For more than 20 years, Sol Sender has been honing the expertise required to be just such a partner—and has put it into practice shaping, strengthening and transforming some of the world’s leading brands. With a broad set of creative skills that span strategy, writing, design, user experience and agile development, Sol has developed core brand strategy and experiences for a diverse set of clients including, IBM, Goldman Sachs, Motorola, GE, Citadel and Obama’08. His commitment to client success, focus on lasting value, and relentless hunt for the biggest ideas have built a reputation for deeply thoughtful work of the highest quality.
DR STEPHEN EISENMAN / NOVEMBER 29 / MSU LIBRARY GREEN ROOM / 6PM
Dr. Stephen Eisenman is a Professor of Art History at Northwestern. Eisenman is the author of nine books, including most recently Zooicide, with the artist Sue Coe. Eisenman has also curated and reviewed exhibitions, written articles and op-eds. Eisenman will present the keynote lecture for the 2018 Art History & Visual Culture Symposium.
MSU Union Art Gallery
49 Abbott Road, Rm. 230, East Lansing, MI 48824
The Wash (As It Seams)
Solo exhibition featuring the work of Babette Shaw.
January 21 – March 2, 2019
Artist Lecture January 31 6pm, Natural Science Rm. 326
Exhibition Reception February 1, 6 – 8pm
Babette Shaw Artist Statement
As human beings, we communicate through language, visual and verbal. We have within us an innate desire to connect with one another, yet our language, essential to communication, often serves to polarize us both interpersonally and through the maintenance of institutionalized systems of dominance, oppression, and coercion. Inherent within our language are misogynistic words, phrases, and ideals that inform us and affect the way we interact with one another.
Inception of this work began with a certain group of political leaders speaking mis-information about womxn’s bodies; as a consequence, most womxn, regardless of party alignment, voted against their interests. Yet, statements and occurrences made public throughout the recent United States election processes reveal what low-base views we are willing to accept about womxn, however damaging or oppressive to the potential growth beyond them. Misogynistic language, gendered ideals, gendered scripts influence our politics, our laws, our institutions, the wage gap, our public and personal spaces, our social and interpersonal relationships. These bodies of work are representative of personal narratives and of individual womxn who have chosen to share their stories.
Babette Shaw Bio
Babette Shaw, native to California, is an exhibiting photography-based social practice artist whose work includes photography, sculpture, fiber art, installation, and the written or spoken word.
She received her MFA in Photography from The University of Memphis with undergraduate academic pursuits in fine art photography, creative writing, and gender studies. As an artist, she addresses issues concerning gender and race constructions and disparities in contemporary culture, as well as their historic and archaic underpinnings. Shaw currently teaches at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Alongside her art practice and her teaching, she has served on numerous panels for organizations, including the National Center for Research on Women (CROW), and has given lectures at various academic and community-based institutions. Her work is in public and private collections across the country.
Shaw is here to engage the Michigan State University campus as Visiting Artist and Scholar to invite students, past and present (as well as other members from the community), to participate in one of her social practice projects, The Panty Project, which is designed to help individuals and communities heal from gendered and sexual trauma and abuse. While on campus, Shaw will be meeting with womxn from the greater MSU community who have chosen to share their stories as part of this ongoing work. If you are interested in participating in The Panty Project, please email email@example.com.
SETH / FEB 22 / MSU LIBRARY GREEN ROOM / 7PM
Seth is the award-winning cartoonist behind the comic book series Palookavile. He is also the designer for several classic comics reprint series, notably the collections of work by Charles Schulz, John Stanley, and Doug Wright. Seth is the 2019 Comics Forum Creator Keynote Speaker.
The primary activity at this event will be low-stakes, open house-style Table Presentations with “lightning talks” focusing specifically on Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and ed tech tools and practices more generally. MSU’s Center for Language Training and Advancement (CeLTA) and hosts Adam Gacs (German) and Shannon Spasova (Russian) will also facilitate several presentations that will be broadcast and recorded for online participants.
