Philosophy Department Earns High Marks for Addressing Issues of Underrepresented Groups

A leading advisory board of recognized philosophers has identified Michigan State University’s Department of Philosophy as a premier place for graduate students from underrepresented populations to earn a doctorate degree. In fall 2020, The Pluralist’s Guide to Philosophy commended the department’s approach, which fosters the use of traditional elements of philosophy while addressing practical issues of concern to society. Many…

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College of Arts & Letters Students Win at Social Justice Art Festival

Two College of Arts & Letters students were winners at MSU’s 4th Annual Social Justice Art Festival. Charlotte Bachelor, a junior Professional and Public Writing major, and Nicolei Gupit, a second-year Studio Art MFA student, were two of the four students to receive awards at the four-day virtual festival that celebrates student artwork centered on social justice topics. Bachelor won the Most…

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Professional Writing Alum Creates Nonprofit to Support Black Students

Inspired by events from this past year surrounding the Black Lives Matter and Black Civil Rights movements, College of Arts & Letters alumnus Darrell Williams founded a nonprofit organization, the Lawson Porter Scholarship Foundation, to help Black students reach their higher education goals while at the same time emphasizing the importance of Afrocentric history. A first-generation four-year college student, Williams…

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Ruth Nicole Brown Named MSU Foundation Professor

In recognition of her innovative community-engaged scholarship and outstanding record of visionary leadership, research, and pedagogy, Ruth Nicole Brown was awarded an MSU Foundation Professorship, making her the first faculty member from the College of Arts & Letters to receive this honor since it was first introduced in 2014. Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown The title of MSU Foundation Professor is…

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The Promise and Perils of Democracy

Dear College of Arts & Letters Staff and Faculty,  We in the College of Arts & Letters have long understood the power of words to strengthen or diminish democracy. Over the past 24 hours, we have witnessed the power of words to incite violent insurrection at the United States Capitol, distort the truth, and undermine a peaceful transition of power. But we have also seen the power of…

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Student Confronts Racial Discrimination with CREATE! Micro-Grant Project

Lauren Slawin, a sophomore majoring in Creative Advertising and Graphic Design, used the CREATE! Micro-Grant program to confront racial discrimination and police brutality in a video essay where she sketches the face of the late George Floyd, an African American man killed during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill, with a voiceover that describes such events as “the second pandemic.”

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New MSU Musical For Audiences Who Are Neurodiverse to be Performed Virtually

Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre has produced a new sensory-friendly musical for children who are neurodiverse and will begin offering free virtual performances this month.  Written by students and faculty at Michigan State University, Soda Pop Shop! is an interactive musical that ​invites audience members to relate to the experiences of the characters in the show and help them cope with their feelings as…

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CREATE! Micro-Grant Virtual Exhibit Launches Displaying Winning Projects

The CREATE! Micro-Grant Program supported the launch of 12 student projects that analyze and respond to racial injustice and the struggles brought on by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These projects, ranging from interpretive dance and musical performances to traditional Anishinaabe quill work, videos, podcasts, personal essays, and poetry, can now be viewed online through the CREATE! Micro-Grant Virtual Exhibit.

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