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.


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

Dissertation Defense: Bronson Hui @
May 4 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Come to hear Bronson Hui defend his dissertation, “Examining explicit and implicit word knowledge.” The event is open to the public. Please email Dr. Aline Godfroid or Bronson Hui for the Zoom password.

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;;


Dissertation Defense: Xiaowan Zhang @
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.

SLS 2021 Graduation Celebration & Garden Walk @ 4-H Children's Garden
May 14 @ 6:30 pm

The Second Language Studies Program invites you to attend the 2021 SLS Graduation Ceremony either in person, virtually, or you may watch a recording on the SLS website after the event. Attendance is optional and will involve the following:

• Gather outside at the MSU 4-H
Children’s Garden at the pink
amphitheater seating area in front of the
Children’s House.
• Dr. Winke and others will be invited to
speak about the four 2021 graduates.
• Then, the gathered group will take a walk
through the MSU 4-H Children’s Garden,
and the Lewis Landscape Arboretum,
and for those who want more, the
beautiful MSU Radiology Gardens!

DIRECTIONS: Walk to the 4-H Children’s Garden from anywhere on campus, or drive and park in Lot 54, Bogue Street (Lot 54 is just north of the railroad tracks and across the street from the MSU Equestrian Center). Please feel free to bring your own drinks or snacks if you wish.


Dissertation Defense: Myeongeun Son @
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.

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.
Dissertation Defense: Magdalyne Akiding @
Dec 2 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Come to hear Magdalyne Akiding defend her dissertation, “An investigation of motivational strategy use by instructors of African languages in the United States.” The event is open to the public. Please email Dr. Paula Winke or Magdalyne Akiding for the Zoom password.

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.