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Mar
28
Sat
Luis Sahagun Exhibition @ MSU Union Art Gallery
Mar 28 @ 12:00 pm – May 8 @ 5:00 pm
Luis Sahagun Exhibition @ MSU Union Art Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

New works by Luis Sahagun, 2019-2020 Artist in Residence in the College of Arts & Letters’ Critical Race Studies Residency program, will be on display at the MSU Union Art Gallery March 28-May 8, with an opening reception on Saturday, March 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. Sahagun’s drawings, sculptures, paintings, and performances confront the palpable inescapability of race and transforms art into an act of reclamation. As a previously undocumented immigrant and former laborer who immigrated to the United States with his family from Mexico at the age of 3, Sahagun’s work focuses on the importance of Latinx cultures and contributions in order to combat anti-immigration and anti-Latinx national rhetoric.

Monday-Thursday 12-5pm, Friday 12-7pm, Saturday 10am-2pm

ABOUT THE “OUR OWN STORY, OWN YOUR STORY” PROGRAMS

This spring semester 2020, the arts and culture programming at Michigan State University confronts the urgent questions of racial prejudice, implicit bias, inequality, human and social justice, mass incarceration, and citizenship by bringing together internationally renowned artists, composers, writers, poets, and filmmakers. From April 5 to 10, nine events will boldly take up a broad range of storytelling practices to encourage compassionate thinking, generate awareness of our most pressing social issues, and serve as inspiring catalysts for civic action. All these events are open to the public.

We welcome you to come and listen to award-winning singers, musicians, filmmakers, poets, and artists and hear the stories of our time. We hope that listening to these stories will help you find your own. For more information on other events: http://www.cal.msu.edu/signature-events

Apr
5
Sun
Considering Matthew Shepard By Craig Hella Johnson University Chorale @ Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium
Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Considering Matthew Shepard By Craig Hella Johnson University Chorale @ Fairchild Theatre, MSU Auditorium | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The University Chorale presents Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard, an inspiring musical retelling of the story of a young, gay student from the University of Wyoming who was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die in October 1998. Conducted by David Rayl, this oratorio includes a range of texts by poets Hildegard of Bingen, Lesléa Newman, Michael Dennis Browne, and Rumi as well as passages from Shepard’s personal journal, interviews and writings from his parents, newspaper reports, and additional texts by Johnson and Browne, all woven together to form a powerful and artistic narrative.

 

ABOUT THE “OUR OWN STORY, OWN YOUR STORY” PROGRAMS

This spring semester 2020, the arts and culture programming at Michigan State University confronts the urgent questions of racial prejudice, implicit bias, inequality, human and social justice, mass incarceration, and citizenship by bringing together internationally renowned artists, composers, writers, poets, and filmmakers. From April 5 to 10, nine events will boldly take up a broad range of storytelling practices to encourage compassionate thinking, generate awareness of our most pressing social issues, and serve as inspiring catalysts for civic action. All these events are open to the public.

We welcome you to come and listen to award-winning singers, musicians, filmmakers, poets, and artists and hear the stories of our time. We hope that listening to these stories will help you find your own. For more information on other events: http://www.cal.msu.edu/signature-events

Apr
8
Wed
CANCELLED Ann Hamilton Visiting Artist Lecture @ MSU Union Ballroom
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
CANCELLED Ann Hamilton Visiting Artist Lecture @ MSU Union Ballroom | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

At this time we are hoping to reschedule Ann Hamilton’s lecture for the 2020-2021 Academimc year.

Ann Hamilton | Wednesday, April 8 | MSU Union Ballroom | 7pm

Ann Hamilton is a visual artist internationally acclaimed for her large-scale multimedia installations, public projects, and performance collaborations. Her site-responsive process works with common materials to invoke particular places, collective voices, and communities of labor. Hamilton is a Distinguished University Professor at The Ohio State University.

For more information about Ann Hamilton and her work please visit:

https://www.annhamiltonstudio.com/

ABOUT THE “OUR OWN STORY, OWN YOUR STORY” PROGRAMS

This spring semester 2020, the arts and culture programming at Michigan State University confronts the urgent questions of racial prejudice, implicit bias, inequality, human and social justice, mass incarceration, and citizenship by bringing together internationally renowned artists, composers, writers, poets, and filmmakers. From April 5 to 10, nine events will boldly take up a broad range of storytelling practices to encourage compassionate thinking, generate awareness of our most pressing social issues, and serve as inspiring catalysts for civic action. All these events are open to the public.

