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Oct
11
Fri
C4I Lecture–Megan Halpern @ Spartan Room at International Ctr.
Oct 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
C4I Lecture--Megan Halpern @ Spartan Room at International Ctr. | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Science as Experience: A New Approach to Science Communication    

Megan Halpern draws on Dewey’s theory of aesthetic experience to develop a model that can reshape how we research, practice, and evaluate science communication. Drawing on her work in art-science collaboration and design-inspired public engagement with science and technology, Halpern illustrates three principles of her model. First, experiences are cumulative rather than transformative, second, that context shapes experiences; and third, that ultimately, audiences have agency in shaping the meanings they draw from their interactions with scientific content. Finally, Halpern offers insights into how to develop projects from an experience perspective.

Coffee and Cookies provided.

Plan to stay after the lecture for additional coffee and networking time.

Oct
16
Wed
C4I Lecture Lily Woodruff
Oct 16 @ 5:32 pm – 6:32 pm
C4I Lecture Lily Woodruff
Please Join us!  This event is open to faculty, staff, students and the general public.
 Speaker: Lily Woodruff

Associate Professor, Art History

Natural History of the Sixth Extinction in Ann Hamilton’s the common S E N S E

October 18, 2019 , 12:00-1:00 pm, Flex Space at the Digital Scholarship Lab MSU Library, 2nd floor.

Coffee and refreshments provided

Ann Hamilton’s 2014 the common SENSE presented an extensive collection of animal images and objects from the natural history and library collections of the University of Washington in a participatory installation that invited visitors to consider the impact of their own desires to consume non-human animals. This paper analyzes Hamilton’s work relation to early natural history museum ambitions and displays, and to the current mass extinction that is underway, and argues that Hamilton’s use of archival materials creates a mode of narrating history that responds to current feelings about threats to the future.
Nov
15
Fri
C4I – Transforming Learning Spaces @ Digital Scholarship Lab Flex Space, MSU Library, Second Floor
Nov 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
C4I - Transforming Learning Spaces @ Digital Scholarship Lab Flex Space, MSU Library, Second Floor | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Speaker: Dr. Felix Kronenburg

The basic blueprint of the physical classroom has not
changed all that much in over a century, even as new
teaching methods and approaches, new technologies,
and new interdisciplinary insights into better ways to
support learning have greatly advanced during that same
timeframe. Do we still need physical learning spaces in
this age of ubiquitous computing? If we do, how can we
design and build them so that they will be able to adapt
to new educational transformations? Dr. Kronenberg
will give insights into and solutions from the new
interdisciplinary field of learning space design.

Dec
6
Fri
C4I – The Data of Disaster: Understanding Climatizing Surveillance in Post-Maria Puerto Rico @ Digital Scholarship Lab Flex Space, MSU Library, Second Floor
Dec 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
C4I - The Data of Disaster: Understanding Climatizing Surveillance in Post-Maria Puerto Rico @ Digital Scholarship Lab Flex Space, MSU Library, Second Floor | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Speaker: Christina Boyles – Assistant Professor of Culturally-engaged Digital Humanities

Nearly two years have passed since Hurricane María made landfall in Puerto Rico, yet its effects are still reeling through the islands. Rather than assisting with recovery, government agencies are engaging in what I term climatizing surveillance—mechanisms developed to both disempower Puerto Ricans and to ensure valuable resources remain in the hands of the wealthy elite. At its core, this enterprise seeks the erasure of marginalized peoples and their claims to commonly held lands and resources. This presentation will discuss how these processes operate in Puerto Rico, highlight their broader implications for a climate-stricken world, and outline strategies for resistance.

Feb
14
Fri
C4I Lecture with Julian Chambliss @ MSU Library, Flex Space at the Digital Scholarship Lab (2nd Floor)
Feb 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
C4I Lecture with Julian Chambliss @ MSU Library, Flex Space at the Digital Scholarship Lab (2nd Floor)

Center for Interdisciplinarity (C4I) Talk

Mapping a Comic Imaginary: Locality, Community, and Identity in North American Comics

Julian C. Chambliss, Professor and Core Faculty, Department of English and Consortium for Critical Diversity in a Digital Age Research (CEDAR)

In this presentation, I will discuss how an emerging digital humanities project utilizing MSU Library Comic Arts Collection metadata allows us to investigate how comic book culture might be shaped by location. Traditional narratives of comic book history have long emphasized the centrality of publication hubs such as New York, Tokyo, and Paris. With this project, we hope to explore how catalog metadata may reveal new relationships that shape comic culture.

Talk begins at 12:00 and runs about 1 hour.  Networking with coffee and refreshments immediately after the talk.

About C4I: The Michigan State University Center for Interdisciplinarity (C4I) advances interdisciplinary research and pedagogy at the University while preparing the next generation of citizen leaders to address the most challenging questions of our time. In addition to conducting its own research, C4I serves as a resource for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in the College of Arts & Letters and across campus, as well as for partners in the local community and across the region. It also serves as an advocate for researchers and scholars, consults with teams, provides resources for and about interdisciplinarity, and creates opportunities for training, education, networking, mentorship, visibility, and funding both on and off campus.

