STEM-Africa Initiative Launch Conference (Theme: Science Environments in Africa)

May 7, 2010

Science Environments in Africa
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
May 6-8, 2010
African Studies Center STEM-Africa Initiative Launch Conference
NSF-Funded Central African Forests Initiative (CAFI) Annual Research Meeting
UM-Mpala Initiative Planning Workshop
Events Thursday May 6th on Central Campus
Events Friday May 7th and Saturday May 8th on North Campus

[See attached schedule for details]


AIDS Researcher to Speak at UM on March 11, 2010

March 8, 2010

Israel and Latin America: Pioneering AIDS Education
Dr. Inon Schenker
March 11, 2010
7:00 pm
SPH1 Rm 1755

La Salud, a student organization at UM, is bringing in a speaker from Israel named Dr. Inon Schenker to deliver a keynote lecture entitled, “Israel and Latin America: Pioneering AIDS Education”. Dr. Schenker, a Senior HIV/AIDS Prevention Specialist and a Global Health Consultant, was among the pioneers who introduced school education for HIV prevention in Latin America through a unique initiative involving Central American countries, such as Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador, and more. In his presentation, Dr. Schenker will describe the current HIV/AIDS epidemic in Latin America, share untold stories of AIDS politics in the continent, and relate amazing remarkable of misinterpretations of words and colors as education systems in the Americas began reacting to the pandemic. One of the highlights of his talk will be the exposure of the special bond in the quest for AIDS prevention developed between Israel and countries in Latin and Central America.

Presenting the CSAS Film Series: “Desi Women in the Reel World”

February 1, 2010

U-M’s Center for South East Asian Studies (CSAS) has announced the following movie screenings for Feb-Mar 2010 as part of its Film Series.

Matrubhoomi– A Nation Without Women (Hindi, 2005) Running Time- 99 min
Sancharram -The Journey (Malayalam, 2004) Running Time: 107 min
Umbartha– Threshold (Marathi, 1982)
Videsh– A Heaven on Earth (Punjabi, 2008) Running Time: 106 Minutes
Sita Sings the Blues (English, 2008)

Be sure to check out details at:

ADHS welcomes Dr. Faustin Maganga from the University of Dar es Salaam (Nov 16, 2009; 5-7 pm Dana)

November 11, 2009

What: African Development and Human Security Workshop (ADHS) welcomes Dr. Faustin Maganga from the University of Dar es Salaam. Dr. Maganga will be speaking on “The Global Demand for African Lands for Energy and Food: Implications for Pastroralists and Smallholders.”

Where: Monday, November 16th from 5-7 PM in 1029 Dana.

Details >>>

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Deal All,

Please join us on Monday, November 16th from 5-7 PM in 1029 Dana, when the African Development and Human Security Workshop welcomes Dr. Faustin Maganga from the University of Dar es Salaam. Dr. Maganga will be speaking on “The Global Demand for African Lands for Energy and Food: Implications for Pastroralists and Smallholders.”

The ADHS would like to gratefully acknowledge the African Studies Centre for its support for this event.

Hope to see you there,

Paul Hébert
Ashley Rockenbach.
Coordinators, ADHS Workshop.

“The Places We Live”: Call for Papers! (Deadline: Nov 30, 2009)

November 11, 2009

Examining “The Places We Live”: Slums & Urban Poverty in the Developing World
Policy Workshop, Paper Competition and Online Publication sponsored by USAID, the International Housing Coalition, The World Bank, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Project, and Cities Alliance

Call for Papers: Paper Competition / Policy Workshop / Online Publication
* Win a trip to World Urban Forum 5 in Rio de Janeiro in March 2010
* Be published in an online publication edited by The World Bank and other sponsors
* Get invited to an interactive policy workshop with urban development practitioners in Washington, DC, in February 2010
* DEADLINE EXTENDED: Abstracts due by Nov. 30, 2009

See details below…

2009 DC Trek

November 9, 2009

Over 27 Ross Emerging Markets Club members traveled to DC over fall break to meet with company representatives, learn about companies through interactive presentations, and engage in informal networking.


Trekkers at the AED Company Presentation

Companies visited:

At each organization, students interacted with senior managers and learned about the structure of these industries, as well as tips for pursuing internship and full-time opportunities in international development.


