Amy DeRogatis Awarded Grant for Studying “Soundscapes” of Religion

The Midwest is becoming more religiously diverse, and with that comes new sounds that can shape communities, says a Michigan State University researcher who will use a grant to create a digital sound map of religion in Midwestern cities. Amy DeRogatis, associate professor of religious studies at MSU, and Isaac Weiner, assistant professor of comparative studies at The Ohio State University, have…

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Summer Circle Theatre Dedication

In honor of the 60th Anniversary of Summer Circle Theatre, MSU Alumni Larry and Linda Stone created a fellowship in honor of the Department of Theatre Chairperson, Kirk A. Domer. “Give to what you love, and you will see that return tenfold over your lifetime.”Larry & Linda Stone, Michigan State University Alumni Long-time supporters of Summer Circle Theatre, the Stones…

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$2 Million Endowment Ensures Ongoing Success in Humanities

Kyle Whyte, a leading researcher and authority in the ethical and political issues surrounding climate policy and indigenous peoples, has been named as the inaugural Timnick Chair in the Humanities in the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University. As part of the MSU Empower Extraordinary campaign, alumnus and retired businessman Henry Timnick gifted $2 million to endow the position in honor…

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PhD Candidate Royston Awarded Excellence-in-Teaching Citation

January 15, 2015 Jennifer Royston has been selected to receive an MSU Excellence-in-Teaching Citation. Royston is a PhD student in the Department of English specializing in Renaissance Literature and Early Modern Visual Culture. She earned her M.A. in ‘Shakespeare in History’ from University College London, UK. “Aside from my research,” Royston says, “my passion lies in teaching, and some of the…

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Senior Varsha Koduvayur Nominated for Carnegie Research Assistant Fellowship

Two Michigan State University Honors College seniors interested in international affairs have been nominated for a nationally competitive research assistant fellowship through the Carnegie Junior Fellows Program within the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The two nominees are Varsha Koduvayur and Brittany Zwierzchowski. Koduvayur is majoring in international relations and comparative cultures and politics in James Madison College and Arabic in the College of Arts…

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Student Awarded Nationally Competitive Research Assistant Fellowship

A Michigan State University student interested in international affairs has been awarded a nationally competitive research assistant fellowship through the Carnegie Junior Fellows Program within the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. Varsha Koduvayur is an Honors College senior majoring in international relations and comparative cultures and politics in James Madison College and Arabic in the College of…

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Summer Circle Theatre

The Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters and Department of Theatre have announced the creation of a new home for Summer Circle Theatre (SCT) which produces free plays, musicals and children’s shows for the community each June. The new performance space, which will be located in the courtyard between MSU Auditorium and Kresge Art Center, is expected to…

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Opening Doors to Cultures in Detroit

MSU’s CeLTA Language School and John R. King Academic & Performing Arts Academy’s long-standing relationship brings global and cultural awareness to Detroit’s children. MSU’s seven 2013-14 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) ventured recently with CeLTA Language School (CLS) Director Angelika Kraemer and other faculty members on a language- and culture-sharing journey to Detroit.  The FLTAs visited John R. King…

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Leading Voices Series: Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith created a new theater form through her interview-based solo shows. Fires in the Mirror, on the 1992 riots, earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination, and her piece Let Me Down Easy was broadcast on Great Performances after a national tour. She has appeared in Nurse Jackie, The West Wing, and other TV shows. This 2012 National Humanities Medal winner and Founding…

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