Professors Win Top Awards for Film About Latino Lynchings

MSU Professors of Practice John J. Valadez and Carleen Ling-an Hsu will receive two top honors from the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) at its annual conference in Las Vegas. There they will be presented with the Faculty Documentary “Best of” award and the first-ever Diversity and Inclusion Creative Award for their WKAR/PBS film The Head of Joaquin Murrieta. More than 1,550 entries, representing…

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Professors Receive Grant to Support Health Services

Professor Jacqueline Rhodes and Assistant Professor Dawn Shoultz Opel, both faculty members in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, received a three-year, $140,000 grant from Humanities Without Walls (HWW) to create and sustain humanities-centered health service research collaboratives.Their project, “Building Collectives in a Changing Healthcare Climate,” is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the MSU College of Arts & Letters’ Critical Diversity in a Digital…

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O’Rourke Named Interim Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary

Professor of Philosophy Michael O’Rourke has been appointed Interim Director of the MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity, effective August 16, 2017. The two-year appointment runs through August 15, 2019. As Interim Director of the Center for Interdisciplinarity, O’Rourke will lead the planning process to articulate and shape the strategic vision of this new center. “Many universities emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary scholarship,” said Christopher P. Long, Dean…

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Professor Publishes First Ever Video Book

https://vimeo.com/187055623 Assistant Professor Alexandra Hidalgo has created the first collection of interconnected video essays around one topic. Cámara Retórica: A Feminist Filmmaking Methodology for Rhetoric and Composition is the first video book to be published. “As far as I can tell, I’m the first person to publish a video book, but there are a lot of people creating video essays,” Hidalgo said. “Video essays…

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Kathleen Fitzpatrick Named New Digital Humanities Director

Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, a leader in the fields of digital humanities and media studies, has been appointed Director of Digital Humanities in MSU’s College of Arts & Letters. She also will serve as Professor in the Department of English. Her appointment is effective August 16, 2017. Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick Fitzpatrick is the Associate Executive Director and Director of Scholarly Communication…

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Staff Appreciation Awards Honor Exceptional Work

Celebrating dedication, service and exceptional work, this year’s College of Arts & Letters Staff Appreciation Ceremony was held at the Eli & Edythe Broad Museum on June 8. The ceremony honored the years of service given to the College, with the highlight being the group and individual awards that were presented as well as the special recognition given to one…

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Film by MSU Professor to Air on National TV

Music can be much more than just a catchy lyric or a smooth melody, something to distract and entertain while you’re in the car. It can evoke emotion, spread a message, and sometimes like fine art, it can reveal a story about the American soul. Peabody award-winning filmmaker and Michigan State University Professor of Practice John Valadez, who has a…

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Theatre Professor Selected as MASU’s Professor of the Year

Ann Folino White, MSU Associate Professor of Theatre Studies and Directing, was selected as one of three Michigan Association of State Universities Professors of the Year. The committee selected Folino White based on her sustained commitment to undergraduate instruction through the following categories: Impact on and involvement with undergraduate students;Individualized and experiential learningScholarship and innovation in teaching and learningContributions to…

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College Saddened by Loss of French Professor

The College of Arts & Letters is mourning the loss of Anna Norris, Associate Professor of French, who died on Saturday, March 18. She was 58 years old. For more than 18 years, Norris had been a member of the faculty at Michigan State University, and from 2008 to 2010, she served as Acting Chair of MSU’s Department of French,…

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Two Faculty Members Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

Two faculty members from MSU’s College of Arts & Letters have been awarded a Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Yomaira Figueroa and Tamara Butler, both Assistant Professors in the Department of English and African American and African Studies program, were named 2017 Woodrow Wilson Fellows. Figueroa received a year-long fellowship that runs…

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