Rocío Quispe-Agnoli Appointed Interim Co-Chair of RCS Department

Professor Rocío Quispe-Agnoli has been appointed Interim Co-Chair of the Department of Romance and Classical Studies. The 12-month appointment is effective August 16, 2017, through August 15, 2018. As Interim Co-Chair of the Department of RCS, Quispe-Agnoli will work with Co-Chair Doug Noverr serving as the chief representatives of the Department. Together, they are responsible for educational, research, and service    programs;…

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Milberger Hired to Lead New Editorial Graduate Assistantship Program

Kurt Milberger has been hired to lead a new and innovative Editorial Graduate Assistantship program within the College of Arts & Letters (CAL). As the Coordinating Editor, he also will oversee the copyediting and production of three scholarly journals and one book series, all of which are edited by CAL faculty. Through a partnership with the MSU Press, the Editorial…

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Kathleen Fitzpatrick Named New Digital Humanities Director

Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, a leader in the fields of digital humanities and media studies, has been appointed Director of Digital Humanities in MSU’s College of Arts & Letters. She also will serve as Professor in the Department of English. Her appointment is effective August 16, 2017. Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick Fitzpatrick is the Associate Executive Director and Director of Scholarly Communication…

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Citizen Scholars Class Offers Better Understanding of the Middle East

In a time when Arab and Islamic communities often face hostility and discrimination and are simply misunderstood, one Citizen Scholars class seeks to create greater awareness and better cultural understanding of Islam and the Arab world, with a specific focus on the Middle East. Taught by Assistant Professor of Arabic Camelia Suleiman, the class – Democratic Discourse and Critique: The Middle East Voices…

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Citizen Scholars Program Receives $50,000 Gift

The Citizen Scholars program in Michigan State University’s College of Arts & Letters has received a $50,000 gift to help support students in the program. The gift, from MSU alumnus Dr. William Lowe and his wife Pamela, will support at least two Citizen Scholars per year for the next four years. Dr. William Lowe and Pamela Lowe “This generous gift…

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Five Long-Standing Faculty Members to Retire This Year

This year, the College of Arts & Letters will bid farewell to five of some of the most longest-standing faculty members at the College as they retire after several years of teaching, conducting research, and transforming Michigan State University. Together, these retiring faculty represent 182 years of service to the University. Those faculty members who are retiring this year with more than…

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College Mourns Loss of English Professor

The College of Arts & Letters is saddened by the death of long-time English Professor, James Seaton, who died on March 30, 2017, at the age of 72. For more than 45 years, Dr. Seaton had been a member of the Michigan State University faculty. In 1971, he joined MSU’s Humanities Department, where he taught the classics, philosophy, architecture, and…

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College Saddened by Loss of French Professor

The College of Arts & Letters is mourning the loss of Anna Norris, Associate Professor of French, who died on Saturday, March 18. She was 58 years old. For more than 18 years, Norris had been a member of the faculty at Michigan State University, and from 2008 to 2010, she served as Acting Chair of MSU’s Department of French,…

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Spanish Students Present Research at CLACS Conference

Ten graduate students from MSU’s Spanish program are presenting their research at the Graduate Student Conference hosted by MSU’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies on Friday, March 17. Scheduled from 1 to 5:30 p.m. on the 3rd floor of MSU’s International Center, the conference will include two sessions and a final panel. The College of Arts & Letters students who are…

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World Languages Day Celebrates 10th Year

Michigan State University will host its 10th annual World Languages Day on Saturday, March 25, bringing more than 600 participants, presenters, and volunteers to campus for a conference on world cultures and languages, globalization, the importance of learning foreign languages, and the positive impact knowledge of other languages can have on future career paths. This free, one-day conference is for…

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