Alum Named GM for Global Entertainment Media Brand

History and Theatre alumna Geneva S. Thomas recently became the General Manager of Entertainment Weekly and People en Español under the Meredith Corporation, which is one of the world's leading entertainment media brands, and she credits her MSU education for helping prepare her for the work she does today. She especially gives thanks for the opportunities she had as a student leader.  “Being a…

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Classes with CAL Spring 2021

Take time during COVID to check out the innovative thinking in these talks presented by College of Arts & Letters faculty on the topics of wellbeing, learning a foreign language, and social justice. Talk #1: "The Science and Art of Wellbeing: Integrating Student Wellness into CAL Courses" with Jon Ritz, College of Arts & Letters Inaugural Director of Student Wellness.…

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Alumnus Works for Student Betterment and Equity

The high school years can be one of the most crucial moments in a student’s education. For Robert Munro, Concord Academy’s Dean of Academic Program and Equity and an alumnus of the College of Arts & Letters’ African American and African Studies (AAAS) doctoral program, supporting students at this age has always been his vocation. And throughout the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the omnipresent inequality facing students of color and the sudden retirement of Concord's Head of School, Munro’s desire to uphold his students has never been more apparent.

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Liberal Arts Graduates Define Pathways to Future in Auto Industry

The road to a career in the automotive industry sometimes takes twists and turns. But looking in the rearview mirror, several alumnae of MSU’s College of Arts & Letters say their journeys were well worth the ride as they work to advance the world of mobility. While many STEM graduates chart paths to the automotive industry, students of the liberal…

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Conversations with CAL – Sounds of Religion Project

What does religion in the United States sound like? We begin by exploring the question that animates the American Religious Sounds Project (ARSP), a collaborative research initiative co-directed by Michigan State University Religious Studies Professor Amy DeRogatis and Ohio State University Comparative Studies Professor Isaac Weiner.

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Art Education Alumna Creates and Exhibits Black Art Library

Last year, at the start of Black History Month, College of Arts & Letters alumna Asmaa Walton began posting covers of art monographs, exhibition catalogues, and art biographies of African American visual artists to Instagram. An Art Education graduate, Walton was in the middle of her appointment as the Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellow at the Saint Louis Art Museum…

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Professional Writing Alum Creates Nonprofit to Support Black Students

Inspired by events from this past year surrounding the Black Lives Matter and Black Civil Rights movements, College of Arts & Letters alumnus Darrell Williams founded a nonprofit organization, the Lawson Porter Scholarship Foundation, to help Black students reach their higher education goals while at the same time emphasizing the importance of Afrocentric history. A first-generation four-year college student, Williams…

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First-Ever Endowed Professorship in Art History Established with $1 Million Gift

A $1 million gift from alumna Carol Ann Bennett-Vallès and her husband Jean-Paul Vallès has established the first-ever endowed professor position in art history in the College of Arts & Letters. “We are grateful to Carol Ann and Jean-Paul for a gift that so generously supports the university’s commitment to programmatic growth, enhancement, and success in the arts,” said MSU…

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Theatre Design Alum Returns to Mentor Current Students

G. “Max” Maxin IV (MFA Design ’12) was scheduled to return to Michigan State University as a guest scenic designer for the Department of Theatre’s production of 9 to 5: The Musical that was slated to open in February 2021, but when the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered theatres and most of the department’s productions, the Dolly Parton musical based on the…

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