Exploring Careers in Health: Navigating health professions during the COVID-19 pandemic
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Exploring Careers in Health: Navigating health professions during the COVID-19 pandemic

Join us for short presentations from Spartan alumni working in a variety of health professions, followed by a Q&A session. Ask the experts about what it’s like to be a health professional during the COVID-19 pandemic.

RSVP to register for this virtual event to receive Zoom login information via email.

Digital Humanities Distinguished Lecture: Victoria Szabo, “The Virtual in the Digital: Post-DH Approaches to Collaborative Scholarly Practice” @ Zoom
Oct 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Digital Humanities Distinguished Lecture: Victoria Szabo, "The Virtual in the Digital: Post-DH Approaches to Collaborative Scholarly Practice" @ Zoom

Digital Humanities at MSU (DH@MSU) presents an annual Distinguished Lecture to the community, in which a speaker from off campus showcases their work. For 2020, the Distinguished Lecture is presented by Victoria Szabo, Research Professor of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, Duke University, on “The Virtual in the Digital: Post-DH Approaches to Collaborative Scholarly Practice.”

Registration is required at:

Finding a Summer Research Opportunity
Oct 6 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Finding a Summer Research Opportunity

There are a variety of summer opportunities available for students. Programs are hosted by colleges and universities around the United States and the world. They provide an intensive research experience on a particular topic within a scholarly discipline. For undergraduates with plans for graduate or professional school after MSU, summer research provides the opportunity to expand your professional network and acquire experience in an area of interest. In this workshop, you will learn more about summer research, the benefits of participation, and effective search strategies, including how to find and apply for opportunities.

Register in advance for this meeting.

Learn more and register here:

Keeping the Door Open to Israeli-Palestinian Peace @ Zoom
Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Panel on “Keeping the Door Open to Israeli-Palestinian Peace,” moderated by Yael Aronoff with Ghaith Al-Omari, Daniel C. Kurtzer, David Makovsky and Saliba Sarsar

Tuesday, October 6th at 7pm Register here

Ghaith al-Omari
“Small Steps Towards a
Big Goal: Preserving the Two-State Solution in Times of Profound Change”
Ghaith al-Omari, Esq. argues that the Two-State Solution remains the only
option for resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in a way that meets both people’s national aspirations. The talk will examine ways to preserve the future viability of a two-state solution.
Ghaith al-Omari, Senior Fellow in The Washington Institute’s Irwin Levy Family Program on the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship, is the former Executive Director of the American Task Force on Palestine. He served as Advisor to the Negotiating Team during the 1999–2001 Permanent-Status Talks in addition to holding various other positions within the Palestinian Authority.


Daniel C. Kurtzer
“Top-Down, Bottom-Up, Inside-Out, Outside-In: Which Way to Israeli-Palestinian peace?”
The old formula for trying to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians has not worked, and consideration is now being given to new, single-focus paradigms. There is a need for a comprehensive, multi-layered approach, driven by determined leaders.
Daniel C. Kurtzer is the S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs. During a 29-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Ambassador Kurtzer served as the United States Ambassador to Israel and as the United States Ambassador to Egypt. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research.


David Makovsky
“Bridge or Bypass Road? How Do Peace Moves between Arab States and Israel Challenge the Way We Think about the Palestinian Issue?”
The Arab Peace Initiative of 2003 was predicated on the view that the best way to provide leverage to the Palestinians was to forestall Arab-Israel peacemaking until after Palestinian demands had been met. Yet, the shifting sands in the Middle East where countries are concerned about destabilization have caused a rethink of the classic paradigm. Can the Emirati-Israeli diplomatic breakthrough change the approach and lead to better results in the Israeli-Palestinian arena?
David Makovsky is the Ziegler Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Director of the Project on Arab-Israel Relations. He is also an adjunct professor in Middle East Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). In 2013-2014, he worked in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of State, serving as a senior advisor to the Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations.



Dr. Saliba Sarsar
“Finding Common Ground to Move Toward Peace”
Israelis and Palestinians have no choice but to keep the door open to peace. The path – our path — will remain challenged and challenging unless we overcome our fear of the other, our fear of the unknown that seems to dominate the best of us. Our obsession with power, resources, and retaliation has taken hold of our soul and twisted our being. Peace is born by preparing for it. The responsibility and credit for peace rest with all of us.
Dr. Saliba Sarsar, born and raised in Jerusalem, is Professor of Political Science at Monmouth University. His teaching and scholarly interests focus on the Middle East, Palestinian-Israeli affairs, Jerusalem, and peacebuilding. He is the author of Peacebuilding in Israeli-Palestinian Relations (2020) and Jerusalem: The Home in Our Hearts (2018). His most recent edited book is What Jerusalem Means to Us: Christian Perspectives and Reflections (2018).

