MSU Filmetry Festival to be Livestreamed with Film Adaptations of Poems Informed by COVID-19

Reading a good novel often prompts readers to wonder what the story would be like as a feature film. This tendency isn’t just a marker of the importance of what is digital and visual; it’s a reminder of how culture and technology are intertwined. Filmmakers, poets, readers, and viewers will honor this union of culture and technology and celebrate the…

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MSU Digital Humanities Initiative Receives Garfinkel Prize

A digital humanities collective in the MSU College of Arts & Letters that draws on the legacy of creating spaces of liberation within oppressive societies has won the 2020 Garfinkel Prize in Digital Humanities presented by the American Studies Association. This annual award recognizes excellent work at the intersection of American studies and digital humanities and honors caucus founder Susan…

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Raising Proficiency in Critical Need Languages

For decades, Spanish, French, and German have dominated the landscape of foreign language instruction in most schools, colleges, and universities in the United States. However, as the need grows for proficiency in critical-need languages, Michigan State University is inviting teachers of two non-Western European languages to explore best practices through a synchronous online summer workshop. The Department of Linguistics and…

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Professor Honored for Anti-Racist English Language Teaching and Scholarship

April Baker-Bell, Associate Professor of English and African American and African Studies, and Mimi Henderson-Hudson, Language Arts Teacher at Detroit Denby High School, have received two prestigious awards from Michigan State University honoring their inspired community-university partnership between MSU’s College of Arts & Letters English Education program and a network of high school English teachers and students in Detroit. The…

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Classes with CAL Spring 2021

Take time during COVID to check out the innovative thinking in these talks presented by College of Arts & Letters faculty on the topics of wellbeing, learning a foreign language, and social justice. Talk #1: "The Science and Art of Wellbeing: Integrating Student Wellness into CAL Courses" with Jon Ritz, College of Arts & Letters Inaugural Director of Student Wellness.…

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Latinx Film Festival Receives Excellence in Diversity Award

The MSU Latinx Film Festival (LxFF), founded in 2017 by Scott Boehm, Assistant Professor of Spanish, along with four graduate students in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies, has received the Excellence in Diversity Award in the Team Award Emerging Progress category. “My immediate reaction [to winning the Excellence in Diversity Award] was that while this award is important…

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Alumnus Works for Student Betterment and Equity

The high school years can be one of the most crucial moments in a student’s education. For Robert Munro, Concord Academy’s Dean of Academic Program and Equity and an alumnus of the College of Arts & Letters’ African American and African Studies (AAAS) doctoral program, supporting students at this age has always been his vocation. And throughout the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the omnipresent inequality facing students of color and the sudden retirement of Concord's Head of School, Munro’s desire to uphold his students has never been more apparent.

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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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