New Department of African American and African Studies Approved

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees has approved the establishment of a Department of African American and African Studies, which will be part of the College of Arts & Letters. This new department will support the work of students, faculty, and staff associated with the existing African American and African Studies (AAAS) program and will help re-establish MSU’s position…

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Faculty Members Awarded Inspirational Woman of the Year Awards

Two College of Arts & Letters faculty members will receive MSU’sCenter for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) Inspirational Woman of the Year Awards. Rocío Quispe-Agnoli, Professor in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies, and Yomaira Figueroa, Assistant Professor in the Department of English, each are being honored for the impact they have made on and off campus and will be…

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Exhibit to Feature Work of Critical Race Studies Artist-in-Residence

An exhibition featuring the work of Helina Metaferia, Visiting Assistant Professor and Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies, will appear at MSU’s (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles St., East Lansing, February 8-March 29. This solo, interdisciplinary exhibit, titled By Way of Revolution, engages collage, assemblage, performance, video, and participation/social practice to resurrect the spirit of social justice movements of the past in order…

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Podcast: Storytelling in Our Communities

On the latest episode of The Liberal Arts Endeavor, a podcast by Michigan State University's College of Arts & Letters, host Dean Christopher P. Long discusses the importance of being an engaged scholar within communities with Tamara Butler, Assistant Professor of English and African American and African Studies, and student China Gross, Social Relations and Policy '20.  Butler focuses on 20th- and…

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Book Explores Jewish Name Changing and Its Connection to Anti-Semitism

For the past 10 years, Kirsten Fermaglich, Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies, has researched the practice of Jewish name changing in the United States and has written a book on the subject, titled A Rosenberg by Any Other Name: A History of Jewish Name Changing in America.  The book, published by New York University Press and released in October,…

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No Hands, No Limits, No Problem for Graduating Studio Art Senior

Born with no hands and missing her big toes and supporting bones on each foot, Kathryn Bailey hasn’t allowed her quadrilateral limb deficiency to keep her from living a “normal” life and now is about to graduate from Michigan State University with a degree in Studio Art and a concentration in Painting and Graphic Design from the Department of Art, Art…

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MSU Set to Host National Accessibility Conference

The 4th annual Accessible Learning Conference will take place December 6 and 7 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. Each year, the Accessible Learning Conference (ALC) devotes time to explore different avenues concerning accessibility. This year, the ALC will explore accessibility as a social justice issue. The ALC was designed to open pathways of discussion, networking, and collaboration for students, faculty, and community…

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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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