The 12th annual Muslim Studies Program Conference will be happening from April 11 to 12 at the International Center, featuring Keynote Speaker Debbie Almontaser.
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.
4/11 Native Land (Leo Hurwitz and Paul Strand, 1942) with Workers Film and Photo League shorts
Presented by McKayla Sluga
After breaking with the Film and Photo League and converting Nykino into Frontier Films, Leo Hurwitz and Paul Strand directed Native Land, released in 1942. Paul Robeson narrates and sings in this social-political film about the plight of American farmers, sharecroppers, and industrial workers against violent local authorities and the Ku Klux Klan. Fusing newsreel footage with fictional recreations, Native Land straddles documentary and drama to endorse leftist revolutionary ideology and labor union activism as antidotes for racism and corporate/capitalist exploitation of workers.
About this Event
“After her untimely death, Melanie, a young professional, is sent to purgatory and must decide on whether to stay in the questionably mundane limbo or leave for the unknown… with the help of Z, purgatory’s own drifting emcee. ”
Dead Ends is a 30-minute long student film by 21 incredibly talented young filmmakers and 3 senior filmmakers and academic professors here at MSU in one year. We cordially invited you to join us with our premiere on Friday, April 12.
Doors will open at 6:00 pm and close at 6:30 pm. We will have a Q&A section after the screening. Event ends at 9:00 pm.
Register your ticket now to reserve your seat. (a receipt is required to get your ticket at the gate)
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.
4/18 Clueless (Amy Heckerling, 1995)
Presented by Mikki Kressbach
Shallow, rich and socially successful Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is at the top of her Beverly Hills high school’s pecking scale. Seeing herself as a matchmaker, Cher first coaxes two teachers into dating each other. Emboldened by her success, she decides to give hopelessly klutzy new student Tai (Brittany Murphy) a makeover. When Tai becomes more popular than she is, Cher realizes that her disapproving ex-stepbrother (Paul Rudd) was right about how misguided she was—and falls for him.
Belly to the Ground, Looking at Insects:
Notes on the Entomological School of Cinema
Lecture by Professor James Leo Cahill
April 19, 3pm, 110 Chittenden Hall
“The photogénie of insects no longer needs to be proven.” Taking André Bazin’s assertion of the firmly established cinematic attractiveness of insects as a point of departure, this talk considers entomology (the study of insect morphology and behavior) as both a privileged subject and theoretical orientation for an important strain of filmmaking and criticism in 20thcentury France. From Etienne-Jules Marey and Lucien Bull’s fin de siècle chronophotographic studies to films by Jean Painlevé, Pierre Thévenard, Samivel, and contemporary filmmakers Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou, the lives of insects have served as key subjects of natural historical inquiry and fodder for philosophical reflection (amplified by the surrealism of scalar interplays involved in filming them as well the tendency ethnology to veer towards fable). As a theoretical orientation, entomology provided a model of cultural analysis, such as developed with some irony in Bazin’s “Entomology of the Pin-Up Girl,” as well as the practice of cultural production trained to observe phenomena with a mixture of alien rigor and what Bazin referred to as “lucid humility”: a critical orientation merging an interest in humus (earth) with forms of clarity, cruelty, and love associated with both insects and their observers. Viewed from a present marked by a rapid decline in insect populations inaugurated in the postwar intensification of efforts to control the populations of pests and vectors, the entomological school of cinema offers experiments in perception—beginning from a position with one’s belly on the ground, looking at insects—for reconsidering the entangled worlds of mites and men.
James Leo Cahill is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies and French at the University of Toronto, General Editor of Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture,and Co-Chair of the Toronto Film and Media Seminar. He is author of Zoological Surrealism: The Nonhuman Cinema of Jean Painlevé (University of Minnesota Press, 2019).
Figure credit: La Jungle de l’herbe (The Grass Jungle), Samivel, France, 1955.
2019 East Lansing Schools Visual Arts Exhibition
Exhibition Dates May 10 – June 2, 2019
Reception May 11, 1-3pm
The annual East Lansing Schools Visual Arts Exhibition features over 200 artworks created by Kindergarten through High School students attending school in the City of East Lansing. This year’s exhibition includes artwork from Donely Elementary, Glencairn Elementary School at Red Cedar, Marble Elementary School, Pinecrest Elementary School, Whitehills Elementary School, Macdonald Middle School, and the Fiber Arts Students from East Lansing High School. The inspiring Art Educators of East Lansing Sabrina Arceo, Jacqueline Carroll, Lauren Engler, Elise Millard, Sarah Ruttman, Eileen Sturm, Jaime Valente, and Kelly Yerby work together to organize this exhibition.
This exhibition is supported by the MSU College of Arts & Letters and the Department of Art, Art History, and Design. Additionally, we would like to offer a special thank you to the Walmart Community Grants Foundation for providing the mattes to frame all of the artwork.
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).