Critical Race Studies Artist-in-Residence to Reimagine MSU’s Sparty Statue

As the 2020-2021 College of Arts & Letters’ Artist-in-Residence of Critical Race Studies, Young Joon Kwak is using multidisciplinary artistry to examine MSU’s Sparty statue in order to understand its deepest details and what lies beyond its symbolic skin.

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Integrative Arts and Humanities (IAH) Offers New and Innovative Courses

Delivering general education curriculum in the arts and humanities requires some ingenuity to put the human experience into context. Faculty and instructors who teach in MSU’s Center for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities (CISAH) in the College of Arts & Letters continually meet this challenge by taking innovative approaches to teaching essential subjects. “The way we teach the…

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Who Is a Citizen? Contest Winners Announced

The Creative Writing and Film Studies programs within the Department of English held a literary and video contest this past spring calling for student submissions of short prose, poetry, screenwriting, and video works exploring evolving notions of citizenship in the United States by asking students to respond to the question, “Who Is a Citizen?” The works submitted focused on themes relevant to…

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Taking Up Space as a Scholar, Activist, and Visionary Co-Builder of the New AAAS Department

Scholar, author, activist, and visionary builder, these are just a few words to describe Tamura Lomax, Foundational Associate Professor, who came to Michigan State University to work alongside Ruth Nicole Brown, Inaugural Chair, to envision and build the new vanguard Department of African American and African Studies (AAAS). Good timing and the extraordinary opportunity of creating a new department with…

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MSU African American and African Studies Seeks ‘Technologies of Living for Survival Into Wellness’

The latest segment of MSU Today explores the vision, mission, and values of Michigan State University’s Department of African American and African Studies with Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown, Inaugural Chairperson and Professor of AAAS, Dr. Tamura Lomax, Foundational Associate Professor of AAAS, Dr. Kristie Dotson, Executive Academic Advisor to AAAS and Professor of Philosophy, and Dr. April Baker-Bell, continuing member of the transition team and Associate Professor of Language, Literacy, and English Education.

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Get Out the Vote: Empowering the Women’s Vote

Get Out the Vote: Empowering the Women’s Vote highlights how graphic design has been implemented as a powerful tool in politics with poster designs running parallel to activism and social change for over 100 years.  Professors Salchow MacArthur and Skolos discuss with guests the case study of the centennial celebration of the 19th Amendment to catalyze women in design, voting rights, citizenship, community and diversity through poster design.  This Conversation is moderated by 2020 MSU alum, Sarah Davis.

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Goeringer Installation Featured in Science Gallery Detroit Exhibit

Anonymous. Taken near the location in which an unnamed transpersons body was found Professor Lyn Goeringer’s installation, Witnesses, is featured in the Science Gallery Detroit’s current exhibit, Future Present: Design in a Time of Urgency, which runs through December 11, 2020, and is open to the public. A composer and intermedia artist who works with video, sound, and light, Goeringer…

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Student Combines Love of Fashion and Medicine to Create Mask-Making Business

Maddy Eischer, a junior double major in Apparel and Textile Design and Molecular Genetics, is using the extra time during the pandemic to make a difference and to help her community.  “I have always had a passion for medicine and a talent for art and sewing,” she said. “I have struggled with ways to combine my interests, but the pandemic…

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