Department of Theatre Faculty Member Receives Excellence in Diversity Award

Laura Scales, Academic Specialist in MSU’s Department of Theatre, was awarded the Excellence in Diversity Award (EIDA) presented by the Michigan State University Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives in recognition of her outstanding commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion and engagement in activities that demonstrate a sustained commitment to fostering an inclusive community. Scales was nominated…

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A Visionary New Build: The Department of African American and African Studies

Initially started as a PhD granting program in 2002, with an undergraduate minor created in 2014, the Department of African American and African Studies (AAAS) was officially founded in 2019. Leading the program is Inaugural Department Chair Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown and Foundational Associate Professor Dr. Tamura Lomax. Though the formation of this new department during a global pandemic has presented unique challenges, Dr. Brown and Dr. Lomax have both a vision and mission that is committed to making concrete connections between scholarship, pedagogy, and social justice.

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Ann Hamilton to Present Signature Lecture on April 16

The College of Arts & Letters is pleased to host National Medal of the Arts recipient, MacArthur Genius, and internationally acclaimed artist Ann Hamilton as part of the College’s Signature Lecture Series. The event, to be held virtually Friday, April 16, at 5 p.m., is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, please complete the registration form.  Ann Hamilton…

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MSU Theatre Freshmen Premiere Original Web Series Satire About College During COVID-19

The freshmen class of Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre have created a mockumentary-style web series satire about the experience of starting college during the COVID-19 pandemic. Freshman Showcase: Pandemic’d! will premiere its first two episodes with a Facebook Live Viewing Party on Friday, February 12, at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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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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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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Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry Events Scheduled for Nov. 19 and 20

The Department of English Creative Writing Program is pleased to co-host editors and contributors of The Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry. Online readings and panel discussions will take place via Zoom on Thursday, November 19, at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, November 20, at 2 p.m. The event is free, but registration is required. To register, please contact Department of English Professor Gordon Henry at henryg@msu.edu.

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