Online Lecture–Mercenaries and Missionaries: When Global Capitalism Meets Global Catholicism @ Online event
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Online Lecture--Mercenaries and Missionaries: When Global Capitalism Meets Global Catholicism @ Online event

American Catholic Thought and Culture Endowed Lecture

Guest Speaker: Brandon Vaidyanathan, Ph.D


Mercenaries and Missionaries: When Global Capitalism Meets Global Catholicism

What happens when new cultures of capitalism and Christianity spread to rapidly globalizing contexts? Drawing on 200 interviews and 12 months of participant observation in Bangalore and Dubai, Brandon Vaidyanathan uncovers a curious symbiosis between the apprehensive individualism of global corporations and the therapeutic individualism of Charismatic Catholicism. He identifies three mechanisms underlying these modes of individualism, and discusses how they help us understand the power of culture in the context of global Catholicism.

This FREE online webinar will include opportunities for questions and answers.

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This event is hosted by the College of Arts & Letters Department of Religious Studies, St. Thomas Aquinas parish and St. John Church and Student Center of East Lansing.

2 Day Venture: Health Innovation @ Edward J. Minskoff Pavilion
Oct 8 – Oct 9 all-day
2 Day Venture: Health Innovation @ Edward J. Minskoff Pavilion | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

2 Day Venture (2DV) is a hands-on learning experience for Spartans, regardless of home college, major, or background. Each event offers unbeatable entrepreneurial education resources & opportunities to explore how to turn an idea into a venture. In just 36 hours, go from small-group collaboration to idea fruition. By the end of Day 2, each team pitches their venture idea to a group of judges for a chance to win $500 in seed funding! 2DV encourages students of all majors, skillsets, & experience levels to embrace the entrepreneurial mindset. For students enrolled in the Minor in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, 2DV qualifies as a required high-impact experience toward the Minor.

No Idea? No Problem!

Students don’t have to have a venture idea to participate in 2DV! Before the event, students will have an opportunity to choose which venture idea they like the most & can join their team! 2 Day Venture is designed for Spartans to create & build a new venture with a team, not by themselves.

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Internet/Intelligent/IT Industry in China
Oct 8 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Internet/Intelligent/IT Industry in China

U.S. EST: Oct 8th, Friday, 8:30am-9:30am

China Time: Oct 8th, Friday, 8:30pm-9:30pm

The myths about the Internet/Intelligent/IT industry: entry requirements of skills? The long-term potential? The new trends? Alumni are here to answer your questions.


Ying Zhan

– 04’ Advertising and Communications Alumna.

– Director of Strategy & Industry Development, JD Property at JD.COM.

– 20+ -year experience in IT and Consulting companies .

– Prior to join JD.COM, worked as the Strategy Director for Asia Pacific and Japan region for HP at Hewlett Packard Inc and worked at IBM as the Managing Consultant for more than 11 years.

Haoyun (Halloween) Liang

– 16’ Psychology & 18’ Human Resources and Labor Relations Alumnus.

– Recruiting Operations Manager at

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The Jonathan Netanyahu Symposium on Antisemitism
Oct 8 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Jonathan Netanyahu Symposium on Antisemitism @ East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Symposium on Antisemitism

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Message from President Stanley

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Jabbar Bennett will introduce the Symposium

Panel 1: 10:00am-12:00pm “Antisemitism: Past and Present Permutations”

David Nirenberg – “Does Anti-Judaism’s Past Tell Us Anything About Its Future?”
Anti-Judaism and Anti-Semitism have a long history. How can the study of that history help us to understand the present, and what can it offer the future?

David Nirenberg is Dean of The Divinity School and Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, where he has also served as Dean of the Social Sciences and Executive Vice Provost. Much of his research focuses on the ways in which Jewish, Christian, and Islamic cultures constitute themselves by relating to or thinking about each other. His prize-winning books include Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages, and Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition, and Neighboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism Medieval and Modern. His most recent book, written in collaboration with a mathematician, is Uncountable: A Philosophical History of Number and Humanity from Antiquity to the Present. He is currently at work on a World History of Race and Religion in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Eric Ward – “Skin in the Game: How Antisemitism Animates White Nationalism”
Where do we currently stand in relation to the nation’s reckoning with the issues of race, white privilege and inequality, and what stake do we have in this process? Eric K. Ward, Executive Director of Western States Center, will discuss the historical contexts, current challenges and future possibilities that together reflect the connections between antisemitism and white nationalist ideology in the United States.

Eric K. Ward is a nationally-recognized expert on the relationship between authoritarian movements, hate violence, and preserving inclusive democracy. In his 30+ year civil rights career, he has worked with community groups, government and business leaders, human rights advocates, and philanthropy as an organizer, director, program officer, consultant, and board member. The recipient of the Peabody-Facebook Futures Media Award, Eric’s widely quoted writings and speeches are credited with key narrative shifts. He currently serves as Executive Director of Western States Center, Senior Fellow with Southern Poverty Law Center and Race Forward, and Co-Chair for The Proteus Fund.

