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Oct
28
Wed
Ali Momeni Visiting Artist Lecture @ Virtual on Zoom
Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Ali Momeni Visiting Artist Lecture @ Virtual on Zoom

This event is free and open to the public. Please register for this zoom webinar using this link: https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_su7pcvH5Qbi7N_wXmstoYg

Ali Momeni was born in Isfahan (Iran) and emigrated to the United States as a child. His research interests include educational technologies, human-computer-interaction for performative applications of roboticsplayful urban interventions, interactive projection performance, machine learning for artists and designers, interactive tools for storytelling and experiential learning, mobile and hybrid musical instruments, and the intersection of sound, music, and health. Momeni is currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of California Berkley in the Center for New Music and UAudio Technologies. He has previously been a Visiting Professor of Practice at Brown University in the Brown Arts Initiative & Brown Data Science Initiative. As well as an Associate Professor working in the School of Art, within Sculpture and Installation at Carnegie Mellon University.

He studied physics and music at Swarthmore College and completed his doctoral degree in music composition, improvisation, and performance with computers from the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at UC Berkeley.  Between 2007 and 2011, Momeni was an assistant professor in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he directed the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art, and founded the urban projection collective called the MAW. Momeni next served as an associate professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University where he founded and directed CMU ArtFab, a laboratory that’s focused on making complex creative workflows accessible to youth and non-technical folks. Momeni was also a founding faculty member in CMU’s IDEATE program and contributed to the Music Technology program.  In 2018, Ali joined Shield.ai as a Senior Principal Scientist focused on User Experience, and Brown University as a Professor of Practice within the Brown Arts Initiative and Data Science Initiative.  In addition to his work in the industry and his academic research and teaching, Ali is also co-founder of IRL Labs, an educational technology start-up focused on transforming everyday situations into interactive learning opportunities using everyday technologies.

Nov
4
Wed
Locus: Intersections of Digital Technology and Gender Studies @ Zoom
Nov 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Locus: Intersections of Digital Technology and Gender Studies @ Zoom

This virtual Locus event will provide a collegial forum for scholars in any discipline to share research developments at any stage (including brainstorming, works in progress, and/or fully developed projects), as well as ideas and best practices for teaching. Presentations and conversation will cover a variety of topics specific to digital technologies and gender studies. Please join us!

Register at: https://forms.gle/gcTWRjxXNh8gfoQj7

Nov
5
Thu
The Community with Citizens Scholars @ Online
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Community with Citizens Scholars @ Online

Come join us at our weekly writing nights! We know that trying to be creative while being at home can be tough, especially for members of the LGBTQ+ community. so we’re offering a calm space for queer writers to hang out.

Every Thursday night at 7 pm through November and December (excluding Thanksgiving), we’ll host a Zoom room with chill music and good vibes. We’ll develop a writer’s playlist, work on poetry, short stories, essays, and maybe help each other get over a fierce writer’s block.

Nov
7
Sat
Classes with CAL | All Arts & Letters staff and faculty retirees, friends, and family are welcome! @ zoom webinar
Nov 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Classes With CAL (College of Arts & Letters)

An MSU experience unlike any other and isn’t just for College of Arts & Letters staff and faculty retirees.  All MSU alumni, friends and friends are welcome! 

Attend special classes taught by College of Arts & Letters faculty, get an insider’s look at MSU’s Arts & Letters research and education, and meet fellow alumni, faculty and students.  

No.2 pencil and bluebook not required!   

 This year’s activities will be all online, allowing remote access to anyone anywhere.   Use the registration link to sign up today and get your zoom link and password.  A reminder with the link and password will be sent out to you an hour before things begin on November 7th. 

Program includes 5 featured talks and a Student Spotlight  

 10:00- 10:10 AM   Welcome– Etta Abrahams, MSU, WRAC, Ermita 

 10:10 – 10:35 AM  Talk #1  Why Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Matter 

By Jonathan Choti, PhD, Professor of African Languages Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) have become universal values in our society today. In my talk, I will define and discuss the relevance of DEI in university teaching, with reference to my language and African cultures classes. I teach Swahili language, an IAH course, and lead a 6-week education abroad program to Tanzania known as Sustainable Community Development. My IAH class focuses on African cultures, languages, and literature. In my teaching, I find it necessary to embrace a wide definition of diversity that includes (but not limited to) race, color, ethnicity, nationality, thought, religion, socio-economic status, academic discipline, career, marital status, language, age, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, employment status, and learning styles. Diversity reminds me that differences among professors and students (people) is a strength to be exploited, not a weakness to deprecate. I embrace the tenet of equity to guarantee fair treatment, access to opportunities, and progress for all students while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that normally prevent the full participation of some students or groups. With equity in mind, I strive to understand my students, accommodate different viewpoints, assist slow learners, accept learner differences, and inculcate confidence in all students. To align my teaching to the principle of inclusion, I genuinely bring traditionally or situationally excluded students and groups into the learning process and classroom decision-making activities in a way that shares power and ensures equal participation and access to opportunities and learning resources. I strive to give every student an opportunity to air his or her views through question/answer sessions, one-on-one sessions, reflections, and individual and group presentations. The education abroad program I lead to Tanzania is an excellent opportunity to try out the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. 

