Tool Time: TAGS – Twitter Archiving @ Digital Scholarship Lab (Main Library)
Oct 23 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tool Time: TAGS - Twitter Archiving @ Digital Scholarship Lab (Main Library) | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Stop by for a short workshop that will introduce you to a simple tool that you can get started using during the workshop. This Tool Time’s focus is on TAGS: The Twitter Archiving google Sheet. Using Google Sheets and a Twitter account, you can start archiving lists of users, hashtags, and search terms. This tool can help facilitate faculty research as well as undergraduate class projects. Led by Kristen Mapes.

Regular Expressions for Digital Humanities @ REAL Classroom, 3 West Instruction Room (Main Library)
Nov 7 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Regular Expressions for Digital Humanities @ REAL Classroom, 3 West Instruction Room (Main Library) | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

This workshop explores Regular Expressions, a programming tool for batch editing text and code. Participants will get an overview and an opportunity to experiment with Regular Expressions techniques. Led by Megan Kudzia and Tianyi Kou.

Tool Time: Snappy Summaries @ Digital Scholarship Lab (Main Library)
Nov 13 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Tool Time: Snappy Summaries @ Digital Scholarship Lab (Main Library) | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

This is a time to get a quick demo of a digital scholarship tool; today we’re turning Tool Time over to the group for a rapid fire roundup of tools. Facilitated by Megan Kudzia.

MUSE Workshop @ MSU
Nov 14 – Nov 18 all-day

In 2018-19, the Department of English will pilot a new program, MUSE: Mentoring Underrepresented Scholars in English, with a special fall workshop for prospective graduate students in English. The inaugural MUSE workshop will be held from November 14-18th, 2018 at Michigan State University, in East Lansing, MI. The Fall 2018 MUSE workshop is directed at prospective English graduate students from underrepresented groups, including students of African American, Latinx and Chicanx, Asian American, Native American, and Indigenous descent. The all-expenses-paid workshop will allow students to learn more about the English Department, visit graduate classes and co-curricular activities (lectures, film screenings, Research Workshops), meet with our graduate faculty and graduate students, and receive individual feedback from the faculty on their application materials for graduate school. Students will also have the opportunity to present their research to faculty. The workshop aims to introduce prospective students to a robust culture of mentoring essential for a rewarding graduate school experience, and a thriving life in academia.

English Comp Exams Workshop @ MSU Wells Hall C607
Jan 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
English Comp Exams Workshop @ MSU Wells Hall C607

A Comprehensive Exams workshop will be held in the 6th floor conference room on Friday, January 11th from 2-4 pm. This workshop is designed to be helpful for anyone who is currently at any stage of the comps process, so if you’re working on your proposal, making your way through the lists, getting ready for your written exam, or thinking through the oral defense, we’d love to see you! Drs. Figueroa and McCallum have agreed to provide a faculty perspective on the comps process for the first hour of the workshop. They will each present some comments about comps process from the faculty/department perspective, with plenty of time for questions. In the second hour of the workshop, we’ll have three ABD grad students (Rebecca Fussell, Am Kunapulli, and Christine Peffer) who will share their comps experiences before, during, and after the exam. If you have any questions about this workshop, please feel free to email


Race, Pedagogy, and Lit*: Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall @ Wells Hall B-243
Apr 11 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Race, Pedagogy, and Lit*: Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall @ Wells Hall B-243 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Dr. Guy-Sheftall, previous President of the National Women’s Studies Association, has published a number of texts within African American and Women’s Studies which include the first anthology on Black women’s literature, Sturdy Black Bridges: Visions of Black Women in Literature (Doubleday, 1979). She has been involved in a number of advocacy organizations which include the National Black Women’s Health Project, the National Council for Research on Women, and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. As Director of Spelman’s Women’s Center, she has also been involved with student activism around a broad range of social justice issues, including reproductive rights and violence against women. At Emory University’s Institute for Women’s Studies and Spelman College, she teaches women’s studies courses that center feminist theory and global Black Feminisms.

