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Jun
22
Sat
How To Make Friends and Then Kill Them – Summer Circle Theatre
Jun 22 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm
How To Make Friends and Then Kill Them - Summer Circle Theatre

How to Make Friends and Then Kill Them

By Halley Feiffer
Directed by Ryan Welsh

Sisters Ada and Sam decide they need a friend and recruit wallflower Dorrie to join them in a dysfunctional triangle. This pitch-black comedy is about co-dependence and the definition of family.

Appropriate for Adults Only.
This show has content that may be triggering including murder, profanity and sexual situations.

**Arrive early to enjoy one of our Pre-show or 8PM MainStage events**

The Summer Circle stage is an outdoor performance venue located between the Kresge Art Building and the Auditorium on the MSU Campus. Free parking is available across the street. In the event of rain, the performances will be moved into the Fairchild Theatre.

All performances are free and open to the public. Theatregoers can arrive early to grab a Summer Circle seat next to the stage or bring their own chairs for casual lawn seating. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy during the show or buy a Food Truck treat! See you at the circle!

Jun
23
Sun
Dames at Sea – Summer Circle Theatre @ MSU Auditorium Courtyard
Jun 23 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Dames at Sea - Summer Circle Theatre @ MSU Auditorium Courtyard | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Dames at Sea

Book and Lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller
Music by Jim Wise

Directed by Angela Wendelberger
Choreography Alisa Hauser
Musical Director Dave Wendelberger

This zany homage to movie musicals of the 1930s is a  tap-dancing delight. When aspiring Broadway chorus girl Ruby meets songwriting sailor Dick– love sets sail. This campy spoof is a perfect night out for the family.

Appropriate for all ages.

PRE-SHOW
3:00PM Join us for a performance by Dance Lansing

The Summer Circle stage is an outdoor performance venue located between the Kresge Art Building and the Auditorium on the MSU Campus. Free parking is available across the street. In the event of rain, the performances will be moved into the Fairchild Theatre.

All performances are free and open to the public. Theatregoers can arrive early to grab a Summer Circle seat next to the stage or bring their own chairs for casual lawn seating. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy during the show or buy a Food Truck treat! See you at the circle!

Oct
20
Sun
Shakespeare Under the Stars @ Abrams Planetarium
Oct 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

MSU College of Arts & Letters’ Department of Theatre in partnership with Abrams Planetarium presents…

Shakespeare Under the Stars

Directed by Deric McNish
Dramaturg & Adaptations by Taylor McPhail
Media Consultant – Alison Dobbins
Planetarium Director – Shannon Schmoll

Featuring stellar actors from Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre.


Listen to a live performance of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale while enjoying a star show on the Abrams Planetarium hemispherical projection dome.

The event will begin with a talk about astronomy and astrology in Shakespeare’s plays, during which the planetarium’s experts will use their powerful Digistar 6 star projector to provide demonstrations.

Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.
Hamlet

Comets, importing change of times and states,
Brandish your crystal tresses in the sky,

And with them scourge the bad revolting stars.
Henry VI

The heavens themselves, the planets, and this center
Observe degree, priority, and place,
Insisture, course, proportion, season, form,
Office, and custom, in all line of order.
Troilus and Cressida

Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 5:30pm 
Location: The Abrams Planetarium Sky Theater
This is a FREE performance and is open to the general public.

Feb
6
Thu
Yiddish Between Worlds @ Wells Hall, B-342
Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Yiddish Between Worlds @ Wells Hall, B-342 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Dr. Margot B. Valles

Dr. Dov-Ber Kerler, Dr. Jack Kugelmass and Dr. Eli Rosenblatt

Dr. Margot B. Valles (MSU) will chair a panel bringing together three scholars of Yiddish who are 2019-2020 Frankel Institute Fellows exploring the theme of “Yiddish Matters” at the University of Michigan. Dr. Dov-Ber Kerler (Dr. Alice Field Cohn Chair in Yiddish Studies at Indiana University) is a contemporary Yiddish poet and ethnographer who is currently exploring the relationship between Yiddish poetry and the status of Yiddish today. Dr. Jack Kugelmass (Professor of Anthropology and the Melton Legislative Professor at the University of Florida) is a cultural anthropologist who studies Jewish identity and ethnography, particularly through travel narratives. Dr. Eli Rosenblatt (Northwestern University) works on racial politics and Ashkenazi identity through Yiddish literature. Together the panelists will explore Yiddish writing and culture in diverse contexts. 

Feb
10
Mon
Holocaust by Bullets: Model for the Modern Genocide @ The Kellogg Center Auditorium
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm
Holocaust by Bullets: Model for the Modern Genocide @ The Kellogg Center Auditorium | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Father Patrick Desbois

Meticulous Nazi records of Jews killed in the death camps identify fewer than half of the Holocaust’s victims. When, where and how were the other victims killed? Father Patrick Desbois, Founder and President of Yahad – In Unum and Braman Endowed Professor of the Practice of the Forensic Study of the Holocaust at the Center for Jewish Civilization of Georgetown University, has sought and found the answers to these questions.

