MSU Alumnus Honors Historic Legacy of University’s 1965-66 Football Teams

Tom Shanahan was looking for something to devote his attention to during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The pandemic took away the 1978 MSU graduate and former State News sports editor’s opportunities to write as a freelance journalist — his career for the last 12 years — so he decided to retire. Shanahan was not done writing, however. His first task in…

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Curbing Anti-Asian Racism Through Poetry

Through her research and latest book, Divya Victor, Associate Professor in MSU’s Department of English and Creative Writing Program, tells the story of South Asian immigrants, and those belonging to the South Asian diaspora, and how they navigate public spaces in the United States. And in doing so, how they maintain and retain a sense of self and a sense of direction,…

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New AAAS Department to Focus on Black Feminisms, Black Genders, and Black Sexualities

Being built to blaze a trail in higher education with its focus on Black Feminisms, Black Genders Studies, and Black Sexualities Studies, the architects of the Department of African American and African Studies (AAAS), the newest department within MSU’s College of Arts & Letters, are unapologetic in this focus as they build the unit they have long dreamed about.  Dr.…

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Professor Publishes Book Promoting Collaboration in Design Education

Rebecca Tegtmeyer, Associate Professor of Graphic Design, recently published a book she co-wrote, titled Collaboration in Design Education, with Marty Maxwell Lane. The idea for the book came while Tegtmeyer was a student at North Carolina State where she met and began working with Lane as collaborators in the Graphic Design graduate program. Together, they worked on the book for…

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Faculty Voice: Comics and the Black Experience

Julian Chambliss, Professor in the Department of English, core faculty for the Consortium for Critical Diversity in Digital Age Research, and Val Berryman Curator of History for the MSU Museum, wrote the following article about the exhibit he curated for the MSU Museum, titled "Beyond the Black Panther: Visions of Afrofuturism in American Comics," for MSU Today.

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College Saddened by Passing of Long-Serving Faculty Member

The College of Arts & Letters is saddened by the passing of one of its longest-serving faculty members, former Associate Professor of Philosophy, James Roper, who retired from Michigan State University in May 2018 at the age of 79 after a 54-year career with the University. Roper died on October 16, 2020. He was 82 years old.  Joining MSU’s Department…

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Claudia Rankine to Present Signature Lecture on November 12

The College of Arts & Letters is pleased to host MacArthur Genius, Guggenheim Fellow, and acclaimed author Claudia Rankine as part of the College’s Signature Lecture Series. This online interactive talk on racism and social justice will take place via Zoom on Thursday, November 12, at 7 p.m. The event is free, but registration is required. To register, please complete…

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Professor Publishes Poetry Compilation Addressing Trump Administration

Cheryl Caesar, Associate Professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, recently published a book, Flatman: Poems of Protest in the Trump Era, which is a compilation of 40 poems that explore the actions of the Trump administration from September 2018 to May 2019. It’s an artistic response to the emotions evoked within Caesar during the Trump presidency. “The process of writing this…

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