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

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.

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.

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.

Museum Studies Info Session @ 105B Berkey Hall
Mar 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Museum Studies Info Session @ 105B Berkey Hall  | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Are you interested in: History, Museums, Museum Education, Curation, Natural Science, Planetariums, Anthropology, Exhibition Design, or Parks and Recreation and Tourism? Come learn about the Museum Studies Minor.


Refreshments will be provided.


For more information please contact Laura Essig at

Workshop with Dr. Graeme Porte: Replication Research @ A222 Wells Hall
Mar 22 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing twice: Doing replication research

Join us for a workshop on replication research!

Dr. Graeme Porte from the University of Granada will lead us through a workshop on why replication research is important, and more importantly, how to do it well.

Sponsored by Second Language Studies
Michigan State University

Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 3-6pm
A222 Wells Hall

Everyone is invited. See the flyer/abstract for his talk here:

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.

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 ( – 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

Visiting Scholar Lecture: Dr. Joanne Turney @ 107, South Kedzie Hall
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Visiting Scholar Lecture: Dr. Joanne Turney @ 107, South Kedzie Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Dr. Joanne Turney is a Design Historian specializing in textiles and fashion as material culture. Turney teaches at the University of Southhampton, Winchester School of Art in the UK. Her book, The Culture of Knitting, is seminal knitwear research and is the framework for understanding the complicated position of knitwear in contemporary culture.

Broad Art Lab to open on April 14 and 15
Apr 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Broad Art Lab to open on April 14 and 15

MSU students in Museum Studies and the Art History Student Association have been working since November to prepare the first exhibition in the new Broad Art Lab across the street from the Broad Art Museum. Twelve students helped to chose pieces from the museum’s collection, wrote labels and worked on the installation. Their efforts are coordinated by Art History faculty members Susan J. Bandes (also Museum Studies) and Jon Frey and a team from the Broad Art Museum. The is a wonderful opportunity for the community to become acquainted/reacquainted with significant museum holdings and is the first of the collection exhibitions that are envisioned for this new space.


Open to the public: 

April 14 – 5pm to 7pm

April 15 – 12pm go 4pm


Curatorial Practices Exhibition – In Our Nature: Dialogue between Humans and the Environment
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Curatorial Practices Exhibition - In Our Nature: Dialogue between Humans and the Environment

Students in Susan J. Bandes’ Curatorial Practices course at Michigan State University will be presenting In Our Nature: Dialogues Between Humans. This exhibition is collaboratively curated by the students and runs April 20, 2018 – May 12, 2018. The opening reception will be Friday, April 20, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in the Second Floor Union Gallery on the MSU Campus. Opening remarks will be at 6:30 pm. The Union Gallery is open Monday‐Thursday, noon‐5 p.m; Friday, noon‐ 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.‐2 p.m. The exhibition features art and artifacts from the Broad Art Museum and the MSU Museum collections dating from the late 19th century to present day and from a variety of cultures. They are used to explore the varied ways that art and artifacts tell stories of the human impact on the environment over time and across the globe. In celebratory and reflective examples, the evolving relationships will be explored. Images may reflect the sacred or the secular, the mundane or the extraordinary.

Fall class registration for CLS opens @ Wells Hall
Jul 16 all-day