Careers in Business for non-Business Majors
Oct 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Careers in Business for non-Business Majors
Not every job in business requires a business degree. In fact, many organizations are looking for students from ALL majors. Join us for a panel with successful Spartan alumni working in the business field who did not major in business, followed by a Q&A session.
Virtual Lunch and Learn & Best Practices in Teaching @ Online Event
Oct 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Virtual Lunch and Learn & Best Practices in Teaching @ Online Event

In bi-weekly Virtual Lunch and Learn & Best Practices in Teaching gatherings Graduate Teaching Assistants share their knowledge about teaching, teaching and technology tools as well as discuss research of teaching, book chapters relevant to work in an instructional setting. Anyone interested in these topics can join these meetings.

If you would like to attend and do not have the Zoom passcode, view the website listed above or email the event organizer listed above to ask for the passcode.
Mystical Phenomena in Modern Catholicism: An Illustrated Talk
Oct 8 @ 7:30 pm

Mystical Phenomena in Modern Catholicism: An Illustrated Talk
with Prof. Paula Kane, Endowed Chair of Contemporary Catholic Studies

Thursday, October 8th, 7:30pm

Among the more unusual elements of Catholic mysticism is the tradition of stigmata, chosen persons who are marked supernaturally with the wounds of the crucified Christ. The lecture will address the case of an American stigmatic of the early twentieth century and the political uses made of such events for a Catholic population trying to adapt to American society.

Please register for the Zoom event:

Graduate School Write-In @ Online Event
Oct 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Graduate School Write-In @ Online Event

Graduate School Write-Ins are co-sponsored by the Graduate School and The Writing Center @ MSU. The write-ins are hosted and facilitated to provide writers with an opportunity to write in a shared writing space where other writers are present, and a writing center consultant/staff member is present to provide consultations for writers who would like to have a consultation appointment during the session.

Along with this, the write-ins provide an opportunity for facilitators to promote and share information about upcoming events hosted by the Graduate School, Writing Center, and other campus partners such as the University Outreach and Engagement Office and to provide resources and information that can be used to form graduate writing groups, have writing center appointments or attend workshops (provided by the Graduate School) cater to graduate students based on goals they may share during the write in.

Other dates in this series:

November 6

7th Annual Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference Online @ Online Event
Oct 9 @ 12:30 pm – Oct 11 @ 2:31 am
7th Annual Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference Online @ Online Event

About this Event

This conference is for: program directors and administrators of community-based heritage language schools; members of the language communities involved in these schools; and directors and leaders in public, private, and charter schools who are interested in working with community-based heritage language schools.

The goals of the conference are to:

  • Build partnerships among and across community-based heritage language schools and determine arenas for future action
  • Help schools create, strengthen, and build their school structures and activities
  • Clarify the importance of community-based heritage language schools in the United States and in the lives of language communities in this country
  • Develop information about community-based heritage language schools through a national survey of schools
  • Share and make available resources that will be helpful to schools

Before attending the conference, please prepare by doing the following:

1. Watch videos from the six panelists (for the session on October 9 at 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.) and videos from the two speakers (for the session on October 10 at 9:30-10:00 a.m.), where they describe how their organization and their work are connected with and committed to community-based heritage language schools, the resources they have that are helpful for those of us working in those schools, and what we can learn from them. All videos are posted in this YouTube playlist.

2. Then please submit your questions for the panelists and the speakers (either to a specific panelist or speaker or a more general question), using this Google Form by October 1. We will send the questions to the panelists and speakers before their sessions and they will answer them there.

For more details about the conference schedule, please visit the conference website.

The 2020 Community-Based Heritage Language Schools Conference Online is hosted as a collaboration between the American University Institute for Innovation in Education (IIE) and the Coalition of Community-Based Heritage Language Schools.

We are grateful to our conference sponsors:

And to our conference partners:

Please email with questions.

Excel Network Careers in Language Week – Alumni Panel on Careers in International Education
Oct 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Excel Network Careers in Language Week - Alumni Panel on Careers in International Education
Careers in Language Week is a series of week-long events intended to help students explore career fields that are possible with a language degree.
This webinar will provide a variety of perspectives from alumni panelists who are working in International Education, including:
     – an academic librarian at a university in Montreal
     – an employee in the Office of Education Abroad at MSU
     – an exchange coordinator for government programs