MSU English Alumnus Directs Communications for Michigan Governor

For Zack Pohl, it was inevitable he would attend Michigan State University. What wasn’t inevitable was him overseeing communications at the highest level of state government during the worst public health crisis in 100 years. A 2006 graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Arts & Letters, Pohl is the Communications Director for Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a position he’s held since January 2019…

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MSU’s Summer Circle Theatre Season Postponed, Online Activities Offered

The Michigan State University Department of Theatre’s 2020 Summer Circle Theatre (SCT) season has been postponed. The entire season will move to June 2021, but the Department of Theatre will offer some online activities for all to enjoy remotely this summer. This decision comes as a result of the announcement made by MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., to continue virtual-only courses for…

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How Religions Around the World Are Keeping the Faith During COVID-19

COVID-19 has rocked everyday life for people around the world, requiring religious communities to shift worship at a time that many consider the most holiest of the year. Daily and weekly services at churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples have transitioned to take place in the home with family members as many places of prayer are closed for the first time…

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Imagining a Resilient Pedagogy

The sudden shift to remote teaching and learning in higher education and, in many states, in K-12 schools too, seems likely to be a watershed moment. It calls for us to invent an approach to learning that is more resistant to disruption, more resilient...

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Leonard Fleck: OP-Ed: Sacrificing Public Health for the Sake of the Economy

(Leonard Fleck, Professor of Philosophy and a faculty member in MSU’s Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, is among the foremost experts on the ethical dimensions of American health care. His original op-ed was published in the "Detroit Free Press" and can be found here.) President Donald Trump said this week that he hopes to see economic activity ramped up and social…

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MSU Colleges Create 3D-Printed Face Shields in Response to COVID-19

Michigan State University is helping local health professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus by making 3D-printed personal protective equipment (PPE). To address the critical need for donations, medical face shields are being produced in a joint effort with colleges across MSU’s campus, including the College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Engineering, College…

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Global Digital Humanities Symposium Moves to All-Virtual Setting

This year’s Global Digital Humanities Symposium (GDHS) hosted by the Digital Humanities at MSU (DH@MSU) program will be an all-virtual event in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and with regard to the safety for all. The fifth annual Global Digital Humanities Symposium, scheduled for Thursday, March 26, and Friday March 27, will have a live stream of the Zoom meeting that anyone…

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Learning Continues Remotely at MSU’s Department of Theatre

On Thursday, March 12, Department of Theatre sophomores gathered for the course THR 292, also known as Sophomore Seminar. The class explores theatre-making and its connections to non-theatrical contexts. What made this particular class session unique is that it took place just one day following MSU’s decision to move all face-to-face classes to remote teaching and for the first time students…

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Ways to Support Students During COVID-19 Outbreak

Dear College of Arts & Letters Family & Friends: In responding to the evolving challenges of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the safety of our community through social distancing and the success of our students are our top priorities. Here at Michigan State University and in the College, we have moved our face-to-face instruction for students to virtual settings through…

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