Changing the World with Engaged Philosophy

Through the creation of the Engaged Philosophy Internship Program (EPIP), MSU’s Department of Philosophy is hoping to change how the world views philosophy. The program connects philosophers with projects and interests outside of academia and includes work with community organizations and other non-academic partners. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYIUGhAltsk&feature=emb_title “In the Philosophy Department, we believe that philosophy has the power to make a positive…

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Loewen Appointed Interim Director of Second Language Studies Program

Professor Shawn Loewen has been appointed Interim Director of Second Language Studies, a program designed to provide students a firm foundation in the fields of Second Language Acquisition (SLA), applied linguistics, and foreign language studies. This two-year appointment was effective September 25, 2017. "I'm honored to take over the leadership of such a strong program with excellent students and outstanding faculty," Loewen…

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Citizen Scholars Program Funds Study Abroad and New Research

With help from the Citizen Scholars program, sophomore Claire Gault spent this past summer traveling throughout China and studying at Harbin Institute of Technology, located in Northeastern China. She also received funding from Citizen Scholars to establish a composting program in her residence hall. A double major in Professional Writing and Chinese, Gault is a member of the Citizen Scholars…

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New Excel Network Bridges Experiential Learning and Career Services

Starting this fall, students in the College of Arts & Letters have a new network to tap into, one that will enhance their MSU education, accelerate their potential, and help them chart a successful path to a meaningful career. It's called The Excel Network, a central space within the College designed to prep students for their careers and post-college life, helping…

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Hart-Davidson Appointed Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education

Bill Hart-Davidson recently took over as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education and now oversees all activities associated with Research and Graduate Education in MSU’s College of Arts & Letters. This new appointment became effective August 16, 2017. “I am looking forward to helping continue an exciting transformation of the research culture in the College of Arts & Letters to…

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O’Rourke Named Interim Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary

Professor of Philosophy Michael O’Rourke has been appointed Interim Director of the MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity, effective August 16, 2017. The two-year appointment runs through August 15, 2019. As Interim Director of the Center for Interdisciplinarity, O’Rourke will lead the planning process to articulate and shape the strategic vision of this new center. “Many universities emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary scholarship,” said Christopher P. Long, Dean…

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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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