Amy DeRogatis Appointed Department of Religious Studies Chairperson

Amy DeRogatis, Professor of Religion and American Culture, is the new Chairperson of the Department of Religious Studies, appointed to a five-year term that began July 15, 2021.    “Professor DeRogatis has a long record as an intellectual leader in her field, in the College, the University, and across higher education. Her award-winning research and teaching have deepened our understanding of religious practices across a wide diversity of cultures,” said Christopher P.…

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MSU to Lead Digitized Archeology Project in Greece

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYvAqA9Yw0w His work is a little bit retro, a little bit modern, and all things classical. As the new Director of the MSU Excavations at Isthmia in Greece, Associate Professor Jon Frey has dug deep into content to create a new website for the decades-old archaeology project. In fall 2020, Frey, a classical archeologist in MSU’s Department of Art, Art…

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MSU Scholars Examine Sustained Significance and Impact of Juneteenth

On Saturday, June 19, Michigan State University will host a  university-wide and in-person celebration of Juneteenth to commemorate the freeing of African American slaves in the United States. This week-long celebration includes virtual film screenings, panel discussions, and webinars that will lead up to the in-person event. A recent MSU Today podcast featured four MSU scholars who discuss the sustained significance and impact of Juneteenth, including Dr. Tamura Lomax…

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First Appointee of Carol Ann Bennett-Vallès Professorship in Art History Named

Art Historian and Digital Humanities Researcher Silvia Tita has been selected as the first appointee of the Carol Ann Bennett-Vallès Professorship in Art History at Michigan State University.  “In this new role, I aim to not only touch on broad aspects of art history but also teach students about the relevance of early modern art and thinking to contemporary issues,”…

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Second Language Studies Professor Awarded Fulbright to Polish University

While millions of people study English around the world, many students have limited exposure to spoken and written English outside the classroom. Researchers like Michigan State University’s Shawn Loewen examine ways to maximize classroom instruction to improve second language acquisition. Loewen was invited to share this expertise as a Fulbright Scholar at a historic Polish university. From October 2021 to…

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Alumna Receives Prestigious National Dissertation Award

Alumna Suban Nur Cooley, who received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing from the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures (WRAC), won the highly competitive 2021 James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award for her dissertation, titled Carrying Culture: Temporal and Spatial Constructions of Somalia Among Women in the Diaspora. This national award is presented each year by the Conference…

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Alumnus Receives Funding for Research and Teaching in South Africa

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) Advisory Council selected to fund a project that will allow MSU researcher and College of Arts & Letters alumnus Ike Iyioke to travel to South Africa for collaborative research efforts and graduate student teaching and mentoring. Iyioke is a Research Specialist working in the Analytics Unit of MSU’s Office of Research & Innovation.…

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MSU Education Motivates Graduate to Pursue Ph.D.

MSU College of Arts & Letters student Darby Grachek graduated this spring with a Master’s of Arts in Linguistics and says it was her MSU education and experiences here that propelled her to pursue a Ph.D. Darby Grachek “If it weren’t for the different research labs and professors at MSU giving me opportunities to do different kinds of research, I…

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MI Diaries Project Sees Seven Team Members Graduate

The MI Diaries project, run by MSU’s Sociolinguistics Lab, is providing MSU students with valuable research experience, and many of those students have been with the project from its beginning more than a year ago and just graduated from Michigan State University.  The MI Diaries project, led by Assistant Professor Betsy Sneller and Associate Professor Suzanne Wagner, has collected recorded…

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Five Students Earn First Place Awards from UURAF Presentations

Five students from the College of Arts & Letters received first place awards for their presentations at the 2021 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF). The grand prize recipients will be announced in June. Almost 500 students from all majors at Michigan State University presented their work as part of the 23rd annual UURAF. Of those students, 19 were from the College of…

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