a new year!

Career Coaching at the MSU Local Job & Internship Fair
Sep 5 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Career Coaching at the MSU Local Job & Internship Fair @ East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Drop in anytime during the MSU Local Job & Internship Fair to talk with a career coach! We can help you :

• Game plan your part-time job or internship search strategy
• Practice your employer communication skills
• Gear up with a mint or lint brush
• Take a time out for a quick rest, career advice or pep talk

Location: Spartan Stadium Office Tower, 4th floor Huntington Club

MSU Local Job and Internship Fair 2018 @ Spartan Stadium
Sep 5 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Sponsored by Jackson National Life, this event is open to all MSU students looking for a part-time job or internship while in school. Local businesses, non-profits, government agencies and MSU departments will be present to talk with you about available opportunities.

Integrity in Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities @ 108 Bessey Hall
Sep 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Integrity in Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities @ 108 Bessey Hall

Professor James Pivarnik (MSU’s Research Integrity Officer) will talk about responsible conduct of research (RCR), identifying and defining federal definitions of research misconduct (falsification, fabrication and plagiarism), and resources available on campus for undergraduate researchers. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding adherence to RCR standards.

Learning About Undergraduate Research @ 304 Bessey Hall
Sep 13 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Learning About Undergraduate Research @ 304 Bessey Hall

Make research an integral part of your MSU experience! Come learn about the opportunities available for involvement in research and creative activities at Michigan State. You can expect a short presentation, discussion, and Q & A facilitated by current undergraduate researchers.

Israel at 70 Conference–MSU Jewish Studies Program @ Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
Sep 16 @ 8:30 am – Sep 17 @ 5:30 pm
Israel at 70 Conference--MSU Jewish Studies Program @ Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The Jewish Studies Program at Michigan State University Presents
Israel at 70: Complexity, Challenge, and Creativity
Sunday, September 16, and Monday, September 17, 2018
MSU Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

Schedule (subject to change):

Sunday, September 16, 2018—Lincoln Room

8:15-8:40 a.m. Registration

8:45-10:15 a.m. Origin Stories: A Roundtable on Literature, Cinema, and Pedagogy

Moderator: Eric Aronoff, Michigan State University

Sayed Kashua, Washington University (Reflections on His Work), Rachel Harris, University of Illinois (“Warriors, Witches, Whores: Women in Israeli Cinema”), Ilana Blumberg, Bar Ilan University (“Literary Pedagogy for Teaching Diverse Students”), Marc Bernstein, Michigan State University (“The Denial of Despair: Kletzkers in Israel”)

10:25 a.m.-11:55 a.m. Roundtable: Reflections on Israeli Society, Nationalism, and Security

Moderator: Myron Aronoff, Emeritus, Rutgers University

Donna Robinson Divine, Smith College (“#Hashtag Israel at 70: Blessing or Curse?”), Naomi Chazan, Hebrew University (“Israel at 70: Democratic Shifts”), Nadav Shelef, University of Wisconsin (“Israel at 70: Transformations in Israeli Nationalism”), Yael Aronoff, Michigan State University (“Israel’s Changing Security Environment”)

12:10-1:30 p.m. Lunch, Keynote by Oded Shoseyov, “Nature’s Gift; Materials for the Future”

**Complimentary lunch, pre-registration required, space is limited

1:40-2:55 p.m. Panel: U.S.-Israeli Relations

Chair: Yael Aronoff, Michigan State University

Robert Freedman, Johns Hopkins University (“US-Israel Relations 1948-2018”), Scott Lasensky, INSS Tel Aviv University (“The Peace Puzzle: Can America Still Be Effective at Arab-Israeli Peacemaking?”), Tamara Cofman Wittes, Brookings (“Shared Values: Democratic Challenges and the US-Israel Relationship”)

3:05-4:20 p.m. Panel: Boundaries of Israel Criticism

Chair: Benjamin Lorch, Michigan State University

Amy Elman, Kalamazoo College (“Pinkwashing Antisemitism”), Ken Waltzer, Professor of History Emeritus and Former Director of Jewish Studies, Michigan State University (“When AntiZionism Becomes Antisemitism: Insights from American Campuses”), Yore Kedem, Michigan State University (“Boundaries of Israel Criticism: Understanding Yeshayahu Leibovich”)

4:30-6:10 p.m. Roundtable: Lessons and Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Moderator: Gilead Sher, INSS Tel Aviv University

