THEN NOW Painting and Drawings by Dianne Wolter @ MSU Union Art Gallery
Aug 3 – Oct 5 all-day
THEN NOW Painting and Drawings by Dianne Wolter @ MSU Union Art Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States


Featuring Dianne Wolter’s paintings and sculptures.

August 3- October 5, 2018

Reception September 8, 3-5PM



Painting provides me a process driven opportunity to experiment, discover, manipulate, play, and sometimes even tell a story. I value mark making and like to see evidence of the history of the process in the finished painting. Narrative has been a component of my art that allows me to ask questions and make observations. I use whimsy as a means to enliven or to soften the content. Recurring themes and images return to new environments. Images that possess a personal iconography are infused with content from experiences and memories that hold power. I begin by creating an active ground plane, and then working out to the surface, sometimes finding rather than imposing imagery. I enjoy working figuratively, layering, searching for ideas and inspiration from the manipulation of the media, and often but not always embracing a narrative.

Adding papier-mâché sculpture to my studio involvement has been a logical and natural extension to my previous singular focus of two-dimensional work.  The process is reductive, starting with foam forms that have been created by gluing construction foam into blocks that can be carved. Papier-mâché mulch and layers of paper finish off the surfaces and ease transitions and contours. The torn paper can communicate a new narrative while holding onto its past. I find myself stacking forms which is another way of layering, bringing elements together in proximity or support, contrasting familiar with fantastic.


Dianne Wolter graduated from Michigan State University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a teaching certificate. Teaching and studio involvement have been the focus of her professional life since then.  She concentrated on fabric collage for the first 14 years of her creative journey, teaching it in public schools throughout southern Michigan sponsored by the Michigan Council for the Arts. In 1979, Wolter began teaching after school art classes in her home studio to area children. Sharing her studio with children was a rewarding and meaningful opportunity. To concentrate more fully on her own art, she retired from teaching in 2002 to focus more on painting. A whim to make a cat riding on a unicycle introduced sculpture as an additional interest. Since then, Wolter has been enjoying both sculpture and painting.

For more information about Dianne’s work please visit her website:

Testing & Tasting: Language Assessment Research and Reading Group @ Wells Hall B243
Sep 14 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Testing & Tasting (or the language assessment research and reading group) is a group for practitioners and researchers interested in language testing and assessment. Meetings provide a forum for both faculty and students to learn about advanced assessment topics and discuss language testing in a friendly setting- with snacks! The group usually meets once a month, with each meeting featuring presentations from SLS students, faculty members, or testers of the ELC testing office. Recommended readings (if there are any) will be sent to the whole group via email before each meeting. We have Dr. Paula Winke, Dr. Dan Reed, and Dr. Koen Van Gorp as regular faculty advisors, and occasionally we invite guest speakers to Skype in. 

Presenter(s): Wenyue (Melody) Ma & Dr. Paula Winke

Topic of discussion: Self-assessment

Melody Ma and Dr. Paula Winke will co-present their co-authored article on self-assessment. Dr. Winke will also show the group a self-assessment tool she and her research team developed for the ACTFL oral proficiency test.

Workshop: Going on the Job Market @ B342 Wells Hall
Sep 14 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Come learn about what job searches in applied linguistics entail, with Drs. Susan Gass and Paula Winke, noon to 1 PM, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, Room B342.

Generous Thinking: The University and the Public Good @ International Center, Spartan Rooms
Sep 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Generous Thinking: The University and the Public Good @ International Center, Spartan Rooms | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English will be presenting Generous Thinking: The University and the Public Good as part of the University Interdisciplinary Colloquium. Read a summary of her talk below:

The university stands in a peculiar relationship to twenty-first-century American culture. On the one hand, that culture imagines institutions of higher education to be providers of vitally important credentials for those seeking an engaging career and a secure economic future. On the other, that same culture routinely depicts the university and its denizens as being out of touch with the real needs of their communities, producing and transmitting useless, abstract knowledge and standing in the way of real economic and technological progress. Generous Thinking proposes that those of us who work within the university might take a hard look at the ways we connect and communicate with a range of off-campus communities about our shared interests and concerns in order to begin rebuilding the relationship between the university and the public that it is meant to serve.

Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

COMMAND+ N Group Art Exhibition @ (SCENE) Metrospace
Sep 14 @ 1:00 pm – Oct 28 @ 5:00 pm
COMMAND+ N Group Art Exhibition @ (SCENE) Metrospace | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Please stop into (SCENE) Metrospace to see our latest exhibition traveling to us from Bloomington, Indiana where it was recently on view at I Fell Gallery. COMMAND + N was co-curated by Anna Buckner and Sul-Jee Scully of Command Zine and Bill Bass and Raphael Cornford of Noise Project. This special exhibition brings together the work of nine artists; Roxana Azar, Israel Campos, Zachary Carlisle Davidson, Jonathan McFadden, Rowland Ricketts, Saman Sajasi, Caleb Weintraub, Tyler Wilkinson, and Chad Wys.

Curators Statement

I can’t follow everything going on. You can’t either. I can grab a few strands here and there, focusing my reading and my podcast listening and my conversations. Still, I’m falling woefully short. I know that any sources I access have bias, that I’ve been lied to by dominant narratives across media forms, that my experiences have been misrepresented if represented at all.

So let art speak to us all at once and emotively and with information and through reference and via updated, augmented, and even subverted traditions. For art does
indeed reveal our new narratives and emergent mythologies, forces that selectively continue and negate aspects of their older counterparts. “But which art?” you
might ask, “Where? How? Will there be beer?”

NOISE and COMMAND Zine co-curate the exhibition “COMMAND + N,” a traveling group show of artists whosework is invaluable, transformative and alive, acting upon us just as much as we respond in turn. Working across multiple media these artists reveal untold stories, recontexualize traditions, speak from marginalized identities, and play with the boundaries between digital and tangible.

Bringing together an expertise that spans the contemporary fields of painting, textile, printmaking, photography, comics and digital art, the curators present two exhibitions at I Fell in Bloomington, IN and (SCENE) Metrospace in East Lansing, MI, highlighting selected works as simultaneously discrete narrative objects and cohesively indicative of the story of our time.

Practice Talk: “Predicting CEFR proficiency level using grammatical criterial features” by Susie Kim @ B243 Wells
Sep 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Join SLS student Susie Kim, who will be giving a practice talk for a corpus linguistics conference.
Friday, September 14, Wells B243 from 3-4pm
Title: Predicting CEFR proficiency level using grammatical criterial features
In a previous study using a Korean EFL corpus, I investigated the use of the grammatical criterial features that have been identified as characteristic of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) levels by Hawkins and Filipović (2012). Research on the use of such level-specific lexico-grammatical features has largely been descriptive. This study contributes to better understanding the relationship between learner language and CEFR proficiency levels by empirically examining how well the use of the set of grammatical features predict learners’ proficiency. The current analysis included 6,042 narrative and argumentative essays written by 3,021 learners. Each learner’s performance had been holistically evaluated on the CEFR scale, ranging from A2 to B2. With the data from the previous study where I examined the occurrences of ten A2-, fifteen B1-, and ten B2-level grammatical criterial features, I tabulated how many different types of the level-specific features each learner used and the average normalized frequencies of the occurrences. In short, the range and the frequencies of these level-specific features adopted by each learner were used to investigate how well these measures predict writing quality.
An ordinal logistic regression analysis was performed with six predictors: range and frequencies of the A2, B1, and B2 features. All six predictors were statistically significant in predicting the proficiency level, and the model showed a good discrimination among the proficiency groups (R2 = .31). The findings indicate that the frequency as well as the diversity in the use of the grammatical features serve as important predictors in determining the proficiency level. The results have implications for CEFR level descriptors and assessment using the CEFR scale. 
Broad Underground || Alien Wonders @ Broad Art Museum Sculpture Garden
Sep 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Alien Wonders (& Paranoid Fantasies)

7:30pm • Friday, September 14, 2018 • Broad Art Museum Sculpture Garden • MSU

Join us outdoors and under the stars for an out-of-this-world film experience featuring sci‑fi cinema, programmed in dialog with the work of Ken Grimes. Grimes is an American artist whose work explores themes of outer space, extraterrestrial life, and UFO conspiracy theories. His upcoming Field Station exhibition will be on view at the MSU Broad beginning in December. The selected films for the evening include works by Georges Méliès, Bill Brown, Craig Baldwin, and Mitchell Crawford.

