EVENTS

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Dec
2
Wed
DARK FOREST @ Remote
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm
DARK FOREST @ Remote | San Jose | California | United States

Please see attached flyer for a compelling event on Dec. 2 with Dr. Swarnavel Pillai, Dr. Tamar M. Boyadjian, and artist and filmmaker Roger Kupelian to discuss his documentary film Dark Forest in the Mountain. We ask that you please view the film in advance. Please see the flyer for a link to the film, and the zoom link for the event

Feb
5
Fri
Indigenizing Shakespeare: Madeline Sayet
Feb 5 @ 2:00 pm
Indigenizing Shakespeare: Madeline Sayet

Keynote Lecture and Workshop | Indigenizing Shakespeare, Madeline Sayet: Friday, February 5th (Public Lecture at 2pm and MSU Workshop at 3:30pm)

    • Lecture: “Native American Shakespeare: The Journey to Representation”: this lecture will examine the complex history of the relationship between Shakespeare’s plays and the indigenous peoples of America, from the onset of colonialism through the present day. Madeline will also share insights into how this intersection informs her own life and work, and the Native Theatre Movement at large.
    • Workshop: In this session, Mohegan Director Madeline Sayet will guide participants through a process of creatively indigenizing Shakespeare for themselves. Participants will begin their own dynamic reimaginings of the plays and be empowered to make bold creative choices in their own work going forward.
    • Also see the attached flyer with further details (and how to register), and contact Katie Knowles (knowle50@msu.edu) or Jyotsna Singh (jsingh@msu.edu) for more information.
Feb
23
Tue
Betting on Democracy: the Faith of an American Jewish Pragmatist @ Zoom
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm
Betting on Democracy: the Faith of an American Jewish Pragmatist @ Zoom | Michigan | United States
Betting on Democracy: the Faith of an American Jewish Pragmatist with Rabbi Matthew Kaufman
In this significant American political moment, this presentation on the thought of American Jewish philosopher Horace M. Kallen is a timely exploration of his unique and creative conception of democracy as a religion. As we now grapple with understanding what America is and who we are as a people, Kallen’s ideas resonate as a sounding board for new debates on the viability of cooperative unity as the operative condition of American society.
Mar
17
Wed
Classes with CAL 2021 – Innovations in Teaching in the Arts and Humanities @ Zoom
Mar 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

CLASSES with CAL SPRING 2021

Innovations in Teaching in the Arts and Humanities

Take time during Covid to get back in Class! Please join us for a night of innovative thinking with some of the College of Arts and Letter’s finest. All staff, faculty, retirees, friends, and family are welcome!

Date: March 17th from 6:00-8:00

RSVP HERE

6:10-6:35 Talk #1 “The science and art of wellbeing: Integrating student wellness into CAL courses” with Dr. John Ritz; College of Arts and Letters Inaugural Director of Student Wellness

Jon Ritz, WRAC faculty member and CAL’s new Director of Student Wellness, will discuss CAL’s new effort to integrate wellness concepts and practices into its undergraduate learning goals, with a focus on mindfulness, creativity, and resilience. Jon will provide a brief overview of the evidence-based approach that undergirds the effort and how it will be delivered to students through cocurricular activities and direct integration in CAL courses. He will also touch on ways that a wellness-infused curriculum can help reinvigorate the arts and humanities as sites of undergraduate education.

6:35- 7:00 PM Talk #2 “It is never too Late to Learn a Language” with Sandhya Shanker; Academic Specialist at the Center for Language Teaching Advancement

In a globalized world, learning a language is not only useful when traveling but also boosts brain power. Learning a language as an adult enhances the ability to multitask, sharpens the mind and improves memory. The MSU Community Language School offers online language classes for adults with sessions in the fall, spring and summer. Information will be shared about our program offerings as well as a short taste of our online program experience.

7:00-7:40 Talk #3 “Evolving Pathways to Social Justice in the Arts and Humanities: Creativity in the Academic Class” with Julian Chambliss, Nancy DeJoy, and Natalie Phillips, CO-PIs on an Andrew Mellon Foundation Just Futures Grant.

In this presentation Chambliss, DeJoy, and Phillips discuss how centering creativity as opening paths to social justice encourages us to see creativity as central to teaching and learning in the humanities. Using the class work that inspired their Mellon Foundation Just Futures grant, the three will discuss how creativity is vital to inclusive curricula and how it expands our opportunities for community partnerships to inform our teaching.

Student Spotlight 7:40-7:55

RSVP HERE

Mar
19
Fri
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 (yatesem1@msu.edu).
Broad Underground Film Series @ Via Zoom
Mar 19 @ 7:00 pm
Broad Underground Film Series @ Via Zoom

Rania Stephan and The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni

Join video artist Rania Stephan for a screening and discussion of her award-winning video, The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni (2011). Stephan’s film, what she calls “an archaeology of images, identity, and memory,” ponders one of the great disappearing acts in the history of global cinema: the legacy and still mysterious death of Egyptian actress Soad Hosni. Hosni’s creative labor and iconic roles helped to define Egyptian cinema, and her personal life, never far from the public eye, generated a robust media legacy of its own. Drawing on footage from more than sixty rare videotapes that took Stephan over a decade to collect, the video emphasizes not official film archives, but the analog consumer electronics that kept Hosni’s work alive informally.

RSVP here.

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.”

Mar
26
Fri
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 (thurst39@msu.edu) for more information.
Apr
12
Mon
ART AS ACTIVISM: SEEDS OF RESISTANCE @ Via Zoom
Apr 12 @ 1:00 pm
ART AS ACTIVISM: SEEDS OF RESISTANCE @ Via Zoom | Michigan | United States

Jackie Sumell is a prison abolitionist and multidisciplinary artist inspired most by the lives of everyday people. A former artist-in-residence at MSU, she will be talking to us about her contribution to the Broad Museum exhibit “Seeds of Resistance” and her collaboration with students in SS2020 GSAH 201: Introduction to Global Studies.

RSVP here.

Apr
16
Fri
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 (dengs@msu.edu) for further information.