NYC Internship Program Offered Once Again

For the first time since 2019, the College of Arts & Letters ran its New York City Study Away Internship Program, which places Michigan State University students in customized internships in New York City, houses them in furnished apartments, and offers them the freedom to explore their career interests in one of the nation’s most diverse and dynamic cities. Open…

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Toolbox Dialogue Initiative Center to Create New Curriculum for NSF Program

The Toolbox Dialogue Initiative (TDI) Center, a research and outreach program based within the Department of Philosophy in Michigan State University’s College of Arts & Letters, received a $750,000 contract from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a repeatable and scalable team science curriculum for NSF’s Convergence Accelerator Program. The Convergence Accelerator Program funds multidisciplinary teams to solve national-scale…

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Deric McNish Selected by U.S. Department of State for Prestigious English Language Specialist Project

The U.S. Department of State has selected Deric McNish, Associate Professor in Michigan State University's Department of Theatre, for a four-month English Language Specialist project in Russia, Estonia, Belarus, Latvia, and Lithuania. This multimodal project will support English language teachers and learners through the development of a podcast series that aims to build commonality and better understanding by supporting cultural…

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Dionne O’Dell Named Interim Director of Arts, Cultural Management, and Museum Studies Program

Dionne O’Dell, Academic Specialist in the Department of Theatre at Michigan State University, will lead MSU’s Arts, Cultural Management, and Museum Studies (ACM&MS) program as Interim Director, effective August 16, 2022. Kiersten F. Latham, the current Program Director, has accepted a position as President and CEO of Sauder Village in Ohio.  “I am honored to serve as Interim Director for the Arts, Cultural Management,…

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New Artist-in-Residence Program Aims to Create Intersection Between Art and Research

This spring, Michigan State University launches the Farmscapes to Forests: Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Artist-in-Residence Program, which will welcome artists from across all mediums to spend a week at the Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners, Michigan, followed by a culminating visit in the fall or winter to share their work. Supported by the National Science Foundation, Gretel Van…

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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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Exhibit Celebrates 50 Years of MSU’s Summer Art Program in Leland

The Michigan State University Summer Art Program, which ran for 50 years from 1939 to 1989 in Leland, Michigan, is being celebrated with an exhibit, titled A Summer Romance: MSU Finds Leland, that includes the artwork of 45 former students and faculty members who participated in the program as well as more recent works from program alumni who continued their…

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First-Generation Student Finds Niche, Discovers Value of MSU Education

College wasn’t always an end goal for Gabby Riley. While her paternal grandmother was a role model as a long-time teacher in Detroit Public Schools and a graduate of Howard University, her parents didn’t follow the same collegiate path. As a student of Renaissance High School in Detroit, Riley didn’t view herself as college-bound, but quickly changed her mind after…

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Citizen Scholars Graduates 13 More Students 

This spring and summer, 13 more MSU College of Arts & Letters students will graduate from the Citizen Scholars program while earning their undergraduate degrees.    These 13 Citizen Scholar graduates join 32 other graduates of the program, for a total of 45 Citizen Scholar alumni since the program’s launch in Fall 2016.   A collaboration between all departments within the College…

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MSU Education Inspires Graduating Senior to Pursue Social and Cultural Change

When the COVID-19 pandemic prompted Michigan State University to switch to remote learning, Jamia Henry went home to Detroit to attend classes online and to be with her mom who was not in good health. Her mom soon passed away and Henry went through a bout of depression. Despite everything, Henry resolved to finish school and make her mother proud.…

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