Forgotten Culture Focus of WOCI Artist-In-Residence

Using her art to shine a spotlight on Indigenous voices, traditions, and ecology, Nanibah Chacón is bringing her message and talent to Michigan State University as the Fall 2018 Womxn of Color Initiative (WOCI) Artist-in-Residence. A painter, muralist, and art educator from New Mexico, Chacón creates public murals and artworks that engage community and the local landscape. Her work, which captures Indigenous…

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Student Interns with White House Initiative for Hispanics

Selena Huapilla-Perez, an Interdisciplinary Humanities senior, was one of four students from across the nation selected for an internship with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (WHIEEH). Part of the U.S. Department of Education, the WHIEEH was established in 1990 to address the educational disparities faced by the Hispanic community and offers undergraduate students a unique look into…

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Critical Race Studies Residency Program Begins Second Year

MSU’s College of Arts & Letters Critical Race Studies Residency program has brought two dynamic artists to campus for the 2018-2019 academic year to enrich the life of the greater Lansing community by creating opportunities for shared experiences that cultivate diversity and facilitate practices of inclusion through art and design. Part of the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, the…

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Gift Establishes Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel

Michigan State University has received a multimillion-dollar gift from Michael and Elaine Serling for the Jewish Studies Program. This gift, a mix of cash and estate giving, will provide a new endowment in Modern Israel in Jewish Studies. It will serve as a catalyst, stimulating activities that join MSU faculty and Israeli colleagues in several fields, including the humanities, social…

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Hampton Selected to Receive King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professor Award

Karen Hampton, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, has been selected to receive this year’s King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professors Program award. Hampton spent this past academic year at Michigan State University as an Artist-in-Residence in the Critical Race Studies Artist Residency, which was created by MSU’s College of Arts & Letters with generous support of the Michigan State…

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New Program Studies Race Through Art

Through a $750,000 gift from Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU), MSU’s College of Arts & Letters has established a Critical Race Studies Artist Residency that will bring different Artists-in-Residence to campus each year for five years to enrich the life of student experiences and the greater community by facilitating practices of inclusion through art and design as part of the Department…

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Early Career Award Honors Baker-Bell for Language and Literacy Work with Black Youth

As a high school English teacher in Detroit, April Baker-Bell says she felt ill-prepared to address her Black students' language and literacy needs and found that she was not alone. This experience planted the seed from which her research took root and has been the driving force throughout her career. Now an Assistant Professor in Michigan State University’s Department of English and…

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Artist-In-Residence Addresses Strategies for Surviving Racism

Artist-In-Residence Shani Peters has wrapped up her month-long collaborative arts practice project, Sustain: A Demonstration/Modeling Survival and Self Care Tactics as Public Service, with her Reflections on the Residency event held on April 2. Originally from Lansing, Michigan, Peters is a multidisciplinary New York City-based artist who received a B.A. in Communication from Michigan State University in 2002 and an M.F.A.…

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Professors Win Top Awards for Film About Latino Lynchings

MSU Professors of Practice John J. Valadez and Carleen Ling-an Hsu will receive two top honors from the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) at its annual conference in Las Vegas. There they will be presented with the Faculty Documentary “Best of” award and the first-ever Diversity and Inclusion Creative Award for their WKAR/PBS film The Head of Joaquin Murrieta. More than 1,550 entries, representing…

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Professor Honored for Work Addressing Issues of Equity and Social Justice

Associate Professor Emery Petchauer was selected to receive a distinguished award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) for his significant scholarly contributions to the field of teaching and teacher education. Petchauer has a dual appointment in the Department of English and Department of Teacher Education. He also is Coordinator of the English Teacher Education Program. Petchauer is one of two winners of the 2018 AERA…

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