Legacy Gift Creates Two Scholarships to Support College of Arts & Letters Students

Alaine Weiss credits her time as an undergraduate at Michigan State University as one of the most impactful experiences in her life and her years in East Lansing among her most treasured memories. But the road to becoming a Spartan was difficult, having lost both her parents due to extended illnesses when she was just 11 years old. Were it…

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Student View: Belonging to the Spartan Family

Alexandra Allers is graduating this December with a double major in Social Relations and Policy in James Madison College and English in the College of Arts & Letters, as well as a minor in Educational Studies. During her time at MSU, Allers has been involved in the pre-law fraternity Kappa Alpha Pi, and served on the executive boards of the Council of Students…

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MSU Organization Earns Seventh Straight National Excellence Award

Michigan State University’s National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) student organization is the only NCTE student affiliate in the country to receive this year’s NCTE Student Affiliate Excellence Award.This is the seventh year in a row the MSU organization has earned this award, which recognizes student groups that meet the NCTE’s qualifications of excellence and show commitment to their…

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Gordon Henry’s Legacy and Career Celebrated with Indigenous Literature and Song

Gordon Henry, Professor in the Department of English and the inaugural Audrey and John Leslie Endowed Chair in North American Indian and Indigenous Literary Studies, will retire from Michigan State University on December 31, 2023, after more than 29 years of service to the university and community.His work and the impact he has made was celebrated during an event held…

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CREATE! Micro-Grant Project Focuses on Mental Illness in Young Adults

Concerned about the social struggles young adults face today, Kayla Wikaryasz, a senior Interdisciplinary Humanities major with a minor in Creative Writing, is producing a short story that focuses on mental illness and the creative industry. Wikaryasz’s story was among the 13 proposed projects awarded a 2023 CREATE! Micro-Grant, with each winning proposal receiving $500.

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Ask the Expert: How Does Black Horror Help Us Understand Cultural Anxieties?

The genre of horror, and specifically Black horror, has been gaining attention in mainstream media in the last decade. Films by Black writers and directors featuring Black actors — think “ Us” and “Get Out” by writer and director Jordan Peele — are exploring themes of race and gender through a different lens while opening larger dialogues about belonging and…

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MSU Graduate Co-Founds Multimillion-Dollar Company Fueled by Goat Milk and Kindness

Michigan State University graduate Josh Kilmer-Purcell is a New York Times bestselling author who, together with husband, Dr. Brent Ridge, founded a multimillion-dollar skin care company, starred in their own reality TV show, and won season 21 of The Amazing Race — and those are just a few of the couple’s many accomplishments in what can be described as an…

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English Major Shares Internship Experience Working for Refugee Development Center

Sasha Beloglazova, a senior with a major in English from the College of Arts & Letters and a minor in Business, has a dream of becoming an English educator. A native of Russia, Beloglazova moved to the United States two years ago to pursue an undergraduate education from Michigan State University. She said her international background has fueled an interest in world affairs, foreign policy, and global economics. Sasha Beloglazova at the Refugee Development…

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‘Afrofantastic:’ Science Fiction, Technology, Black Culture Explored in New Documentary by MSU Professors

Afrofuturism has entered more mainstream conversations in the last decade thanks to its influence on fashion and art, notably in the music of Janelle Monae and in the film “Black Panther.” However, the idea of Afrofuturism, which often combines science fiction, technology, and a Black understanding of liberty, expands beyond pop culture into practice and social action. To help answer…

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