MFA Candidate Receives National Kennedy Center Award for Theatre Design

After winning first place in Scenic Theatrical Design in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Region III Competition, Kasee Arnett, an MFA Design Candidate from Michigan State University, earned a spot to compete in the national competition in which she received the Distinguished Achievement Award along with a $500 cash prize. Arnett attended the KCACTF virtual ceremony on May…

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Graphic Design Student Designs Logo for National Organization

On June 6, the 78th anniversary of D-Day, the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art (Foundation) officially changed its name to the Monuments Men and Women Foundation to honor all the women who fought to rescue cultural treasures from theft and destruction during World War II. Along with this name change, a new logo was unveiled, which was…

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College Mourns Loss of Linguistics Professor Emeritus

The College of Arts & Letters is saddened by the passing of Dr. Grover M. Hudson, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, who passed away on June 12, 2022, he was 82 years old. A member of the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures faculty at Michigan State University, Dr. Hudson taught for 30 years, retiring in 2008.Dr. Hudson received his PhD…

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Theatre Professor Serves as Assistant Fight Director for Broadway Production

Alexis Black is always up for a good fight. And since February 2022, the Assistant Professor of Acting and Movement at Michigan State University has been choreographing stage combat for the Tony Award-nominated production of Macbeth, currently on Broadway, starring Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga.  Working alongside her long-time mentor David Leong, Black is the Assistant Fight Director for the production, which runs…

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MSU Professor Talks About How Musical Theatre Unites Us and Amplifies Our Stories

In this Faculty Voice, Brad Willcuts, Associate Professor of Musical Theatre and Choreography in the MSU Department of Theatre, shares how theatre pushes the limits of human emotion and why Pride Month in June is important to him and the greater theatre community. In the role of choreographer, Willcuts also discusses being a part of a new interpretation of one of the…

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Alumna Named to Prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Jazmen Moore identifies as a Black girl from the Midwest, a grandchild of the Great Migration, an educator raised on Anishinaabe homelands in Lansing, Michigan, and an alumna of Michigan State University with dual bachelor’s degrees in English and Women’s and Gender Studies. Moore currently researches Black girl refusals, consent-based learning, and chosen learning spaces at the University of Washington…

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Pre-Law Student Awarded Alumni Endowed Book Scholarship

One College of Arts & Letters student recently was awarded an Alumni Endowed Student Book Scholarship. The $500 scholarship is awarded to help alleviate the financial burden of a college education, while at the same time, recognizing outstanding academic achievement. The funds can be allocated toward any school-related costs, from books to art supplies.   This year’s recipient is Adam Nowak,…

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Jonathan Choti Receives Carnegie Fellowship for Educational Project in Kenya

Jonathan Choti, an African-born scholar and Assistant Professor of African Languages and Cultures at Michigan State University, will engage with counterparts in Kenya this summer as part of the 2022 Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program. Choti, who is a faculty member in MSU’s Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures, received the prestigious fellowship to co-develop and strengthen curriculum, grow research, and mentor…

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Comic Studies Society Conference Coming to MSU this July

The Comic Studies Society (CSS), one of the premier academic communities dedicated to comic studies, will hold its fifth annual conference at Michigan State University from July 28-30 this year. Supported by MSU’s Department of English, the MSU College of Arts & Letters Office of the Dean, and MSU Libraries, the conference is part of a multi-year agreement that will bring the CSS to…

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