Saliba Sarsar, Monmouth University (“Uncommon Pairs: The Making of Unique Peacebuilding Leaders in Israel/Palestine”) Alan Dowty, Notre Dame University (“Israelis and Palestinians: Has the Gap Narrowed?”) Miriam Elman, Syracuse University (“Negotiating Jerusalem: Visions for Dividing & Sharing a Contested City”), Ilan Peleg, Lafayette College (“Narratives of Victimization & Victimhood Among Israelis & Palestinians: A 70-Year Saga”) Yuval Benziman, Hebrew University (“Normalization with Arab States and Israeli-Palestinian Peace”)

6:25-7:25 p.m. Dinner

**Complimentary, pre-registration required, space is limited

7:30 p.m. Keynote lecture, Gilead Sher, “The Israeli-Palestinians Negotiations: Prospects for a Two-State Reality”

Monday, September 17, 2018—Red Cedar Room, Kellogg

8:15-8:50 a.m. Registration

9:00-10:30 a.m. Panel: Israeli Environmental Innovation and Its Use as a Foreign Policy Tool

Chair: Michael Kaplowtiz, Michigan State University

Giora Rytwo, Tel Hai College and MIGAL Research Institute (“Coping with Water Crises: New Cleantech Water Technologies”), Micah Guy, Ben Gurion University (“Agriculture at the Ramat Negev Country: Survival and the Introduction of New Crops”), Itai Fishhendler, Hebrew University (“Natural Resources as Foreign Policy Tool: A Legitimate Israeli Policy?”)

10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Roundtable: Israeli Biotechnology and Medical Innovation

Moderator: Erik Shapiro, Michigan State University

Assaf Gilad, Michigan State University (“Science in Israel – Evolution and Evaluation of Dynamic Patterns”), Amnon Bar Shir, Weizmann Institute (“Multicolor’ Sensors: Beyond ‘Black & White” MRI”), Galit Pelled, Michigan State University (“From Fish Navigation to Neuromodulation”), Benny Hochner, Hebrew University (“Why Can Octopuses Help Us Build New Types of Robots?”), Drorith Celnikier-Hochner, Hadassah Mount Scopus Medical Center (“Hadassah for Everyone, Everywhere”)

1:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch

**Complimentary, pre-registration required, space is limited

2:05-3:30 p.m. Panel: Israel’s Remarkable Agricultural Experience: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Chair: Ronald Hendrick, Dean of the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Alon Tal, Visiting Serling Professor, MSU and Tel Aviv University (“Israeli Agricultural Policy and Yields: What a Long Strange Trip Its Been”), Bill Slott, Columnist, Times of Israel (“Israel’s Grand Socialist Agrarian Experiment: The Evolution of Israel’s Kibbutzim”), Dr. Shoshan Haran, Founder, Fair Planet Seeds (“How Israel’s Agritech Innovations are Affecting Africa”)

3:45-5:45 p.m. Roundtable “The 70-Year-Old Startup that Sets the Global Direction in Entrepreneurship”

Moderator: Neil Kane, Michigan State University

Tsahy Shapsa, Israeli entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Cloudlock, Inc., Parag Amin, Founder of Indian I-create, Gal Wainer, Vice-President of she-codes, Doron York, Chairman of City Side Ventures, Harry Yuklea, Visiting Scholar at MSU, Israeli entrepreneur

Peace Corps Application Workshop @ 204 International Center
Sep 19 @ 6:30 pm
Peace Corps Application Workshop @ 204 International Center

Learn how to prepare a resume and motivation statement to make your Peace Corps application as competitive as possible. The MSU Peace Corps recruiters along with current Peace Corps invitees will walk you through the ins and outs of the application process, tips for strengthening an application, and how to avoid potential pitfalls.

The application workshop is targeted for people interested in learning how to apply to the US Peace Corps. This is an informal event so feel free to attend only a portion of the event if you can’t make it for the entire time.

We’re also very willing to share stories of our own service and information about the Peace Corps in general.


We hope to see you there!

Erika and Chad
MSU Peace Corps Recruiters

Financing Education Abroad @ 115 International Center
Sep 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Financing Education Abroad @ 115 International Center

Do you want to participate in an education abroad program but are not sure how to pay for it?

The Office for Education Abroad and the Office of Financial Aid have teamed up to offer you a workshop on finding funding for education abroad.

Come learn about scholarships, financial aid and creative ways of financing your education abroad program.