Who Is a Citizen? Contest Winners Announced

The Creative Writing and Film Studies programs within the Department of English held a literary and video contest this past spring calling for student submissions of short prose, poetry, screenwriting, and video works exploring evolving notions of citizenship in the United States by asking students to respond to the question, “Who Is a Citizen?” The works submitted focused on themes relevant to…

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Fund Created to Help Students Get the Art Materials They Need

When classes at Michigan State University moved to remote learning, students in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design (AAHD) faced the unique challenge of emulating studio spaces from home. In an effort to ensure student success, AAHD created the Student Art Materials Fund to provide necessary art supplies for students during remote learning.  “Some forms of Studio Art and Apparel…

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MSU NCTE Student Group Wins National Excellence Award for Fourth Consecutive Year

For the fourth consecutive year, MSU’s National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) student organization has earned the NCTE Student Affiliate Excellence Award. The MSU group, which is affiliated with the Department of English, is one of four student organizations from across the country to receive this award this year, which recognizes student groups that meet the NCTE’s qualifications of excellence.

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Emergency Response Archive of Puerto Rico Receives Mellon Foundation Grant

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Michigan State University a $325,000 grant to support the first phase of the “Emergency Response Archive of Puerto Rico,” a digital open-access repository of Puerto Rican artifacts of disasters pertaining to Hurricane María (2017), the Guayanilla earthquakes (2020), and COVID-19 (2020). The project involves collaboration between MSU, the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras,…

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Ph.D. Student Awarded King-Chávez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship

Ja’La Wourman, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, was awarded the King-Chávez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship award, which aims to increase the pool of academically underrepresented candidates pursuing faculty teaching careers in postsecondary education. The $35,000 award, funded by the State of Michigan’s Michigan Talent Investment Agency and the Michigan State University Graduate School, is designed to…

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Micro-Grants Awarded to 12 Art Projects Addressing COVID-19

The CREATE! Micro-Grant Program has selected 12 student projects to each receive $500 to respond critically and imaginatively to events occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the winning projects also will reflect on the fight for social justice in the Black Lives Matter movement, producing art that responds to struggles brought on by the pandemic and acts of police…

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Varg-Sullivan Endowed Graduate Award Winners Announced

Each year, the College of Arts & Letters presents two Varg-Sullivan Endowed Graduate Awards to graduate students for their outstanding achievement in the arts or letters. This year’s winners are Jessica Stokes, Outstanding Achievement in the Arts recipient, and Bronson Hui, Outstanding Achievement in the Letters recipient.  Paul Varg and Richard Sullivan are former Deans of the College of Arts…

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Professor Wins Grand Prize at Japan Media Arts Festival

Adam Brown, Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, won the Grand Prize in the Arts Division at the Japan Media Arts Festival for his work, [ir]reverent: Miracles on Demand, which will now be part of a major exhibition at the National Museum in Tokyo later this year.  His project was one of 3,566 overall entries from 107 countries in…

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Study Abroad Wins Excellence Award in Interdisciplinary Scholarship

Jonathan Choti, Assistant Professor of African Languages in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, and two doctoral students, Pauline Wambua (Ph.D. in Educational Policy) and Ja’La Wourman (Ph.D. in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures), collectively received the 2020 Excellence Award in Interdisciplinary Scholarship (EAIS) for their 2019 study abroad project, Sustainable Community Development in Tanzania. Choti was the faculty leader of the…

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