Eight-Year Study on the Sound of Religion Culminates in Interactive Auditory Exhibit

Religion and sound are tied together in evocative ways. Church bells. Public proselytizing. Calls to prayer. Tantric chanting. What does religion sound like, and how can we learn new truths about the diversity of religion in the United States when we listen? Amy DeRogatis, Professor of Religion and American Culture and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Michigan State…

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Working to Reconnect Lansing to the Arts and Humanities

A new collaboration between MSU’s Red Cedar Writing Project and the Capital Area District Libraries (CADL) will reconnect communities to the arts and humanities through a new set of library programs. Pioneering this project is Trixie Smith, Director of the Red Cedar Writing Project, who won the National Writing Project’s (NWP) Building a More Perfect Union National Endowment for the…

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IAH Faculty Teaching Award Winners Announced

The Center for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities (CISAH) recently announced the winners of this year’s Faculty Teaching Awards, which include the Fintz Award for Teaching Excellence in the Arts and Humanities, Somers Award for Excellence in Teaching, IAH Award for Excellence in the Mentorship of Graduate Assistants, and the Service to IAH Award.  The Fintz Award for…

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Work by Critical Race Studies Artists-in-Residence on Display at MSU Union Art Gallery

The work of Dr. Elka M. Stevens, 2021-2022 Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies, is now on display through Friday, June 10, at the MSU Union Art Gallery. Through this exhibit, titled 38.8%: Visualizing Racial Identity in Search of Selfhood and Others, Stevens interrogates ideas of race, ethnicity, nationality, genetics, and their role in identity. Although many aspects of identity are unalterable…

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Professor of Hispanic Studies Receives William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award

Rocío Quispe-Agnoli, Professor of Hispanic Studies in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Gender and Sexuality Studies, is a 2022 recipient of Michigan State University’s prestigious William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award, which honors faculty members for a comprehensive and sustained record of scholarly excellence in research and/or creative activities, instruction, and…

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2022 Seniors Thank Faculty and Staff for Their Spartan Journey

Commencement is a time for celebration and recognition. This year, the College of Arts & Letters Undergraduate Studies Office asked our 2022 graduating seniors to share the names of those faculty and staff who have contributed positively to their undergraduate careers in the College. The Class of 2022 graduates responded by naming more than 100 College faculty and staff.  Some…

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Lessons from a Flipped Classroom with Jon Keune

Jon Keune, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, is exploring non-traditional teaching methods in one of the oldest fields of study. In a quest to see how changes to teaching style can affect student engagement, Keune is exploring transformational classroom models within the College of Arts & Letters. He has been experimenting with the “flipped classroom model” in his REL 340…

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Kirk Domer Appointed Acting Associate Dean of Academic Personnel and Administration

Kirk Domer, Professor of Scene Design in the Department of Theatre, has been appointed Acting Associate Dean of Academic Personnel and Administration and will serve in this position July 1-December 31, 2022, while Sonja Fritzsche, Associate Dean of Academic Personnel and Administration, is on research leave. "I am excited to join the College of Arts & Letters Deans' Team to…

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MSU Receives Templeton Religion Trust Grant for Islamic Architecture, Science, and Interreligious Relations Project

Michigan State University has received a $228,000 grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to fund a multi-year, multi-national, multi-faceted research project on “Science, Art and Faith: Architectural Heritage and Islam.” Led by Martha Olcott, James Madison College Professor, and Mohammad H. Khalil, Director of the Muslim Studies Program and Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, with support from Salah Hassan, Director of Global Studies in…

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