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Apr
17
Sat
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 (msu.edu)

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 serve.msu.edu. As the date gets closer, you can check out the projects that are happening in your community.

 

Apr
22
Thu
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

https://msu.zoom.us/j/93218731797

Meeting ID: 932 1873 1797

Passcode: hyphens

Apr
23
Fri
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.

Apr
27
Tue
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.

PANELISTS
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

May
7
Fri
Workshop: Producing Input Texts for Listening Tests @ Zoom registration: https://msu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAsc-usrTsvH9MGWpp5jj-OWE43KtxPnqwv
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

reeddan@msu.edu; winke@msu.edu; vangorpk@msu.edu

InputTextWritingWorkshop-Rossi-May7-2021

May
14
Fri
Dissertation Defense: Xiaowan Zhang @ https://msu.zoom.us/j/91459349054
May 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come and support Xiaowan Zhang, who will defend her dissertation “Time to Minimal Proficiency in English Language Learner Children and Factors that Affect the Time” on May 14 at 1 PM. Please email Paula Winke or Xiaowan Zhang for the Zoom password.

Aug
4
Wed
Dissertation Defense: Myeongeun Son @ https://msu.zoom.us/j/92947502498
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

 

Come and support Myeongeun Son, who will defend her dissertation “L2 language development in oral and written modality” on August 4 at 10:00 AM Eastern. Please email Myeongeun or Patti Spinner for the Zoom password.

Sep
17
Fri
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.
Oct
20
Wed
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.

Mar
7
Mon
Coffee with the Profs – Mohammad Hassan Khalil @ Virtual
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

One of the MSU Alumni Office’s long-standing featured offerings, the Coffee with the Profs series highlights research and work done by some of MSU’s finest faculty and staff. This lifelong education program is open to all.

A History of U.S. Muslims
Mohammad Hassan Khalil, director, Muslim Studies Program; professor, Department of Religious Studies; adjunct professor, College of Law
There is a rich and long history of Muslims in the United States. This is a diverse population that has included, among others, enslaved Africans; immigrants who established communities in cities such as Dearborn, MI and Ross, ND; and influential converts such as Alexander Russell Webb and Malcolm X. As we shall see, this is also a population that has greatly influenced American culture and politics in ways that may seem unexpected.