In 2004, he founded Yahad – In Unum (“Together in One”) whose original charter was documenting the evidence of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe. By studying the archives and interviewing the eyewitnesses to the 75-year-old crime of the Holocaust, Father Desbois and his team were able to shed light on a forgotten mechanism in Hitler’s killing machine – the Einsatzgruppen, mobile killing squads that rounded up Jews by the thousands and shot them dead in towns and villages across Eastern Europe.

Yahad-In Unum’s relentless study and research into the “Holocaust by Bullets” has revealed chilling parallels between the Nazi atrocities and those committed today by ISIS – particularly in its murder and enslavement of Yazidis. For the last several years, Father Desbois and his team have been gathering testimony from the survivors of those crimes in Northern Iraq. They have also established centers for children and women in refugee camps to help former captives’ transition back into society.

 

Oct
16
Fri
Masterclass in Heart & Voice with Broadway Star Carrie Manolakos
Oct 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Masterclass in Heart & Voice with Broadway Star Carrie Manolakos @ Michigan | United States

On Friday October 16th from 3-5:30 pm, we are lucky enough to have Broadway’s Carrie Manolakos giving a masterclass in singing that is free and open to all College of Art & Letters students!

Carrie Manolakos is a Broadway star, actress, writer, and recording artist best known for her roles on stage, including Sophie Sheridan in Broadways Mamma Mia! and Elphaba in the National Tour of Wicked. Carrie can also be heard as a voice on The Greatest Showman and Incredibles 2, and her live interpretation of Radiohead’s Creep became an international phenomenon nearing 4 million views and counting.

To attend, please register using the Zoom link below as soon as possible. Students can participate in the webinar by asking questions and observing.

https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oOJtAAdBQu6eG6HUr2jZZg

Carrie will also be doing an online live concert with the Wharton Center on Friday October 23rd.

Feb
23
Tue
Betting on Democracy: the Faith of an American Jewish Pragmatist @ Zoom
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm
Betting on Democracy: the Faith of an American Jewish Pragmatist @ Zoom | Michigan | United States
Betting on Democracy: the Faith of an American Jewish Pragmatist with Rabbi Matthew Kaufman
In this significant American political moment, this presentation on the thought of American Jewish philosopher Horace M. Kallen is a timely exploration of his unique and creative conception of democracy as a religion. As we now grapple with understanding what America is and who we are as a people, Kallen’s ideas resonate as a sounding board for new debates on the viability of cooperative unity as the operative condition of American society.
Feb
24
Wed
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.

RSVP LINK: https://msu.zoom.us/s/96416030134



									
Feb
26
Fri
2021 MSU Comics Forum @ Virtual
Feb 26 @ 8:30 am – Feb 27 @ 5:00 pm
2021 MSU Comics Forum @ Virtual

Please join us for the 14th annual MSU Comics Forum. This is a multi-day, annual event for scholars, creators and fans of the comics medium.  Events include keynote addresses from an award-winning creator and scholar in the field, an artist alley, academic panel discussions, comic book discussion groups and more.  MSU is also home of the Comic Art and Graphic Novel Minor, the MSU Comic Art and Graphic Novel Podcast, and the largest public collection of comic books in the world which is housed in our Special Collections Library.

This event is free and open to the public and this year all of the events will be hosted online.

Artist Alley open February 26 – March 5, 2021
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26 & SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2021
Panel Discussions & Keynote Lectures Schedule:
MSU Comics Forum YouTube Channel
Schedule on MSU Comics Forum Panel Discussions Page

        Friday, February 26, 2021        

8:30 am (EST) Welcome Remarks

9:00 am (EST) Roundtable 1: Comics as Data North America (CaDNA)
Participants:

  • Julian Chambliss, Professor of English, Michigan State University, (Moderator)
  • Justin Wigard, Michigan State University
  • Kate Topham, Digital Humanities Archivist, Michigan State University

10:00 am (EST) Break

10:15 am (EST) Roundtable 2: Graphic Narratives Network
Participants:

  • Valentina Denzel, Associate Professor of French Literature, Michigan State University
  • David Humphrey, Assistant Professor of Japanese and Global Studies, Michigan State University
  • Sadam Issa, Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies, Michigan State University
  • Catherine Ryu, Associate Professor of Japanese Studies, Michigan State University, (Moderator)
  • Lynn Wolff, Associate Professor of German Studies, Michigan State University

11:15 am (EST) Lighting Round #1
Participants:

