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Nov
12
Thu
New date–MSU Signature Lecture Series with Claudia Rankine @ Online event
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
New date--MSU Signature Lecture Series with Claudia Rankine @ Online event | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The College of Arts & Letters and MSU Broad Museum are pleased to announce the Fall 2020 Signature Lecture with Claudia Rankine

Poet, essayist, playwright, and the editor of several anthologies. She is the author of six volumes of poetry, three plays, and various essays.

Her book of poetry, Citizen: An American Lyric, won the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Award; the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, the first book in the award’s history to be nominated in both poetry and criticism; the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Collection, the 2015 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry; the 2015 NAACP Image Award in poetry; the 2015 PEN Open Book Award; the 2015 PEN American Center USA Literary Award; the 2015 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary Award; and the 2015 VIDA Literary Award. Citizen was also a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award and the 2015 T.S. Eliot Prize. It is the only poetry book to be a New York Times Bestseller in the nonfiction category.

This online event will begin at 7 pm.  Register here for the ZOOM webinar link.

You can also watch this event on Facebook Live or YouTubeLive.

Check out our pop up online independent book store partner, Literati Bookstore to order copies of Claudia Rankine’s books and find other social justice and anti-racism texts.

About the Signature Lecture Series

Originally founded as the Celebrity Lecture Series in 1998 by the College of Arts & Letters and the Dean’s Community Council, the series was later renamed the Signature Lecture Series in 20017 and allows notable public figures to interact and engage with the faculty, students, and greater community of Michigan State University through conversations and discussions.

The popularity of this series has attracted some of the most illustrious scholars, critics, novelists, poets, film producers, and creative artists of our time, including Soledad O’Brien, Ken Burns, Oliver Stone, Richard Ford, and Maya Angelou, just to name a few.

Sponsors of the Signature Lecture Series are the following:

  • College of Arts & Letters
  • Broad Art Museum
  • MSU Libraries
  • Department of English
  • Creative Writing Program
  • Film Studies Program
  • Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures

This event is being held in collaboration with the MSU Broad Art Museum Artist’s Project Series “John Lucas and Claudia Rankine: Situations” Exhibition. The MSU Broad presents, for the first time in a solo exhibition, the entire series of Situation videos collaboratively produced by documentary filmmaker John Lucas and poet Claudia Rankine since 2008. The videos address the vexed notion of a post-racial United States, a term coined in the Obama era to assert that the election of an African American president indicated the achievement of racial equality, by foregrounding the public and private experiences of black Americans. The exhibition is on February 8-December 26, 2020.

The Community with Citizens Scholars @ Online
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Community with Citizens Scholars @ Online

Come join us at our weekly writing nights! We know that trying to be creative while being at home can be tough, especially for members of the LGBTQ+ community. so we’re offering a calm space for queer writers to hang out.

Every Thursday night at 7 pm through November and December (excluding Thanksgiving), we’ll host a Zoom room with chill music and good vibes. We’ll develop a writer’s playlist, work on poetry, short stories, essays, and maybe help each other get over a fierce writer’s block.

Nov
17
Tue
Please join Congresswomen Elissa Slotkin and Brenda Lawrence as they provide their remarks on the work of the Black-Jewish Congressional Caucus
Nov 17 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Please join Congresswomen Elissa Slotkin and Brenda Lawrence as they provide their remarks on the work of the Black-Jewish Congressional Caucus

Please join Congresswomen Elissa Slotkin and Brenda Lawrence as they provide their remarks on the work of the Black-Jewish Congressional Caucus; their thoughts on future collaboration, and reflections on the film.
November 17th, 6:30-7:30 pm
Register here

After registering, a link to view “Shared Legacies: The African American-Jewish Civil Rights Alliance” will be emailed back and
available to view Nov. 11-17.


