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Mar
1
Fri
Interdisciplinary Colloquium: Tamara Butler @ International Center
Mar 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Interdisciplinary Colloquium: Tamara Butler @ International Center | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Tamara Butler is an Assistant Professor of Critical and Community Literacies. Her lecture is titled, “Roots and Ruptures: to Teach of Black Land, Literacies, and Place-making.”

Mar
15
Fri
Costume Party at the Moslem Temple, Qais Assali, Artist/Designer in Residence: Critical Race Studies @MSU Union Art Gallery @ MSU Union Art Gallery
Mar 15 – May 11 all-day
Costume Party at the Moslem Temple, Qais Assali, Artist/Designer in Residence: Critical Race Studies @MSU Union Art Gallery @ MSU Union Art Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Costume Party at the Moslem Temple

An exhibition featuring MSU Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies Qais Assali.

March 15- May 11, 2019

Reception: March 15, 2019 6–8PM

Artist Lecture: March 20, 2019 @MSU Broad Art Museum, 7PM

 

Please join the MSU Union Art Gallery and the MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design in celebrating the opening of Costume Party at the Moslem Temple on Friday, March 15 beginning at 6pm, remarks will be offered at 6:30pm. This solo exhibition features the work of MSU Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies Qais Assali.

Assali’s interdisciplinary work stages questions between site and the body in relation to his own identity and locale in order to debunk metaphoric surrounding contested geographies. This exhibition was made possible thanks to collaborations with many others. Parade Float was made in collaboration with Syrian-American Artist Amanda Assaley. Mosaic Fountain was made by Syrian-American Artist Michael Howard. O My Lord, Increase me in Knowledge, was painted by Syrian-American Artist Reem Taki.

Costume Party at the Moslem Temple is organized by the MSU Union Art Gallery at Michigan State University. Support for this exhibition and associated programming is provided by the MSU Federal Credit Union, the MSU College of Arts & Letters, MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design, the MSU Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, MSU Museum, MSU Library Digital Scholarship Lab, MSU Library Special Collections, MSU Muslim Studies Program,  MSU Students United for Palestinian Rights, University of Michigan Special Collections Research Center, and the Arab American National Museum. Special thanks to Deborah Margolis, Jose Luis Benavides, Sally Howell, Penny Gardner, Becky Gaines, and Michael Dean.

Qais Assali (b. 1987 Palestine) is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor and Artist-in-Residence at Michigan State University. His works with video, installation, lecture performance, sound, photography, and in the archives seek to engage and subvert national geopolitical power dynamics. His interdisciplinary work stages questions between site and the body in relation to his own identity and locale in order to debunk metaphoric surrounding contested geographies.

Assali’s work has been internationally exhibited at Jeune création, Paris (2016); 6018North, Chicago (2018); Festival Artes Vertentes de Tiradentes, Brazil (2016); The Overlook Place, Chicago (2018); solo exhibitions at Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2015); and Khan Al Wakala, Nablus (2016). Assali has been a faculty member at a number of academic institutions in Palestine including Al-Ummah College, Jerusalem, Palestine. Assali holds two master’s degrees – an MA in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MFA from Bard College Milton Avery Graduate School.

Mar
26
Tue
 Black Islam and Hip Hop lecture @ MSU International Center, Room 303
Mar 26 @ 4:00 pm
 Black Islam and Hip Hop lecture @ MSU International Center, Room 303 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

A special presentation by Professor Kayla Wheeler, Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Digital Studies at Grand Valley State University at MSU’s International Center regarding Black Islam and Hip Hop.

Black Islam and Hip Hop @ MSU International Center, Room 303
Mar 26 @ 4:00 pm
Black Islam and Hip Hop @ MSU International Center, Room 303 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

A special presentation by Professor Kayla Wheeler, Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Digital Studies, Grand Valley State University.

Mar
29
Fri
Interdisciplinary Colloquium: Alison Dobbins @ International Center, Spartan Rooms
Mar 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Interdisciplinary Colloquium: Alison Dobbins @ International Center, Spartan Rooms | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Alison Dobbins is an Associate Professor of Integrated Media Performance Design. Her presentation, “Theatre Engine: Audience as Research Partner,” concerns interdisciplinary research in theatre using technology to integrate the audience into the performance.

