BranchOut Dance Performance Encourages Audience Engagement with Natural Environment

A new and thought-provoking dance performance project, called BranchOut, which will engage audiences with the natural environment around them while experiencing and exploring the nature of tree communication and the interconnection between plants, will hold its first performance at Michigan State University’s Horticulture Gardens on Wednesday, May 4, at 5 p.m. BranchOut's interactive dance performance was born from a desire…

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VIM Fashion Show Back In-Person, Showcasing Work of Student Designers

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the VIM Fashion Show was back and bigger than ever before, held at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts on March 23 and featuring the work of 10 Michigan State University student designers.  Hosted by VIM Magazine, MSU’s student-run fashion, beauty, and lifestyle publication, the event showcased handmade designs and was open…

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First-Place Win Earns MFA Candidate a Spot at National Theatre Competition

Two MFA Design Candidates from Michigan State University, Kasee Arnett and Zech Saenz, recently won awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Region III competition for their work on A Contemporary American's Guide to a Successful Marriage. Arnett took first place in Scenic Theatrical Design and will move on to the national competition, and Saenz finished as…

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Ph.D. Student Honored with Community Engagement Scholarship Award

Committed to raising awareness about critical issues and the academic or community-based work being done to solve them, Sharieka Shontae Botex, a third-year Ph.D. student in MSU’s Writing and Rhetoric program, created the Shaping Society Through Scholarship and Action event, which featured Black women scholars and their community-focused work as well as the important work of local leaders and community organizers.…

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VIM Magazine to Host First In-Person Fashion Show After Pandemic Restrictions

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, VIM Magazine, Michigan State University’s student-run fashion, beauty, and lifestyle publication, will hold its largest in-person Annual Fashion Show to date. The event will take place Wednesday, March 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Pasant Theatre of the Wharton Center for Performing Arts. The VIM Annual Fashion Show was…

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Faculty Voice: Our Continuous Movement

In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black Studies, initiated the first “Negro History Week,” which would evolve into Black History Month here in the United States in 1976. For many people, it is an important commemoration of the long-standing contributions of African Americans in this country.

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MSU Department of Theatre Opens Jukebox Musical Featuring Songs by The Go-Go’s

The Michigan State University Department of Theatre begins its spring semester of performances with the musical comedy Head Over Heels, set to the music of the iconic 80s all-female rock band The Go-Go’s. Performance dates are February 18-20 and 22-27 in the Auditorium Building’s Fairchild Theatre. Attendees must be masked and show proof of vaccination or a negative test within…

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Collaborators from MSU’s Department of Theatre Help Bring Musical to Texas Stage

Four collaborators from Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre have teamed up to help bring the world premiere of MacGyver: The Musical to Stages in Houston, Texas. Kirk Domer, Professor of Scene Design at MSU, is the scene designer for the production. MSU alumna Kristina Ortiz Miller is the costume designer and is being helped by Mona Jahani, an MFA…

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Redefining Experiential Learning in the Humanities: The Cube

To kick off 2022, Kate Birdsall, Associate Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, presented “Redefining Experiential Learning in the Humanities: The Cube (publishing - process - praxis)” on January 20 in which she briefly highlighted how The Cube supports undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Arts & Letters.

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Studio Art Student Brings Back Passion for Transformative Art from International Program

Alex Vonhof, a Studio Art senior at Michigan State University, was selected for the inaugural international class of the Ars Electronica Festival University in Linz, Austria, where he spent several weeks engaging in the transformative arts program, gaining hands-on experience with trend-forward techniques, and bringing back a better understanding of where arts — and the world’s future — are heading. …

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