—Programmed by Joshua Yumibe

Broad Underground is an ongoing collaboration between the MSU Broad, Film Studies program, and Department of English at MSU. This year’s partnering venue is The Robin Theatre in REO Town, Lansing, with special thanks to the Lansing Public Media Center.


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Israel at 70 Conference @ Kellogg Center
Sep 16 – Sep 17 all-day
Israel at 70 Conference @ Kellogg Center | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel and reflect on that history, the Michigan State University Jewish Studies Program is very proud to sponsor its largest academic conference ever: “Israel at 70: Complexity, Challenge, and Creativity” on September 16-17, 2018 at MSU’s Kellogg Center.

The conference brings together 40 internationally recognized scholars from Israel and the United States under one roof to discuss Israeli society, culture, politics, foreign policy, and agricultural, biomedical, water, environmental, and business innovation.

If you are interested in attending please register at If you have any further questions please contact Amy Shapiro at 517-432-3493.

Israel at 70 Conference–MSU Jewish Studies Program @ Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
Sep 16 @ 8:30 am – Sep 17 @ 5:30 pm
Israel at 70 Conference--MSU Jewish Studies Program @ Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The Jewish Studies Program at Michigan State University Presents
Israel at 70: Complexity, Challenge, and Creativity
Sunday, September 16, and Monday, September 17, 2018
MSU Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

Schedule (subject to change):

Sunday, September 16, 2018—Lincoln Room

8:15-8:40 a.m. Registration

8:45-10:15 a.m. Origin Stories: A Roundtable on Literature, Cinema, and Pedagogy

Moderator: Eric Aronoff, Michigan State University

Sayed Kashua, Washington University (Reflections on His Work), Rachel Harris, University of Illinois (“Warriors, Witches, Whores: Women in Israeli Cinema”), Ilana Blumberg, Bar Ilan University (“Literary Pedagogy for Teaching Diverse Students”), Marc Bernstein, Michigan State University (“The Denial of Despair: Kletzkers in Israel”)

10:25 a.m.-11:55 a.m. Roundtable: Reflections on Israeli Society, Nationalism, and Security

Moderator: Myron Aronoff, Emeritus, Rutgers University

Donna Robinson Divine, Smith College (“#Hashtag Israel at 70: Blessing or Curse?”), Naomi Chazan, Hebrew University (“Israel at 70: Democratic Shifts”), Nadav Shelef, University of Wisconsin (“Israel at 70: Transformations in Israeli Nationalism”), Yael Aronoff, Michigan State University (“Israel’s Changing Security Environment”)

12:10-1:30 p.m. Lunch, Keynote by Oded Shoseyov, “Nature’s Gift; Materials for the Future”

**Complimentary lunch, pre-registration required, space is limited

1:40-2:55 p.m. Panel: U.S.-Israeli Relations

Chair: Yael Aronoff, Michigan State University

Robert Freedman, Johns Hopkins University (“US-Israel Relations 1948-2018”), Scott Lasensky, INSS Tel Aviv University (“The Peace Puzzle: Can America Still Be Effective at Arab-Israeli Peacemaking?”), Tamara Cofman Wittes, Brookings (“Shared Values: Democratic Challenges and the US-Israel Relationship”)

3:05-4:20 p.m. Panel: Boundaries of Israel Criticism

Chair: Benjamin Lorch, Michigan State University

Amy Elman, Kalamazoo College (“Pinkwashing Antisemitism”), Ken Waltzer, Professor of History Emeritus and Former Director of Jewish Studies, Michigan State University (“When AntiZionism Becomes Antisemitism: Insights from American Campuses”), Yore Kedem, Michigan State University (“Boundaries of Israel Criticism: Understanding Yeshayahu Leibovich”)

