Avante Garde Designs Wow the Crowd at Sold-Out 2015 Fashion Show

“The lights turn off; the first model walks out; it’s there,” apparel and textile design senior Niki Sullivan said. The 2015 Apparel and Textile Design Fashion Show featured 65 designs of apparel and textile design students. A juried panel of faculty and students selected the designs from about 165 entries. Sullivan said once her designs come to life on stage,…

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Creativity Exploratory Helps ATD Senior with Fashion Show Startup

Katie Raynard, a College of Arts & Letters Apparel and Textile Design (ATD) BFA student, is recipient of the Michigan State University Excellence in Diversity Award for “Students Making a Difference through Artistic Expressions.” Raynard is being honored for demonstrating and utilizing her creative talents to artistically express civil and human rights at Michigan State University. Also receiving awards within…

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Faculty Honored for Research in Literary Neuroscience

Natalie Phillips, assistant professor of English at Michigan State University, has been awarded a Digital Innovation Fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies. One of only seven scholars to receive such an award, the council recognized Phillips’ research on literary cognition. In a recent study, subjects read the works of Jane Austen while researchers measured their brain flow in an MRI. Preliminary…

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Engaging Lansing Public Schools’ Students BEYOND Insights into Creativity, Global Culture, and Arts & Humanities

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fp8F4IoRcxI&feature=emb_title The word “excitement” only begins to capture the atmosphere on the first day of this fall’s BEYOND Insights program at Michigan State University. Forty 6th graders from Lansing’s Pattengill Middle School and Post Oak Magnet School flooded a lower-floor classroom in the MSU Union, early one Friday morning, to discover a world filled with technological tools, creative resources and eager…

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MSU Recognizes College of Arts & Letters Groups and Individuals for Excellence in Diversity

Groups and individuals who have exemplified diversity and inclusion in extraordinary ways will be honored with Excellence in Diversity Awards at the 2015 All-University Excellence in Diversity Awards Ceremony and Reception Feb. 16. The ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. in Big Ten Room A of the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. Following is a list of EIDA recipients.…

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The College of Arts & Letters Funds Community Projects in Flint

The College of Arts & Letters has funded four collaborative community projects that were proposed by CAL faculty and in which they will collaborate with Flint citizens who served on the Arts and Culture Task Force (one of eight task forces that co-authored the City of Flint’s 20-year strategic plan, Imagine Flint) and/or Flint institutions. The College sought to support faculty efforts…

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MSU Launches the China Experience

To help foster an understanding of Chinese arts, culture and people, the Michigan State University China Experience kicked off this month, offering various campus and local community events scheduled through March. Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the MSU China Initiative, the exploration of Chinese arts and culture is designed to provide creative programming, engage in open dialogue and encourage active student,…

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Independent Film to be Screened at Film Festival

“The Evolution of Bert,” a film by Jeff Wray, associate professor of film studies, is being screened in The Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles this month. The PAFF’s goal is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help destroy negative stereotypes. The 75-minute independent feature film tells…

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Amy DeRogatis Awarded Grant for Studying “Soundscapes” of Religion

The Midwest is becoming more religiously diverse, and with that comes new sounds that can shape communities, says a Michigan State University researcher who will use a grant to create a digital sound map of religion in Midwestern cities. Amy DeRogatis, associate professor of religious studies at MSU, and Isaac Weiner, assistant professor of comparative studies at The Ohio State University, have…

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