    

10: 35- 11:00 AM Talk #2 Innovations in Modern Choreography: Intimacy for the Stage

by Alexis Black, Assistant Professor of Movement, Department of Theatre

Intimacy Directors and Coordinators is an organization pioneering the best practices for performed intimacy, simulated sex and nudity for theatre, live performance, tv and film. The team is comprised of the professionals who were critical to the creation of the fields of Intimacy Direction for Theatre, TV and Film, creating what are now the accepted standards across the industry. Assistant Professor Alexis Black is one of 30 professionals in the world certified as an Intimacy Director for the stage with IDC. This presentation will include a brief history outlining the creation of the movement of intimacy direction, and it’s foundation in “The Pillars”; 5 elements used to create compelling physical storytelling within intimate scenes for the theatre while maintaining the physical and psychological safety of all involved. 

 

00- 11:25 AM Talk #3 Seeing Is Believing: The Curious Case of the Contested Image of Elvira Eliza Field 

by Dr. Amy DeRogatis, Professor of religion and American culture, Dept. of Religious Studies

daguerreotype of Elvira Eliza Field

In this talk Prof. DeRogatis will discuss the daguerreotype of Elvira Eliza Field, first plural wife of the Mormon prophet James Jesse Strange, who cross-dressed as Charles J. Douglass for six months. Elvira Field was a young Mormon girl from Michigan who secretly married Strange on July 13, 1849. Dressed as his fictitious nephew, Charley Douglass, she served as his personal secretary during an east coast mission. No one denies that Field dressed as Douglass, but recently at least one scholar has questioned if this image is legitimate. In this lecture, the image serves as an entryway into the fascinating religious movement that culminated in the crowning of a Mormon king—the proclaimed true successor of prophet Joseph Smith—on Beaver Island, Michigan. Strang’s story is rich with golden plates, angel visitations, visions, secret rituals, new scripture, plural marriage, political intrigue, and scrappy fights with Brigham Young. The presentation will address the artifact, the interpretation of it, and the role that both image and interpreter play in the stories we tell about religion and American culture.
 

 

 

 

11:25- 11:35 Break for refreshments 

 11:35- 12:00 Talk #4 Babylon Revisited: History, Memory, and Forgetting in Psalm 137

by Dr. David Stowe, Professor, Department of Religious Studies

 

 

Before COVID-19, ours has been called the Age of the Refugee. No text has spoken of exile and displacement more compellingly than Psalm 137, which begins: By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. For many centuries this short Hebrew poem has been a cultural touchstone for music and religion across the Atlantic world and beyond. This interdisciplinary talk demonstrates the psalm’s enduring place in popular culture. 

 

12:00- 12:25 Talk #5 Archive of Malian PhotographySupporting the Preservation & Accessibility of Photographic Archives in Mali, West Africa

by Dr. Candace Keller, PhD  Associate Professor of African Art

 

Since 2009, the Archive of Malian Photography (AMP)—a collaborative partnership of archival custodians, photographers, students, and scholars from diverse fields—has been preserving, digitizing, cataloging, andrenderinggloballyaccessible128,000+ photographic negatives from the archives of importantphotographers in Mali, including MamadouCisséAdamaKouyatéAbdourahmaneSakalyMalickSidibé, and Tijani SitouRecordinglocalaesthetic practices and innovations, methods of identityconstructionandpreservation,and cultural and political transformations during the twentieth centurythese primarysources make significantcontributions to global histories ofphotographyaswellas to multidisciplinary studies of westernAfrica.This presentation will provide an overview of the project and discuss the primary ethical and practical challenges that AMP has tried to address over the past ten years.

12:25- 12:50 CAL Student Spotlight 

 12:50- 1:00 Thank you– Etta Abrahams 

Nov
12
Thu
New date–MSU Signature Lecture Series with Claudia Rankine @ Online event
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
New date--MSU Signature Lecture Series with Claudia Rankine @ Online event | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The College of Arts & Letters is pleased to announce the

Fall 2020 Signature Lecture with Claudia Rankine

Poet, essayist, playwright, and the editor of several anthologies. She is the author of six volumes of poetry, three plays, and various essays.

Her book of poetry, Citizen: An American Lyric, won the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Award; the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, the first book in the award’s history to be nominated in both poetry and criticism; the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Collection, the 2015 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry; the 2015 NAACP Image Award in poetry; the 2015 PEN Open Book Award; the 2015 PEN American Center USA Literary Award; the 2015 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary Award; and the 2015 VIDA Literary Award. Citizen was also a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award and the 2015 T.S. Eliot Prize. It is the only poetry book to be a New York Times Bestseller in the nonfiction category.

