Students Find Opportunities for Remote Internships

As Michigan State University pivoted to remote learning last spring, many College of Arts & Letters students also turned to remote internships over the summer and into the fall. Some students did remote independent internships while others participated in the Global Remote Internship Program, which helps students secure virtual internships with an international company or organization. Even through remote learning,…

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Conversations with the College of Arts & Letters Students

On October 6, 2020 College of Arts & Letters students Carly Lize (English 2021), Devin Heard (Humanities Pre-Law 2021), Alia Jones (Humanities Pre-Law 2021), Abbey Clothier (Humanities Pre-law 2021) and Jordyn Joseph (Professional Writing/Accounting 2022) shared why they chose their major, the careers they are striving for, favorite places on campus, how they are managing during these times, and the new opportunities ahead for them.

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Ph.D. Student Awarded King-Chávez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship

Ja’La Wourman, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, was awarded the King-Chávez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship award, which aims to increase the pool of academically underrepresented candidates pursuing faculty teaching careers in postsecondary education. The $35,000 award, funded by the State of Michigan’s Michigan Talent Investment Agency and the Michigan State University Graduate School, is designed to…

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Responding to COVID-19 with Innovation and Compassion

For the past several months, MSU’s Apparel and Textile Design (ATD) faculty, alumni, and students have used their skills and contributed their time in the fight against COVID-19 by constructing masks and teaching others how to make their own through an online video.  These students, faculty, and alumni were encouraged by a social media campaign that shared information about ways…

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Fiction Filmmaking Class Overcomes Many Obstacles to Complete Film

Resilient – that is the word to describe the students of the 2019-2020 Fiction Filmmaking Capstone class, who faced countless obstacles this past academic year, but each time they were knocked down, they stood up and figured out a way to move forward. Students in this capstone course spend the fall and spring semesters producing an original film in order…

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MSU Takes Academic Lead in Emerging Field of Intimacy Direction

In 2018, the Huffington Post described intimacy directing as “an emerging field in which a small group of professionals are pushing to develop standards and procedures for scenes involving physical intimacy in the wake of a public reckoning with sexual misconduct throughout the entertainment industry.” That same year, Michigan State University's Department of Theatre hired Alexis Black as Assistant Professor of Acting and Movement, in part,…

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Musical Theatre Class Embodies Resilience for Final Project

At the beginning of the Spring 2020 semester, Musical Theatre students in MSU’s Department of Theatre expected to finish the academic year with some intense scene work that would bring together every element of what they had learned. When the university switched to remote learning for the remainder of the semester, the direction of the course began an organic shift, born out…

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CAL Virtual Career Readiness Roadmap Competition Winners Announced

The three winners of the CAL Virtual Career Readiness Roadmap Competition recently were announced and received prizes, ranging from $500 to $1,200.  Facilitated by the Excel Network as part of the MSUFCU Dean’s Choice Grant, the competition was open to MSU students with a major in the College of Arts & Letters and required them to complete various career readiness-related tasks according to…

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LAE Podcast Hosts Film Studies Graduate Donté Smith

Episode eight of the Liberal Arts Endeavor Podcast is now live! Our host, Christopher P. Long, Dean of the College of Arts & Letters, talked with recent Film Studies graduate Donté Smith over Zoom about his experience in the program and adjusting to life in quarantine. Smith is a freelance photographer and part of the Liberal Arts Endeavor Podcast production team. 

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Graduate Reflects on Time at MSU and How It Led to Studio Art Degree

The day after May McCalmon’s art pieces were mounted at Kresge Art Center as part of the Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, they had to be taken down due to the COVID-19 outbreak that prompted the suspension of all face-to-face instruction at MSU. “I was pretty excited and not too stressed about it,” McCalmon said about the exhibition. “I was ready and…

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