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Jan
20
Sat
WATER Puerto Rico……Flint a Human Right Exhibition @ MSU Union Art Gallery
Jan 20 – Mar 23 all-day
WATER Puerto Rico......Flint a Human Right Exhibition @ MSU Union Art Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

WATER Puerto Rico……Flint a Human Right Exhibition Reception

A solo exhibition featuring Karen Hampton, MSU Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies.

JANUARY 19 – MARCH 23, 2018
RECEPTION JANUARY 19, 5-7PM, REMARKS AT 6:15PM

Join us Friday, January 19, 2018 from 5-7PM for the opening reception for WATER Puerto Rico……Flint a Human Right a solo exhibition featuring the work of Karen Hampton at the MSU Union Art Gallery. Opening Remarks will be offered at 6:15PM.

Artist Statement:
I am a conceptual mixed media artist, addressing issues of colorism and race in my works. I seek to break stereotypes and address issues related to my life. My artwork is steeped in oral history and expresses the narrative of those whose stories have not yet been fully told. As a storyteller, I impart conceptualized stories about the “other” in society. I view myself as a vehicle for ancestral stories to transcend history and remain part of the historical record. The canvas of my artwork is fabric, which I age and imbue with conceptualized images of a forgotten part of the American story. Using images and text, I embed the cloth with the hopes and visions of my ancestors, particularly those whose stories that have remained invisible. Whether woven or stitched, every time my weft crosses the warp or my needle pierces the cloth, I reach through another layer of scorched earth that slavery has left behind and work to reframe critical issues of race.

Karen Hampton is a Michigan State University, Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies. Hampton joins us from Los Angeles, CA for the 2017-2018 academic year. Her exhibition is sponsored by the Department of Art, Art History, and Design along with the generous support of others including the College of Arts & Letters, Creating Excellence Funding Program from the Office for Inclusion & Intercultural Initiatives, Office of the Provost, and the MSU Federal Credit Union. Additionally she will be offering a public lecture about her work on January 30 at 6PM in 107 S. Kedzie Hall.

Mar
14
Wed
Bioethics Series: Marleen Eijkholt @ C102 East Fee Hall
Mar 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Bioethics Series: Marleen Eijkholt @ C102 East Fee Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

This event is presented by the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences.

Professor Marleen Eijkholt, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Pain but No Gain: Pain as a Problematic and Useless Concept?

References to the human experience of “pain” are common, but those references are often ambiguous and vague. Such ambiguity creates conceptual and practical challenges, especially in the work of clinical ethics consultation. While pain is a relevant clinical problem, it is also a social construct shaped by culture, environment, and gender. These distinctions however get lost in a simple “pain” reference. With several clinical ethics scenarios, Dr. Eijkholt will ask if references to pain help us with anything, or if we should perhaps abandon pain as a “useless concept.”

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Mar
16
Fri
One World, Many Stories: Family Dance Party @ East Lansing Public Library
Mar 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
One World, Many Stories: Family Dance Party @ East Lansing Public Library | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The 11th annual family literacy event, One World, Many Stories is proud to present Connie Schofield-Morrison’s, I Got the Rhythm, a book about expressing yourself through dance and music and being inspired by the rhythm from the world around us.

Please join us for a book reading by Marble Elementary Principal Josh Robertson. Following the reading, there will be a Family Dance Party featuring DJ Rod Carpenter, accompanied by members of MSU Pompon Team. The first 100 families get a FREE copy of the featured book! The entire event is free and open to the public.

Schedule
5:30pm-6pm Pizza Dinner
6pm-6:15pm Book Reading by Marble Elementary Principal, Josh Robertson
6:15pm-7:30pm Family Dance Party Featuring DJ Rod Carpenter and Members of the MSU Pompon Team

One World, Many Stories is a community-based program for young children of all cultures. In collaboration with Michigan State University, East Lansing Public Library, and the East Lansing Public Schools, this initiative promotes family reading practices with interactive events that expose children to a variety of cultures and ideas. For the past five years, the books that were selected for this event have highlighted the importance of community participation, global citizenship, and intercultural understanding.

Mar
22
Thu
The Music of Freedom: Jazz & the Civil Rights Movement @ Club Spartan, Case Hall
Mar 22 @ 6:00 pm
The Music of Freedom: Jazz & the Civil Rights Movement @ Club Spartan, Case Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Featuring Dr. Ridley

Dr. Ridley will reflect on the interconnections and long history of jazz music and protest. In particular, he will examine the many connections between jazz and protest during the Civil Rights movement, and will talk about his collaborations with musicians committed to African American freedom and American democracy. Dr. Ridley will also discuss his role as an educator and the benefits of jazz education to the arts and American society.

Mar
23
Fri
Philosophy Guest Speaker: Thomas Reydon @ 530 South Kedzie Hall
Mar 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Philosophy Guest Speaker: Thomas Reydon @ 530 South Kedzie Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Professor Thomas Reydon, Institute of Philosophy, Centre for Ethics and Philosophy of Science (CEPS) & Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS), Leibniz Universität Hannover

How far do evolutionary explanations reach?