We welcome you to come and listen to award-winning singers, musicians, filmmakers, poets, and artists and hear the stories of our time. We hope that listening to these stories will help you find your own. For more information on other events: http://www.cal.msu.edu/signature-events

 

POSTPONED: Wednesday Night Live: Reginald Dwayne Betts A Reading @ RCAH Theater, Snyder Hall
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
POSTPONED: Wednesday Night Live: Reginald Dwayne Betts A Reading @ RCAH Theater, Snyder Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Reginald Dwayne Betts – A Reading

Poet and essayist Reginald Dwayne Betts, whose work addresses the impact of mass incarceration on American society, will speak as part of the Residential College in the Arts & Humanities/Center for Poetry Wednesday Night Live/Spring Poetry Festival. Betts is the author of three poetry collections including Felon, winner of the 2020 NAACP Image Award for Poetry and finalist for the upcoming Los Angeles Times Book Prize for poetry. His two previous poetry collections are Bastards of the Reagan Era, winner of the PEN New England Award, and Shahid Reads His Own Palm, winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award. Betts’s memoir, A Question of Freedom, won the 2009 NAACP Image Award for Poetry.

ABOUT THE “OUR OWN STORY, OWN YOUR STORY” PROGRAMS

This spring semester 2020, the arts and culture programming at Michigan State University confronts the urgent questions of racial prejudice, implicit bias, inequality, human and social justice, mass incarceration, and citizenship by bringing together internationally renowned artists, composers, writers, poets, and filmmakers. From April 5 to 10, nine events will boldly take up a broad range of storytelling practices to encourage compassionate thinking, generate awareness of our most pressing social issues, and serve as inspiring catalysts for civic action. All these events are open to the public.

We welcome you to come and listen to award-winning singers, musicians, filmmakers, poets, and artists and hear the stories of our time. We hope that listening to these stories will help you find your own. For more information on other events: http://www.cal.msu.edu/signature-events

POSTPONED: Wednesday Night Live/Spring Poetry Festival @ RCAH Theater
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

 

This event is co-sponsored with the Center for Poetry, College of Law, College of Arts and Letters, Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, College of Education, James Madison College, and Lyman Briggs College.

A widely requested speaker, Betts often gives talks about his own experience, detailing his trek from incarceration to Yale Law School and the role that grit, perseverance, and literature played in his success. Also, he has given lectures on topics ranging from mass incarceration to contemporary poetry and the intersection of literature and advocacy.  Between his work in public defense, his years of advocacy, and Betts’s own experiences as a teenager in maximum security prisons uniquely position him to speak to the failures of the current criminal justice system and present encouraging ideas for change. That work has led Betts to be appointed by President Barack Obama to appoint him to the Coordinating Council of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and more recently for Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut to appoint him to the Criminal Justice Commission, the state body responsible for hiring prosecutors in Connecticut. His recently released book of poetry, Felon, which is a collection of poems he wrote in reflection of life after prison. Reginald Dwayne Betts transformed is a critically acclaimed writer and graduate of the Yale Law School.

 

Apr
9
Thu
CANCELLED MSU Signature Lecture Series with Claudia Rankine @ Kiva at Erickson Hall
Apr 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
CANCELLED MSU Signature Lecture Series with Claudia Rankine @ Kiva at Erickson Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The College of Arts & Letters regrets to announce that the Signature Lecture with Claudia Rankine scheduled for April 9, 2020 has been cancelled.  Efforts are underway to reschedule the event in Fall or Spring 2021.

 

 

 

 

Poet, essayist, playwright, and the editor of several anthologies. She is the author of five volumes of poetry, two plays, and various essays.

Her book of poetry, Citizen: An American Lyric, won the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Award; the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, the first book in the award’s history to be nominated in both poetry and criticism; the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Collection, the 2015 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry; the 2015 NAACP Image Award in poetry; the 2015 PEN Open Book Award; the 2015 PEN American Center USA Literary Award; the 2015 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary Award; and the 2015 VIDA Literary Award. Citizen was also a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award and the 2015 T.S. Eliot Prize. It is the only poetry book to be a New York Times Bestseller in the nonfiction category.

The Lecture will begin at 7 pm, however doors open at 6 pm.  The lecture will be livecast on the web and overflow rooms for visitors may be provided. A reception will immediately follow. A pop-up Book Sale table will be available to purchase works by Claudia Rankine.

