Making History at Michigan State University

Making history at Michigan State University: Barry D. Amis, David W.D. Dickson, and Ruth Nicole Brown The College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University has been part of many firsts when it comes to Black history, including hiring David W.D. Dickson, who was the first Black faculty member at MSU and, more recently, establishing the Department of African…

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Faculty Voice: Providing a Forum for Cross-Regional Muslim Studies

Russell E. Lucas is a Professor of International Relations in James Madison College and Global Studies in the College of Arts & Letters. He previously served as Director of the Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities Program and is a core faculty member of the Muslim Studies Program. This year marks his first time helping to organize the MSU…

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Collaborating with Smithsonian Institution on Sounds of Religion Exhibition

The Sounds of Religion poster exhibition, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution, Michigan State University, and The Ohio State University, is now available to educators around the globe to download or print for free and is on full display in its worldwide premiere until June 30, 2023, at the MSU Museum. This new Smithsonian poster exhibition explores how rituals and…

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On the Cusp: English Professor Establishes New Journal

Kristin Mahoney, Associate Professor in the Department of English at Michigan State University, has helped create a new journal that focuses on field-defining scholarship on the works, authors, artists, problems, and phenomena that defined the dynamic period from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.  The journal, titled Cusp: Late 19th-/Early 20th-Century Cultures, aims to promote interdisciplinarity scholarship on the visual arts, cinema and…

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The Intentional Work of Values-Enacted Change

When Stephanie Shonekan, Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) at the University of Maryland (UMD), asked about the origins of the HuMetricsHSS initiative at lunch after our workshop this week, I was transported back in time to October 2016 when a group of us met at the Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill, NC, for the Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute (TriangleSCI). We had gathered to reconsider the question of academic metrics with an eye toward making indicators of quality more humane.

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German Study Abroad Program Celebrates 50 Years of Life-Changing Experiences

Each summer, for the past 50 years, Michigan State University students have made a small city in Europe’s Rhine Valley their home. They travel to Mayen, Germany, for five weeks to study the German language while immersing themselves in the local culture through one of the longest-running study abroad programs offered by MSU. Over its half-century history, the German Language…

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Paula Winke Named Inaugural Arts & Letters Professor

Paula Winke, Professor in the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures (LiLaC) at Michigan State University, recently was named the inaugural Arts & Letters Professor recognizing her outstanding intellectual leadership and excellence in teaching. “It is a true honor to be the inaugural Arts & Letters Professor in the College of Arts & Letters,” Winke said. “This award is meaningful…

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College of Arts & Letters Part of National Blueprint for Advancing College Equity and Excellence

As a member of the Boyer 2030 Commission, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State University, participated in the development of a national blueprint for undergraduate education at U.S. research universities. This new blueprint, created to address persistent equity gaps in undergraduate educational outcomes, recently was released by the Boyer 2030 Commission in an…

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Staff Awarded For Excellence and Leadership

This past Fall 2022, the College of Arts & Letters recognized 13 outstanding staff members for their service and exceptional work. Recognition took place at a college appreciation event and awards ceremony on Sept. 9, 2022. Staff awarded for excellence and leadership in Fall 2022. The highlight of this event was the presentation group and individual awards. These included: Years of Service…

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Department of English Faculty Recognized with Several Awards and Professional Recognitions

The Department of English at Michigan State University is home to a myriad of talented faculty members actively engaged in research and creative activity with several of these scholars and artists recently earning awards and professional recognition for the books they have written. These celebrated publications examine topics like linguistic justice in English education, queer literature and theory, color in…

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