English Professor Interviewed for Podcast, “Shakespeare in India”

Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 40 What impact has Shakespeare’s writing had on Indian theater? And, how has Indian theater shaped and altered Shakespeare’s work?  Shakespeare’s interaction with India came, of course, in the context of India’s experience with British colonization and colonialism. In 1600, Queen Elizabeth I gave a charter to the East India Company to trade with the shahs, emperors and…

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Dr. Yomaira Figueroa Selected for Duke’s SITPA Junior Faculty Fellowship

Joins inaugural 2015-17 SITPA Fellows cohort Yomaira Figueroa, assistant professor in the MSU Department of English and African American and African Studies, has been selected as a 2015-2017 Summer Institute on Tenure and Professional Advancement (SITPA) Fellow, and inaugural SITPA Fellows cohort member. SITPA is a mentoring and professional socialization initiative at Duke University designed for early-career faculty to facilitate…

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Christopher P. Long Appointed as Dean

The MSU Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Dr. Christopher P. Long as the next dean of Michigan State University’s College of Arts & Letters effective July 1, 2015.  Dr. Elizabeth H. Simmons, who has served as acting dean since August 1, 2014, will continue in that role until Long starts in July 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyOk4LjjOgA&feature=emb_title “Since its founding in…

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CeLTA Receives Two-Year $800,000 Testing Proficiency Grant

MSU’s Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA) Receives Two-Year $800K Testing Proficiency Grant. Project to evaluate proficiency assessment’s impact on language teaching, and learning. The Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA) at Michigan State University (MSU) has received a two-year Language Flagship Proficiency Initiative grant from the Institute of International Education under the National Security Education Program. The project is a…

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New Experience Architecture (XA) Major Delivers on Creating Innovative Digital Solutions

Experience Architecture, or XA, is one “hot” and expanding MSU College of Arts & Letters major, and founding faculty members Liza Potts, Rebecca Tegtmeyer and William Hart-Davidson, couldn’t be more pleased with the strong student interest.  Tylor Hoekstra, a junior in the XA major, creates a wireframe for a website. Potts, who is XA program director and associate professor in…

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Christopher P. Long Recommended as Dean of the College of Arts & Letters

Christopher P. Long has been recommended to serve as the new dean of Michigan State University’s College of Arts and Letters. If approved by the MSU Board of Trustees, his appointment would be effective July 1. Long is associate dean for graduate and undergraduate education and professor of philosophy and classics in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State…

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Dr. Bering-Porter Awarded Lilly Fellowship to Explore Visualization of Films, TV Shows

David Bering-Porter, assistant professor of film studies in the MSU Department of English, has been awarded a 2015-16 Lilly Fellowship. The Lilly Teaching Fellows program is intended to advance the University’s continuing efforts to support excellence in teaching and learning. It provides a cohort of six to seven pre-tenure faculty with an opportunity to engage in a yearlong exploration of…

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Professor Candace Keller Receives NEH Grant

Hoping to preserve cultural heritage and change Western thought on Africa, a Michigan State University researcher will use a $300,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to digitize 100,000 original black-and-white negatives of Mali’s most important photographers, dating from the 1940s. Candace Keller, assistant professor of African art history and visual culture, is collaborating with MSU’s MATRIX: The Center for Digital…

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Faculty Conversations: Laura Cloud

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl95r44cIvY&feature=emb_title Laura Cloud, professor of studio art, was always called the artist of her family. Although she did not initially study visual arts in college, she said she found her way back by eventually taking more art classes. Cloud has been an MSU professor of studio art with a specialty in sculpture since 1993. Her artwork, called “Sky Impressions,” was…

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Spring Study Away in L.A. Packed with Opportunities

Ask the students and faculty who participated in the College of Arts & Letters alternate spring break class Creativity and Entertainment in L.A to sum up their reasons for going and the advantages of the program, and one word comes to everyone’s lips: Opportunity. “It’s an outstanding opportunity for the College to provide students—who all want to work in the…

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