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NOV
21
Date:
Thursday, 21 Nov 2019
Time:
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location:
International Center Room 303
Department:
Center for Gender in Global Context
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IWSS Lunch & Learn Kelly Church.pngCome eat lunch with Kelly Church, of the Grand Traverse Band ofOttawa and Ojibwe, while she discusses her basket making! This is a free lunch & learn event open to those interested in indigenous art.

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NOV
22
Date:
Friday, 22 Nov 2019
Time:
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location:
Linton Hall Room 9
Department:
Center for Gender in Global Context
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Are you working on an interdisciplinary journal article, grant proposal, book chapter, thesis, dissertation, curriculum, portfolio, online work, or piece of publicly-engaged scholarship? Join us for three hours of dedicated writing time to advance your interdisciplinary scholarship! Participants should plan to write for the full time period and bring their own laptops. Refreshments are available throughout the Write-Ins. Representatives from the MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity will be available to discuss interdisciplinary opportunities.

Write-Ins are free, but registration is required so that we have enough refreshments and lunches.

Date:
Friday, 22 Nov 2019
Time:
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:
International Center Room 303
Department:
Center for Gender in Global Context
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GenCen Fall 2019 Colloquia - Nov - Laura Apol.pngFor years, I worked in Rwanda, using writing as a means to facilitate healing among survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. I reported out the work in the form of my own poems that were published in a collection entitled Requiem, Rwanda (Michigan State University Press, 2015). The use of poetic inquiry offered much to the work: it enabled me to discover new aspects of the topic and my relationship to it; it facilitated and allowed me to convey complicated interpersonal interactions; and it permitted me to engage in "poetic rumination" (Leggo, 1999, 2005).My poems attend and attest to my own "lived experience" of the research and helped me better understand myself and my topic as I explored aspects of the work through poems.In this way, my poems enabled me to find ways to say what might not otherwise be said, and to bring to a wider set of readers some of the complexities of the writing-for-healing work.

However, some of these strengths of poetic inquiry brought with them a series of challenges unique to this methodology as well—challenges I have labelled aesthetic, investigative, ethical and relational. What is the role of the poem in poetic inquiry? How can research(ed) information, presented in a poem, be conveyed with scholarly integrity? What does it mean to be at once a researcher, poet and witness? How do interpersonal relationships both support and challenge the writing of research poems? In this talk, I will use my work in Rwanda and my own experiences as a researcher and a poet to illustrate some of the affordances as well as the tensions inherent in conducting / conveying arts-based inquiry.

Location: International Center Room 303
Date: Friday, November 22, 2019
Time: 1:30PM - 3:00PM
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NOV
25
Date:
Monday, 25 Nov 2019
Time:
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:
International Center Room 303
Department:
Center for Gender in Global Context
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Janet Heisey.pngJanet Heisey works as a consultant for the Partnership on Economic Inclusion, a multi-donor trust fund at the World Bank. She leads the Global Knowledge Sharing initiative for economic inclusion programs and works with government agencies and World Bank operations to design economic inclusion programs that address the multidimensional needs of people living in extreme poverty. Previously, Janet worked for Trickle Up, an NGO that enables people in extreme poverty to advance their economic and social well-being, where she launched a technical assistance unit to serve displaced populations in partnership with the UN's refugee agency.

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