Panel Discussion

This year’s Trek also included a panel discussion on entrepreneurship and emerging markets, led by Ross alum Rob Schneider (US Agency for International Development). Panelists included Agnes Dasewicz, COO of the Grassroots Business Fund, Jenny Everett, Program Manager of the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) at the Aspen Institute, and Dr. David Canter, Director of Healthcare Research at the William Davidson Institute.



The panel was followed by a reception with DC area Ross alumni as part of World Club Day. In all, the DC Trek participants were exposed to ten major development organizations across a variety of sectors. Participants gained detailed insight into the international development space, as well as the opportunity to network with in a variety of sectors.

CAAS Colloquium discussion with Naomi Tutu, Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s daughter!

November 9, 2009

Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s daughter, Nontombi Naomi Tutu, will  be on campus this Nov 13 at 7.30 pm  at the Rackham Graduate School Auditorium. Don’t miss this unique opportunity!

Check out <> for more details if you are interested in attending this event!

EMC Events in Michigan Daily and Erb blog

November 3, 2009

Missed the Hong Kong Commissioner Talk or the Breakfast with David Green? Here are some write-ups you may want to check out!

On September 25th, David Green, social entrepreneur and Ashoka Fellow/VP, had breakfast with EMC members. This post on the Erb Institute Perspectives blog, “Compassionate Capitalism: Serving the Poor Profitably with David Green,” provides a student’s reflection on the inspiring meeting.

On October 14th, the EMC, along with several other organizations on campus, hosted a talk from the Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs in the US. The event was reported in the Michigan Daily: Hong Kong leader calls for increased trade with Michigan.

Enjoy! Let us know if you find other EMC events on the web, or if you’d like to share with us your reflections on our events.

African Development and Human Security Workshop (Nov 2, 2009)

November 2, 2009

When: Monday, Nov 2, 2009; 5 pm to 6.30 pm.

Where: Room 1028 Dana



Paul C. Hébert

Doctoral Program in History

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


Please join us on Monday, November 2nd, 5-6:30 PM in 1028 Dana for another meeting of the African Development and Human Security Workshop. Presenting this week will be Arland Thornton, who will be giving a paper entitled “Developmental Idealism and Worldwide Family Change: Looking at Africa.” (abstract below)

Hope to see you there,

Paul Hébert,
Ashley Rockenbach,

African Development and Human Security Workshop.


This presentation reports on a research program called Developmental Idealism Studies that examines how ordinary people around the world understand and accept, reject, or modify developmental models and frameworks. The project is studying how people view societies and families as modern/developed or not developed, the extent to which they view societal development and family development as causally connected, and their views of such concepts as freedom and equality. The project is also interested in how people come to believe, reject, or modify developmental thinking and how such ideas influence their subsequent behavior. This project has collected information on these topics in 13 countries: Albania; Argentina; Bulgaria; China; Egypt; Iran; Iraq; Lebanon; Nepal: Saudi Arabia; Taiwan; United States; and Vietnam. The paper will report on our research and note that, so far, our data collections include only one African country, Egypt, and no countries from Subsaharan Africa.  We will also discuss the project that we are currently designing in Malawi, invite input concerning it, and explore possibilities of complementary research in other African countries.

More information about this Developmental Idealism Studies program can be obtained from: .

EMC Speaker Series hosts Mr. Donald Tong, Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs

October 14, 2009

The Ross EMC will be hosting Mr. Donald Tong, Hong Kong Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs on Oct 14, 2009 at 4.30 pm in R1230.

Mr. Tong will be speaking on the topic: Hong Kong Today and Beyond: Economy and Opportunities. Reception to follow talk.

Mr. Tong will address these questions:

• How has the global financial crisis affected Hong Kong economically?

• What are the challenges and opportunities facing the city, given the current economic and political environment in Asia?

• How can managers leverage Hong Kong’s unique position to expand their businesses in China and the rest of Asia?

As Commissioner, Mr Donald Tong Chi-keung directs the HKSAR Government’s efforts in promoting US-Hong Kong economic and trade ties, and constituency-building activities in the US. Immediately prior to this appointment, he was Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs, responsible for policy formulation on development of social enterprise and youth, promotion of civic education and human rights, regulation of gambling, legal aid, religious and data privacy matters. This event is sponsored by Center for International Business Education (CIBE), Center for Chinese Studies, and co-hosted by EMC and IPSA.