Critical Race Studies Residency Program Begins Third Year

MSU’s College of Arts & Letters' Critical Race Studies Residency program is bringing two dynamic artists to campus for the 2019-2020 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. This year's Artists-in-Residence are: Luis Sahagun, a multidisciplinary artist with…

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MSU Alumna Fostering Equity Through Art Education

Asmaa Walton hasn’t run short of opportunity after earning a bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Michigan State University in 2017. Following the completion of an M.A. in Art Politics from New York University (NYU) and a Toledo Museum of Art KeyBank Diversity Leadership Fellowship, Walton will join the St. Louis Art Museum this September as the 26th Romare Bearden Fellow. The Romare…

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Critical Race Studies Program Examines Race Through Art

Part of the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, the Critical Race Studies Residency program was established in 2017 thanks to a $750,000 gift from the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU). The MSUFCU gift is being spread out over a five-year period (2018-2022) in annual installments of $150,000. The Critical Race Studies Residency brings different Artists-in-Residence to campus each year to enrich the…

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MSU Researches a Neurodiverse Approach to Theatre Education

One of the first of its kind in the world, Michigan State University's Department of Theatre has produced a play that is written specifically for an audience that is neurodiverse, which are variations in the human brain that are commonly characterized as autistic, dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Tourette syndrome, and others. The piece is called FARM! A Musical Experience. Although it…

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Less Commonly Taught and Indigenous Languages the Focus of $2.5 Million Grant

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhCE_hsR0Js&feature=emb_title Currently, MSU offers instruction in 29 less commonly taught languages, such as Vietnamese, Turkish, and Indonesian. Often the challenge in teaching these languages is having only one or two students at any given university taking a course, and in order to have a full class and higher levels of competency, a critical mass of students is needed across multiple semesters.…

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Kristie Dotson Appointed Interim Chair of AAAS Program

Professor Kristie Dotson has been appointed Interim Chair of the African American and African Studies (AAAS) program, effective July 1, 2019.   Since 2008, Dotson has served as a member of the Department of Philosophy faculty at Michigan State University. She led the AAAS Vision Process, which brought interested faculty together to imagine and construct a new Department of African American and African…

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Accessible Art Events Coming to Broad Art Lab

An accessible art exhibit is coming to MSU’s Broad Art Lab April 8-13 and  will feature touchable and multisensory art made by MSU students and Lansing and East Lansing community members, including artists who identify on the disability spectrum. The event is planned to be as inclusive and accessible as possible by incorporating such elements as sensory-friendly hours, touchable art, braille placards,…

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Womxn of Color Initiative Welcomes Spring 2019 Visiting Artist

The MSU Womxn of Color Initiative welcomes as its Spring 2019 Visiting Artist, Mayra Santos Febres, an award-winning novelist, poet, essayist, radio and television personality, and professor in the humanities division of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. During her four-day visit to Michigan State University, from March 27-30, Santos Febres will engage with students and the community in…

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Critical Race Studies Artist-in-Residence to Exhibit Work and Program of Events at MSU

An exhibition featuring the work of Qais Assali, Visiting Assistant Professor and Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies, will be displayed at the MSU Union Art Gallery March 15-May 11. An opening reception for the exhibit is scheduled for Friday, March 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the MSU Union Art Gallery. Assali will do an artist talk on Wednesday, March…

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Podcast: Diaspora & Decolonial Love

The newest episode of the Liberal Arts Endeavor Podcast, titled Diaspora and Decolonial Love, is out! Our host, Dean Christopher P. Long, spoke with Yomaira Figueroa, Assistant Professor of English and Global Diaspora Studies, about her research regarding 20th century U.S. Latinx Caribbean, Afro-Latinx, and Afro-Diasporic literature and culture and her current book project, Decolonizing Diasporas: Radical Mappings of Afro-Atlantic Literature.  Figueroa also discusses the Womxn of Color…

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