About the Signature Lecture Series

Originally founded as the Celebrity Lecture Series in 1998 by the College of Arts & Letters and the Dean’s Community Council, the series was later renamed the Signature Lecture Series in 20017 and allows notable public figures to interact and engage with the faculty, students, and greater community of Michigan State University through conversations and discussions.

The popularity of this series has attracted some of the most illustrious scholars, critics, novelists, poets, film producers, and creative artists of our time, including Soledad O’Brien, Ken Burns, Oliver Stone, Richard Ford, and Maya Angelou, just to name a few.

Sponsors of the Signature Lecture Series are the following:

  • College of Arts & Letters
  • Broad Art Museum
  • MSU Libraries
  • Department of English
  • Creative Writing Program
  • Film Studies Program
  • Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures

This event is being held in collaboration with the MSU Broad Art Museum Artist’s Project Series “John Lucas and Claudia Rankine: Situations” Exhibition. The MSU Broad presents, for the first time in a solo exhibition, the entire series of Situation videos collaboratively produced by documentary filmmaker John Lucas and poet Claudia Rankine since 2008. The videos address the vexed notion of a post-racial United States, a term coined in the Obama era to assert that the election of an African American president indicated the achievement of racial equality, by foregrounding the public and private experiences of black Americans. The exhibition is on February 8-May 31, 2020.

Apr
10
Fri
Alison Bechdel and Dykes to Watch Out For @ MSU Library
Apr 10 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Alison Bechdel and Dykes to Watch Out For @ MSU Library | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Cartoonist and MacArthur Genius Award recipient Alison Bechdel’s work will be featured in a pop-up exhibit at the MSU Library. Bechdel is famous for her long-running comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, and her graphic memoir, Fun Home, which was adapted as a musical and won a Tony Award. She’s also known for the Bechdel Test, a measure of the representation of women in fiction and in films. This pop-up exhibit, which is free and open to all, is part of a series of Friday exhibits in the MSU Libraries Special Collections Seminar Room featuring hands-on displays of rare, unusual, and historical titles.

ABOUT THE “OUR OWN STORY, OWN YOUR STORY” PROGRAMS

This spring semester 2020, the arts and culture programming at Michigan State University confronts the urgent questions of racial prejudice, implicit bias, inequality, human and social justice, mass incarceration, and citizenship by bringing together internationally renowned artists, composers, writers, poets, and filmmakers. From April 5 to 10, nine events will boldly take up a broad range of storytelling practices to encourage compassionate thinking, generate awareness of our most pressing social issues, and serve as inspiring catalysts for civic action. All these events are open to the public.

We welcome you to come and listen to award-winning singers, musicians, filmmakers, poets, and artists and hear the stories of our time. We hope that listening to these stories will help you find your own. For more information on other events: http://www.cal.msu.edu/signature-events

POSTPONED C4I Lecture with Dylan Miner @ Flex Space at the Digital Scholarship Lab (Library)
Apr 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
POSTPONED C4I Lecture with Dylan Miner @ Flex Space at the Digital Scholarship Lab (Library) | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The College of Arts & Letters regrets to announce that this event has been cancelled for April 10 and will be rescheduled for Fall Semester 2020.

 

University Interdisciplinary Colloquium

Art as Research //Research for Art

DYLAN MINER, Director, American Indian and Indigenous Studies and Associate Professor, Associate Professor, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities

In his talk, geared specifically for the Interdisciplinary Colloquium, artist and scholar Dylan Miner will discuss his own artistic practice and the research methodologies that he employs within his artmaking practice, as well as the genre-crossing nature of his work. He will use his talk to think through contemporary art as an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary practice that explodes the logics of university-based disciplinarity.

Talk is from 12-1 pm.  Coffee and cookies are available and guests are invited to stay for coffee and networking following the talk.

 

Victor Caston Lecture @ 530 South Kedzie Hall
Apr 10 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Victor Caston Lecture @ 530 South Kedzie Hall

Lecture featuring Victor Caston from University of Michigan

Apr
18
Sat
CANCELLED – Spartan Serve: Global Day of Service
Apr 18 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm

poster of the Global Day of Service 2020

April 18 Spartans worldwide will come together in their communities to make a difference. If you have ideas for a service project, plan and register it through the Global Day of Service website, serve.msu.edu. #GlobalDayofService

HOW IS THIS DONE?

» Through establishing a culture of service.

» By encouraging the development of diverse and inclusive service opportunities.

» By cultivating relationships with campus and community partners.

VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION PHASE: (3/2/20 – 4/12/20)

To find or create a project go to: serve.msu.edu