Toolbox Dialogue Initiative Awarded Prize for Excellence and NSF Grant

Michigan State University’s Toolbox Dialogue Initiative (TDI), led by Michael O’Rourke, Interim Director of the MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity (C4I), and Stephanie Vasko, Managing Director of C4I, has been named the winner of the 2018 APA/PDC Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs. It also recently learned it will receive a $71,900 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to hold…

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American Religious Sounds Project Awarded $750,000 Grant

A joint, multidisciplinary project between Michigan State University and The Ohio State University that examines sounds of religion throughout the United States, and which first began in 2015, recently received a three-year, $750,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to support expansion of the project. The grant was approved in conjunction with a request for proposals issued by the Luce Foundation’s Theology Program.The American Religious…

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Student Group Grants Awarded

Congratulations to the four student organizations selected to receive Student Group Grants for the 2017-2018 academic year. Each of the following organizations will receive $250 dollars, for a total of $1,000 in funds: Orchesis Working alongside MSU’s Dance program and sponsored by the Department of Theatre, Orchesis strives to enhance and enrich the presence of dance as an art form at…

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Mellon Grant Supports Publication Code of Ethics in Philosophy

A Michigan State University Philosophy professor is working with a research team to develop a code of ethics for publishing in the field of philosophy. This project, entitled “Conduct Unbecoming: Toward a Code of Publication Ethics in Philosophy,” has received a $75,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Kyle Powys Whyte, Timnick Chair in the Humanities and Associate Professor of…

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MSU Professor Receives NEA Big Read Grant

Michigan State University Associate Professor of English Sheila Contreras, in partnership with Capital Area District Libraries, was awarded a $14,000 grant to host the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read in the Greater Lansing/Mid-Michigan area. An initiative of the NEA in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the…

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Professors Receive Grant to Support Health Services

Professor Jacqueline Rhodes and Assistant Professor Dawn Shoultz Opel, both faculty members in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, received a three-year, $140,000 grant from Humanities Without Walls (HWW) to create and sustain humanities-centered health service research collaboratives.Their project, “Building Collectives in a Changing Healthcare Climate,” is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the MSU College of Arts & Letters’ Critical Diversity in a Digital…

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Shakespearean Theatre Conference Offers Student Great Learning Experience

Sam Meade, Theatre and History double major.  For five days this past summer, Sam Meade, a Citizen Scholar and sophomore double majoring in Theatre and History, attended the Shakespearean Theatre Conference in Stratford, Ontario, and heard lectures on Shakespearean study, watched performances at the Stratford Festival, and even spoke with cast members and directors about what it’s like to work…

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Mellon Grant to Support Values-Based Metrics for the Humanities and Social Sciences

To support the Humane Metrics for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HuMetricsHSS) initiative, Michigan State University has received a $309,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The collaborative HuMetricsHSS pilot aims to create a values-based framework that will enable humanities and social science scholars to tell more textured stories about the impact of their research and teaching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhGP97f3VIs&feature=emb_title The HuMetricsHSS initiative is…

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Researcher Awarded Grant to Investigate Dialects in Children

Associate Professor Cristina Schmitt is leading the way in one area of linguistics research and recently was awarded a three-year $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to advance that research even further. Schmitt, who is a faculty member of MSU’s Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, is using the NSF funding to investigate first…

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