Creative Arts Activities (day one)
Apr 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
APA Heritage Month Celebration Event
Apr 16 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm
APA Heritage Month Celebration Event

That the Asian Pacific American Studies Program as a key event during the APA Heritage Month celebration at MSU. The event features Charles Yu, the 2020 National Book Award winner (for his Interior Chinatown). President Stanley will make a welcome remark, while Young Joon Kwak, CAL’s the Artist-in-Residence in Critical Race Theory, will host the after-talk social hour with Mr. Yu.

More information coming soon!

Creative Arts Activities (day two)
Apr 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Ann Hamilton Signature Lecture @ Virtual on Zoom
Apr 16 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Ann Hamilton Signature Lecture @ Virtual on Zoom

The College of Arts & Letters and the Department of Art, Art History and Design are pleased to host internationally acclaimed visual artist Ann Hamilton as the Spring 2021 Signature Lecture. Hamilton is best known for her large-scale multimedia installations, public projects, and performance collaborations. Her site-responsive process works with common materials to invoke particular places, collective voices, and communities of labor. Hamilton is a Distinguished University Professor at The Ohio State University.

This virtual event will be held on zoom and is free and open to the public but requires preregistration. To register please click here. For more information about Ann Hamilton and her work, please see this teaching resources packet, for MSU Students, Faculty, and Staff, accessible only with an MSU NetID and password, prepared by Lily Woodruff, Associate Professor, Art History and Visual Culture.

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 2007 and allows notable public figures to interact and engage with the faculty, students, and greater community of Michigan State University through conversations and discussions.

Support for this series has come from sponsors both within the university community and the community at large. Their generosity has been critical in attracting the best and most qualified individuals to conduct an informed and wide-ranging discussion of contemporary ideas and creative achievements in the arts and humanities.

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, and most recently Claudia Rankine, just to name a few.

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.


Dissertation Defense: Bronson Hui @
May 4 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Come to hear Bronson Hui defend his dissertation, “Examining explicit and implicit word knowledge.” The event is open to the public. Please email Dr. Aline Godfroid or Bronson Hui for the Zoom password.

Workshop: Producing Input Texts for Listening Tests @ Zoom registration:
May 7 @ 11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Come and learn about innovative listening-test passage writing, guided by guest Dr. Olena Rossi!

Sponsored by the English Language Center Testing Office and the SLA Knowledge & Production Lab, Michigan State University Dr. Olena Rossi has an MA and a PhD from Lancaster University, UK, and specializes in language test design, item-writing, item writer training, and assessment literacy for test stakeholders. Dr. Rossi has extensive experience working as an examiner, item writer, and item reviewer for several examination boards. Join the Zoom and learn with us! Questions? Email Dan Reed, Paula Winke, or Koen Van Gorp;;


Italian Virtual Culture Experience
May 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The MSU Community Language School is partnering again with MSU Extension to host the Italian Virtual Culture Experience!


The Italian Virtual Culture Experience is geared for everyone 8 years & above and it is free! The cultural experience will showcase language and culture sessions in four segments: 1. Language: Learn Some Basic Words and Phrases, 2. Cooking: Learn to Make a Simple Classic Dish, 3. Craft: Learn to Create a Traditional Symbol and 4. Movement: Learn Some Steps & Move to Music.

Please register by clicking the link:

Register by 5pm on Friday, May 14th to reserve your spot

Thank you! Grazie!

The Italian Virtual Cultural Event Planning Committee

Italian Virtual Culture Event, May 22nd 1-3PM
Italian Virtual Culture Event, May 22nd 1-3PM
Online Lecture–Mercenaries and Missionaries: When Global Capitalism Meets Global Catholicism @ Online event
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Online Lecture--Mercenaries and Missionaries: When Global Capitalism Meets Global Catholicism @ Online event

American Catholic Thought and Culture Endowed Lecture

Guest Speaker: Brandon Vaidyanathan, Ph.D


Mercenaries and Missionaries: When Global Capitalism Meets Global Catholicism

What happens when new cultures of capitalism and Christianity spread to rapidly globalizing contexts? Drawing on 200 interviews and 12 months of participant observation in Bangalore and Dubai, Brandon Vaidyanathan uncovers a curious symbiosis between the apprehensive individualism of global corporations and the therapeutic individualism of Charismatic Catholicism. He identifies three mechanisms underlying these modes of individualism, and discusses how they help us understand the power of culture in the context of global Catholicism.

This FREE online webinar will include opportunities for questions and answers.

ZOOM Webinar  Registration Link

This event is hosted by the College of Arts & Letters Department of Religious Studies, St. Thomas Aquinas parish and St. John Church and Student Center of East Lansing.

Dissertation Defense: Magdalyne Akiding @
Dec 2 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Come to hear Magdalyne Akiding defend her dissertation, “An investigation of motivational strategy use by instructors of African languages in the United States.” The event is open to the public. Please email Dr. Paula Winke or Magdalyne Akiding for the Zoom password.