David Schraub – “White Jews: An Intersectional Approach”
The application of both “intersectionality” and “whiteness” to American Jews is controversial within many segments of the Jewish community. However, I suggest that an intersectional approach offers the best way of understanding the dynamic relationship between Jewishness and Whiteness, and can help illuminate elements of the Jewish experience that would otherwise remain obscure. Resisting simplistic conclusions that Jews uncomplicatedly either are or are not “White,” my core claim is that Whiteness and Jewishness in combination function in ways that are not necessarily grasped if one atomizes the identities and holds them apart. What Whiteness “does” to Jewishness is act as an accelerant for certain forms of antisemitic marginalization even as it ratifies a racialized hierarchy within the Jewish community. Absent an intersectional vantage, many political projects and controversies surrounding Jewish equality will be systematically misunderstood.

David Schraub is an Assistant Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark Law School, where he teaches courses on constitutional law and anti-discrimination law. He previously taught at DePaul University, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Illinois. David has published extensively on the subjects of antisemitism and anti-discrimination more broadly in both academic and popular outlets, such as the California Law Review, the American Political Science Review, and the Association of Jewish Studies (AJS) Review, as well as The Atlantic, The Jewish Daily Forward, and Haaretz. He holds a B.A. from Carleton College, a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, and a Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley.

Panel 2: 1:00pm-3:00pm “Antisemitism and the Campus Climate”

Saba Soomekh – “From the Classroom to the Quad: The Rise of Antisemitism and a Hostile Campus Climate”
Dr. Soomekh will discuss the many challenges Jewish and pro-Israel students deal with regarding the rise of antisemitism on campus and in the classroom. She will discuss how we can support Jewish students and their allies in order to build a secure and positive campus environment and empower campus leaders to strengthen their Jewish community’s position within the larger university. Finally, Dr. Soomekh will specifically address the antisemitism Iranian and other Mizrahi Jews experience in America and their Ashkenormative experience on campus.

Dr. Saba Soomekh is the Associate Director at the American Jewish Committee-Los Angeles and a lecturer at The Academy for Jewish Religion-CA, where she teaches Religious Studies and Middle Eastern History courses. Dr. Soomekh teaches and writes extensively on World Religions, Women and Religion, intersectionality and its impact on the Jewish community, and the geo-politics of the Middle East. She is a participant in the 2021 Fellows Program at King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), and was a Scholar-in-Residence at Oxford University with the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy. Professor Soomekh is the editor of the book Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews in America and the author of the book From the Shahs to Los Angeles: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women between Religion and Culture.

Cary Nelson – “The Academic Mandate for Antisemitism”
Anti-Zionist beliefs have become institutionalized in a number of humanities and social science departments. As a consequence, the guard rails that blocked or discouraged their faculty from drifting from anti-Zionism to antisemitism have disintegrated. Teaching about contemporary antisemitism should therefore confront current faculty practices.

Cary Nelson is Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts & Sciences Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Nelson was President of the American Association of University Professors between 2006 and 2012. His 35 authored books include 5 about antisemitism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict including The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel (Co-edited with Gabriel Noah Brahm, 2015) and Israel Denial: Anti-Zionism, Anti-Semitism, & The Faculty Campaign Against the Jewish State (2019).

Ethan Katz – “From Jewish Studies Educator to Anti-Bias Training Filmmaker: How the Changing Realities of Campus Politics Led Me to the Fight Against Antisemitism”
In this talk, Prof. Ethan Katz will present the acclaimed training film Antisemitism in Our Midst: Past and Present, which he co-wrote with colleagues at UC-Berkeley. He will explain how over the past couple of years, his scholarship, background, and political circumstances have led him to focus substantial attention on antisemitism education at Berkeley and far beyond. Drawing on that experience, Dr. Katz will address what he sees as the key challenges and most promising approaches in that work today and how those shaped the training film.

Ethan Katz is Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of California-Berkeley, where he is also the Chair of the Chancellor’s Committee on Jewish Life and Campus Climate. Since the spring of 2019, he has been the co-founder and co-director of the Antisemitism Education Initiative at Berkeley (along with Rabbi Naftalin-Kelman). This effort brings together administrators, faculty, and leaders of the campus Jewish community to create a sustained program to combat antisemitism, and has been treated as a resource and model by colleagues on a number of other campuses. Dr. Katz is also currently the co-chair of a Task Force of the Association for Jewish Studies on Antisemitism and Academic Freedom.

