MSU Department of Theatre Returns to Full-Scale Productions

Michigan State University's Department of Theatre returns to full-scale performances this October with its first mainstage production, A Contemporary American's Guide to a Successful Marriage © 1959 by Robert Bastron. Performances run October 15-24 at the Pasant Theatre in the Wharton Center for Performing Arts. Attendees must be masked for the health and safety of our students.

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A Love of the Spanish Language and Its Impact on Recent Alum

Enrolled as a child in a Spanish immersion program, Allie Virginski’s childhood interest in the language blossomed into an integral part of her life, education, and career.  “Spanish is such a strong part of who I am. I absolutely love it,” she said. “I used to take culture classes when I was younger, and I knew I wanted to continue…

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MI Diaries Receives NSF Grant to Support Its Expansion

The MI Diaries project, run by MSU’s Sociolinguistics Lab and led by College of Arts & Letters’ Assistant Professor of Linguistics Betsy Sneller and Associate Professor of Linguistics Suzanne Wagner, was awarded a $265,830 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the expansion of the project over the next three years. Since MI Diaries first began in April…

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Gordon Henry Appointed to New Endowed Chair Position

An enrolled citizen/member of the White Earth Anishinaabe Nation, Gordon Henry has dedicated his writing, scholarship, and life to Indigenous tribal communities. In recognition of this work, he has been appointed the inaugural Audrey and John Leslie Endowed Chair in North American Indian and Indigenous Literary Studies at Michigan State University. “Most everything associated with the Audrey and John Leslie…

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Humanities Commons Receives $971,000 Mellon Grant to Support Its Expansion

Humanities Commons, which is hosted and sustained by Michigan State University and led by Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities for MSU’s College of Arts & Letters, was awarded a $971,000, 5-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a multi-year restructuring of its business model. An online open-source platform, Humanities Commons facilitates communication and collaboration among scholars…

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MSU Saved My Life

The National Cancer Institute was established by the National Cancer Act of 1971, signed into law by President Richard Nixon. It represented the U.S. commitment to what President Nixon described as the “war on cancer,” which had become the nation’s second-leading cause of death by 1970. Judith Pearson, a 1975 graduate of the College of Arts & Letters with a…

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Critical Race Studies Artist-in-Residence Program Enters Its Fifth Year

MSU’s College of Arts & Letters’ Critical Race Studies Artist-in-Residence program is bringing two dynamic artists to campus for the 2021-2022 academic year to enrich the life of the greater Lansing community by cultivating diversity and facilitating practices of inclusion through art and design.  This year’s Critical Race Studies Artists-in-Residence are:  Dan Paz, visual artist  Elka Stevens, textile and mixed media artist  2021-2022 Critical Race Studies Artists-in-Residence Dan…

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MSU Department of Theatre presents The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

The Department of Theatre at Michigan State University will present The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood as part of its new Storefront Theatre Initiative. Performances run October 5-9 in the Studio 60 Theatre in the MSU Auditorium Building.  Oscar Rodriguez Quiroz (left), who plays the role of "Male Character," and Mona Eldahshoury (right), who plays the role of Penelope. “The Storefront Theatre Initiative shows focus on dynamic…

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MSU Joins Coalition to Support Diverse Career Pathways for Humanities Ph.D. Students

Michigan State University has received funding from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) to support the development of a pilot program for Ph.D. students in the humanities that will offer customized, cohort-based learning experiences to explore career pathways beyond academia. Stemming from the Ph.D. Career Pathways project that seeks to develop, expand, and improve humanities doctoral programs, MSU will join…

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