Philosophy Professor Recognized for Anti-Violence Research

Elena Ruíz’s anti-violence research has attracted the interest and support of advocacy organizations and philanthropic groups world-wide, including the Me Too Movement Organization for which she was named principal researcher for gender-based violence in January 2020.  An Assistant Professor in MSU’s Department of Philosophy, Ruíz identifies strategic interventions for sexual violence and social structuresthat harm and keep people from meeting their basic needs. Through cross-disciplinary…

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Chairperson Appointed for African American & African Studies

Ruth Nicole Brown has been appointed as the Inaugural Chairperson for the Department of African American and African Studies (AAAS) at Michigan State University, effective July 1, 2020. She currently is an Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “I’m overjoyed about joining MSU as the Inaugural Chairperson of African…

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Yen-Hwei Lin Appointed Chair of LingLang Department

After more than a year serving as Acting Interim Chair and then Interim Chair of the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, Yen-Hwei Lin has been appointed Chair of the Department. This four-year appointment is effective August 16, 2020, through August 15, 2024.   A Professor of Linguistics, Lin served as Acting Interim Chair (November 5, 2018-2019) and…

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Theatre Department Combats Gender Inequity with Big Ten Initiative

(PLEASE NOTE: The performance dates for Bonnets: How Ladies of Good Breeding are Induced to Murder have been postponed. Please call 1.800.WHARTON to receive a refund or hold on to your tickets for rescheduled dates when they are announced. If you have any questions, please call 1.800.WHARTON.) Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre is staging the latest production to be commissioned by the Big Ten Theatre Consortium,…

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English Professors Use Film and Comics to Engage Students in American History

Jeff Wray and Julian Chambliss, two distinguished professors from Michigan State University's Department of English, joined Russ White on WKAR's MSU Today to talk about their work and how it impacts their students and our evolving society. The conversation began with their thoughts on a challenging time for racial tension on campus. “It has been a challenging year, but in some ways, it's been a typical…

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‘Situations’ Exhibit Is a Catalyst for Several Community Events

(PLEASE NOTE: In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and in the interest of public safety, the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum closed on March 14 and has not determined a reopening date due to the rapidly changing nature of the situation, but will communicate updates as they become available. Also, the Claudia Rankine Signature Lecture scheduled for April 9 has been canceled, and…

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Shattering Stereotypes of Iranian Women Through Art

As a visual artist, curator, and filmmaker, Parisa Ghaderi has always taken into consideration her identity as an Iranian woman and has expressed her identity through her work. “Every exhibition I have seen about Iranian women is always in black and white imagery and features people with hijab and chador with very extreme and radical perspectives. To me, it feels like these…

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MSU Latinx Film Festival Back with Expanded Program and Live Music

The MSU Latinx Film Festival (LxFF), scheduled for February 12-16, will offer five days of film, music, and art at various venues across the Michigan State University campus as well as throughout Lansing and East Lansing, giving attendees many opportunities to make meaningful connections with Latinx communities. The biannual festival, which is celebrating its second iteration, will feature the work of…

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Author Selected as Womxn of Color Initiative Visiting Artist

The Womxn of Color Initiative (WOCI) is bringing Elaine Castillo, author of America is Not the Heart, to campus next week as its Fall 2019 Visiting Artist, and is inviting the public to come hear her talk on Wednesday, October 16, at 6 p.m. at the MSU Broad ArtLab, 565 E. Grand River Ave. in East Lansing. America Is Not the…

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Visiting Artists-Scholars to Focus on Afrofuturism

The College of Arts & Letters will welcome artist-scholars John Jennings and Stacey Robinson to campus September 23-27 to engage students and faculty in conversations about race, gender, and power in Afrofuturism. Thanks to the College of Arts & Letters’ Engaged Pedagogy Grant, during their four-day visit, Jennings and Robinson will host workshops, give public talks, and visit classrooms to…

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