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Tanja Petrovich, “Military Service in Socialist Yugoslavia” @ S107 South Kedzie Hall
Mar 13 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Tanja Petrovich, "Military Service in Socialist Yugoslavia" @ S107 South Kedzie Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Lecture by Tanja Petrovich, Institute for Culture and Memory Studies, Slovenia

“Military Service in Socialist Yugoslavia:  Making Sense of (Post)Yugoslav Masculinity.”

This lecture is part of GSAH’s “Rethinking State Socialism” speaker series organized by Dr. Nikolary Karkov.

The lecture discusses the meaning of memories of the gendered, collective national experience of mandatory military service in socialist Yugoslavia. These memories still connect several generations of men – the same men who in the 1990s more or less actively participated in the violent destruction of the country they had served. Irrespective of their personal and professional trajectories, for most of former recruits their army service experience remains important and meaningful. How does the aftermath of national trauma reveal dimensions of this militarized, yet fractured, contested, impassioned, and even sentimental masculinity? How did selves, shaped by the homogenous, socially cohesive experiences in a hierarchical military, survive the centrifugal forces of civil war? How are these memories incorporated into broader narratives through which Yugoslavia is historicized? What light they shed on the relationship between manhood, violence and nationhood? How do they complicate our understanding of state socialism and its disciplinary mechanisms, and what lessons do they hold for the future?

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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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Teaching to who and where students are: Making courses accessible @ Digital Scholarship Lab (2nd floor of the west wing in the MSU Main Library)
Mar 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Teaching to who and where students are: Making courses accessible @ Digital Scholarship Lab (2nd floor of the west wing in the MSU Main Library)

Presenters: Madeline Shellgren

This workshop focuses on various notions of accessibility. We will start with questioning who students are and why that is important to consider. Together, we will also explore ways to make space for identity and student agency, discussing how we can help create opportunities for students to empower themselves and find relevance in course content, curriculum, and design. We will then move to ways to critically leverage today’s technology, specifically focusing on intentional and ongoing work we can do as instructors to remove barriers to information and education.

Liaisons in French: What are students really learning in class? @ B135 Wells Hall
Mar 15 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Liaisons in French: What are students really learning in class? @ B135 Wells Hall

Presenter: Dr. Anne Violin-Wigent

As part of my current investigation on the effectiveness of explicit instruction, this project investigates the evolution of the accuracy of French liaisons produced by students over a semester. Do they actually produce French liaisons more accurately after they are given the list of explicit rules than before? How do they change after the lesson? After a brief explanation of what French liaisons are, I will present preliminary results that compare students enrolled in a French phonetics and pronunciation class (FRN 330) where they are taught the rules, to students enrolled in FRN 320, a grammar and writing class that does not include liaisons at all.

This workshop meets on Thursday from 3-4 pm in B135 Wells Hall. Cookies and coffee will be served.

Promoting foreign language study in middle schools @ B135 Wells Hall
Mar 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Promoting foreign language study in middle schools @ B135 Wells Hall

Presenter: Alissa Cohen

This workshop will explore some of the challenges of promoting language study among American school children and look at the CeLTA Fellowship project I conducted this year to address some of these challenges. I will provide an overview of a language exploration club that was designed to introduce students at East Lansing’s MacDonald Middle School to the study of foreign languages in general and, more specifically, to the languages offered at the school, French, German, and Spanish. The goal of the project was twofold: To promote foreign language study by middle schoolers and to promote service learning and teaching practice by MSU students in the fields of language learning and teaching. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to review and evaluate the structure, materials, and outcomes of the program and contribute to the revision process, with an ultimate goal of encouraging greater future participation among the middle schoolers and MSU student teacher volunteers and to create contacts and collaborations across the many MSU units involved in promoting language teaching and learning.

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:

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.

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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MAFLT Summer Admission Deadline @ Wells Hall
Apr 1 all-day
MAFLT Summer Admission Deadline @ Wells Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Are you thinking about pursuing a graduate degree in language teaching? Consider applying to our 100% online program. Our summer admissions deadline is April 1st. View our admission requirements here:

Want to try a course or two? You can enroll in MAFLT courses as a Graduate Lifelong Education student. You must have a BA or BS to obtain Graduate Lifelong Education student status. To apply for Graduate Lifelong Education student status, complete the easy online Lifelong Education Application ( You may be able to transfer up to 9 credits received as a MSU Graduate Lifelong Education student into the MAFLT Program’s credit requirements if you are later accepted into the MAFLT Program. Tuition costs may be different for students who enroll in courses this way.