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Jun 16

Date/Time: Saturday, Jun 16 - Friday, Jun 22 | 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Location: Various locations throughout Greater Lansing Area

Department: St Vincent Catholic Charities, Meijer, Tabooli Mediterranean Restaurant

Description: Join us in supporting refugees in Lansing, home to one of the most diverse areas in Michigan. We invite you to attend the educational and celebratory events hosted throughout the week to learn more and show your support. SATURDAY, JUNE 16TH CULTURES OF LANSING TALENT SHOW 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm St. Casimir Church, 815 Sparrow Ave Hosted by St. Vincent Catholic Charities to kickoff World Refugee Awareness Week. SATURDAY, JUNE 16 – SUNDAY, JUNE 17 REFUGEE WORSHIP WEEKEND Faith based organizations in the greater Lansing area speak to the importance of welcoming refugees in our community. We encourage you to advocate for refugees at your place of worship on this day in honor of World Refugee Awareness Week. MONDAY, JUNE 18TH GLOBAL INSTITUTE OF LANSING (GIL) GRADUATION CEREMONY AND LUNCHEON 11:00 am – 1:00 pm First Presbyterian Church, 510 W. Ottawa St. Join GIL as they honor refugee students receiving their High School Diplomas! MY DREAMS ARE BECOMING REAL: SAMARITAS REFUGEE YOUTH ART EXHIBIT 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Tabooli Restaurant, 515 W. Grand River Ave TUESDAY, JUNE 19TH LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Capital Area District Libraries (CADL), 401 S. Capitol Ave Join CADL to find out more about all the materials and programs the library has to offer. Light refreshments provided. All ages welcome. JAVA CAFE GLOBAL CONVERSATION: REFUGEE CRISIS IN CONTEXT 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm East Lansing Public Library, 950 Abbott Rd. All are welcome! Free parking and refreshments. Hosted by the Greater Lansing United Nations Association and the East Lansing Public Library. For further information, visit WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20TH MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS LEARNING CIRCLE 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Allen Market Place Classroom, 1611 E. Kalamazoo St. Allen Neighborhood Center and the Immigrant and Refugee Resource Collaborative (IRRC) are hosting an opportunity for neighbors to participate in a facilitated conversation with members of the IRRC Advisory Council. Conversations are typically about our commonalities and culture, are are a great way to connect to New Americans and share our stories. To register, email Space is limited. Hosted by the Allen Neighborhood Center and the IRRC. GARDEN SHOWCASE AND POTLUCK 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm St. Mike Community Garden, 6500 Amwood Dr. Hosted by Greater Lansing Food Bank, Garden Project. THURSDAY, JUNE 21ST REFUGEE LANSING: STORIES OF RESETTLEMENT 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Ingham County Health Department, 5303 S. Cedar St. Brown bag lunch presentation. FRIDAY, JUNE 22ND PEACE POLE UNVEILING 12:00 pm Refugee Development Center (RDC), 600 Maple St. Join the RDC as they unveil a Peace Pole to represent a spirit of unity for immigrants, refugees and U.S.-born community members. SATURDAY, JUNE 23RD EID FESTIVAL 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Islamic Center of East Lansing, 920 S. Harrison Rd. Celebrate the end of the Holy month of Ramadan. Join us for family, food and activities. All are welcome to attend!

Aug 6

Year of Global Africa: The History of African Studies at MSU-a MSU Libraries Exhibit

Date/Time: Monday, Aug 6 - Monday, Dec 31 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: MSU Library

Department: MSU Library and MSUFCU

Description: From Nsukka to Now: The History of African Studies at MSU This exhibit traces the origins and history of African Studies at Michigan State University, beginning with the founding of the University of Nigeria Nsukka in 1960. Using material from MSU Libraries’ Special Collections, it focuses on three key themes in this history: partnership, innovation, and activism. This exhibit is sponsored by MSUFCU.

Sep 13

Date/Time: Thursday, Sep 13 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location: 201 International Center

Department: African Studies Center

Description: For more than fifty years, Dr. Hartwig has lived in Minnesota, North Carolina and Tanzania as a teacher, researcher, program facilitator and as a writer. She taught at St. Olaf College and North Carolina Central University. The Lutheran College Consortium for Tanzania, an exchange program between several Lutheran colleges and the University of Dar es Salaam was operative for thirty-three years. Mwangaza Education for Parthership ELCA/ELCT is in its twenty first year. She has published four books, the most recent – EDUCATION OF A STRANGER (2014) and LIVING WITH DYING – A FAMILY VOCATION (2017). The primary documents, letters, pictures and tapes related to ANICETI KITEREZA – A TANZANIAN EPIC, were collected in 1969 when she lived on the island of Ukerewe. During that time, her husband, Gerald Hartwig, assembled oral traditions from the Bakerebe in preparation of writing their history. Kitereza was one of his informants. The Hartwigs published four articles related to Kitereza's novel – Bwana Myombekere na Bibi Bugonoka. Currently, Dr. Hartwig lives in Roseville, MN. She is mother of four, grandmother of five and great-grandmother of seven.