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Oct
11
Wed
“Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker, and Biblical Studies”
Oct 11 @ 4:30 pm

Come join the Department of Religious Studies and guest speaker Dr. Nyasha Junior on “Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker, and Biblical Studies” on Wednesday, October 11th at 4:30pm.  Event will be in B342 Wells Hall. www.religiousstudies.msu.edu for more info!

 

Oct
11
Fri
C4I Lecture–Megan Halpern @ Spartan Room at International Ctr.
Oct 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
C4I Lecture--Megan Halpern @ Spartan Room at International Ctr. | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Science as Experience: A New Approach to Science Communication    

Megan Halpern draws on Dewey’s theory of aesthetic experience to develop a model that can reshape how we research, practice, and evaluate science communication. Drawing on her work in art-science collaboration and design-inspired public engagement with science and technology, Halpern illustrates three principles of her model. First, experiences are cumulative rather than transformative, second, that context shapes experiences; and third, that ultimately, audiences have agency in shaping the meanings they draw from their interactions with scientific content. Finally, Halpern offers insights into how to develop projects from an experience perspective.

Coffee and Cookies provided.

Plan to stay after the lecture for additional coffee and networking time.

Nov
15
Fri
C4I – Transforming Learning Spaces @ Digital Scholarship Lab Flex Space, MSU Library, Second Floor
Nov 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
C4I - Transforming Learning Spaces @ Digital Scholarship Lab Flex Space, MSU Library, Second Floor | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Speaker: Dr. Felix Kronenburg

The basic blueprint of the physical classroom has not
changed all that much in over a century, even as new
teaching methods and approaches, new technologies,
and new interdisciplinary insights into better ways to
support learning have greatly advanced during that same
timeframe. Do we still need physical learning spaces in
this age of ubiquitous computing? If we do, how can we
design and build them so that they will be able to adapt
to new educational transformations? Dr. Kronenberg
will give insights into and solutions from the new
interdisciplinary field of learning space design.

Nov
25
Mon
Film and Discussion: Senior Moments @ Wells Hall B-122
Nov 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Film and Discussion: Senior Moments @ Wells Hall B-122

 

Film and Discussion

Senior Moments

 

Tamar Kay will introduce her film Senior Moments and lead a discussion after the screening. Funny, witty, bold and revealing, the creators of “Senior Moments” document intimate meetings with 10 resilient active elderly folks surviving old age with a vengeance. It cohesively samples a cultural variety of personalities in modern-day Israel and provides an inspiring outlook on what it means to be old this day and age.

Directed By: Tamar Kay & Yair Agmon, 2018

 

Tamar Kay graduated from the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem in 2015. “Unchained,” an Israeli TV drama (12 episodes, 40 mins each) Tamar created with Yossi Madmoni & David Ofek, will have its premiere in November 2019, at the Israeli KAAN channel. She is a two-time Israeli Academy Award nominee.

The Mute’s House, which she directed and co-produced was shortlisted for the 2017 Best Short Documentary Academy Award (Oscars) and screened internationally and at MSU, winning numerous awards in prestigious festivals. Tamar edited the TV series, “Arik Einstein: A Standard Love Song”, which won the Israeli Emmy for Best Documentary TV Series (2018).

 

Dec
6
Fri
C4I – The Data of Disaster: Understanding Climatizing Surveillance in Post-Maria Puerto Rico @ Digital Scholarship Lab Flex Space, MSU Library, Second Floor
Dec 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
C4I - The Data of Disaster: Understanding Climatizing Surveillance in Post-Maria Puerto Rico @ Digital Scholarship Lab Flex Space, MSU Library, Second Floor | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Speaker: Christina Boyles – Assistant Professor of Culturally-engaged Digital Humanities

Nearly two years have passed since Hurricane María made landfall in Puerto Rico, yet its effects are still reeling through the islands. Rather than assisting with recovery, government agencies are engaging in what I term climatizing surveillance—mechanisms developed to both disempower Puerto Ricans and to ensure valuable resources remain in the hands of the wealthy elite. At its core, this enterprise seeks the erasure of marginalized peoples and their claims to commonly held lands and resources. This presentation will discuss how these processes operate in Puerto Rico, highlight their broader implications for a climate-stricken world, and outline strategies for resistance.

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.

 

Feb
17
Mon
Guest Speaker: Dr. Devin E. Naar @ Kellogg Conference Center
Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Guest Speaker: Dr. Devin E. Naar @ Kellogg Conference Center | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel presents

Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece: The Fate of Salonica ‘Jerusalem of the Balkans’

Dr. Devin E. Naar, University of Wisconsin

From 1492 until the twentieth century, the city of Salonica–once part of the Ottoman Empire and today the second biggest city in Greece– was home to the largest community of Ladinospeaking Sephardic Jews in the world. This talk focuses on how this once-thriving Jewish community grappled with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of modern Greece prior to the devastation of the Holocaust. Dr. Devin E. Naar is Isaac Alhadeff Professor of Sephardic Studies and Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of Washington. His book, Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece, won a National Jewish Book Award and the grand prize from the Modern Greek Studies Association.

Monday, February 17, 8:00-9:30 PM followed by reception

The Kellogg Center Auditorium

Co- sponsors: James Madison College, the College of Arts and Letters, College of Social Science, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, Department of History.

Dr. Devin E. Naar  event flyer

Apr
10
Fri
POSTPONED C4I Lecture with Dylan Miner @ Flex Space at the Digital Scholarship Lab (Library)
Apr 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
POSTPONED C4I Lecture with Dylan Miner @ Flex Space at the Digital Scholarship Lab (Library) | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The College of Arts & Letters regrets to announce that this event has been cancelled for April 10 and will be rescheduled for Fall Semester 2020.

 

University Interdisciplinary Colloquium

Art as Research //Research for Art

DYLAN MINER, Director, American Indian and Indigenous Studies and Associate Professor, Associate Professor, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities

In his talk, geared specifically for the Interdisciplinary Colloquium, artist and scholar Dylan Miner will discuss his own artistic practice and the research methodologies that he employs within his artmaking practice, as well as the genre-crossing nature of his work. He will use his talk to think through contemporary art as an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary practice that explodes the logics of university-based disciplinarity.

Talk is from 12-1 pm.  Coffee and cookies are available and guests are invited to stay for coffee and networking following the talk.

 

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.”