This online event will begin at 7 pm.  Register here for the ZOOM webinar link.

Check out our pop up online independent book store partner, Literati Bookstore to order copies of Claudia Rankine’s books and find other social justice and anti-racism texts.

About the Signature Lecture Series

Originally founded as the Celebrity Lecture Series in 1998 by the College of Arts & Letters and the Dean’s Community Council, the series was later renamed the Signature Lecture Series in 20017 and allows notable public figures to interact and engage with the faculty, students, and greater community of Michigan State University through conversations and discussions.

The popularity of this series has attracted some of the most illustrious scholars, critics, novelists, poets, film producers, and creative artists of our time, including Soledad O’Brien, Ken Burns, Oliver Stone, Richard Ford, and Maya Angelou, just to name a few.

Sponsors of the Signature Lecture Series are the following:

  • College of Arts & Letters
  • Broad Art Museum
  • MSU Libraries
  • Department of English
  • Creative Writing Program
  • Film Studies Program
  • Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures

This event is being held in collaboration with the MSU Broad Art Museum Artist’s Project Series “John Lucas and Claudia Rankine: Situations” Exhibition. The MSU Broad presents, for the first time in a solo exhibition, the entire series of Situation videos collaboratively produced by documentary filmmaker John Lucas and poet Claudia Rankine since 2008. The videos address the vexed notion of a post-racial United States, a term coined in the Obama era to assert that the election of an African American president indicated the achievement of racial equality, by foregrounding the public and private experiences of black Americans. The exhibition is on February 8-December 26, 2020.

The Community with Citizens Scholars @ Online
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Community with Citizens Scholars @ Online

Come join us at our weekly writing nights! We know that trying to be creative while being at home can be tough, especially for members of the LGBTQ+ community. so we’re offering a calm space for queer writers to hang out.

Every Thursday night at 7 pm through November and December (excluding Thanksgiving), we’ll host a Zoom room with chill music and good vibes. We’ll develop a writer’s playlist, work on poetry, short stories, essays, and maybe help each other get over a fierce writer’s block.

Nov
19
Thu
The Community with Citizens Scholars @ Online
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Community with Citizens Scholars @ Online

Come join us at our weekly writing nights! We know that trying to be creative while being at home can be tough, especially for members of the LGBTQ+ community. so we’re offering a calm space for queer writers to hang out.

Every Thursday night at 7 pm through November and December (excluding Thanksgiving), we’ll host a Zoom room with chill music and good vibes. We’ll develop a writer’s playlist, work on poetry, short stories, essays, and maybe help each other get over a fierce writer’s block.

Dec
3
Thu
The Community with Citizens Scholars @ Online
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Community with Citizens Scholars @ Online

Come join us at our weekly writing nights! We know that trying to be creative while being at home can be tough, especially for members of the LGBTQ+ community. so we’re offering a calm space for queer writers to hang out.

Every Thursday night at 7 pm through November and December (excluding Thanksgiving), we’ll host a Zoom room with chill music and good vibes. We’ll develop a writer’s playlist, work on poetry, short stories, essays, and maybe help each other get over a fierce writer’s block.

Apr
12
Mon
Global Digital Humanities Symposium @ Zoom
Apr 12 – Apr 15 all-day
Global Digital Humanities Symposium @ Zoom

Digital Humanities at Michigan State University is proud to extend its symposium series on Global DH into its sixth year. Digital humanities scholarship continues to be driven by work at the intersections of a range of distinct disciplines and an ethical commitment to preserve and broaden access to cultural materials. The most engaged global DH scholarship, that which MSU champions, values digital tools that enhance the capacity of scholarly critique to reflect a broad range of literary, historical, new media, and cultural positions, and diverse ways of valuing cultural production and knowledge work. Particularly valuable are strategies in which the digital form manifests a critical perspective on the digital content and the position of the researcher to their material.

With the growth of the digital humanities, particularly in under-resourced and underrepresented areas, a number of complex issues surface, including, among others, questions of ownership, cultural theft, virtual exploitation, digital rights, endangered data, and the digital divide. We view the 2021 symposium as an opportunity to broaden the conversation about these issues. Scholarship that works across borders with foci on transnational partnerships and globally accessible data is especially welcome.

Michigan State University has been intentionally global for more than 60 years, with over 1,400 faculty involved in international research, teaching, and service. For the past 20 years, MSU has developed a strong research area in culturally engaged, global digital humanities. Matrix, a digital humanities and social science center at MSU, has done dozens of digital projects in West and Southern Africa that have focused on ethical and reciprocal relationships and capacity building. WIDE has set best practices for doing community engaged, international, archival work with the Samaritan Collections, Archive 2.0. Today many scholars in the humanities at MSU are engaged in digital projects relating to global, indigenous, and/or underrepresented groups and topics.

Find out more about this free and fully virtual event, including the Call for Proposals and Registration information at http://msuglobaldh.org.