Writing & Pedagogy: Conferencing @ via Zoom
Mar 12 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Writing & Pedagogy: Conferencing @ via Zoom | Stafford | Texas | United States

Spring 2021 Writing and Pedagogy (Zoom) Workshops


Schedule: March 12, Friday, 2: 30 PM – 4: 00 PM

Participants: Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Jessica Stokes, and Michael Stokes

Conferencing is essential to making your voice heard in your field/ area of specialization. You can network with the major academics as well as with the upcoming scholars at the national and international conferences. Nurturing these connections is essential to professionalization in academia. Conferences also help to improve the quality of your research. In fact, when you present your work in a panel, you receive feedback, and quite often, you engage in conversations with other scholars, whose research is linked to your own. Besides these potential professional benefits, conferences offer opportunities to forge friendships that can lead to future collaborative works inside and outside of academia.

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FGS Creative/Care Event @ Remote
Mar 19 @ 1:30 pm
FGS Creative/Care Event @ Remote | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The Feminisms, Genders, and Sexualities (FGS) research workshop is holding a Creative Care Event on Friday, March 19th at 1:30pm. Zoom links will be distributed. If you have any questions, please email Marisa Mercurio (


Pre-1800 Pedagogy Roundtable
Mar 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Pre-1800 Pedagogy Roundtable

Pre-1800 Pedagogy Roundtable | Teaching Pre-1800 Texts Today: Friday, March 19th, 2-4pm

    • In this roundtable, graduate students and faculty will give short presentations on the topic: pedagogy about/with performance and play in pre-1800 courses. These presentations will be followed by a discussion and joint activity where we create a syllabus/depository of texts, links, etc. useful for those teaching pre-1800 texts.
    • If interested in giving a presentation at the workshop, or to learn more, please contact Emily Yates (
Let’s Play Event, Game Studies Guild
Mar 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Let’s Play Event, Game Studies Guild

Let’s Play Event, Game Studies Guild | Hemming’s Play Company: Friday, March 26th, 2-3pm

    • In this “Let’s Play,” the MSU Game Studies Guild plays the online video game Hemming’s Play Company (and encourages you to play along!) while talking about the game’s mechanics and the theory behind video games. The Guild discusses how “play” is worthy of academic study, and the aspects of “roleplay” are theorized here with open discussion at the end of the Let’s Play.
    • Contact Jonny Thurston ( for more information.
Writing & Pedagogy: Diversity Statement @ via Zoom
Apr 9 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Writing & Pedagogy: Diversity Statement @ via Zoom | Stafford | Texas | United States

Spring 2021 Writing and Pedagogy (Zoom) Workshops

Diversity Statement Workshop

Schedule: April 09, Friday, 2: 30 PM – 4: 00 PM

Participants: Dr. Joshua Lam, Sandy Burnley, Jonny Thurston

A diversity statement is often a requirement as part of the job market materials packet. The purpose of this workshop, then, is to discuss what a diversity statement should include, the kinds of language it should use, and what exactly it should communicate to a potential employer. We will address how you can illustrate your past and present experiences in the light of DEI issues such as race, gender, ethnic identity, and sexual orientation.

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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.

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

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;;


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.