GSAH Global Perspectives Spring Symposium 2019 @ B342 Wells Hall
Mar 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
GSAH Global Perspectives Spring Symposium 2019 @ B342 Wells Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The participants will present their own approach to integrating sexual minorities as
a key topic into a course already taught or in a conceptual phase. The presentations
will be followed by an open discussion, both on the challenges and opportunities
that this particular topic presents to instructors as well as to students, and on the
significance of foregrounding sexual minorities in higher education, not to mention
the need to raise the awareness of, and to sharpen the collective consciousness
about, sexual minorities in academic communities.

Apr
13
Sat
Mind the Gap: Bridging the Researcher-Teacher Divide @ Wells Hall, B-Wing
Apr 13 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This mini-conference event brings researchers and teachers together in dialogue around the questions “Do teachers care about research?” and “Do researchers care about teachers?” Plenary session presentations by researcher Dr. Masatoshi Sato (Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile) and a language educator (TBD) will be followed by a mixer in smaller break-out rooms, where language researchers and language teachers will engage in guided but informal dialogue. The event will conclude with a Town Hall-style forum, facilitated by MSU’s Second Language Studies program chair, Dr. Shawn Loewen.

May
17
Fri
Textscape @ MSU Union Art Gallery
May 17 @ 12:00 pm – Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm
Textscape @ MSU Union Art Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

TEXTSCAPE

Hongtao Zhou

Textscapes are 3D printed documents to reemphasis printing in modern technological world.

May 17 – July 12, 2019

 

Textscapes are 3D printed documents to reemphasis printing in modern technological world. Printing technology was first created in ancient China to reproduce text using woodblocks, however today’s definition had been widely adopted in 3D printing, an additive process more often to create objects instead of duplicate text. Textscape generates letter-sized 3D documents to visually profile the subject matters of the texts, such as cities, landscapes or figures. These documents make reading process interactive for general audience or blind people, as knowledge as well as art. This series of work has variations of braille, language characters, calligraphies and number systems to bridge the contents and its visuality in architecture, landscape, portraits and abstract matters.

Hongtao Zhou is an interdisciplinary scholar and artist, he researches, practices and teaches in the areas of Design, Architecture, Exhibition Design, Furniture Design & Fabrication and Contemporary Sculpture & Installation. Hongtao holds a PhD from Purdue University, a MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MS from Northeast Forest University of China. He is a professor at Tongji College of Design and Innovation (D&I) and a visiting professor at University of Hawaii-Manoa (UHM). Hongtao had been serving as the Director of the UHM Haigo and Irene Shen Architecture Gallery. Currently he is Executive Member and Curator of the National Association of Chinese Artists in American Academia.

Hongtao has exhibited nationally & internationally including Centre Pompidou, Gwangju Design Biennale-South Korea, National Museum of China, Milan Design Week, Milwaukee Art Museum, Chazen Museum of Art, Haggerty Museum of Art, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Charles Allis Art Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art School, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Beijing and Taiwan Design Center. He published his work and research in Interior Design, Interni, Design Bureau, Transmaterial, Metropolis, American Craft, Artdaily Zhuangshi Magazine, Modern Weekly and Huffington Post. Centre Pompidou and the University of Virginia collected his work. Hongtao’s work is currently on view in the 2019 Venice Biennale in collaboration with TONTSEN DESIGN in the European Cultural Centre Exhibition.

This exhibition made possible thanks to the MSU College of Arts and Letters, Department of Art, Art History, and Design. Special Thanks to Xia Gao, Associate Professor of Apparel and Textile Design. Work shown made possible by Jiabao Zhu, Project Assistant, Making Lab, Tongji University, College of Design and Innovation (D&I).

Jun
5
Wed
Conversation with Stacey He, Author of Three Moons @ Room 3 International Center
Jun 5 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Detroit-based Taiwanese American writer Stacey (Wan Ching) He worked as a journalist before turning to creative writing. Three Moons, her debut novel, appeared with Taiwan’s premiere literary press Unitas in 2018.  Centering on three Chinese female immigrants’ lives in New York City, Three Moons explores migration and women’s careers, family ties, sexuality, and identities. In this presentation, Stacey He will read selected passages from Three Moons and engage in a conversation with moderator Tze-lan Sang, Professor of Chinese at MSU, and the audience about writing in-between cultures.  Presentation in Chinese and English, lunch to follow.
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Co-sponsors:
The Chinese Program in the Department of Linguistics and Languages
Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen)
Ministry of Education of The R.O.C. (Taiwan)
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago

Conversation with Stacey He, Author of Three Moons @ Room 303 International Center
Jun 5 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm