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Nov
5
Thu
HIVES: Eli Clare
Nov 5 – Nov 6 all-day
HIVES: Eli Clare

Eli Clare will be leading several events for the HIVES Research Workshop and Speaker Series on the topic of disability studies, animal studies, and popular culture. White, disabled, and genderqueer, Eli Clare lives near Lake Champlain in occupied Abenaki territory (currently known as Vermont) where he writes and proudly claims a penchant for rabble-rousing. He has written two books of creative non-fiction, Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure and Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation.

Exploring Brilliant Imperfection, Writing About Bodymind Difference, November 5 @ 10:00am EST

Using storytelling, brainstorming, and free writing, Eli Clare will lead us through ways of writing and thinking about all kinds of bodymind difference. In collaboration with MSU’s Writing, Rhetoric, and American Culture Department and the MSU Writing Center.

Click on the link to RSVP for the workshop (Note, while all HIVES events are open to the public, priority will be given to MSU students in the event of the event reaching capacity)

The Intersection of Queerness & Disability Workshop, November 5 @ 2:00PM EST

What are the connections among ableism, homophobia, and transphobia? How do issues around queer disability identities fit into a broader intersectional social justice framework? Join Eli Clare for a facilitated dialogue! In collaboration with the Feminisms, Genders, and Sexualities Workshop.

Click on the link to RSVP for the workshop (Note, while all HIVES events are open to the public, priority will be given to MSU students in the event of the event reaching capacity)

Eli Clare Keynote, “Notes on Cure, Disability, & Natural Worlds,” November 6, 4:00PM EST

Eli Clare is presenting his keynote, “Notes on Cure, Disability, & Natural Worlds” for the HIVES Research Workshop and Speaker Series on the topic of disability studies, animal studies, and popular culture.

Click on the link to RSVP for the keynote. This event is open to the public.

Nov
6
Fri
East Lansing Startup Weekend — November
Nov 6 @ 1:00 pm – Nov 7 @ 10:00 pm
East Lansing Startup Weekend — November

In a short 30 hours, East Lansing Startup Weekend introduces you to the entrepreneurial mindset, delivering intense, hands-on experiential training. Participants will receive real-world validation, direct mentorship & coaching, and acquire the necessary skills to build a scalable venture that solves real problems.

Why Should I Get Involved?

  • join Techstars — the largest entrepreneurial network in the world
  • meet entrepreneurs, mentors, alumni, & investors in your local community
  • get access to resources and connections such as workshops, remote mentoring, and live sessions with entrepreneurial-skilled staff & student organizations
  • leverage the talents of experts from many different professional backgrounds
  • test your ideas, skills, & passion in a fun and supportive environment
  • complete one of your High-Impact Entrepreneurship & Innovation minor experiences
  • have the chance to receive exclusive perks & prizes from the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Michigan State University

East Lansing Startup Weekend is offered to Michigan State University students twice a semester. For the 2020 – 21 Academic Year, East Lansing Startup Weekend is offered:

To access more information about the East Lansing Startup Weekend schedule, FAQ, sponsors, featured mentors & judges, please visit eship.msu.edu/startup-weekend.

For any further questions, please email eastlansing@startupweekend.org.

Get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/east-lansing-startup-weekend-november-tickets-112498744774

Nov
7
Sat
Classes with CAL | All Arts & Letters staff and faculty retirees, friends, and family are welcome! @ zoom webinar
Nov 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Classes With CAL (College of Arts & Letters)

An MSU experience unlike any other and isn’t just for College of Arts & Letters staff and faculty retirees.  All MSU alumni, friends and friends are welcome! 

Attend special classes taught by College of Arts & Letters faculty, get an insider’s look at MSU’s Arts & Letters research and education, and meet fellow alumni, faculty and students.  

No.2 pencil and bluebook not required!   

 This year’s activities will be all online, allowing remote access to anyone anywhere.   Use the registration link to sign up today and get your zoom link and password.  A reminder with the link and password will be sent out to you an hour before things begin on November 7th. 

