Planning for the Future of Work

Dear College of Arts & Letters Staff and Faculty, With intention and care, we in the College of Arts & Letters (CAL) are beginning to emerge from what has been a somber and trying time. As we plan for a structured, staggered return to campus as outlined in President Stanley’s e-mail of June 8, 2021, it is important to recognize…

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Faculty Member Receives Fulbright Scholar Award to Brazil

Chris Estrada, Assistant Professor in MSU’s Department of Romance and Classical Studies, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Brazil where he will work with collaborators at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE) during portions of 2022 as part of the “Every Day Is Carnival: Improvisation and Cultural Preservation in the Rural Maracatus of Pernambuco” project. Dr. Chris…

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Andrew Murray Appointed to New Position Within the College

Andrew Murray has been selected as the Director of Advising, a new position within the College of Arts & Letters. He begins his new position, which is part of Undergraduate Studies, on Monday, June 14. Murray currently serves as the Academic Advisor for the Department of English, a position he has held since July 2018. Prior to that, he was…

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Working to Dismantle Systemic Racism in Healthcare Delivery

A leading Michigan State University language and literacy scholar will extend her groundbreaking work in antiracist and anti-Blackness teacher education to pediatric medicine and public health with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. April Baker-Bell, Associate Professor in the Department of English and Department of African American and African Studies, recently received a $218,000 Mellon New Directions Fellowship to support two new studies underway with the University of Washington.

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MSU Survey Asks for Your Stories of Creativity in the Time of COVID-19

“Creativity in the Time of COVID-19,” an MSU project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, asks the public to share their stories about the role creativity has played in their lives during the pandemic as well as any creative works they’ve made that have helped them get through this past year.

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The Cube Helps Local School District Provide Mental Health Support

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on our mental health, and at East Lansing Public Schools, they are combating mental health issues with the help of The Cube, MSU’s publishing hub, which created the Trojan Mental Health Matters website to support the emotional well-being of East Lansing students. “In the wake of the pandemic, a lot of people struggle…

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Curbing Anti-Asian Racism Through Poetry

Through her research and latest book, Divya Victor, Associate Professor in MSU’s Department of English and Creative Writing Program, tells the story of South Asian immigrants, and those belonging to the South Asian diaspora, and how they navigate public spaces in the United States. And in doing so, how they maintain and retain a sense of self and a sense of direction,…

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Film Studies Graduate Wins Michigan Broadcast Award

Isaiah Johns, recent graduate with a B.A. in Film Studies and a minor in Fiction Filmmaking, received a first-place Michigan Student Broadcast Award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB), along with partner George Pham, a Media and Information major, for their Holiday Comma Concert.  This 2021 statewide award was in the Use of Multimedia category. The MAB is a…

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Professor Shares Experience Teaching in Israel While Street Violence Takes Place

Camelia Suleiman, Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, is currently staying in Nazareth, Israel, while co-teaching a course at Hebrew University of Jerusalem through Zoom. Many of her students, both Jewish and Palestinian, are participating despite the clashes that have taken place outside their homes in the Old City of Jerusalem. She…

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Philosophy Alumna Accepts Assistant Professor Position

Ayanna De’Vante Spencer, who earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Michigan State University this spring, has accepted a tenure-track assistant professorship at the University of Connecticut with joint appointments in Philosophy and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Dr. Spencer is changing the status quo in the field of philosophy by combining activism with her research. Her dissertation, “Epistemologies of Criminalization:…

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