As a scholar, Dr. Katz’s work has focused on the Jewish experience in modern Europe and the Middle East, especially in France and the Francophone world. Much of his scholarship examines Jewish belonging and exclusion, Jewish-Muslim relations, the Holocaust, Islamophobia, and colonialism and its legacies. His book The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France (Harvard, 2015) received five prizes, including a National Jewish Book Award and two awards for the best book of the year in French history.

CSN Fall Series | Navigating Virtual Career Fairs
Oct 11 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
CSN Fall Series | Navigating Virtual Career Fairs

Fall 2021 career fairs will be hosted on the Handshake virtual fair platform. Join the Career Services Network to learn more about preparing for virtual career fairs and gaining confidence when networking with potential employers in a virtual environment.

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MI Supreme Court Justice @ Lincoln Room of the Kellogg Center
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
MI Supreme Court Justice @ Lincoln Room of the Kellogg Center | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

This event will be livestreaming on YouTube. To watch the event live, please click here:

“The Human Face of the Abraham Accords: Disability as a Common Struggle“

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein will discuss his experiences working, for three months in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and three months in Israel in 2021, to forge relationships and develop a common understanding of the struggles faced by the disabled, and the strength and resilience that emerges from those struggles. Justice Bernstein, who is blind, was invited by the UAE, in the wake of the Abraham Accords between Israel, the UAE, Morocco, and Bahrain — to help draft policy for disabilities. Bernstein will describe how leaders and community members of each country worked to promote cooperation in the areas of education, job placement programs, and athletic opportunities. Bringing Israeli assistive technologies and logistical capabilities in these areas to bear, Israeli organizations like the Shalva National Center and Access Israel, with Bernstein’s guidance, worked with organizations like the Ministry of Community Development of the UAE to develop new initiatives and projects, as well as develop relationships of mutual understanding through shared experiences. Richard Bernstein has been doing this kind of advocacy work with the United Nations for years.

Justice Richard Bernstein became the first elected blind justice to the Michigan Supreme Court in November 2014. Prior to being elected to Michigan’s highest court, Justice Bernstein was known as a tireless advocate for disabled rights heading the public service division for The 5am Bernstein Law Firm. Blind since birth, Justice Bernstein is a graduate of the University of Michigan and earned his JD from Northwestern University School of Law.
ln his spare time, Justice Bernstein is an avid runner, completing 24 marathons- including fourteen New York City marathons, a full lronman triathlon, and a half lronman.

Undergraduate Research and Preparing for Graduate School
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Undergraduate Research and Preparing for Graduate School

A panel conversation with current and former undergraduate research ambassadors will share their experiences with undergraduate research and preparation for graduate school. Panelists will address the benefits of undergraduate research and share tools they used to prepare for graduate school.

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CSN Fall Series | Navigating Virtual Career Fairs
Oct 14 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm
CSN Fall Series | Navigating Virtual Career Fairs

Fall 2021 career fairs will be hosted on the Handshake virtual fair platform. Join the Career Services Network to learn more about preparing for virtual career fairs and gaining confidence when networking with potential employers in a virtual environment.

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Big 10+ International Students Connect
Oct 14 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Big 10+ International Students Connect

Join us on Thursday, October 14th from 5:00-6:30pm EST for a virtual career networking opportunity with international peers across the Big 10+ network. This informal event will give you the opportunity to have career conversations in small breakout rooms to explore career interests and make connections in your career journey. We are also inviting several Big 10+ International Alumni to join the event to help facilitate networking conversations. Event registration via Zoom is required. We are looking forward to meeting you there!

Email Jane Sitter with any questions about this event,

*This event is hosted by the Hire Big 10+ and Big 10 Academic Alliance, invited institutions include: University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, University of Wisconsin Madison, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Indiana University Bloomington, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, The Ohio State University, Penn State University, Rutgers University, University of Maryland, Northwestern, University of Nebraska Lincoln, University of Iowa, Purdue University, De Paul University, University of Chicago, University of Notre Dame

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Spartan Day of Service
Oct 16 @ 8:00 am

The MSU Alumni Office (MSUAO), in partnership with the Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL) and LiveOn, present the Fall 2021 Spartan Day of Service, Oct. 16. Spartan Day of Service is an opportunity for MSU students to make an extraordinary impact through service. This organized, collaborative effort brings Spartans together to serve the community while demonstrating the reach and power of the Spartan network.

The projects offered Oct. 16 will provide students the opportunity to make an impact in the greater Lansing area. We have partnered with local community schools, nonprofits and parks and recreation departments to provide projects that will have an immediate impact in the community. Projects range from helping at Potter Park Zoo to playground clean up to helping to decorate for Halloween. We are also partnering with Lansing Parks & Recreation in an effort to help honor the memory of residents that once served our country. For those that would rather serve virtually, hybrid projects will be available as well.