Program includes 5 featured talks and a Student Spotlight  

 10:00- 10:10 AM   Welcome– Sonja Fritzsche, Associate Dean of Academic Personnel and Administration, College of Arts & Letters

 10:10 – 10:35 AM  Talk #1  Why Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Matter 

By Jonathan Choti, PhD, Professor of African Languages Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) have become universal values in our society today. In my talk, I will define and discuss the relevance of DEI in university teaching, with reference to my language and African cultures classes. I teach Swahili language, an IAH course, and lead a 6-week education abroad program to Tanzania known as Sustainable Community Development. My IAH class focuses on African cultures, languages, and literature. In my teaching, I find it necessary to embrace a wide definition of diversity that includes (but not limited to) race, color, ethnicity, nationality, thought, religion, socio-economic status, academic discipline, career, marital status, language, age, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, employment status, and learning styles. Diversity reminds me that differences among professors and students (people) is a strength to be exploited, not a weakness to deprecate. I embrace the tenet of equity to guarantee fair treatment, access to opportunities, and progress for all students while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that normally prevent the full participation of some students or groups. With equity in mind, I strive to understand my students, accommodate different viewpoints, assist slow learners, accept learner differences, and inculcate confidence in all students. To align my teaching to the principle of inclusion, I genuinely bring traditionally or situationally excluded students and groups into the learning process and classroom decision-making activities in a way that shares power and ensures equal participation and access to opportunities and learning resources. I strive to give every student an opportunity to air his or her views through question/answer sessions, one-on-one sessions, reflections, and individual and group presentations. The education abroad program I lead to Tanzania is an excellent opportunity to try out the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. 

    

10: 35- 11:00 AM Talk #2 Innovations in Modern Choreography: Intimacy for the Stage

by Alexis Black, Assistant Professor of Movement, Department of Theatre

Intimacy Directors and Coordinators is an organization pioneering the best practices for performed intimacy, simulated sex and nudity for theatre, live performance, tv and film. The team is comprised of the professionals who were critical to the creation of the fields of Intimacy Direction for Theatre, TV and Film, creating what are now the accepted standards across the industry. Assistant Professor Alexis Black is one of 30 professionals in the world certified as an Intimacy Director for the stage with IDC. This presentation will include a brief history outlining the creation of the movement of intimacy direction, and it’s foundation in “The Pillars”; 5 elements used to create compelling physical storytelling within intimate scenes for the theatre while maintaining the physical and psychological safety of all involved. 

 

00- 11:25 AM Talk #3 Seeing Is Believing: The Curious Case of the Contested Image of Elvira Eliza Field 

by Dr. Amy DeRogatis, Professor of religion and American culture, Dept. of Religious Studies

daguerreotype of Elvira Eliza Field

In this talk Prof. DeRogatis will discuss the daguerreotype of Elvira Eliza Field, first plural wife of the Mormon prophet James Jesse Strange, who cross-dressed as Charles J. Douglass for six months. Elvira Field was a young Mormon girl from Michigan who secretly married Strange on July 13, 1849. Dressed as his fictitious nephew, Charley Douglass, she served as his personal secretary during an east coast mission. No one denies that Field dressed as Douglass, but recently at least one scholar has questioned if this image is legitimate. In this lecture, the image serves as an entryway into the fascinating religious movement that culminated in the crowning of a Mormon king—the proclaimed true successor of prophet Joseph Smith—on Beaver Island, Michigan. Strang’s story is rich with golden plates, angel visitations, visions, secret rituals, new scripture, plural marriage, political intrigue, and scrappy fights with Brigham Young. The presentation will address the artifact, the interpretation of it, and the role that both image and interpreter play in the stories we tell about religion and American culture.

11:25- 11:35 Break for refreshments 

 11:35- 12:00 Talk #4 Babylon Revisited: History, Memory, and Forgetting in Psalm 137

by Dr. David Stowe, Professor, Department of Religious Studies

 

Before COVID-19, ours has been called the Age of the Refugee. No text has spoken of exile and displacement more compellingly than Psalm 137, which begins: By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. For many centuries this short Hebrew poem has been a cultural touchstone for music and religion across the Atlantic world and beyond. This interdisciplinary talk demonstrates the psalm’s enduring place in popular culture. 

