Citizen Scholars Gain Firsthand Perspective in Puerto Rico

A group of MSU students, including nine Citizen Scholars from the College of Arts & Letters, recently traveled to Puerto Rico for a weeklong study away trip where they gained a deeper understanding of Puerto Rico’s culture, its rehabilitation efforts post-Hurricane María, and its vexed colonial and territorial relationship with the United States. The trip was an extension of Assistant Professor…

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Studio Art Major Helps Digitize World’s Largest Insect Collection at Field Museum

Last spring, when Charles Benoit, a Studio Art major with a minor in Museum Studies, participated in the Culture, Community, and Social Impact in Chicago study away program, the group visited the Field Museum, where Benoit learned they were digitizing the largest insect collection in the world.  After the talk, he spoke with the museum’s Insects Director. That meeting eventually led Benoit…

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Students Learn About Accessibility in Silicon Valley

A study away program took 14 Michigan State University students, 13 of whom were from the College of Arts & Letters, to Silicon Valley where they visited large tech companies, networked with alumni, and tested accessibility in both digital and physical spaces. The goal of the week-long program, titled “Accessibility in the Tech Industry,” was to introduce students to what…

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Theatre Students Research Immersive Theatre in NYC

In preparation for the upcoming Department of Theatre production, Thus With A Kiss I Die, two Theatre students, Brianna Beeman and Sam Meade, were sent on a research trip to New York City to experience immersive theatre first-hand and participate in a variety of workshops with professional performers. Shortly after arriving in New York, Beeman and Meade began their research by attending one…

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Student Investigates Motivations Behind Lone Terrorism

This week’s mass shooting in Las Vegas has one College of Arts & Letters student thinking about the importance of her research on lone terrorists. Guin Overly, a senior with a double major in Arabic and Psychology, is analyzing the motivation behind lone terrorism as a Research Assistant for former MSU Assistant Sociology Professor Bernard Finifter.  “Our work is really…

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Winners of MSU Fashion Design Competition Receive Trip to NY Fashion Week

Two Apparel and Textile Design (ATD) students were selected as winners of the Michigan State University’s first Spartan Fashion Design Collection Competition and will attend New York Fashion Week in September. The winners, seniors Emily Bankes and Mitch Fehrle, were selected for creating the most original and creative avant garde concept designs and collections using the MSU Spartan brand as inspiration. Emily Bankes'…

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Trip to Greece: An MSU Producer’s Experience

By Jim Peck, director of Photography and Videography in Communications and Brand Strategy. Jim Peck traveled with Department of Art, Art History, & Design professor Jon Frey on his recent research to Isthmia, Greece.  I’m standing on top of a mountain in Greece, watching as a drone zooms through the sky taking pictures, gathering important information for MSU archaeologist Jon…

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Digital Dig: A New Discovery From Ancient Greece

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd7v5pEnCiE&feature=emb_title&ab_channel=MichiganStateUniversity%7CCollegeofArts%26Letters Department of Art, Art History, and Design Professor Jon Frey and his team are using the latest tech tools to unlock clues from an ancient excavation site. Creating a digital archive Through the careful study of excavation records dating back some 40 years, Michigan State University’s Jon Frey has discovered an ancient gymnasium at the archaeological site of Isthmia, Greece. Frey…

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Service Learning in Puerto Rico

Spartans are leaving their mark all around the world this summer, including those participating in the Language, Culture, and Service in Puerto Rico study away program. The three-week program includes classes, excursions, but most importantly – service learning activities. Students are immersed in the Puerto Rican culture and help local organizations in a way that has a positive effect on…

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Spring Study Away in L.A. Packed with Opportunities

Ask the students and faculty who participated in the College of Arts & Letters alternate spring break class Creativity and Entertainment in L.A to sum up their reasons for going and the advantages of the program, and one word comes to everyone’s lips: Opportunity. “It’s an outstanding opportunity for the College to provide students—who all want to work in the…

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