4:30-6:10 p.m. Roundtable: Lessons and Prospects for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Moderator: Gilead Sher, INSS Tel Aviv University

Saliba Sarsar, Monmouth University (“Uncommon Pairs: The Making of Unique Peacebuilding Leaders in Israel/Palestine”) Alan Dowty, Notre Dame University (“Israelis and Palestinians: Has the Gap Narrowed?”) Miriam Elman, Syracuse University (“Negotiating Jerusalem: Visions for Dividing & Sharing a Contested City”), Ilan Peleg, Lafayette College (“Narratives of Victimization & Victimhood Among Israelis & Palestinians: A 70-Year Saga”) Yuval Benziman, Hebrew University (“Normalization with Arab States and Israeli-Palestinian Peace”)

6:25-7:25 p.m. Dinner

**Complimentary, pre-registration required, space is limited

7:30 p.m. Keynote lecture, Gilead Sher, “The Israeli-Palestinians Negotiations: Prospects for a Two-State Reality”

Monday, September 17, 2018—Red Cedar Room, Kellogg

8:15-8:50 a.m. Registration

9:00-10:30 a.m. Panel: Israeli Environmental Innovation and Its Use as a Foreign Policy Tool

Chair: Michael Kaplowtiz, Michigan State University

Giora Rytwo, Tel Hai College and MIGAL Research Institute (“Coping with Water Crises: New Cleantech Water Technologies”), Micah Guy, Ben Gurion University (“Agriculture at the Ramat Negev Country: Survival and the Introduction of New Crops”), Itai Fishhendler, Hebrew University (“Natural Resources as Foreign Policy Tool: A Legitimate Israeli Policy?”)

10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Roundtable: Israeli Biotechnology and Medical Innovation

Moderator: Erik Shapiro, Michigan State University

Assaf Gilad, Michigan State University (“Science in Israel – Evolution and Evaluation of Dynamic Patterns”), Amnon Bar Shir, Weizmann Institute (“Multicolor’ Sensors: Beyond ‘Black & White” MRI”), Galit Pelled, Michigan State University (“From Fish Navigation to Neuromodulation”), Benny Hochner, Hebrew University (“Why Can Octopuses Help Us Build New Types of Robots?”), Drorith Celnikier-Hochner, Hadassah Mount Scopus Medical Center (“Hadassah for Everyone, Everywhere”)

1:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch

**Complimentary, pre-registration required, space is limited

2:05-3:30 p.m. Panel: Israel’s Remarkable Agricultural Experience: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Chair: Ronald Hendrick, Dean of the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Alon Tal, Visiting Serling Professor, MSU and Tel Aviv University (“Israeli Agricultural Policy and Yields: What a Long Strange Trip Its Been”), Bill Slott, Columnist, Times of Israel (“Israel’s Grand Socialist Agrarian Experiment: The Evolution of Israel’s Kibbutzim”), Dr. Shoshan Haran, Founder, Fair Planet Seeds (“How Israel’s Agritech Innovations are Affecting Africa”)

3:45-5:45 p.m. Roundtable “The 70-Year-Old Startup that Sets the Global Direction in Entrepreneurship”

Moderator: Neil Kane, Michigan State University

Tsahy Shapsa, Israeli entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Cloudlock, Inc., Parag Amin, Founder of Indian I-create, Gal Wainer, Vice-President of she-codes, Doron York, Chairman of City Side Ventures, Harry Yuklea, Visiting Scholar at MSU, Israeli entrepreneur

Shaniqua Davis, Innovate State Speaker Series @ Erikson Hall Kiva
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm
Shaniqua Davis, Innovate State Speaker Series @ Erikson Hall Kiva

The Innovate State Speaker Series at MSU is a collaborative program designed to connect forward-thinking speakers with students and professionals interested in innovation and entrepreneurship. Topics include startups, new business creation, leadership and team-building, customer acquisition, fundraising and other special topics.

Held monthly through the academic year, this speaker series is held at 6 p.m. in the Erikson Hall Kiva on Farm Lane

Shaniqua Davis, CEO & Founder of Noirefy will be speaking at this series event.