12:00- 12:25 Talk #5 Archive of Malian PhotographySupporting the Preservation & Accessibility of Photographic Archives in Mali, West Africa

by Dr. Candace Keller, PhD  Associate Professor of African Art

Since 2009, the Archive of Malian Photography (AMP)—a collaborative partnership of archival custodians, photographers, students, and scholars from diverse fields—has been preserving, digitizing, cataloging, andrenderinggloballyaccessible128,000+ photographic negatives from the archives of important photographers in Mali, including MamadouCisséAdamaKouyatéAbdourahmaneSakalyMalickSidibé, and Tijani SitouRecording local aesthetic practices and innovations, methods of identity construction and preservation, and cultural and political transformations during the twentieth centurythese primary sources make significant contributions to global histories of photography as well as to multidisciplinary studies of western Africa.This presentation will provide an overview of the project and discuss the primary ethical and practical challenges that AMP has tried to address over the past ten years.

12:25- 12:50 CAL Student Spotlight 

 12:50- 1:00 Thank you– Rob Roznowski, Professor of Acting, Head of Acting and Directing, Theatre Department

Nov
9
Mon
Excel Network Careers in Language Week – Alumni Panel on Careers in International Education
Nov 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

Register here: https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/604485

GSA – The Best Careers Paths You Never Hear About With The Federal Government!
Nov 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
GSA - The Best Careers Paths You Never Hear About With The Federal Government!

Impact the lives of millions across the country by pursuing a career with the United States Federal Government. The federal government is the largest employer in Chicago (roughly 55,000). They offer countless career paths that will match up with not only your interests, skills and education, but more importantly your aspirations to wake up everyday knowing that your work is influencing the world all around us!

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) helps to ensure that federal, state and local governments have the support they need to carry out their missions, as well as support the efforts of small businesses across the country and in your community. From all things related to real estate – including workplace construction, design, management, leasing and preservation – to the implementation of new technologies and the awarding of federal contracts for providing supplies, equipment and services to the government, GSA’s presence is unlike any other agency.

Register here: https://uic.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqdOmtqTorGdH11-KESDBT6rt2huiavF2L

Excel Network Careers in Language Week – Employer Visit with CAPA (International Education)
Nov 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Excel Network Careers in Language Week - Employer Visit with CAPA (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 employer visit, with CAPA, a global studies provider, will help students understand one facet of opportunities in international education.

Register here: https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/604465

JMC | Career Conversation Series: Careers in Public Health
Nov 9 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
JMC | Career Conversation Series: Careers in Public Health

Join us for the second installment of this year’s (virtual) Career Conversation Series with a discussion about careers in public health.

We’ll host a group of Madison graduates for a robust conversation about what it’s like to work in the public health arena (how they got their start, what it’s like in the midst of a global pandemic, and what advice they’d offer to folks interested in entering the space).

Come with questions (even those tough ones you’ve never asked before!) and expect an engaging conversation. Special guests include:

Felicia Eshragh: Program Manger for the Flint Registry

Alexander Plum: Director, Clinical & Social Health Integration for Henry Ford Health System

Lindsey Schnell: Community Health Worker, Northwest Michigan Health Services (Former Community Health Promoter for Peace Corps)

Register here: https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/573579

Nov
10
Tue
CSN Fall Series | Inclusive Employers and Where to Find Them
Nov 10 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
CSN Fall Series | Inclusive Employers and Where to Find Them

How do you determine if a workplace is a good environment for you to be your authentic self? Learn how to identify employers who have great practices in supporting equity and inclusion and find environments that will help you thrive.

For the link and password to this webinar, please RSVP for the event here: https://msu.joinhandshake.com/events/540397

Excel Network Careers in Language Week – Employer Visit with TechSmith
Nov 10 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Excel Network Careers in Language Week - Employer Visit with TechSmith

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 employer visit, with TechSmith, a software company, will help students understand one facet of how language skills can intersect with careers in technology.

Register here: https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/604469

DCFS: Understanding the Hiring Process
Nov 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
DCFS: Understanding the Hiring Process

Come and learn about navigating the application process for exciting careers with the State of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services!

Register here: https://uic.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcldOmqqT4pGdfpUCeV-R98RQTf_dqimC0F