Arts Weekend 2019 @ Grand Hotel
Jun 28 – Jun 30 all-day

Join us on Mackinac Island for a special weekend at one of the world’s finest hotels where you will enjoy private porch receptions, unique programming, fine gourmet dinners, and good company!

Activities Include:

  • Private porch receptions and gourmet dinners
  • An enjoyable evening of musical theatre with a performance by MSU Department of Theatre students
  • Guided tour of the Manoogian Art Collection
  • Sustainable Design: Fashion and Costume – Presentation by faculty from Apparel and Textile Design program and Department of Theatre – Rebecca Schuiling, Assistant Professor and Theatre Faculty
  • The Art of Snares to Wares – Laura Cloud, Associate Professor
Workshop: TBLT from Theory to Practice with Martin East @ B104 Wells Hall
Aug 30 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Please join us for a workshop on TBLT on Friday, August 30, 2019
Title:  Implementing Task-Based Language Teaching: From Theory to Practice, with Dr. Martin East, Professor, Auckland, New Zealand
9 AM to 11:30 AM, Wells Hall B104
Sign up required at this location:

Research Talk: The Teacher Variable in Task-based Language Teaching, with Dr. Martin East @ B342 Wells Hall
Aug 30 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Please join us for a research talk on on Friday, August 30, 2019 at noon. A light lunch will be served.

Title:  The Teacher Variable in Task-based Language Teaching (TBLT), with Dr. Martin East, Professor, Auckland, New Zealand
Noon to 12:45 PM, B342 Wells Hall

All are welcome!

The Spirit’s Cradle: Language, Identity and the Global Justice Debate @ Ernest Bessey Hall, room 105
Sep 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Discussions of global justice have tended to develop along the lines dictated by their Rawlsian provenance, with a focus on individual rights and resources, and a great deal of attention given to the limits of toleration, the redistribution of goods, and more recently, questions of environmental justice. The work of Van Parijs and De Schutter has explored what the latter has termed ‘global linguistic justice’, in particular with respect to the expansion of English as a lingua franca, but language and language death have largely been marginal to the wider debate. This paper therefore explores why and how that debate should be inflected, through an ethical examination of global politics on the linguistic plane. Beginning with Charles Taylor’s The Language Animal, and his arguments about the centrality of language to human life and identity, the philosophy of JR Jones is then analysed as a particular expression of these broader claims. Writing in 1960s Wales, he inspired the burgeoning Welsh language movement, particularly with his claims around the interpenetration (cydymdreiddiad) of language and land and its significance in the formation of peoples, and their continued existence. These claims around the deep, formative significance of language are then contrasted with the underlying assumptions about language in the debates around global justice and the political liberalism that informs them. Arguing against the possibility that such a liberal framework can assimilate these concerns, the final section posits Wales as a case study for examining the implications for the global justice debate when prioritizing the claims of ‘burdened linguistic peoples’ – thereby raising difficult issues around historical relations, race, land and the natural environment, often marginal to mainstream debates.

Dr Huw Lloyd Williams is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Cardiff University, Wales, UK, and a member of the research centre, Cardiff Law and Global Justice. Amongst his publications are the books, On Rawls, Development & Global Justice: The Freedom of Peoples (Palgrave MacMillan, 2011) and Global Justice: The Basics (Routledge, 2017), which is co-authored with Carl Death and interrogates the interface between theory and practice. He also publishes regularly in Welsh, including a book on Welsh intellectual history, Credoau’r Cymry (University of Wales Press, 2016), and a sequel, Adferiad y Meddwl Cymreig, due to be published in 2020. He has been involved in a number of groups as a political activist, including a 3 year long campaign for a Welsh language school in his home community of Grangetown, Cardiff, whilst he has recently taken up the inaugural post of Dean of the Welsh Language at the University. He is an affiliated lecturer with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, who have provided a grant for his visit.

Atul Bhalla Visiting Artist Lecture @ 105 S. Kedzie Hall
Sep 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Atul Bhalla Visiting Artist Lecture @ 105 S. Kedzie Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Atul Bhalla | Monday, September 16 | 105 S. Kedzie | 6pm

Atul Bhalla is a conceptual artist who uses photography, performance, video, sculpture, and installation to immerse himself in the physical, historical, spiritual, and political significance of water. Bhalla is a Professor in the Department of Art and Performance Art at Shiv Nadar University in India.

Building Community, Resisting Hate | A teach-in about white nationalism @ Club Spartan, Case Hall (3rd Floor)
Sep 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Building on their previous panel, held in anticipation of Richard Spencer’s impending campus visit, the Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel will continue our efforts to ‘build community and resist hate’ with a second panel on September 16th at 7pm in Club Spartan in Case Hall organized by Muslim Studies and the Serling Institute. Featuring representatives from academic units and communities across campus, the panel will highlight the dangers of white nationalism, the threats that these hate groups pose to our communities, and the importance of building community to resist these threats.

Broad Underground || Nostalgia for the Light @ Abrams Planetarium
Sep 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Nostalgia for the Light

7:00pm || Wednesday, September 18, 2019 || Abrams Planetarium
755 Science Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

Patricio Guzman’s 2010 documentary, Nostalgia for the Light, calls upon viewers to explore the aesthetics, ethics, and technologies of memorialization amidst and in the wake of oppressive regimes. Rooted in the arid ecology of the Atacama Desert—a celebrated site for cutting-edge astronomical research and archaeological survey—the film parses the similarities between astronomers’ search for deep human history among the stars and Chilean women’s search for “disappeared” loved ones in the desert’s parched earth. This screening and discussion of Nostalgia for the Lighttraces the ecosystem of people, landscapes, technologies, and politics that has shaped the memorialization of Augusto Pinochet’s victims. This event is offered in connection with “The Edge of Things: Dissident Art Under Repressive Regimes” on view at the MSU Broad through January 5, 2020.­

—Programmed by Scott Boehm & Shannon Schmoll

Broad Underground is an ongoing collaboration between the MSU Broad, Film Studies Program, and Department of English at MSU. This year’s partnering venue is The Robin Theatre in REO Town, Lansing, with special thanks to the Lansing Public Media Center.

Cosponsored by the MSU Comics Forum

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Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities Student Meet and Greet @ B342 Wells Hall
Sep 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities Student Meet and Greet @ B342 Wells Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Students currently in the GSAH major or minor, and any other student interested in Global Studies:

  • Learn about the degree options in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities.
  • Meet other students, the advisor, the program director, and faculty.
  • Meet comic book artists and authors John Jennings and Stacy Robinson.
  • Enjoy snacks and pick up MSU swag.

Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities has partnered with Professor Julian Chambliss who is bringing to MSU the creators of Black Kirby. John Jennings and Stacy Robinson will do a brief presentation on their work at the student meet and greet. Read about their visit to MSU here:

After the discussion with Jennings and Robinson, Kate Rendi, the GSAH student advisor, and Professor Salah Hassan, the GSAH Program Director, will lead an informal advising session on our Global Studies degrees.

This event is open to all students and faculty

Public Lecture, Black Kirby Now: Collaboration, Remix, and the Critical Black Imagination @ MSU Union Lake Huron Room
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In this dynamic presentation, artist-scholars John Jennings and Stacey Robinson will explore how the Afrofuturism lens has inspired a creative resistance that seeks to shape the future by recognizing the hidden cultural technology of the black past.