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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‘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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Finding Community Within New African American and African Studies Major

Jhala Martin is one of the first students at Michigan State University to declare African American and African Studies (AAAS) as her major. The new Bachelor of Arts degree offered through the Department of African American and African Studies within the College of Arts & Letters was launched this year to promote and support Black transdisciplinary advocacy, engagement, and thought.…

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MSU Celebrates New Academic Learning Space for Department of African American and African Studies

Michigan State University’s College of Arts & Letters held an official opening Nov. 17 for a new space dedicated to the Department of African American and African Studies (AAAS) — the first department of its kind at MSU. “The Ascension of AAAS” event celebrated the 8,400-square-foot renovated space as well as the new bachelor’s degree offered by the department. Located on…

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CREATE! Micro-Grant Project Explores Themes of Existence and Time Through Painting

Abbey Behan fell in love with painting as a 7-year-old, following Bob Ross tutorials in the basement with her dad. These small, early paintings opened her eyes to a more sophisticated form of painting and taught her valuable lessons about the creative process. “Ever since I was little, I have been making artwork. There has just always been a strong…

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Forms of Freedom Project Reimagines Pedagogy, Artmaking, and Educational Justice

Conceived through an imperative to reimagine the possibilities for public pedagogy, Forms of Freedom: The Art and Design of Black and Indigenous Creative Public Pedagogies is a two-year research collaboration between Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) artist collectives to exchange, learn, and create radical forms of artmaking and education.

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Inaugural Endowed Professor Teaches How to Connect Writing With Culture

As the inaugural Karen L. Gillmor Ph.D. Endowed Professor in Professional and Public Writing at Michigan State University, Kristin Arola, an innovative scholar and researcher, is not only teaching students persuasive and effective writing skills she also is showing them how to connect and make sense of their culture through their writing.  “To have been selected to serve in this…

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