Pre-Law Student Awarded Alumni Endowed Book Scholarship

One College of Arts & Letters student recently was awarded an Alumni Endowed Student Book Scholarship. The $500 scholarship is awarded to help alleviate the financial burden of a college education, while at the same time, recognizing outstanding academic achievement. The funds can be allocated toward any school-related costs, from books to art supplies.   This year’s recipient is Adam Nowak,…

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Case Dekoning-A Playwright with a Passion for Exploration

Faculty Shout-Out by Dr. Steve Rachman: "Case is funny, talented, and smart. He is also a theater major along with his English degree and has combined his interests in many ways. I was thrilled to see him play the role of Prince Charming in an MSU production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.” He has a knack for combining his…

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Campus Partners Collaborate to Combat Islamophobia and Antisemitism

The rise in anti-Muslim and antisemitic attacks over the last several years has prompted two campus leaders and faculty members to join forces to educate the Spartan community about the harm caused by Islamophobia and antisemitism. Yael Aronoff, Director of the Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel and Professor in James Madison College, and Mohammad Khalil, Director of the Muslim Studies Program and Professor…

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Undergrads to Present Research Online and In-Person at 24th Annual UURAF

Michigan State University’s 24th annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) will take place Friday, April 8, at the Breslin Student Events Center as well as online. The forum will include poster, oral, performance, and film/exhibit presentations.   UURAF provides MSU students, from every major, with an opportunity to showcase their scholarship and creative activity while gaining experience presenting their…

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MSU Outreach Effort Celebrates Works of Black Playwrights

A group of Michigan State University faculty and students from the Department of Theatre in collaboration with the Wharton Center Institute for Arts & Creativity led an effort to bring the Next Narrative Monologue Competition (NNMC) to Michigan, a national high school competition that celebrates the diverse perspectives and worldviews of the Black community by bringing works of contemporary Black…

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New BA Degree in African American and African Studies Now Offered at MSU

For the first time in Michigan State University history, undergraduate students can major in African American and African Studies.  This semester, MSU’s College of Arts & Letters launched the Bachelor of Arts degree in African American and African Studies through the Department of African American and African Studies (AAAS) that was founded in February 2019.  Ruth Nicole Brown, AAAS Professor…

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MSU Writing Center Expands Upon Partnerships with African Nations

While marking its 30th anniversary in 2021, the Writing Center at Michigan State University continued to meet the changing needs of a diverse constituency by expanding ongoing collaborations worldwide. In Fall 2021, Director Trixie Smith and Associate Director Grace Pregent traveled to Botswana with the purpose of developing a multi-faceted program featuring study abroad opportunities, student exchanges, workshops, and a…

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Critical Race Studies Artist-in-Residence Work on Display at (SCENE) Metrospace

The work of Dan Paz, 2021-2022 Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies at Michigan State University, is now on display in a solo exhibition, titled hammer without a nail, which runs through Friday, April 1, at (SCENE) Metrospace in downtown East Lansing. A closing reception for the exhibit is scheduled for April 1 from 6-8 p.m. Dan Paz, 2021-2022 Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race…

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New Critic-in-Residency Program at MSU Amplifies MFA Student Work

The Department of Art, Art History, and Design (AAHD) has created a new Critic-in-Residency program to enhance discourse around the work of graduating MFA students. The program’s first resident, Thea Quiray Tagle, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Critical Ethnic & Community Studies Program.  “The Critic-in-Residence…

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Doctoral Student Named King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellow

Jerrice Donelson, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures (WRAC), has been selected for the 2022 King-Chavez-Parks (KCP) Future Faculty Fellowship.  Created in 1986 by the Michigan Legislature, the King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship program aims to increase the pool of academically or economically disadvantaged candidates pursuing faculty teaching careers in postsecondary education. The award includes a $35,000…

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