The Department of English MUSE Scholars Program presents a lecture by Dr. Omaris Z. Zamora, “Delectable Complicities From El Ni’ E: AfroLatinx Feminisms of Cardi B & La Bella Chanel.” Dr. Zamora is assistant professor of Afro-Latinx Studies at Rutgers University. Her book project, AfroLatina (Trance)formations: Poetics of Black Embodied Archives and Feminist Epistemologies, engages the theoretical formation of AfroLatina feminist epistemologies through an analysis of transnational Dominican women’s narratives in literature and performance. As a spoken-word poet she fuses her poetry with her scholarly work as a way of contributing to a black poetic approach to literature and cultural studies.
Please join us Thursday, October 17th at 4:30pm in Wells Hall room B243.
Speaker: Dr. Staci Perryman-Clark – Associate Professor, Department of English, Western Michigan University
Drawing from her research and experiences designing and building partnerships between WAC, faculty development, and diversity and inclusion programming, Perryman-Clark describes the ways in which such collaborations can forward the mission of the CCCC’s Students’ Right to Their Own Language Resolution, supporting enrollment and retention efforts while also enhancing diversity and inclusion initiatives at the institutional level.
Speaker: Dr. Felix Kronenburg
The basic blueprint of the physical classroom has not
changed all that much in over a century, even as new
teaching methods and approaches, new technologies,
and new interdisciplinary insights into better ways to
support learning have greatly advanced during that same
timeframe. Do we still need physical learning spaces in
this age of ubiquitous computing? If we do, how can we
design and build them so that they will be able to adapt
to new educational transformations? Dr. Kronenberg
will give insights into and solutions from the new
interdisciplinary field of learning space design.
The MSU Museum’s new “Science On a Sphere” gallery offers exciting opportunities for innovative teaching, research, and artistic creation. Developed by scientists in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Science On a Sphere allows for the animated visualization of complex datasets in three dimensions, projected on a globe that simulates a planetary body rotating in space. Through integrated data streams–drawn from NOAA and NASA remote sensing platforms and research programs the world over–users can globally envision a vast range of geophysical, environmental, public health, and socioeconomic phenomena.
This workshop explores the Sphere’s pedagogic possibilities for inquiry-based learning, including integrating hands- on observation of scientific specimens and cultural artifacts, student re-interpretation of big data, faculty-studentcollaborative authoring of original immersive visualizations for projection on the sphere, and the development
of game-style simulations of environmental, economic, and historical dynamics. We will also explore potential affordances of the Sphere in promoting scholarly inquiry in evolutionary theory and climate modeling, as well as the system’s possible uses as a digital canvas for new works of art, performance, and story-telling.
Speaker: Christina Boyles – Assistant Professor of Culturally-engaged Digital Humanities
Nearly two years have passed since Hurricane María made landfall in Puerto Rico, yet its effects are still reeling through the islands. Rather than assisting with recovery, government agencies are engaging in what I term climatizing surveillance—mechanisms developed to both disempower Puerto Ricans and to ensure valuable resources remain in the hands of the wealthy elite. At its core, this enterprise seeks the erasure of marginalized peoples and their claims to commonly held lands and resources. This presentation will discuss how these processes operate in Puerto Rico, highlight their broader implications for a climate-stricken world, and outline strategies for resistance.
Ed Tech Brown Bag #1: Speed Dating
Wed., Feb 5. 12:00-1:00pm. Wells Hall B342
ELC Ed Tech Specialist Austin Kaufmann will give a 2-minute Speed Dating pitch for each of his Ten Most Frequently Used Ed Tech Tools. Participants will note down which tools they are most interested in, and based on their top choices, Austin will create a semester schedule for smaller group trainings. (Feel free to bring your lunch!)
Dr. Margot B. Valles
Dr. Dov-Ber Kerler, Dr. Jack Kugelmass and Dr. Eli Rosenblatt
Dr. Margot B. Valles (MSU) will chair a panel bringing together three scholars of Yiddish who are 2019-2020 Frankel Institute Fellows exploring the theme of “Yiddish Matters” at the University of Michigan. Dr. Dov-Ber Kerler (Dr. Alice Field Cohn Chair in Yiddish Studies at Indiana University) is a contemporary Yiddish poet and ethnographer who is currently exploring the relationship between Yiddish poetry and the status of Yiddish today. Dr. Jack Kugelmass (Professor of Anthropology and the Melton Legislative Professor at the University of Florida) is a cultural anthropologist who studies Jewish identity and ethnography, particularly through travel narratives. Dr. Eli Rosenblatt (Northwestern University) works on racial politics and Ashkenazi identity through Yiddish literature. Together the panelists will explore Yiddish writing and culture in diverse contexts.
Father Patrick Desbois
Meticulous Nazi records of Jews killed in the death camps identify fewer than half of the Holocaust’s victims. When, where and how were the other victims killed? Father Patrick Desbois, Founder and President of Yahad – In Unum and Braman Endowed Professor of the Practice of the Forensic Study of the Holocaust at the Center for Jewish Civilization of Georgetown University, has sought and found the answers to these questions.
In 2004, he founded Yahad – In Unum (“Together in One”) whose original charter was documenting the evidence of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe. By studying the archives and interviewing the eyewitnesses to the 75-year-old crime of the Holocaust, Father Desbois and his team were able to shed light on a forgotten mechanism in Hitler’s killing machine – the Einsatzgruppen, mobile killing squads that rounded up Jews by the thousands and shot them dead in towns and villages across Eastern Europe.
Yahad-In Unum’s relentless study and research into the “Holocaust by Bullets” has revealed chilling parallels between the Nazi atrocities and those committed today by ISIS – particularly in its murder and enslavement of Yazidis. For the last several years, Father Desbois and his team have been gathering testimony from the survivors of those crimes in Northern Iraq. They have also established centers for children and women in refugee camps to help former captives’ transition back into society.