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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Interim Chair of LingLang Appointed

Professor Jason Merrill has been appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages. The 12-month appointment is effective August 16, 2017, through August 15, 2018.Merrill will replace Sonja Fritzsche, current Chair of the Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages, who was appointed Associate Dean for Faculty and Administration for…

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Theatre Students Travel to Dubai for International Festival

Eight undergraduate Theatre students recently traveled to the United Arab Emirates to participate in the first International Theatre Festival at the American University of Sharjah, located about 15 miles from Dubai in the city of Sharjah.   “It was the most incredible week of my life and one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, especially Dubai, which was…

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Vasko Named AAAS Community Engagement Fellow

Stephanie E. Vasko was selected to the first cohort of Fellows for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Community Engagement Fellows Program. Dr. Vasko is currently a Research Associate and the Program Manager for the Toolbox Dialogue Initiative (TDI), a research effort housed in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University. In its pilot year, the…

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Bringing Puerto Rican Culture to MSU Spanish Program

When Jonathan Montalvo moved to Indiana from Lares, Puerto Rico, at the age of 15, he knew very little English. After many years practicing, he became fluent and went on to earn his undergraduate degree in Spanish Studies at Purdue University. It was then he realized his calling to become a professor and educate students on Spanish language and Caribbean…

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