The NCTE/English Ed student group continues with its speaker series next Tuesday at 6pm. They have invited Christian Hines, a former secondary English teacher who now studies Black YA lit and comics at tOSU. The students saw her present at a conference and are excited she accepted the invitation! Registration link here.
Spring 2021 Writing and Pedagogy (Zoom) Workshops
Schedule: March 12, Friday, 2: 30 PM – 4: 00 PM
Participants: Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Jessica Stokes, and Michael Stokes
Conferencing is essential to making your voice heard in your field/ area of specialization. You can network with the major academics as well as with the upcoming scholars at the national and international conferences. Nurturing these connections is essential to professionalization in academia. Conferences also help to improve the quality of your research. In fact, when you present your work in a panel, you receive feedback, and quite often, you engage in conversations with other scholars, whose research is linked to your own. Besides these potential professional benefits, conferences offer opportunities to forge friendships that can lead to future collaborative works inside and outside of academia.
CLASSES with CAL SPRING 2021
Innovations in Teaching in the Arts and Humanities
Take time during Covid to get back in Class! Please join us for a night of innovative thinking with some of the College of Arts and Letter’s finest. All staff, faculty, retirees, friends, and family are welcome!
Date: March 17th from 6:00-8:00
6:10-6:35 Talk #1 “The science and art of wellbeing: Integrating student wellness into CAL courses” with Dr. John Ritz; College of Arts and Letters Inaugural Director of Student Wellness
Jon Ritz, WRAC faculty member and CAL’s new Director of Student Wellness, will discuss CAL’s new effort to integrate wellness concepts and practices into its undergraduate learning goals, with a focus on mindfulness, creativity, and resilience. Jon will provide a brief overview of the evidence-based approach that undergirds the effort and how it will be delivered to students through cocurricular activities and direct integration in CAL courses. He will also touch on ways that a wellness-infused curriculum can help reinvigorate the arts and humanities as sites of undergraduate education.
6:35- 7:00 PM Talk #2 “It is never too Late to Learn a Language” with Sandhya Shanker; Academic Specialist at the Center for Language Teaching Advancement
In a globalized world, learning a language is not only useful when traveling but also boosts brain power. Learning a language as an adult enhances the ability to multitask, sharpens the mind and improves memory. The MSU Community Language School offers online language classes for adults with sessions in the fall, spring and summer. Information will be shared about our program offerings as well as a short taste of our online program experience.
7:00-7:40 Talk #3 “Evolving Pathways to Social Justice in the Arts and Humanities: Creativity in the Academic Class” with Julian Chambliss, Nancy DeJoy, and Natalie Phillips, CO-PIs on an Andrew Mellon Foundation Just Futures Grant.
In this presentation Chambliss, DeJoy, and Phillips discuss how centering creativity as opening paths to social justice encourages us to see creativity as central to teaching and learning in the humanities. Using the class work that inspired their Mellon Foundation Just Futures grant, the three will discuss how creativity is vital to inclusive curricula and how it expands our opportunities for community partnerships to inform our teaching.
Student Spotlight 7:40-7:55
Pre-1800 Pedagogy Roundtable | Teaching Pre-1800 Texts Today: Friday, March 19th, 2-4pm
- In this roundtable, graduate students and faculty will give short presentations on the topic: pedagogy about/with performance and play in pre-1800 courses. These presentations will be followed by a discussion and joint activity where we create a syllabus/depository of texts, links, etc. useful for those teaching pre-1800 texts.
- If interested in giving a presentation at the workshop, or to learn more, please contact Emily Yates (email@example.com).
Let’s Play Event, Game Studies Guild | Hemming’s Play Company: Friday, March 26th, 2-3pm
- In this “Let’s Play,” the MSU Game Studies Guild plays the online video game Hemming’s Play Company (and encourages you to play along!) while talking about the game’s mechanics and the theory behind video games. The Guild discusses how “play” is worthy of academic study, and the aspects of “roleplay” are theorized here with open discussion at the end of the Let’s Play.
- Contact Jonny Thurston (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Spring 2021 Writing and Pedagogy (Zoom) Workshops
Diversity Statement Workshop
Schedule: April 09, Friday, 2: 30 PM – 4: 00 PM
Participants: Dr. Joshua Lam, Sandy Burnley, Jonny Thurston
A diversity statement is often a requirement as part of the job market materials packet. The purpose of this workshop, then, is to discuss what a diversity statement should include, the kinds of language it should use, and what exactly it should communicate to a potential employer. We will address how you can illustrate your past and present experiences in the light of DEI issues such as race, gender, ethnic identity, and sexual orientation.
Symposium | Performance and Play: Friday, April 16th, 2-5pm
- In this symposium, we will explore the various intersections between technology, performance, and play. We are seeking short papers of approximately 3-5 double-spaced pages for inclusion in the symposium, which will be organized as round-table discussions with presenters speaking for about 5 minutes before opening discussion up to the entire group of presenters and audience members.
- See the attached CFP and contact Stephen Deng (email@example.com) for further information.
The Feminisms, Genders, and Sexualities (FGS) research workshop is collaborating with the Women of Color Initiative (WOCI) and the Capital City Film Festival to hold an event on Friday, April 23rd at 1:30pm. The date is tentative. If you have any questions, please email Marisa Mercurio (firstname.lastname@example.org).