FGS Research Workshop Meet and Greet @ Wells Hall C607
Sep 11 @ 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
FGS Research Workshop Meet and Greet @ Wells Hall C607 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The Feminisms, Genders, and Sexualities (FGS) research workshop is holding its first informal meet and greet this Wednesday, September 11 from 4-4:45pm in the 6th floor conference room, Wells Hall C607. We’ll introduce ourselves and the workshop, discuss upcoming events over the 2019/2020 academic year, and have some snacks and coffee. If you’re interested in intersectional feminism and LGBT+ studies (or are just curious!), we’d love to have you.   We’re looking forward to two semesters of productive discussions, fun activities, engaging lectures, and collaborations with other fantastic workshops here at MSU. If you have any questions, please email me ( or Bruno Ford (


HIVES Research Workshop @ Wells Hall C607
Sep 12 @ 4:00 pm
HIVES Research Workshop @ Wells Hall C607 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

HIVES will be meeting for the first official time on September 12, 2019 in room C607 of Wells Hall (619 Red Cedar Road, East Lansing, MI 48824). This meeting will be primarily to introduce HIVES guiding questions, discuss the trajectory of the workshop for the year, and nourish our bodyminds with pizza and discussion. We would like to begin the buzz of conversation with a discussion of texts and videos, available here, that present some nodes for future engagement. Finally, we will be revealing our fall keynote speaker at the meeting!

This and all future HIVES meetings are open to the public, including but certainly not limited to: students, non-students, artists, curious parties, larvae, comic-lovers, poets, and all others. Please feel welcome to circulate the poster above which has been formatted to be accessible to screen readers. Please fill out this google form if you plan to attend in order to share your preferences and needs for refreshments and access.

HIVES is an ongoing scholarly, artistic, and communal organization dedicated to developing an understanding of the ways in which matter and beings function in interdependent networks. This research workshop seeks to create a generative space for conversations at the intersections of disability studies and animal studies in popular culture. In his book Brilliant Imperfection, Eli Clare emphasizes how “White Western culture goes to extraordinary lengths to deny the vital relationships between water and stone, plant and animal, human and nonhuman, as well as the utter reliance of human upon human” (Clare 136). Clare offers the disability studies notion of interdependence as a way to undo fantastical narratives of independence and the individual. HIVES is an engagement with hiveminds, relationality, and interdependence across and within animal/human divides. This research workshop draws on popular culture in the form of novels, films, and video games and theory from disability studies to critical race theory to queer studies to animal studies in order to think through disrupting white western denials of interdependence. We are guided by the questions: what are the potentials and pitfalls of the overlap between disability and animal studies? what forms of inter-reliance arise from lived disabled existence and/or representations of disabled characters in popular culture? what does (and does not) separate animals and humans? what frictions exist in turning to animal studies to find alternate conceptions of relational being?

MUSE Lecture: Omaris Z. Zamora @ Wells Hall B243
Oct 17 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
MUSE Lecture: Omaris Z. Zamora @ Wells Hall B243 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The Department of English MUSE Scholars Program presents a lecture by Dr. Omaris Z. Zamora, “Delectable Complicities From El Ni’ E: AfroLatinx Feminisms of Cardi B & La Bella Chanel.” Dr. Zamora is assistant professor of Afro-Latinx Studies at Rutgers University. Her book project, AfroLatina (Trance)formations: Poetics of Black Embodied Archives and Feminist Epistemologies, engages the theoretical formation of AfroLatina feminist epistemologies through an analysis of transnational Dominican women’s narratives in literature and performance. As a spoken-word poet she fuses her poetry with her scholarly work as a way of contributing to a black poetic approach to literature and cultural studies.

Please join us Thursday, October 17th at 4:30pm in Wells Hall room B243.

Guest Speaker Amalia Ortiz @ Wells Hall C640
Nov 11 @ 10:30 am
Guest Speaker Amalia Ortiz @ Wells Hall C640 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The Creative Writing Program, the Womxn of Color Initiatives, and the College of Arts and Letters are pleased to welcome Amalia Ortiz, who will visit MSU campus from November 10th through November 12th. Amalia Ortiz’s second book, The Cancion Cannibal Cabaret and Other Songs, is now available from Aztlan Libre Press. Ortiz has been featured on three seasons of Def Poetry on HBO, and on the NAACP Image Awards. Her debut collection Rant. Chant. Chisme. was selected by NBC News as one of the “10 Great Latino Books of 2015.” On November 11th, Ortiz will hold a conversation at 10:30am in Wells Hall, room C640, and will present a public reading geared toward the CAL community at 7:oopm in the Art Lab.