  • Brianna Anderson, “What Will the World Be Like When I Grow Up?”: Picturing Children’s Eco-Activism in World War 3 Illustrated #46″
  • Samantha Cutrara, “Not all graphic histories are created equal”
  • Jason Lapidus, “Creator communities in the time of quarantine”

12:15 pm – 2:00 pm (EST) Lunch Break

2:00 pm (EST) Roundtable 3:Behind the Scenes in Graphic Novel Publishing
Participants:

  • Gina Gagliano, Publishing Director, Random House Graphic
  • Whitney Leopard, RHG Senior Editor, Random House Graphic
  • Patrick Crotty, RHG Senior Designer, Random House Graphic
  • Gwen Tarbox, Western Michigan University, (Moderator)

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm(EST) Break

3:15 pm (EST) Roundtable 4: Comics as / in / of / History
Participants:

  • Maryanne Rhett, Monmouth University (Moderator)
  • Kaleb Knoblauch, UC Davis
  • Lawrence Abrams, UC Davis
  • Elizabeth Pollard, San Diego State University

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm (EST) Break

4:30 pm (EST) Lightning Round #2

  • Chris Sanagan, “Primary Sources: Inspiration for Storytelling”
  • Sean Carleton, “”Getting Graphic with Activist Histories”
  • Scott Chantler, “BIX: Visualizing Rhythm”
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm (EST) Break

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (EST) Creator Keynote

Kevin Huizenga’s graphic novels include CursesThe Wild Kingdom, Gloriana, and the recently released The River at Night.  His work has been translated into six languages, garnered five Ignatz awards, as well as nominations for Harvey and Eisner awards.  In 2020, The Guardian named The River at Night one of the best comics of the past decade.  Huizenga lives in Minneapolis where he taught in the Comic Art program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design from 2015-2019.

       Saturday, February 27, 2021      

9:00 am (EST) Roundtable 5: Graphic Medicine
Participants

  • A. David Lewis, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science
  • Candida Rifkind, The University of Winnipeg
  • Teresa Wong, Author and Artist
  • Sam Hester, Author and Artist

10:00am – 10:15 am (EST) Break

10:15 am (EST) Roundtable 6: LGBTQ+ and Comics
Participants:

  • Andre M. Carrington (Moderator), University of California, Riverside
  • Margaret Galvan, University of Florida
  • Justin Hall, Writer
  • Nic Gitau, Librarian & President of Geeks OUT
  • Mariko Tamaki, Artist

11:15 am – 12:00 pm (EST) Break

12:00 pm (EST) Scholar Keynote
Deborah E. Whaley, University of Iowa
Black Women in Sequence: Rethinking and Reinking Black Women in Comics

This talk will explore graphic novel production and comic book fandom, focusing in particular on women of African descent as deployed in television, film, animation, and print representations of comic strip, comic book, and graphic novel characters. Whaley will also discuss Black women artists and writers of sequential art, and how Japanese comics, music, and politics shapes their comic art.

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm (EST) Break

1:15pm (EST) Roundtable 7: Fashion, Bodies, and Sex
Participants:

  • Joan Ormrod, Manchester Metropolitan University,
  • Trina Robbins, Independent scholar and comics creator
  • Sydney Heifler, Ohio State University, (Moderator)

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm (EST) Break

2:30 pm (EST)
Roundtable 8: Representation and Comics
Participants:

  • Julian Chambliss, Michigan State University (Moderator)
  • John Jennings, University of California, Riverside
  • Andy Kunka, University of South Carolina, Sumter
  • Beth LePensee, Michigan State University

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm (EST) Break

3:45 pm (EST) Roundtable 9: Pedagogy and Comics
Participants:

  • Leah Misemer, Georgia Tech
  • Susan Kirtley, Portland State University
  • Jonathan Flowers, Worcester State
  • Zack Kruse, Michigan State University (Moderator)

4:45 pm (EST) Closing Remarks

These events are made possible thanks to support from The MSU College of Arts and Letters, The Department of English, The Journal of Popular Culture, The Department of Art, Art History and Design, Gary Hoppenstand, MSU Muslim Studies, Capital Area District Libraries, The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, The MSU Libraries Special Collections, The MSU Main Library, MATRIX: The Center for the Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online, and BRD Printing.

Mar
23
Tue
Finifter Panel on The Holocaust in Greece @ Zoom
Mar 23 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Finifter Panel on The Holocaust in Greece @ Zoom

The College of Arts and Letters Jewish Studies Presents:

Finifter Panel on The Holocaust in Greece

REGISTER HERE

Hear from three international historians, Dr. Andrew Apostolou, Dr. Leon Saltiel, and Dr. Giorgos Antoniou as they cover “The Thirst Perspective on the Holocaust: Non-Jews and the German Murder of their Jewish Neighbors,” “A City Against its Citizens?,” and “Revisiting Bystanders Rescuers and Collaborators: Social Distancing and Social Networks in Thessaloniki before and during the Holocaust.”