Students to Present Musical Cognition Research on National Stage

Grace Bonnema and Tushya Mehta, sophomores in the College of Arts & Letters, have been selected to present their research at the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Posters on the Hill, a national event featuring exceptional undergraduate research from across the country. They will present their poster, Narrative Processing of Music: How Culture Influences Our Perception of Music, virtually to an…

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Undergrads to Present Research at 23rd Annual UURAF

The 23rd annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) will be an asynchronous virtual event taking place April 15-19 and consisting of pre-recorded poster, oral, and performance/showcase presentations.  The showcase portion of the forum will be on Friday, April 16, with Film and Digital Media scheduled for 1:30-2:30 p.m. and Visual and Performing Arts from 3-4 p.m. Student showcase…

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Professor Honored for Anti-Racist English Language Teaching and Scholarship

April Baker-Bell, Associate Professor of English and African American and African Studies, and Mimi Henderson-Hudson, Language Arts Teacher at Detroit Denby High School, have received two prestigious awards from Michigan State University honoring their inspired community-university partnership between MSU’s College of Arts & Letters English Education program and a network of high school English teachers and students in Detroit. The…

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Global Digital Humanities Symposium to be Held Virtually April 12-15

This year’s Global Digital Humanities Symposium (GDHS) will be an all-virtual event taking place synchronously over four days, with four hours each day of programming. Scheduled for April 12-15 and hosted by the Digital Humanities at MSU (DH@MSU) program, this sixth annual event will feature approximately 80 presenters over Zoom and YouTube livestream. All GDHS events are available to the public for free with…

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Assistant Professor Bradley Willcuts Receives Teacher-Scholar Award

In recognition of his outstanding scholarship and teaching, Assistant Professor of Theatre Bradley Willcuts was named a 2021 recipient of Michigan State University’s Teacher-Scholar Award.  Assistant Professor Bradley Willcuts Supported by the Office of University Development, Teacher-Scholar Awards recognize faculty who, early in their careers, have earned the respect of students and colleagues for their devotion to and skill in…

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Professor Glendinning Receives William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award

In recognition of his comprehensive and sustained record of scholarly excellence, instruction, and outreach, Peter Glendinning, Professor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, has received the William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award.  Supported by MSU’s Office of University Development, the William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Awards are made each year to faculty members for their outstanding total service to the…

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A Visionary New Build: The Department of African American and African Studies

Initially started as a PhD granting program in 2002, with an undergraduate minor created in 2014, the Department of African American and African Studies (AAAS) was officially founded in 2019. Leading the program is Inaugural Department Chair Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown and Foundational Associate Professor Dr. Tamura Lomax. Though the formation of this new department during a global pandemic has presented unique challenges, Dr. Brown and Dr. Lomax have both a vision and mission that is committed to making concrete connections between scholarship, pedagogy, and social justice.

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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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The Trailblazing Life of MSU’s First African American Faculty Member

David W.D. Dickson’s trailblazing career, spanning more than 40 years and five academic institutions, began at Michigan State University in the Department of English in 1948 when he became the university’s first African American faculty member and, a few years later, the first to be awarded MSU’s Distinguished Faculty Award. He also went on to become the first African American…

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