Exhibit by Critical Race Studies Artist-in-Residence Now on Display at MSU Union Art Gallery

The exhibit, Unearthing: Magic, Mimicry, and the Mundane, by Luis Alvaro Sahagun Nuño, 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence of Critical Race Studies, is now on display at the MSU Union Art Gallery through August 6, 2021. In addition, a special event will be held on Wednesday, June 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the MSU Union Art Gallery where the public is…

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MSU Linguistics Ascends Rankings as a Solid Choice for Scholarship

Michigan State University’s Linguistics program is ranked among the top places in the field for study, research, and employment by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds), a leading provider of services, analytics, and insight to the global higher education sector.   The Linguistics program offers B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees and two minors. It is housed inside the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures (formerly the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages), which is an interdisciplinary department, with 66 faculty and about 1,200 students, that focuses…

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Project by Critical Race Studies Artist-in-Residence Unveiled in Beal Botanical Garden

The same size and blueprint as an ADX (administrative maximum) isolation cell, A Solitary Greenhouse, now on display in Michigan State University’s Beal Botanical Garden, is a fully functioning greenhouse designed to grow seedlings for future abolitionist gardens. It is the work of artist jackie sumell as part of her 2019-2020 artist residency in Critical Race Studies in MSU’s Department of Art,…

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2021 Support Staff Awards Announced

This year’s College of Arts & Letters staff appreciation event, which recognizes the exceptional service and work of 13 outstanding members of the College’s staff, was held virtually on Friday, June 11. The highlight of this online event was the presentation of the group and individual awards. These include: Jo-Ann Vanden Bergh Award - Melissa Arthurton, Graduate Secretary for the…

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Andrew Murray Appointed to New Position Within the College

Andrew Murray has been selected as the Director of Advising, a new position within the College of Arts & Letters. He begins his new position, which is part of Undergraduate Studies, on Monday, June 14. Murray currently serves as the Academic Advisor for the Department of English, a position he has held since July 2018. Prior to that, he was…

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MSU Filmetry Festival to be Livestreamed with Film Adaptations of Poems Informed by COVID-19

Reading a good novel often prompts readers to wonder what the story would be like as a feature film. This tendency isn’t just a marker of the importance of what is digital and visual; it’s a reminder of how culture and technology are intertwined. Filmmakers, poets, readers, and viewers will honor this union of culture and technology and celebrate the…

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College of Arts & Letters Students and Staff Earn Several ADDY Awards

One of the top awards presented at this year’s Mid-Michigan American Advertising (ADDY) Awards competition went to Graphic Design junior Jordan Brooks for his “Wizard of Oz Book Cover” entered in the Sales + Marketing – Publication Design – Cover category. Brooks received a Judge’s Choice Award in addition to a Silver and Bronze ADDY. Five other College of Arts…

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Meet Dr. Jonathan Ritz, Director of Student Health and Wellness

Jonathan Ritz is a licensed counselor and serves as the Director of Student Wellness for the College of Arts & Letters, MSU Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) Counselor, and is an Assistant Professor and Academic and Professional Advisor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures. As Director of Student Wellness, Ritz works with the College’s Undergraduate Studies team to support the mental health and wellness of students.

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Senior Jasmine Jordan Wins Prestigious Gates-Cambridge Scholarship

Michigan State University senior Jasmine Jordan, an Honors College Political Science senior with a minor in African and African American Studies (AAAS), who grew up in Detroit, has been named a Gates-Cambridge Scholar. Jordan also was a national finalist for the highly competitive Rhodes, Mitchell, and Marshall scholarships. I'm really glad I took the chance because now I get to study criminology…

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AAHD Professor and Museum Curator Honored by American Folklore Society

The American Folklore Society (AFS), the country's professional society for folklorists, has awarded Marsha MacDowell, Professor in MSU’s Department of Art, Art History, and Design and MSU Museum Curator, the 2020 recipient of the society's Benjamin A. Botkin Prize for significant lifetime achievement in the field of public folklore. MacDowell is the Curator of Folk Arts and Quilt Studies at…

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