The notion of evolution is often used in an overly loose sense. Besides biological evolution, there i stalk of the evolution of societies, cities, languages, firms, industries, economies, technical artifacts, car models, clothing fashions, science, the universe, and so on. While in some cases the no%on of evolution is used in a metaphorical way, in other cases it is meant more literally. But exactly how much can be explained by applying an evolutionary framework to cases outside the biological realm? Can applications of evolutionary theory outside biology have a similar explanatory force as in biology? Proponents of so-called “Generalized Darwinism” think it can. I will critically examine this view by treating it as a ques%on about the metaphysics of evolutionary phenomena: To what extent do such different processes of change instan%ate the same kind of process? I will explore this question by looking at some of the conceptual requirements for generalized versions of evolutionary theory to have explanatory force in a particular domain of investigation. Because having good explanations of phenomena under study is crucial for our ability to predict and control them, this is not merely an issue of theoretical interest in the philosophy of science – it has real consequences for society and human life too.

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Mar
26
Mon
Screening of Charles Burnett’s KILLER OF SHEEP @ B122 Wells Hall
Mar 26 @ 7:30 pm
Screening of Charles Burnett's KILLER OF SHEEP @ B122 Wells Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Prior to James Naremore’s talk on March 28, there will be a screening of his 1990 film To Sleep With Anger. Vagabond Harry (Danny Glover) pays an unexpected visit to his old chum Gideon (Paul Butler), who accepts the aimless man into his home, despite the fact that the household is already overcrowded. Hard-drinking yet charismatic, Harry both entertains and enrages Gideon and his wife, Suzie (Mary Alice). However, after Gideon falls gravely ill, Harry decides to step in and take his friend’s place in the household. Unfortunately, his intentions are far from pure, and the consequences are tragic.

Mar
29
Thu
Visiting Scholar Lecture: Dr. Elizabeth Sanders @ 107, South Kedzie Hall
Mar 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Visiting Scholar Lecture: Dr. Elizabeth Sanders @ 107, South Kedzie Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Dr. Elizabeth Sanders introduced many of the tools and methods being used today to drive and/ or inspire design from a human-centered perspective. Sanders teaches Design at The Ohio State University and is the founder of MakeTools. Recently she co-authored Convivial Toolbox: Generative Research for the Front End Design.

Apr
2
Mon
American History X Screening @ B117 Wells Hall
Apr 2 @ 7:00 pm
American History X Screening @ B117 Wells Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

A film screening and discussion with Film Producer John Morrissey, who in addition to producing American History X is currently producing the documentary A Murder in Mansfield directed by legendary documentarian Barbara Kopple. Free and open to all.

Apr
5
Thu
CeLTA Student Interaction Grants deadline
Apr 5 @ 5:00 pm
CeLTA Student Interaction Grants deadline

CeLTA Student Interaction Grants provide support in reaching oral proficiency goals over the summer months.
Students in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish classes 202 or above are eligible.

If you are selected, you will receive:

  • Diagnostic feedback on how to improve your speaking skills with a specialist from CeLTA
  • 5 free conversations with trained native speakers via TalkAbroad (talkabroad.com) – a $50 value
  • Free consultations with CeLTA staff to help you structure goals and activities of the conversation sessions

This is an excellent opportunity to advance your speaking skills and to get guided feedback on your speaking proficiency. Because these activities can be done using video conferencing, you do not need to be physically present on campus; a webcam and a good Internet connection are required.

If selected, you are expected to:

  • Take a computerized interview to assess your current language speaking ability
  • Meet with a CeLTA language specialist for feedback on improving your speaking skills and how to navigate TalkAbroad
  • Engage in reflection on your speaking by transcribing one conversation
  • Email CeLTA your transcription after your fifth conversation and submit feedback forms on the program
  • Complete all activities above by the end of August

If all of the criteria are met, there will be an opportunity to receive 5 more free conversations.

Applications are due April 5, 2018 at 5 pm.

Apply for a 2018 Student Interaction Grant

If you have questions, please contact Daniel Trego at tregodan@msu.edu.

Apr
6
Fri
Philosophy Guest Speaker: Brian Burkhart @ 530 South Kedzie Hall
Apr 6 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Philosophy Guest Speaker: Brian Burkhart @ 530 South Kedzie Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States
Professor Brian Burkhart, California State University, Northridge
Decoloniality and Indigenous Environmental Philosophy Through the Land
In this talk, I will articulate what I see as the interwoven threads of the nature and the power of coloniality in the attempted obscuring of being-in-the-land and being-from-the-land. It is the imaginary conception of being as a delocalized or kinless conqueror by which European locality can conceptualize an uprooting of itself and a replanting into Indigenous land–land that has also been reimagined as mere land rather than as the fundamental ontological capacity of kinship itself. Regrounding concepts of knowledge, being, morality, and even sovereignty in land, understood as the fundamental ontological capacity of kinship, disrupts some of the fundamental force of coloniality and opens a space for conceptualizing an environmental philosophy that mirrors existing Indigenous environmental concepts and practices.