Conversations with CAL: Dr. Jon Frey, Director of MSU Excavations at Isthmia

What happens when the modern digital age meets the ancient? How can we use the tools of tomorrow to explore the worlds of yesterday? In this presentation, we will examine the unique work of Dr. Jon Frey, professor of Classical Studies at MSU and field archeologist specializing in Greek and Roman architecture.

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Conversations with CAL on the Timnick Chair, Humanities, Filmmaking, and Black Art

As a filmmaker, screenwriter, and educator, Wray has served as a core faculty member in MSU’s Film Studies program since 2002, developing and teaching courses in film directing, screenwriting, and narrative film fiction, as well as in African American cinema and cinema of the African Diaspora. In addition, he is an accomplished filmmaker whose features and short films have been screened in the United States and abroad, including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Dakar, Zurich, Berlin, and Athens. 

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Black Feminisms Scholar and Educator Joins AAAS as an Academic Specialist

Dr. Yvonne Morris joined MSU’s Department of African American and African Studies (AAAS) on September 29, 2021, as an Academic Specialist and says she’s “ready to put Black feminisms and Black women’s knowledge, work, and brilliance at the forefront, not as an act of resistance or response to crisis, but because it is worthy and necessary to exist and just…

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Poet, Educator, and Public Health Change Agent Joins AAAS Department

A community-accountable scholar, educator, and poet, LeConté Dill joined MSU’s Department of African American and African Studies (AAAS) on September 16, 2021, as an Associate Professor of Black Feminisms, Genders, and Sexualities Studies.  She has a commitment toward transdisciplinary research and is guided by Black Feminist epistemologies to listen to and show up for Black girls and other youth of color. Dr. Dill was born…

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Afrofantastic: Seeing the Impact of Black Speculation and Liberation in American Culture

What is Afrofuturism and why does it matter to our contemporary moment? In this presentation, Julian Chambliss, Professor of English, Core Faculty in the Consortium For Critical Diversity in Digital Age Research (CEDAR), and Val Berryman Curator of History at the MSU Museum, explores the manifestation of Black speculative practice.

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Award-Winning Author, Filmmaker, and Scholar Joins AAAS Department

A scholar, cultural critic, and award-winning author and documentary filmmaker, Trimiko Melancon joined MSU’s Department of African American and African Studies (AAAS) on September 13, 2021, as a Full Professor with tenure.   She brings with her an expertise in critical race, gender, Black feminist and sexualities studies; African American and American literary and cultural studies; African American and Black German studies; and race, media,…

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MI Diaries Receives NSF Grant to Support Its Expansion

The MI Diaries project, run by MSU’s Sociolinguistics Lab and led by College of Arts & Letters’ Assistant Professor of Linguistics Betsy Sneller and Associate Professor of Linguistics Suzanne Wagner, was awarded a $265,830 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the expansion of the project over the next three years. Since MI Diaries first began in April…

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