Three Universities Come Together Virtually for One Class

A collaborative class among Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Bard College recently explored how art and architecture produce and reveal race, gender and class. Assistant Professor Tessa Paneth-Pollak and her students make up the Michigan State University portion of the collaborative class, "Contested Spaces: Art, Architecture, Politics.” The course, HA491 “Contested Spaces: Art, Architecture, Politics,” offered last…

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Pushing Past the Limits in Dance

At age 26, professional dancer and choreographer Billy Bell has already had an exciting career that has led him to compete in two seasons of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, to dancing in Back to Broadway with Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey, participating in Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, acting in the New York City production of Sleep No More, and…

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Recent Alumna Completes Mural for MSU Program

A full-size mural for Michigan State University’s newly introduced Undergraduate Entrepreneurship and Innovation program is the work of recent Studio Art alumna Mia Serafini, who graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Graphic Design. Serafini was selected to paint the mural after being invited to submit a proposal, which included a sketch and a…

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AL491: Muslims and the Cultures of U.S. Politics

FALL SEMESTER 2016 Providing students with an opportuinity to discuss current events related to muslims and U.S. politics, this course focuses on the ways Muslims and Islam have become a central topic in political debates among liberals and conservatives. It will offer a general introduction to (1) the Islam religion and core beliefs and practices that define Muslim communities; (2)…

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Citizen Scholars Program Launches

The College of Arts & Letters’ Citizen Scholars program, which kicks off this fall with more than 90 students enrolled, is at the center of a strategic initiative to enrich the undergraduate experience, diversify the student body, and ensure the retention and academic success of students within the College. Designed to prepare the next generation of diverse, high-achieving, and engaged citizen…

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Urban Studio Program Launches in Detroit

This summer, MSU’s College of Arts & Letters and the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities are kicking off a new program in Detroit that pairs the talent, energy, and expertise of MSU students and faculty with the drive, experience, and commitment of local businesses, organizations, cultural institutions, and entrepreneurs. The Urban Studio program gives students from both colleges…

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Instructor’s Song Performed by Japanese Students

Miyuki Kamiya, an Instructor in MSU's Department of Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, recently worked with her former student, Tiara Harris, to compose a song for MSU's Japanese Language program. The JPN 102 and 202 students, whom Kamiya taught during spring 2016, then performed the song while Kamiya played keyboards. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8prO6C3HWZU&feature=emb_title “I had wanted to do something with my students…

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Service Learning in Puerto Rico

Spartans are leaving their mark all around the world this summer, including those participating in the Language, Culture, and Service in Puerto Rico study away program. The three-week program includes classes, excursions, but most importantly – service learning activities. Students are immersed in the Puerto Rican culture and help local organizations in a way that has a positive effect on…

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Finding Her Passion Within the College of Arts & Letters

Kelly Mackie first came to Michigan State University to study Hospitality Business, but after her freshman year, the former pre-professional classical ballet dancer felt a creative void that was once filled by dance and classical music. Looking to fill this void, she turned to MSU’s College of Arts & Letters to stretch her artistic skills in a whole new direction. An Honors College student,…

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Examining Social and Cultural Unrest

Many people assume Osama bin Laden killed Americans on Sept. 11 because most Americans are non-Muslim, but his primary motivation was actually a warped eye-for-an-eye worldview. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kusBm76pDoc&feature=emb_title That’s according to Mohammad Khalil, director of Michigan State University’s Muslim Studies Program and associate professor of religious studies in the College of Arts & Letters, who taught a new class this semester, “Islam, Radicalism and…

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