Afrofantastic: Seeing the Impact of Black Speculation and Liberation in American Culture

In this presentation Julian Chambliss, Professor of English, Core Faculty in the Consortium For Critical Diversity in Digital Age Research (CEDAR), and Val Berryman Curator of History at the MSU Museum explores the manifestation of black speculative practice.

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A Love of the Spanish Language and Its Impact on Recent Alum

Enrolled as a child in a Spanish immersion program, Allie Virginski’s childhood interest in the language blossomed into an integral part of her life, education, and career.  “Spanish is such a strong part of who I am. I absolutely love it,” she said. “I used to take culture classes when I was younger, and I knew I wanted to continue…

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MSU Saved My Life

The National Cancer Institute was established by the National Cancer Act of 1971, signed into law by President Richard Nixon. It represented the U.S. commitment to what President Nixon described as the “war on cancer,” which had become the nation’s second-leading cause of death by 1970. Judith Pearson, a 1975 graduate of the College of Arts & Letters with a…

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2021 Homecoming Event: Join us for Sweet & Greet

The College of Arts & Letters invites you to join us for our 2021 Homecoming event, Sweet & Greet 2021, on Friday, October 1, between 2-4 p.m. Visit our tent located at the Summer Circle Courtyard between Kresge Art Center and the MSU Auditorium. Enjoy Michigan-made treats and drinks and win items from the College with our raffle prize wheel while reconnecting…

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Alumnus Voice: Indebted to Michigan State for 70 years

Robert “Bob” Reising is an alumnus of the College of Arts & Letters. He earned his B.A. with special honors in English, Language and Literature in 1955 and was a member of the MSU baseball team from 1951-55. He also has a doctoral degree in English from Duke University. Reising wrote the following "Alumnus Voice" article for MSU Today: Originally from…

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Alumna Completes an Art Project Every Single Day of the Year

Jill Hakala, artist, painter, and alumna of MSU’s Department of Art, Art History, and Design, has taken a unique and creative approach to art through her 365 projects, a series of original works created by Hakala for each day of the year. “I have had a passion for art ever since I could hold a crayon,” said Hakala, who earned…

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Scholarship Recipients Studying Critical Foreign Languages

Three College of Arts & Letters students and one alumna are studying critical foreign languages this summer thanks to the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) they received from the U.S. Department of State.  The scholarship recipients include Steven Gagnon, a Second Language Studies Ph.D. student; Emma Young, a Social Relations and Policy senior with a minor in Arabic; Hannah Fischer, a Comparative Cultures…

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Recent English Alumna Receives Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor

Recent College of Arts & Letters alumna, Amanda Ling, who was a member of Michigan State University’s Varsity Swim and Dive team, received this year’s Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor, which is presented to a male and female student-athlete at each Big Ten institution for outstanding athletic and academic achievement.  Amanda Ling Ling graduated in May with a B.A. in English and…

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Theatre Alum Becomes First Black and First Female Judge in State’s 32A District

When asked how her bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Michigan State University led to her current career as a judge, alumna Rebekah Coleman replied, “the courtroom is my stage.” Now, as the first Black judge and first woman to hold the position in Harper Woods, Coleman is shining on that stage.  “Becoming the first Black judge and woman to hold…

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