The crucial historical lessons of Black-Jewish cooperation are revisited and revived in this utterly fascinating, urgent call to action. The modern alliance between African-Americans and Jewish Americans dates to the NAACP founding in 1909. Since then, both groups have endured segregation and racism, from the codified bigotry of southern Jim Crow laws, to blatant bias in real estate, employment, higher education and politics. Common cause was found in the turbulent ‘60s Civil Rights era, as Jewish leaders backed Dr. King’s efforts at racial equality and harmony. Yet, the relationship has frayed in recent years, as a once mighty bond of support and respect has seemingly faded, been forgotten or ignored. With divisive seeds of hate taking root anew in the American landscape, a new generation also affirms their pledge to actively promote the values of social justice. This potent, inspiring story of unity, empathy and partnership validates the ubiquity of the human experience, and how freedom and equality for all can be achieved only when people come together.


Co-sponsors: College of Arts and Letters, James Madison College, RCAH, College of Social Science, Department of History and Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.

 

Citizens Scholars Trivia Night @ Online
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Citizens Scholars Trivia Night @ Online

Come join us and put your knowledge to the test. Enjoy trivia and good company.

Zoom: https://msu.zoom.us/j/4992882362

Password: CS2020

Nov
19
Thu
Dr. Kristin Romberg Keynote Speaker for 2020 Undergraduate Art History & Visual Culture Symposium @ Virtual on Zoom
Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Please join the MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design as we virtually welcome Dr. Kristin Romberg who will be offering a free public lecture on zoom titled “Russian Constructivist Tectonics and the Wegenerian Revolution.” This lecture will serve as the Keynote for the 2020 Undergraduate Art History & Visual Culture Symposium.

To register for the lecture please use this link:

https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MjijT7lLRsmaRL2bgoVIIA

Lecture Abstract:

When the Working Group of Constructivists outlined their aesthetic program in Moscow in 1921, it was famously structured by three “disciplines”: tectonics, faktura, and constructionWhereas the latter two quickly became essential to understandings of constructivism and modernism, the first and arguably the most innovative of the concepts, tectonics, has proved more difficult to absorb. This paper presents one attempt to reckon with the constructivist usage of the term tectonics by situating it within a broader contest of meaning in the first decades of the twentieth century whose participants included Aleksandr Bogdanov’s proto-systems theory of tectology, Alfred Wegener’s theory of continental drift, and Heinrich Wölfflin’s then-new formalist method of Kunstwissenschaft. Constructivism emerges as a fundamentally political version of aesthetic modernism—one that cultivated an uncannily global outlook by working from a position deeply embedded in local specificity, and that offers an alternative version of modernism relevant for politically engaged art practices today.

Kristin Romberg is Associate Professor of Art History at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her book Gan’s Constructivism: Aesthetic Theory for an Embedded Modernism was published by University of California Press in 2018. Curatorial projects include Architecture in Print: Design and Debate in the Soviet Union, 1919-1934 (Wallach Art Gallery, 2005), Propositions on Revolution (Slogans for a Future) (Krannert Art Museum, 2017). She has also consulted and written for the catalogue for two major museum exhibitions: Revoliutsiia! Demonstratsiia! Soviet Art Put to the Test at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017, and Engineer, Agitator, Constructor: The Artist Reinvented, which opens at MoMA in New York in December 2020.

 

The Community with Citizens Scholars @ Online
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Community with Citizens Scholars @ Online

Come join us at our weekly writing nights! We know that trying to be creative while being at home can be tough, especially for members of the LGBTQ+ community. so we’re offering a calm space for queer writers to hang out.

Every Thursday night at 7 pm through November and December (excluding Thanksgiving), we’ll host a Zoom room with chill music and good vibes. We’ll develop a writer’s playlist, work on poetry, short stories, essays, and maybe help each other get over a fierce writer’s block.

Nov
20
Fri
2020 Undergraduate Art History and Visual Culture Symposium @ Virtual on Zoom
Nov 20 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
2020 Undergraduate Art History and Visual Culture Symposium @ Virtual on Zoom

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2020
ZOOM WEBINAR, 2:00-5:00 PM

Refracting Histories of Art and Community recognizes the scholarly achievements of advanced undergraduate students of Art History and Visual Culture in the Department of Art, Art History and Design at Michigan State University.

The 2020 Symposium features five independent research projects that investigate interactions between artistic production and society, and address issues related to immigration, civil rights and Black cultural expression, accessibility and Native heritage, and feminism.

