Critical Diversity a Focus of Global Digital Humanities Symposium

MSU's Digital Humanities Program is hosting its third annual Global Digital Humanities Symposium on March 22 and 23 at the MSU Main Library. This year’s symposium will focus on the growth of the digital humanities in under-resourced and underrepresented areas. For the past 20 years, Michigan State University has developed a strong research area in culturally engaged, global digital humanities. Today, many scholars…

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Leading the Way in Accessible Learning

The work of digital accessibility, or rather the inclusive practice of removing barriers to equal access of information and education, is ongoing at Michigan State University whether through online or face-to-face consultations, extended research, or experiential learning and practice. The College of Arts & Letters is leading the way in this effort, both on campus and beyond, through its research,…

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Podcast: Digitizing African Photography

On the latest episode of The Liberal Arts Endeavor, a podcast by the Michigan State University's College of Arts & Letters, co-hosts Hannah Bullion and Dean Chris Long discussed The Archive of Malian Photography project. By digitizing rare African photos and creating global access, this initiative is helping solve issues of unethical practices, while preserving cultural heritage in Mali. Candace Keller (far…

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Preserving Heritage in Mali

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqVQIE2quqg&feature=emb_title While interest in African photography has swelled over the past 20 years, extreme temperatures and improper storage have threatened the physical integrity of important African photo collections, and due to their high commercial value, these photos are vulnerable to theft and mistreatment, putting them at risk of being lost forever. One College of Arts & Letters researcher is working…

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Womxn of Color Initiative to Address Strategies for Surviving Racism

The Womxn of Color Initiative (WOCI), an effort to organize events for women of color and their allies at Michigan State University and in the greater Lansing community, is bringing MSU alumna Shani Peters back to campus during the month of March as an artist-in-residence to work on a collaborative arts practice project – Sustain: A Demonstration/Modeling Survival and Self Care Tactics as…

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MSU to Host Its First Latinx Film Festival

What Happens to a Dream Deferred - Teaser Trailer from MSU Latinx Film Festival on Vimeo. In an effort to bring more Latinx films to MSU and the surrounding area, Michigan State University is hosting its first Latinx Film Festival February 1-4, which will take place in theaters across Lansing, East Lansing, and Okemos. The idea for the festival came from Assistant…

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Arabic Students Paired with Syrian Refugees to Help Learn the Language

Crossing both cultural and language barriers, two MSU Arabic classes are gaining true conversational experience through the creation of an Arabic language conversation program that pairs students with Arabic-speaking refugees from Syria. Each student in the ARB 201 and 401 classes taught by Assistant Professors of Arabic Camelia Suleiman and Cheng-Wei Lin was set up with a Skype account to communicate with…

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Bridging Two Cultures Through Art and Graphic Design

Living “in-between” is not easy, but MFA Graphic Design student Mehrdad Sedaghat Bachabani is using that to his advantage by leveraging his multinational experiences and graphic design background to make the most of living within two vastly different cultures. Since moving to East Lansing a year and a half ago, Sedaghat has curated an exhibit that brought artwork from his hometown of…

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Making Art Accessible to the Visually Impaired

MSU’s Digital Humanities & Literary Cognition Lab, the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD), and Exceptions journal continue to carry on an MSU tradition of excellence and inclusion by organizing a one-day, hands on, accessible art exhibit for those with visual impairments. Displaying 16 works of art designed to be accessible to individuals with visual impairments, the exhibit, titled Sense of Self: Accessible Art…

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Students Create Accessible Art for Broad Exhibit

A one-day interactive exhibit at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, focusing on art accessibility across the visual ability spectrum, will feature creative work by MSU students in literature and art combined with renowned speakers in disability studies. The public is invited to attend and engage with these dynamic works of art. Titled Sense of Self: Accessible Art and Disability Studies, the…

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