Symposium | Performance and Play
Apr 16 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Symposium | Performance and Play

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 ( for further information.
Conversation with Charles Yu
Apr 16 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Conversation with Charles Yu

Please see the attached flyer for Professor Naoko Wake’s invitation to attend the keynote event for APA Heritage Month. Given the urgency of addressing anti-Asian racism, the talk by Charles Yu is especially timely. I want to encourage you to make every effort to hear the voices of Asian intellectuals and writers, who, like Charles Yu, are addressing this issue. Attending this event shows our support for an allied MSU program, Asian Pacific American Studies.

Register here:

This event is organized by APASP and APASO in partnership with the Associated Students of Michigan State University, Broad College of Business, College of Law, and College of Arts and Letters . President Samuel L. Stanley will make a welcome remark.

Broad Underground || Seeds, Blooms, and Things that Grow @ Online Zoom Program
Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Broad Underground || Seeds, Blooms, and Things that Grow @ Online Zoom Program | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Cinema’s interest in the growth of seeds and plants is as old as the medium itself. As if germinating a seed in our unconscious, film’s fascination with growing things situates seeds and blooms as cognitive stimulants, innovative instructors, and models of the human mind. Join Assistant Professor Lyn Goeringer and Assistant Curator of Academic Collaborations Katie Greulich for a screening of both historical and contemporary films exploring the parallels among the growth of plant matter and human experience, from the early British films documenting seed germination and plant growth to the works of Amir George, who uses plants as a metaphor for communication and consciousness-expansion in contemporary living.

Registration is required.

Programmed by Lyn Goeringer & Katie Greulich

This program is presented in affiliation with Seeds of Resistance , now on view at the MSU Broad. The exhibition draws attention to the long history of plant and human co-evolution and interdependence. Bringing together different global perspectives, the exhibition also takes firm root in the soils of Michigan State University, and features the important work around issues of ecological preservation by faculty, researchers, and students at the university. Plan your visit at

Broad Underground is an ongoing collaboration between the MSU Broad, the Film Studies Program and the Department of English at MSU, and The Robin Theatre in REO Town, Lansing. Special thanks to the Lansing Public Media Center for their continued support.

Event Flyer.

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.


Hyphens Essay Prize: Reading & Conversation
Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm
Hyphens Essay Prize: Reading & Conversation

Dear colleagues and students,

Please join us in celebrating Cristóbal Martinez & Stephany Bravo and their thoughts on traditions of autotheory, and decolonial approaches to documentary literatures and nonfiction on April 22nd, at 7:30 PM. With a reading and an organic conversation, this will be a welcome moment of reflection and learning in the pandemic grind, and an opportunity to see emerging thinkers/artists speak about their practice.

Please come out and support your peers and graduate students. You can use the following invitation to join the event.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 932 1873 1797

Passcode: hyphens

Williamston Theatre: Shakespearean Drama, the Plague Years, and Consolations for Today
Apr 23 @ 3:00 pm

Williamston Theatre: Free Zoom Lecture and Q&A Session
Shakespearean Drama, the Plague Years, and Consolations for Today

Friday, April 23, 2021 at 3pm
Presented by MSU Professor Jyotsna G. Singh

Celebrate the Bard’s Birthday with us! William Shakespeare lived and wrote his great works during the periodic outbreaks of the Plague in England, often called the “Pestilence.” For example, from 1592-1603, London authorities frequently shut the playhouses. People fled the city and often bodies piled up on the streets. The plays and poetry Shakespeare wrote during these times evoke the beauty and fragility of life amidst contagion and breakdown. What can we learn from his works today in our own period of lockdown and contagion?  What consolations can we find in Shakespeare’s poetic reflections today?

Zoom information will be posted the day before the lecture.

Professor Jyotsna G. Singh

Jyotsna G. Singh is a Professor in the Department of English at MSU, where she teaches and researches early English modern literature and culture, including Shakespeare, travel writing, postcolonial theory, and gender and race studies. Her published work includes: The Weyward Sisters: Shakespeare and Feminist Politics (Blackwell), (co-authored); Colonial Narratives/Cultural Dialogues: ‘Discovery’ of India in the Language of Colonialism (Routledge); and A Companion to the Global Renaissance, ed. and Shakespeare and Postcolonial Theory. She has been awarded several visiting fellowships, most recently, at St Catherine’s College, Oxford University. UK (2019.) Ms. Singh serves on the board of the Williamston Theatre.

Anti-South Asian Violence, White Supremacy, and Xenophobia: Reflections in the Wake of the Indianapolis Shooting
Apr 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Anti-South Asian Violence, White Supremacy, and Xenophobia: Reflections in the Wake of the Indianapolis Shooting

A virtual panel discussion addressing the urgent need to take
seriously recent assaults against South Asians in the US and
also the history of anti-South Asian racism, and in particular
the forms of xenophobia targeting Sikh Americans.

Divya Victor, Michigan State University
Jyotsna Singh, Michigan State University
Samip Mallick, South Asian American Digital Archive
Harleen Singh, Brandeis University
Arvind-Pal Mandair, University of Michigan
Moderator: Siddharth Chandra, Michigan State University

Organized by Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities in collaboration with the Asian Studies Center at MSU
Co-Sponsors: Department of English |Creative Writing Program | India Council| Muslim Studies Program

Zoom Registration link: Webinar Registration – Zoom

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;;


Broad Underground Film Series @ MSU Broad
Sep 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Broad Underground Film Series @ MSU Broad | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Broad Underground Film Series: An exploration of Video Art and Experimental and Avant-Garde film from its earliest developments to the present day.

Broad Art Museum Sculpture Garden
Free to the public

Co-programmed by Justus Nieland and McKayla Sluga
As archives of private memories, home movies offer intimate glimpses into personal and family life. They provide a space of self-portraiture and nostalgia, but also opportunities for fantasy, play, and critique—for imagining different modes of dwelling. Many filmmakers have turned to the “amateur” genre of the home movie as a site of experimentation with the routines, normative roles, and restrictive politics of domestic life. Intersecting with themes in the 2021 AAHD Faculty Triennial: Where We Dwell, this program explores a series of innovative takes on the concept of the “home movie.” Ranging from canonical works of the avant-garde and contemporary essay films to amateur, educational, and sponsored films, our program features experiments in dwelling that open this “private” genre into a public, even ecological space for imagining community and building solidarity. Featured filmmakers include: Cheryl Dunye, Helen Hill, Sky Hopinka, Guy Maddin, Jan Oxenberg, Elisa Giardina Papa, and Andy Warhol.

Broad Underground is an ongoing collaboration between the MSU Broad, the Film Studies Program and the Department of English at MSU, and The Robin Theatre in REO Town, Lansing. Special thanks to the Lansing Public Media Center for their continued support.
MUSE Workshop @ MSU
Oct 20 – Oct 24 all-day

In 2018-19, the Department of English piloted a new program, MUSE: Mentoring Underrepresented Scholars in English. The third annual MUSE workshop will be held from October 20-24th, 2021 at Michigan State University, in East Lansing, MI. The Fall MUSE workshop is directed at prospective English graduate students from underrepresented groups, including students of African American, Latinx and Chicanx, Asian American, Native American, and Indigenous descent. The workshop will allow students to learn more about the English Department, visit graduate classes and co-curricular activities, meet with our graduate faculty and graduate students, and receive individual feedback from the faculty on their application materials for graduate school. Students will also have the opportunity to present their research to faculty. The workshop aims to introduce prospective students to a robust culture of mentoring essential for a rewarding graduate school experience, and a thriving life in academia.