REGISTER HERE FOR THE SYMPOSIUM:
https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mf6PP1S1Qj23EQ18mYV9sw

2:00-2:05pm
Welcome Remarks
Dr. Lily Woodruff
Department of Art, Art History and Design2:05-2:30pm
Kaylee McCarthy
Useful and Temporary Art: Redefining Art’s Role in a Commodified World2:30-2:55pm
Sophia Boismier
AfriCOBRA: Wadsworth Jarrell and the Focus on Community

2:55 -3:20pm
Caitlyn Danforth
Teaching Accessibility in the Digital Humanities using Pueblo Bonito

3:20-3:30pm
Break

3:30-3:55pm
Morgan Hollemans
Simple, Sightly, Statuesque: Women in the Art of Cassatt and Degas
3:55-4:20pm
Aria Frawley
From Unwanted Dick Pics to Depriving Refrigerators4:20-4:30pm
Comments by Dr. Kristin Romberg

4:30-5:00pm
Questions from the audience and open discussion

A keynote lecture will be offered by Dr. Kristin Romberg on Thursday, November 19 at 6 pm titled “Russian Constructivist Tectonics and the Wegenerian Revolution.”
Dec
3
Thu
The Community with Citizens Scholars @ Online
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Community with Citizens Scholars @ Online

Come join us at our weekly writing nights! We know that trying to be creative while being at home can be tough, especially for members of the LGBTQ+ community. so we’re offering a calm space for queer writers to hang out.

Every Thursday night at 7 pm through November and December (excluding Thanksgiving), we’ll host a Zoom room with chill music and good vibes. We’ll develop a writer’s playlist, work on poetry, short stories, essays, and maybe help each other get over a fierce writer’s block.

Feb
17
Wed
Beatriz Cortez Mutant Salon Talk Hosted by Young Joon Kwak @ Virtual on Zoom
Feb 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Beatriz Cortez Mutant Salon Talk Hosted by Young Joon Kwak @ Virtual on Zoom

Beatriz Cortez | February 17 | Virtual on Zoom | 4 PM EST

Beatriz Cortez (b. 1970, San Salvador, El Salvador; lives and works in Los Angeles) received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and a Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies from Arizona State University. Cortez’s work explores simultaneity, life in different temporalities, and different versions of modernity, particularly in relation to memory and loss in the aftermath of war and the experience of migration, and in relation to imagining possible futures. She has had solo exhibitions at Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles (2019); Clockshop, Los Angeles (2018); Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles (2016); Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles (2016); Centro Cultural de España de El Salvador (2014); and Museo Municipal Tecleño (MUTE), El Salvador (2012), among others. Cortez has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2019); Ballroom Marfa, TX (2019); Socrates Sculpture Park, New York (2019); John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI (2018); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); BANK/MABSOCIETY, Shanghai, China (2017); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017); Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Quito, Ecuador (2016); and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (2016). Cortez is the recipient of the Artadia Los Angeles Award (2020), the inaugural Frieze Arto LIFEWTR Sculpture Prize (2019), the Emergency Grant from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts (2019), the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant (2018), the Artist Community Engagement Grant (2017), and the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists (2016).

For more information about Beatriz Cortez and their work, please visit their website

This event does not require pre-registration, if you are interested in joining our zoom webinar, please do so using the link and password below.

https://msu.zoom.us/j/97803340342 pw: mutants

For the security of our events, please do not share the link and password on social media.

Dr. Kathleen Bickford Berzock Visiting Scholar Lecture @ Virtual on Zoom
Feb 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Dr. Kathleen Bickford Berzock Visiting Scholar Lecture @ Virtual on Zoom

Dr. Kathleen Berzock | Wednesday, February 17 | Zoom Webinar | 6pm

Dr. Kathleen Berzock is the Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs, at the Block Museum, at Northwestern, specializing in African art. Her co-edited book (with Christa Clark) Representing Africa in American Art Museums: A Century of Collecting and Display (2010) chronicles more than a century of building and presenting collections of African art in the United States.

This event is additionally sponsored by the African American and African Studies Program and the Museum Studies Program.

This virtual event is free and open to the public please register to join using the link below:

https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_61OzIX-5RfWPD9DOryNOOw