Feb
28
Fri
C4I Lecture with Catherine Kendig @ MSU Library--Flex Space at the Digital Scholarship Lab (2nd Floor)
Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
C4I Lecture with Catherine Kendig @ MSU Library--Flex Space at the Digital Scholarship Lab (2nd Floor)

Center for Interdisciplinarity (C4I) Talk

Philosophical Investigations in Ethnobotany

Catherine Kendig, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy

Lichens have a weird naming history. They have been and continue to be classified outside the formal Linnaean system by both lichenologists and indigenous naturalists such as the Sámi and Sherpa. These informal nomenclatural practices encode knowledge about the physiology of lichen symbionts, their economic use as the basis of textile dyes, as an ingredient in bread and beer-making, the source of medicine, and as a critical foodstuff central to reindeer husbandry. These diverse nomenclatures can contribute to understanding not only in ethnolichenology, history, and physiology, but also in metaphysics. But how should we go about retaining this diverse knowledge when doing so requires much more than simply compiling a list of synonyms? I explore plural, perspectival strategies of knowledge integration, paying attention to the diverse purposes for which lichens are named and the frequently incommensurable ontologies employed to ground lichen names.

Talk begins at 12:00 and runs about 1 hour.  Networking with coffee and refreshments immediately after the talk.

About C4I: The Michigan State University Center for Interdisciplinarity (C4I) advances interdisciplinary research and pedagogy at the University while preparing the next generation of citizen leaders to address the most challenging questions of our time. In addition to conducting its own research, C4I serves as a resource for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in the College of Arts & Letters and across campus, as well as for partners in the local community and across the region. It also serves as an advocate for researchers and scholars, consults with teams, provides resources for and about interdisciplinarity, and creates opportunities for training, education, networking, mentorship, visibility, and funding both on and off campus.

Mar
13
Fri
C4I Lecture with Krista Isaacs @ Spartan room (enter through food court)
Mar 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
C4I Lecture with Krista Isaacs @ Spartan room (enter through food court) | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Center for Interdisciplinarity (C4I) Talk

Brokering power and access: Case studies from Mali and India at the intersection of gender and seed systems

Krista Isaacs, Assistant Professor of International Seed Systems, Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences

Seed systems often fail smallholder farmers and particularly the marginalized groups within, such as women or individuals of lower social status. Access and availability barriers to preferred varieties of high-quality seed limit crop productivity, the principle livelihood source for these groups. Despite decades of work to mainstream gender in agricultural development, economic empowerment of women has not always led to structural improvements in women’s livelihoods and the social and institutional power structures in societies often reinforce inequalities that hinder social development. Drawing on two case studies from Mali and India, this talk will explore how interdisciplinary approaches to agriculture research and development, that focus on cooperatives and social networks, enabled farmers access to high-quality seed, and in some cases, led to social and economic empowerment.

Talk begins at 12:00 and runs about 1 hour.  Networking with coffee and refreshments immediately after the talk.

About C4I: The Michigan State University Center for Interdisciplinarity (C4I) advances interdisciplinary research and pedagogy at the University while preparing the next generation of citizen leaders to address the most challenging questions of our time. In addition to conducting its own research, C4I serves as a resource for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in the College of Arts & Letters and across campus, as well as for partners in the local community and across the region. It also serves as an advocate for researchers and scholars, consults with teams, provides resources for and about interdisciplinarity, and creates opportunities for training, education, networking, mentorship, visibility, and funding both on and off campus.

Mar
27
Fri
C4I Lecture with Ann Folio-White @ MSU Library--Flex Space at the Digital Scholarship Lab (2nd Floor)
Mar 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
C4I Lecture with Ann Folio-White @ MSU Library--Flex Space at the Digital Scholarship Lab (2nd Floor) | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Center for Interdisciplinarity (C4I) Talk

Acting and its Others: Labor’s Role in Defining Artistic Boundaries

Ann Folino White, Associate Professor of Theatre Studies and Directing, Department of Theatre

In 1913, the founding members of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) drew a clear line between the actors of the legitimate theatre that they sought to organize and other performers, conceived of as non-actors. Since then, theatre and labor relations scholars largely have uncritically viewed AEA as a collective bargaining organization, overlooking how it has continued to determine the very artistic practices that constitute what is and isn’t acting. This presentation discusses immediate and long-term implications for acting (and its others) of AEA’s jurisdictional disputes, rulings, and arbitrations, considering a collection of both little-known cases (e.g. Jumbo, 1935) and infamous ones (e.g. Miss Saigon, 1990) that have fundamentally shaped acting as an artform and occupation.

Talk begins at 12:00 and runs about 1 hour.  Networking with coffee and refreshments immediately after the talk.

About C4I: The Michigan State University Center for Interdisciplinarity (C4I) advances interdisciplinary research and pedagogy at the University while preparing the next generation of citizen leaders to address the most challenging questions of our time. In addition to conducting its own research, C4I serves as a resource for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in the College of Arts & Letters and across campus, as well as for partners in the local community and across the region. It also serves as an advocate for researchers and scholars, consults with teams, provides resources for and about interdisciplinarity, and creates opportunities for training, education, networking, mentorship, visibility, and funding both on and off campus.

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

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.