A Conversation with CAL – AAAS @ Zoom
Feb 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A Conversation with CAL - AAAS @ Zoom

“A Visionary New Build: The Department of African American and African Studies”

Presented by Tamura Lomax, Ph.D., and Ruth Nicole Brown, Ph.D., of the Department of African American and African Studies

Description: In this episode of Conversations with CAL, Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown and Dr. Tamura Lomax reveal their experiences joining MSU during a global pandemic and discuss the visionary new build of the Department of African American and African Studies.


Panel Presentations & Discussion: Cultivating Early Multilingualism: A Global View of Advocacy and Research @ Panel Discussion
Feb 25 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies and the Second Language Studies Program at Michigan State University are pleased to welcome Johanna Barrantes, Isabelle Barth, Annick De Houwer, and Lisa Treffry-Goatley for a panel discussion on their association work, research, and advocacy in early multilingualism and multilingual education. The panel will be held on Thursday, February 25 at 11am EST/5pm CET/6pm SAST on Zoom, where speakers will discuss their association work and research in the European, South African, and U.S. contexts. Time will be reserved at the end for audience engagement through comments and questions. Those interested can follow this link to register for free or contact Meagan Driver at to receive the Zoom link.


Language Acquisition Planning: Social Actors Across Scales @ Online Event
Mar 5 @ 3:00 pm

Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages:
3:00 PM

Please RSVP at for Zoom link

In this talk, I revisit language acquisition planning from a scalar perspective (e.g., De Costa & Canagarajah, 2016; Hogan-Brun & Hogan, 2013; Hult, 2016; Larsen-Freeman, 2018), reflecting on how all educational stakeholders are involved with language planning decisions. In his book Language Planning and Social Change, Cooper (1989) added language acquisition planning as a fundamental type of planning alongside corpus and status planning. The successful management of language form (corpus) and language function (status), he offered, requires careful planning about language learning in order to develop capacities for individual language use in social context.
Drawing on a body of research about what can be characterized as situated language policy and planning (Hult, 2014, 2017; Siiner, Hult & Kupisch, 2018), I explore how language acquisition planning goes beyond curricula to encompass the full range of decision-making by educational stakeholders including teachers and students (e.g., Hult, 2018; Menken & García, 2010), parents and families (e.g., Smith-Christmas, 2016), and other community members (e.g., McCarty, 2011). I use examples from a variety of studies to demonstrate how language acquisition planning is relevant for these different stakeholders. I conclude with suggestions for raising awareness about language acquisition planning in the training of teachers and administrators and in outreach to parents and communities.

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Francis M. Hult is Professor and director of the TESOL program
at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He has
published widely in the areas of educational linguistics, language
policy, and multilingualism. His recent books include Research
Methods in Language Policy and Planning (with Johnson) and
Language Policy and Language Acquisition Planning (with Siiner
and Kupisch). He is editor of the Educational Linguistics book
series for Springer, and together with Ofelia García he edits the
Contributions to the Sociology of Language book series for De

Sharper Focus Wider Lens Panel Discussion — The Past, Present, & Future of MSU
Mar 8 @ 7:00 pm
Sharper Focus Wider Lens Panel Discussion — The Past, Present, & Future of MSU

A public panel discussion about topics in the history of Michigan State University, along with current and future challenges and opportunities.

Moderated by:

Matthew Zierler, PhD
Interim Dean, Honors College

The panel will include:

  • Pero Dagbovie, PhD, University Distinguished Professor of History Associate Dean, The Graduate School
  • Wanda Lipscomb, PhD, Senior Associate Dean, College of Human Medicine
  • Christopher Long, PhD, Dean, College of Arts & Letters
  • Joseph Salem, PhD, Dean, MSU Libraries
  • Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD, Provost Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs

The link to register is or


Anti-Asian Racism Online Forum
Mar 26 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

An online forum in solidarity with members of Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) communities:

The racist violence directed against Asian Pacific Islander Desi American communities has
a long history and the recent killings in Georgia are a reminder of the continuing cruel
legacy of anti-Asian policies put in place in the 19th and 20th centuries. The previous US
the administration gave license to the racist and sexist violence of the shooter, whose actions
reflect the ugly attitudes that persist in contemporary US politics and culture.

As scholars and students committed to anti-racism, equity, and justice, we are coming together to challenge the racist discourse on COVID 19 and the growing number of anti-Asian hate crimes in the US. Come hear MSU faculty address these issues.

Siddharth Chandra, Yen-Hwei Lin, Josh Yumibe, Hui-Ling Malone, Abhishek Narula, Sheng-mei Ma, and Naoko Wake.

The event has been organized by the Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities program, in partnership with the Asian Studies Center and Asian Pacific American Studies Program, and is sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters.

Register here: Webinar Registration – Zoom

MSU & Humanities Commons Presents Online Communities & Transformative Justice
Mar 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
MSU & Humanities Commons Presents Online Communities & Transformative Justice

A Conversation and Core Deposit Party

Join MSU Commons on March 30th from 12 to 1:30pm EDT for Online Communities and Transformative Justice, an opportunity to discuss the potential for online communities to engage in anti-racist praxis, transformative justice, and ethical community engagement. There will be a panel discussion with a series of 5-7 minute lightning talks around the subject, followed by a keynote, “Harnessing Good Intentions: Online Communities and Sustained Commitment to Racial Equity & Diversity,” delivered by Dr. Jan Miyake, Associate Professor of Music Theory at Oberlin College.

The Humanities Commons network, of which MSU Commons is a part, is a free and open online community with an expanding reach. With over 26,000 members, Humanities Commons has become a visible place for members to share their scholarly work and connect with one another regardless of field, language, institutional affiliation, or form of employment. MSU Commons is the first institutional node on the Commons network, and is due to roll out to the full campus later this year. Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Project Director of Humanities Commons, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State University will give opening remarks.

After the program the panel will be available to answer questions and meeting attendees will be encouraged to deposit work of their own into CORE. Commons Open Repository Exchange, or CORE, is a library-quality, noncommercial repository that provides members with a permanent, open access storage facility for sharing, discovering, retrieving, and archiving scholarly output. A short video on CORE can be found on the Commons YouTube channel. Syllabi, learning materials, handouts, articles, and other works on this topic or others are welcome to be deposited.

To register visit

Spartan Skin @ MSU Union Art Gallery
Apr 9 @ 12:00 pm – May 21 @ 5:00 pm
Spartan Skin @ MSU Union Art Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States


Young Joon Kwak | April 9 – May 21, 2021

Guarded on game day and integral to graduation photographs, the bronze cast of Leonard Jungwirth’s 1945 Spartan statue is the central symbol of Michigan State University.  The Spartan is an exemplary body, an icon of race, gender, and physical fitness that reflects the university’s ideal virtues of tenacity and will. Arriving at MSU in the wake of a national reckoning with white supremacy that often used debate about historical monuments as a proxy for broader questions of justice, 2020-21 Artist-in-Residence in Critical Race Studies Young Joon Kwak models a different approach to public art. The artist takes a recuperative attitude toward the Spartan statue, while opening the symbol to careful consideration. What does it mean, Kwak’s work asks, to identify a university campus that reflects our diverse society with any one icon?

Having made molds of portions of the statue’s exterior, Kwak created sculptures in cold-cast metals that remake the Spartan’s skin. The artist lavishes attention on the statue’s surface, preserving details that show evidence of Jungwirth’s hand and draw attention to subtle fan interactions. Kwak’s sculptures include impressions left by the pennies glued to the statue by athletes seeking good luck. Surrounding the casts are a series of monumental prints made from the molds, in which the Spartan’s body deviates further from his original form. Presented in fragments, and in works that demand contemplation, Kwak provides a site for careful reconsideration of the meaning of the Spartan. Spartan Skin opens to the public on Friday, April 9 beginning at 12 pm at the MSU Union Art Gallery.

Young Joon Kwak (b. 1984 in Queens, NY) is the 2020 – 2021 Artist-in-Residence in Critical Race Studies at Michigan State University. Kwak is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Los Angeles, CA, and Lansing, MI, who primarily uses sculpture, performance, video, and community-based collaborations to reimagine bodies and the power structures that govern our everyday lives as mutable and permeable sites of agency. Kwak is the lead performer in the electronic-dance-noise band Xina Xurner, and the founder of Mutant Salon, a roving platform for collaborative installations and performances with their queer/trans/POC/mutant community.

Creative Arts Activities (day one)
Apr 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Creative Arts Activities (day two)
Apr 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Spartan Serve: Global Day of Service
Apr 17 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm
Spartan Serve: Global Day of Service

On April 17, Spartans around the world will participate in service projects for the Global Day of Service. It is a simple but powerful way to make an impact in your community alongside family, friends and fellow Spartans.

We are seeking individuals — or groups of individuals — who are willing to plan and register service projects. This year provides unique opportunities to explore virtual and socially distanced service projects. It’s a great way to interact with fellow Spartans while doing your part to make the world a better place. We made several handy resources to help you through the planning process.

How does it work?

From cleaning up beaches, to interacting with shelter animals, to writing letters for people who could use some encouragement, Spartans can make a lasting impact on those around them by planning a project in their community.

Now more than ever your help is needed, and you can find ways to help virtually or in your local community while following state and local guidelines. All you have to do is visit the link below, and follow the steps to create your project for the Global Day of Service.

To create a project, go to: Serve – Powered by Michigan State Spartans Worldwide (

Prefer not to plan a project, but want to participate:

If planning a project is not something you’re interested in, you can still play a part by participating in a service project virtually or in your local community. All projects will be registered on As the date gets closer, you can check out the projects that are happening in your community.