January 2019

The Color of Law lecture, Q&A session and book signing
Date: Tuesday, January 15, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: 252 Erickson Hall
Speaker: Richard Rothstein, distinguished fellow at the Economic Policy Institute and fellow of the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and of the Haas Institute at the University of California (Berkeley)
Host: MSU College of Education

Deadline for ESPP Student Travel Grants Applications
Date: Tuesday, January 15, 5 p.m.
Host: Environmental Science and Policy Program
Contact: Karessa Weir
Note: ESPP is pleased to announce the next round of Interdisciplinary Conference Funding Grants for Doctoral Students. These are available for all doctoral students at MSU.

Our Table conversation on food security
Date: Tuesday, January 15, 5:30 p.m.
Location: East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road
Speaker: Ron Bates, director, MSU Extension Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute; Robin Buell, MSU Foundation Professor, Department of Plant Biology; Jason Rowntree, associate professor, MSU Department of Animal Science; Sieglinde Snapp, professor, MSU Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences and moderator Sheril Kirshenbaum
Host: MSU AgBioResearch
Contact: Food@MSU communications manager Alex Tekip, or send an email to
Note: Our Table discussions unite food scientists, researchers and community members for engaging conversations. Split between time for panel discussion and time for the audience to join the conversation, all leave with new knowledge and an appreciation for one another's perspectives. Our Table is part of Food@MSU, an initiative that encourages those working in academia to listen to the public and provide tools steeped in science. The overall goal is to help consumers make more informed decisions about food, where it comes from, and how it impacts our health and our planet.

Social Determinants of Health: A Call to Action
Date: Wednesday, January 16, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Conrad Auditorium
Speaker: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Host: Colleges of Human Medicine, Nursing, Osteopath Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Note: Also being streamed at other MSU medical college locations: Polycom G029 Detroit Medical Center; UC3 208 Macomb, 120 Secchia Grand Rapids

Tavern as Site and Spectacle in late Ottoman Urban Life
Date: Friday, January 18, 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Location: Sociology Conference room Berkey 457
Speaker: Emine Evered Associate Professor of History Michigan State University
Host: Global Urban Studies Program

Brews and Views: Should my phone diagnose my mental health?
Date: Friday, January 18, 5 p.m.
Location: Artrium, IQ Building (Bioengineering Bldg)
Speaker: Arthur Ward, Lyman Briggs; Mi Zhang, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Laura Cabrera, Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences
Host: Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering and the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences
Note: Our phones know a great deal about us. They collect an impressive amount of personal data, including voice and text correspondences, internet and social media, spending habits, stairs climbed, and geographic location. They already can make assessments about our health, but what additional information can they glean about our mental health? Soon, phones could predict if we're unhappy, depressed, or even suicidal, and might urge us to seek mental health services. Should your phone then reveal that diagnosis to your doctor, family, boss, or advisor so they might take further action? While such capabilities could effectively address mental health needs, they simultaneously raise ethical questions about privacy, algorithm transparency, and the potential for corporate manipulation of our emotions. Join us in discussing these bene?t/burden thresholds.

February 2019

Deadline for Doctoral Recruitment Fellowship Applications
Date: Friday, February 1, 5 p.m.
Host: Environmental Science and Policy Program
Contact: Karessa Weir
Note: The Environmental Science and Policy Program (ESPP) annually offers multiple doctoral recruiting fellowships for students who will matriculate in the next fall semester. The goal of these one-year fellowships is to attract the strongest possible cohort of students to pursue a doctoral education focused on the environment.

BLUE Film Screening hosted by Women in Nature Network MSU Chapter
Date: Wednesday, February 6, 6:30 p.m.
Location: Celebration! Cinema Lansing
Host: Women in Nature Network: MSU Chapter
Note: WiNN is bringing BLUE to Celebration! Cinema Lansing & IMAX on February 6th, 2019. BLUE is a cinematic exploration of the state of our oceans, the problems they face and how we can fix them. Filmed in the seas surrounding Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and the USA, it is a call for action to become guardians of the oceans. Unlike a traditional movie showing, this special screening requires that 44 tickets be reserved by mid-January in order for the screening to occur. So, don't wait, reserve your tickets NOW! To watch the trailer and reserve your ticket on the Demand Film Event Page, please go to:

Residential Development and Construction - Panel Discussion with Industry Leaders
Date: Wednesday, February 13, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: MSU Innovation Center, Room 300
Host: Organized by the Construction Management Program School of Planning Design and Construction

Cities of the Arab World: Theory, Investigation and Critique An Interdisciplinary Conference
Date: Thursday, February 14, Feb. 14-15
Location: Lake Huron Room, MSU Student Union
Speaker: Dr. Harvey Molotch (Emeritus Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis and Sociology, New York University) will speak on the political economy of urban development in the Arab Gulf. Dr. Mona Fawaz, Professor in Urban Studies and Planning at the Issam Fares Institute of Public Policy at the American University in Beirut will speak on "Urban Citizenship and the Politics of Presence in the Age of Forced Population Displacement"
Host: Global Urban Studies Program Department of Anthropology Muslim Studies Program School of Planning, Design and Construction Residential College in the Arts and Humanities Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies Department of History African Studies Center Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities Center for Advanced Study of International Development
Contact: Professor Najib B. Hourani (Anthropology, Global Urban Studies)
Note: The Global Urban Studies Program, is pleased to announce the convening of Cities of the Arab World: Theory, Investigation and Critique, an interdisciplinary conference to be held February 14-15, 2019, at the Michigan State University Student Union. Conference panelists, from the Middle East, Europe and the United States, will address a number of topics including environmental issues in Arab cities, the contributions of ethnic and religious minorities to urban life, the political economy of redevelopment and questions of civil conflict and post-conflict urban reconstruction. The inclusion of cities with significant Arab populations in the US, France and Israel enables exploration of questions of coexistence and conflict, and of the rich cultural production that the globalization of the Arab world, today, makes possible.

Large animals influence river biogeochemistry in the Mara River, Kenya
Date: Thursday, February 14, 3:30 p.m.
Location: 1420 Biomedical Physical Science
Speaker: Emma Rosi, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Host: EEBB
Contact: Steven Hamilton

Unnatural selection and genetic drift: Fish population genomics in human dominated ecosystems
Date: Thursday, February 21, 3:30 p.m.
Location: 1420 Biomedical Physical Science
Speaker: Mariah Meek, MSU Department of Integrative Biology
Host: EEBB

March 2019

Fisheries & Wildlife seminar by John Waldham, Queens College
Date: Friday, March 15, 3:30 p.m.
Location: Room 338 Natural Resources
Speaker: John Waldham, Queens College

April 2019

Fisheries and Wildlife seminar by Brenda Pracheil, Oak Ridge National Lab
Date: Friday, April 12, 3:30 p.m.
Location: Room 338 Natural Resources
Speaker: Brenda Pracheil, Oak Ridge National Lab

Fate of the Earth 2019
Date: Saturday, April 13, All day
Location: Kellogg Center
Speaker: TBA
Host: Environmental Science and Policy Program
Contact: Karessa Weir