Chairperson Appointed for African American & African Studies

Ruth Nicole Brown has been appointed as the Inaugural Chairperson for the Department of African American and African Studies (AAAS) at Michigan State University, effective July 1, 2020. She currently is an Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “I’m overjoyed about joining MSU as the Inaugural Chairperson of African…

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Religious Studies Announces This Year’s Award Recipients

The Department of Religious Studies is proud to present the 2020 Religious Studies Awards to five outstanding students – Mackenzie Meade, Skylar Berlin, Alana Davis, Andrew Keller, and Lauren Chapman. The awards presented include the Engaged Scholar Award, Robert Pettapiece Scholarship, Nick Rashford and Jake Foglio All-University Award, Julia Johnson Award In Religion and Ecology, and the Robert T. Anderson Award.  Mackenzie…

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XA Outstanding Senior Award Presented to Two Graduates

The Experience Architecture Outstanding Senior Award normally is presented to only one student each year who shows excellence in the program. However, this year two seniors were equally qualified to earn the award. TheDepartment of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures (WRAC) have selected Sam Bloch and Rebecca Meyer to receive this award in recognition of their performance as students and aspiring professionals. …

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2020 Summer Session Courses

Below is a listing of all summer 2020 courses for students through the College of Arts & Letters. All courses are online for summer 2020 (session 1 and session 2). For more, see the MSU Schedule of Courses. Art, Art History and Design (for overrides or more information contact Erica Hooker hookere2@msu.edu ATD 430 Dress, Culture and Human Behavior [session 1]ATD 431…

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A Well-Designed Legacy

If you’ve been anywhere near the Graphic Design program over the last 50 years — or even if you haven’t — you probably know of the late Professor Emeritus Joe Kuszai. He was recruited to Michigan State University in 1965 to develop the Graphic Design program from the ground up, and he ran it for more than 25 years, while…

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Tony Grubbs Appointed Chair of RCS

Associate Professor of Spanish Tony Grubbs has been appointed Chair of the Department of Romance and Classical Studies (RCS) in the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University. The five-year appointment is effective August 16, 2020 through August 15, 2025. Dr. Grubbs has been the Interim Chair for the Department of Romance and Classical Studies since August 1,…

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Department of Theatre Awards First Stage Management BFAs

Actors’ Equity Association has named 2020 the “Year of the Stage Manager,” commemorating the decision made 100 years ago to encode stage managers in the union. This feels like an appropriate celebration at Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre, because in just a few short days, Troy Gährs and Shelby Eppich will become the first MSU students to graduate from the…

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MSU Department of Theatre Students Get Creative During COVID-19

Just a little over month ago, Michigan State University made the decision to move all face-to-face classes to virtual instruction due to the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak. Since then, students and faculty of the Department of Theatre have fully embraced the challenges of this transition and have created an impressive amount of online content. Read on to learn more about…

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Yen-Hwei Lin Appointed Chair of LingLang Department

After more than a year serving as Acting Interim Chair and then Interim Chair of the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, Yen-Hwei Lin has been appointed Chair of the Department. This four-year appointment is effective August 16, 2020, through August 15, 2024.   A Professor of Linguistics, Lin served as Acting Interim Chair (November 5, 2018-2019) and…

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Learning Continues Remotely at MSU’s Department of Theatre

On Thursday, March 12, Department of Theatre sophomores gathered for the course THR 292, also known as Sophomore Seminar. The class explores theatre-making and its connections to non-theatrical contexts. What made this particular class session unique is that it took place just one day following MSU’s decision to move all face-to-face classes to remote teaching and for the first time students…

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