Costume Party at the Moslem Temple
An exhibition featuring MSU Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies Qais Assali.
March 15- May 11, 2019
Reception: March 15, 2019 6–8PM
Artist Lecture: March 20, 2019 @MSU Broad Art Museum, 7PM
Please join the MSU Union Art Gallery and the MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design in celebrating the opening of Costume Party at the Moslem Temple on Friday, March 15 beginning at 6pm, remarks will be offered at 6:30pm. This solo exhibition features the work of MSU Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies Qais Assali.
Assali’s interdisciplinary work stages questions between site and the body in relation to his own identity and locale in order to debunk metaphoric surrounding contested geographies. This exhibition was made possible thanks to collaborations with many others. Parade Float was made in collaboration with Syrian-American Artist Amanda Assaley. Mosaic Fountain was made by Syrian-American Artist Michael Howard. O My Lord, Increase me in Knowledge, was painted by Syrian-American Artist Reem Taki.
Costume Party at the Moslem Temple is organized by the MSU Union Art Gallery at Michigan State University. Support for this exhibition and associated programming is provided by the MSU Federal Credit Union, the MSU College of Arts & Letters, MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design, the MSU Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, MSU Museum, MSU Library Digital Scholarship Lab, MSU Library Special Collections, MSU Muslim Studies Program, MSU Students United for Palestinian Rights, University of Michigan Special Collections Research Center, and the Arab American National Museum. Special thanks to Deborah Margolis, Jose Luis Benavides, Sally Howell, Penny Gardner, Becky Gaines, and Michael Dean.
Qais Assali (b. 1987 Palestine) is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor and Artist-in-Residence at Michigan State University. His works with video, installation, lecture performance, sound, photography, and in the archives seek to engage and subvert national geopolitical power dynamics. His interdisciplinary work stages questions between site and the body in relation to his own identity and locale in order to debunk metaphoric surrounding contested geographies.
Assali’s work has been internationally exhibited at Jeune création, Paris (2016); 6018North, Chicago (2018); Festival Artes Vertentes de Tiradentes, Brazil (2016); The Overlook Place, Chicago (2018); solo exhibitions at Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2015); and Khan Al Wakala, Nablus (2016). Assali has been a faculty member at a number of academic institutions in Palestine including Al-Ummah College, Jerusalem, Palestine. Assali holds two master’s degrees – an MA in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MFA from Bard College Milton Avery Graduate School.
QAIS ASSALI / MARCH 20 / MSU BROAD / 7PM
Qais Assali is an AAHD Artist in Residence: Critical Race Studies. His interdisciplinary work stages questions between site and the body in relation to his own identity and locale in order to debunk metaphoric surrounding contested geographies. His lecture is presented in association with a solo exhibition at the MSU Union Art Gallery.
This mini-conference event brings researchers and teachers together in dialogue around the questions “Do teachers care about research?” and “Do researchers care about teachers?” Plenary session presentations by researcher Dr. Masatoshi Sato (Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile) and a language educator (TBD) will be followed by a mixer in smaller break-out rooms, where language researchers and language teachers will engage in guided but informal dialogue. The event will conclude with a Town Hall-style forum, facilitated by MSU’s Second Language Studies program chair, Dr. Shawn Loewen.
Ed Tech Brown Bag #1: Speed Dating
Wed., Feb 5. 12:00-1:00pm. Wells Hall B342
ELC Ed Tech Specialist Austin Kaufmann will give a 2-minute Speed Dating pitch for each of his Ten Most Frequently Used Ed Tech Tools. Participants will note down which tools they are most interested in, and based on their top choices, Austin will create a semester schedule for smaller group trainings. (Feel free to bring your lunch!)
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.
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)
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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”
Kevin Huizenga’s graphic novels include Curses, The 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.