Ask the Expert: How Are Mental Health and Wellness Connected?

Mental health has become a part of wellness discussions in schools, workplaces, and health care organizations. In higher education, there has been a greater focus on mental health as one component of wellness that supports students in learning and persisting through to graduation. LeConté Dill, Associate Professor of African American and African Studies at Michigan State University, finds her students…

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Associate Dean Remembered for Personal and Professional Impact at MSU and Beyond  

The College of Arts & Letters is mourning the loss of Bill Hart-Davidson, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies and Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Cultures (WRAC). Hart-Davidson, who was beloved both personally and professionally across the College and Michigan State University, passed away suddenly on April 23, 2024. He was 53 years old.  

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Ask the Expert: How Is Spirituality Expanding Beyond Religion?

Spirituality is declining in the United States if you focus on religious affiliation, but that isn’t the whole story according to Morgan Shipley, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Michigan State University. A recent Pew Research Center survey reports that 28% of U.S. adults say they are religiously unaffiliated. By digging a little deeper, Shipley finds the religiously unaffiliated, sometimes…

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Afrofuturism & Quilting Exhibition: Exploring Connections Within Teaching, Learning, and Quilt Praxis

Stitch by stitch, quilt making has played an integral role in African American history. But the storytelling embedded in the quilts themselves is more than mere tradition. In the Afrofuturism & Quilts: Materializing Black Futures & Black Womxn’s Quilt Legacies Exhibition now on display through Friday, July 19, at the MSU Union Art Gallery, local and national quilt artists and quilt scholars explore embodied and theoretical connections between Afrofuturism and quilt making.

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Jyotsna Singh Leaves Lasting Legacy at MSU and Will Deliver Legacy Lecture on April 17

As the 2023-2024 recipient of the College of Arts & Letters’ Legacy Lecture Award, Jyotsna Singh, who recently retired from the Department of English at Michigan State University, will deliver a 60-minute legacy lecture Wednesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in the Lincoln Room of the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, following a reception that begins at 6:30 p.m. Professor…

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Professor Honored for Community-Engaged Creative Activity

For her outstanding work producing an equity-based art exhibition featuring more than 200 pieces of work from around the world, Nancy DeJoy, Associate Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Cultures at Michigan State University, is this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Creative Activity presented by MSU’s Office of University Outreach and Engagement.The exhibition, titled…

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Michael Ristich Appointed Director of the Citizen Scholars Program

Michael Ristich, Academic Specialist in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Cultures, was appointed Director of the Citizen Scholars Program, effective Jan. 1, 2024. The Citizen Scholars Program, which is open to first- and second-year students with a major in the College of Arts & Letters, is designed to prepare the next generation of diverse, high-achieving, and engaged citizen leaders.…

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Research Recognized for Highlighting Black Women’s Contributions to History and Culture

For Women’s History Month, Leonora Souza Paula’s work is being featured by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) in their Women’s History Resource List as a scholarly resource that celebrates and highlights the diverse histories and historical roles of women.

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College Mourns the Passing of Spanish Professor

The College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University is mourning the passing of Virginia Ruifernández-Conde, an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies. Ruifernández-Conde also was a graduate of MSU having earned her Ph.D. in Hispanic Cultural Studies from Michigan State University in 2013. She died on Feb. 19, 2024, after a fierce…

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Grace Pregent Named Director of The Writing Center

Grace Pregent, Ph.D., who had been serving as Interim Director of The Writing Center at Michigan State University since June 15, 2023, was named Director of the Center, effective January 1, 2024. A mentor, teacher, and administrator, Pregent is core faculty in Canadian Studies, affiliate faculty in Global Studies, and graduate faculty in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Cultures.

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