Message from Dean Christopher P. Long Regarding Nationwide Protests in Iran

Dear Arts and Letters Community, Over the past two months, one of the largest women's rights movements in history has been unfolding in Iran and around the world. Thousands of people have gathered in over 140 cities outside Iran and around the world to stand in solidarity with sustained nationwide protests in Iran following the tragic death of 22-year-old Mahsa…

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CREATE! Micro-Grant Project Explores Identity and Healing Through Anishinaabe Beadwork

Affiliated with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan, Esme Bailey’s culture served as inspiration for her CREATE! Micro-Grant project. The Michigan State University senior, who is majoring in English with minors in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS), grew up in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, near the Isabella County Indian Reservation. She applied for and received a 2022 CREATE! Micro-Grant for $500 to make a set of…

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MSU Theatre Brings Roller Derby to the Arena Theatre

Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre presents For The Love Of (or, The Roller Derby Play) Nov. 11-20 in the Arena Theater of the MSU Auditorium Building. The play, written by Gina Femia, follows the story of derby player Joy who can’t believe when she is invited to join the Brooklyn Scallywags along with the league’s star player, Lizzie Lightning. When bout bruises and…

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English Graduate Works at Intersection of Horror and Religion

College of Arts & Letters graduate and biblical scholar Brandon Grafius loves a good horror movie and, at the same time, has long been interested in the study of religion. For his recently released book, Lurking Under the Surface: Horror, Religion, and the Questions That Haunt Us, he continues his career-long investigation into the intersection of horror and religion, two…

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French Language Faculty Member Receives Statewide Teaching Award

Matt Kanefsky received the Michigan World Language Association’s (MIWLA) Georges J. Joyaux Post-Secondary Educator Award for his outstanding achievement as an Academic Specialist in Michigan State University’s Department of Romance and Classical Studies (RCS). Kanefsky has served as Coordinator of the French Basic Language program in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies since 2012 and teaches introductory courses in…

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Dànielle Nicole DeVoss Appointed Chairperson of WRAC Department

Dànielle Nicole DeVoss, who has served as Interim Chairperson of Michigan State University’s Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures (WRAC) since July 2021, recently was appointed Chairperson of the WRAC Department for a five-year term, which began on August 16, 2022. “It is an honor and a privilege to serve and helm the WRAC Department and its more than 75 faculty members and…

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Memo to the Board of Trustees Regarding MSU Interim Presidential Search

Dear Members of the Board of Trustees, Thank you for the opportunity to meet yesterday to discuss the characteristics required of our interim president.MSU must have a values-oriented leader who will have credibility with the faculty, staff, students, alums, and other University stakeholders by virtue of having: a proven record of research, teaching, and outreach and engagement, having gone through…

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Conversations With CAL Features Ryan Welsh Discussing ‘Mealworms’ Film

In this Conversations with CAL, Ryan Welsh, Assistant Professor of Media Acting in the Department of Theatre, discusses the making of "Mealworms," a short film created by more than 30 MSU students working together with industry professionals.

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Applying a Critical Eye to User-Experience Design Research and Teaching

That exercise or workout tracking app you just installed might help you define and reach your fitness goals, but the app, and others like it, may also affect the way we interact, reshaping our responsibilities to one another through its very design. Inquiries like this, involving user experience design, or UX, where interfaces are created that allow people to engage…

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2022 Faculty Award Winners Recognized for Outstanding Achievement

The College of Arts & Letters recognizes its 2022 Faculty Award winners for the work they do to enhance curriculum and student experiences. These four impactful leaders have shown outstanding leadership, teaching, innovation, and community engagement and were honored at the 2022 Faculty Welcome Reception on Sept. 29. The 2022 Faculty Award winners include: Paul Varg Award – Robin SilbergleidCommunity…

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