A screening of The Magnificent Seven (1960) will be happening at the Downtown Lansing branch of the Capital Area District Libraries on March 20th.
Film Summary: A Mexican village is at the mercy of Calvera, the leader of a band of outlaws. The townspeople, too afraid to fight for themselves, hire seven American gunslingers to free them from the bandits’ raids. The professional gunmen train the villagers to defend themselves, then plan a trap for the evil Calvera.
Presenter: Alissa Cohen
This workshop will explore some of the challenges of promoting language study among American school children and look at the CeLTA Fellowship project I conducted this year to address some of these challenges. I will provide an overview of a language exploration club that was designed to introduce students at East Lansing’s MacDonald Middle School to the study of foreign languages in general and, more specifically, to the languages offered at the school, French, German, and Spanish. The goal of the project was twofold: To promote foreign language study by middle schoolers and to promote service learning and teaching practice by MSU students in the fields of language learning and teaching. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to review and evaluate the structure, materials, and outcomes of the program and contribute to the revision process, with an ultimate goal of encouraging greater future participation among the middle schoolers and MSU student teacher volunteers and to create contacts and collaborations across the many MSU units involved in promoting language teaching and learning.
If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing twice: Doing replication research
Join us for a workshop on replication research!
Dr. Graeme Porte from the University of Granada will lead us through a workshop on why replication research is important, and more importantly, how to do it well.
Sponsored by Second Language Studies
Michigan State University
Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 3-6pm
A222 Wells Hall
Everyone is invited. See the flyer/abstract for his talk here: http://sls.msu.edu/files/4715/0611/3851/PorteWorkshop.pdf
Featuring Dr. Ridley
Dr. Ridley will reflect on the interconnections and long history of jazz music and protest. In particular, he will examine the many connections between jazz and protest during the Civil Rights movement, and will talk about his collaborations with musicians committed to African American freedom and American democracy. Dr. Ridley will also discuss his role as an educator and the benefits of jazz education to the arts and American society.
(Nalan Kumarasamy, 2013)
Presented by Amrutha Kanapulli
Two unemployed young men meet a rather fringe character called Das. Das is essentially a courteous kidnapper. If he had any wealth, he could be called a gentleman kidnapper. And it’s the three trying to pull a high profile kidnapping, but other characters come in to mess it up. All the while, they’re being chased by a mute cop who’s very good at what he does. The movie features several great character actors from the industry and insane music.
Professor Thomas Reydon, Institute of Philosophy, Centre for Ethics and Philosophy of Science (CEPS) & Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS), Leibniz Universität Hannover
How far do evolutionary explanations reach?
The notion of evolution is often used in an overly loose sense. Besides biological evolution, there i stalk of the evolution of societies, cities, languages, firms, industries, economies, technical artifacts, car models, clothing fashions, science, the universe, and so on. While in some cases the no%on of evolution is used in a metaphorical way, in other cases it is meant more literally. But exactly how much can be explained by applying an evolutionary framework to cases outside the biological realm? Can applications of evolutionary theory outside biology have a similar explanatory force as in biology? Proponents of so-called “Generalized Darwinism” think it can. I will critically examine this view by treating it as a ques%on about the metaphysics of evolutionary phenomena: To what extent do such different processes of change instan%ate the same kind of process? I will explore this question by looking at some of the conceptual requirements for generalized versions of evolutionary theory to have explanatory force in a particular domain of investigation. Because having good explanations of phenomena under study is crucial for our ability to predict and control them, this is not merely an issue of theoretical interest in the philosophy of science – it has real consequences for society and human life too.
Pedagogy/Writing Workshop: Submitting to Conferences / Preparing the Conference Paper Abstract / Organizing Panels
Wells Hall A-108
Beauty and the Glitch
7pm • Friday, March 23, 2018 • Robin Theatre, 1105 S Washington Ave, Lansing
Beauty and the Glitch celebrates contemporary digital animation’s power to confound, provoke, and mesmerize. From the hypnotic neural landscapes of Munro Ferguson’s Minotaur (2014) to the deeply personal low-poly anguish of David OReilly’s Please Say Something (2009), this program seeks to unleash the beauty of the glitch in all its ever-morphing refractions. The pulsating poetry of The Waves (Marta di Francesco, 2016) meets the convulsive viscerality of Ryan (Chris Landreth, 2004) and the cacophonous dreamwork of The Sun Like a Big Dark Animal (Christina Felisgrau and Ronnie Rivera, 2014). Digital disruptions entwine, tangle, and branch off of each other in a latticework of stunning imperfection.
—Programmed by Misha Mihailova
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.