International Collaboration to Explore Intersectionality and Inclusion in Research and Curriculum Design

A collaborative project focusing on “Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Africa: the History and Current Status of LGBTQ+ in Kenya,” led by College of Arts & Letters faculty Jonathan Choti and Danny Mendez, will bring two guest speakers from Kenya to Michigan State University this spring to share their knowledge, experiences, approaches, and ideas in implementing intersectionality and inclusion in curriculum design and pedagogical practices. The two…

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CREATE! Micro-Grant Used to Produce Sculpture Representing Lives Lost to COVID-19

Apparel and Textile Design major Gwen Pinger used a $500 CREATE! Micro-Grant to build a sculpture consisting of thousands of glass beads that hang from elastic strings, each representing a life lost from COVID-19 in Michigan.  “The sculpture functions as a sort of wind chime with many long strands of string and glass beads that twinkle in the sun. The beads — in red, white, and silver — form the shape of IV needles,” said Pinger,…

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New Scholarship Encourages Entrepreneurship Among Creative Career Paths

It’s not often humanities professors transform an idea into a successful business venture, but that’s exactly what Bill Hart-Davidson and Jeff Grabill did 10 years ago thanks to the vision and support of Greg Bradbury, an MSU graduate with a B.A. and MBA from the Broad College of Business. A scholarship has now been created in Bradbury’s name that will…

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Pursuing a Love of Black Feminisms Through New AAAS Major

With a passion for Black feminisms, Bailey Griffin, an MSU sophomore, said it’s an honor to be among the first group of students at Michigan State University to declare African American and African Studies (AAAS) as their major.   The newly established Bachelor of Arts degree in African American and African Studies is being offered for the first time this year through the Department of African American and African Studies in…

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MSU Translation Center Launches with Services Covering More Than 20 Languages

Michigan State University launched the new Translation Center to meet the growing needs for high-quality translation and interpreting services that can increase access to information on campus and beyond. The MSU Translation Center offers services in more than 20 languages including Ancient Greek, Arabic, Bengali, Catalan, English, French, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Mandarin, Mongolian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Thai,…

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Learning to ‘Live Life Alongside One Another’ with Black Feminisms Course

The “Black Feminisms: Past, Present, and Futures” course taught by Chamara Jewel Kwakye, Academic Specialist in MSU’s Department of African American and African Studies (AAAS), emphasizes creativity and the practice of feminism in everyday life –– Black feminism as doing –– while learning “to live life alongside one another.” A core introductory course in MSU’s newly established B.A. in African…

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Faculty Promotions for 2022

The College of Arts & Letters is pleased to recognize the faculty members who recently were promoted to full professor, associate professor, or associate professor-fixed term.

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‘Repairing Her Soul’ Through African American and African Studies Major

Following this year's launch of the African American and African Studies (AAAS) Bachelor of Arts program, Mike Martin, a junior now double majoring in AAAS and Arts and Humanities, was one of the first students at Michigan State University to transition to the new major. "AAAS isn’t just a major I gain knowledge in, but a place where I actively…

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MSU Theatre Presents ‘UnScripted’ Improv Comedy

Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre presents MSU UnScripted  Dec. 1-4 in Studio 60 in the Auditorium Building.   This night of comedy will feature MSU students performing a mix of classic and new improv games. Every performance will be completely different because everything is made up on the spot, or “unscripted,” inspired by audience suggestions. The 26 student performers have…

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