Startup Nation: the Historical Context, the Cultural Geographic Landscape, and the Israeli Infotech Migrants in Silicon Valley and Beyond
This panel will explore the significance of Israeli high-tech industry on Israeli and American history, culture, society and economy. Dr. Tom Bielik (Weizmann Institute; post-doc at MSU) will focus on the history of first Israeli President and innovator Dr. Chaim Weizmann whose vision paved the way for the research of the Weizmann Institute of Science, one of the top-ranked research institutes in the world. Dr. Steven Fraiberg (MSU, WRAC) will focus on the cultural geographic landscape of the Israeli high-tech industry as it transitions from the socialist ideals of the kibbutz to a capitalist system based on global high-tech industries. Finally, Dr. Steven Gold (MSU, Sociology) will focus on the Israeli infotech migrants living in Silicon Valley, examining communal cooperation in San Francisco, comparing the Israeli experience to that of Indians and considering the impact of infotech Israeli involvement on the US economy.
Co-sponsored by James Madison College, the College of Arts and Letters, and the Asian Studies Center.
Junior and Senior XA and PW majors are invited to attend the Day of Professionalization on Friday, January 27th. The event, which takes place in the Technology Innovation Center on Grand River (above Jackson Zone), is meant to help our students learn topics such as networking, interviewing, resumes, and negotiating salaries. Workshops begin at 9am, and continue until lunch. At lunch, students will break up into small groups to eat and talk with professionals from various organizations in Mid-Michigan. This is a valuable experience for those students who attend.
The Honors College’s 24th installment of Sharper Focus/Wider Lens will feature the topic, “A World on the Move: Refugees, Migrants and Immigrants” at 7 p.m., Monday, February 6. This event is free and open to the public and will be located in the MSU Union Ballroom (2nd floor). It features a trans-disciplinary discussion among MSU faculty that explores the political discourse and visuals surrounding immigration, the role of a civil society in the refugee crisis, unaccompanied minors coming to the United States from Central America, a historical look at Asian immigration through Ellis Island and much more! Audience Q&A will follow.
David Thronson, JD, College of Law
Stephanie Nawyn, PhD, Department of Sociology and Center for Gender in Global Context
Sophia Koufopoulou, MS, Department of Sociology
Johanna Schuster-Craig, PhD, Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
Anna Pegler-Gordon, PhD, James Madison College and Asian Pacific American Studies Program
Unable to attend in person? Watch the MSU Alumni Association’s Livestream at http://livestream.com/
GUEST PANEL: THE LASTING SIGNIFICANCE OF EVIAN AND THE SOSUA SETTLEMENT
Distinguished MSU alumni Hugh Baver and Dr. Dennis Laffer will present on the 1938 Evian Conference and subsequent 1940 Sosua settlement on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. This conference, convened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, decided the fate of the fleeing and displaced European Jews. Included in the discussion will be the historical background on why the conference was convened, its content, participants, outcomes; they will also examine the motivations behind then dictator Rafael Trujillo’s decision to admit Jewish refugees. Finally, they will discuss the Jewish refugees’ experience in building a new life. Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters and James Madison College.
This is a follow-up panel to the panel on race, religion, and immigration in January. The Department of Religious Studies,the Muslim Studies Program and the College of Arts and Letters are sponsoring this event. The panel will be on Friday, February 10th, from noon to 1:30pm in room 115 of the International Center. We will have five presenters who will briefly discuss a range of pressing topics including Indigenous law and religious freedom, religion and state in US law, religious persecution in US history, Islamophobia, religious freedom and state repression, and the physical and mental health of people who experience religious persecution.
Jay Dolmage: Ableism, Access, and Inclusion: Disability in Higher Education Before, During and After Covid-19.
In this workshop, we will collaborate to address the ableist attitudes, policies, and practices that are built into higher education. We will also interrogate the minimal and temporary means we have been given to address inequities, and the cost such an approach has for disabled students and faculty. We will explore our own ableist biases, apologies and defenses in an effort to build tools for a much more accessible future at Michigan State, while we also examine how disability has been situated in higher education before, during and (someday) after Covid-19.
Margaret Price: Everyday Survival and Collective Action: What We Can Learn from Disabled Faculty in a Time of Unwellness
The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic has raised startling questions about everyday life—for example, “How is it possible that I am required to do a full-time job while also providing full-time care for my family?” or “How can I negotiate questions of ‘safety’ with my co-workers, my community, even my closest loved ones?” These questions surged into the limelight in 2020, yet few realize that they were already active topics of conversation in small, interdependent communities of disabled, BIPOC, queer, and otherwise marginalized people. In this talk, Margaret Price draws upon data from a survey and interview study with disabled faculty (https://margaretprice.wordpress.com/disabled-faculty-study) to highlight themes such as “time,” “cost,” “technology,” and “accountability.” These themes not only teach us more about the everyday lives and strategies of disabled faculty members, but also demonstrate that all participants in higher education will benefit from a cultural shift toward shared accountability and interdependent forms of care.
CLASSES with CAL SPRING 2021
Innovations in Teaching in the Arts and Humanities
Take time during Covid to get back in Class! Please join us for a night of innovative thinking with some of the College of Arts and Letter’s finest. All staff, faculty, retirees, friends, and family are welcome!
Date: March 17th from 6:00-8:00
6:10-6:35 Talk #1 “The science and art of wellbeing: Integrating student wellness into CAL courses” with Dr. John Ritz; College of Arts and Letters Inaugural Director of Student Wellness
Jon Ritz, WRAC faculty member and CAL’s new Director of Student Wellness, will discuss CAL’s new effort to integrate wellness concepts and practices into its undergraduate learning goals, with a focus on mindfulness, creativity, and resilience. Jon will provide a brief overview of the evidence-based approach that undergirds the effort and how it will be delivered to students through cocurricular activities and direct integration in CAL courses. He will also touch on ways that a wellness-infused curriculum can help reinvigorate the arts and humanities as sites of undergraduate education.
6:35- 7:00 PM Talk #2 “It is never too Late to Learn a Language” with Sandhya Shanker; Academic Specialist at the Center for Language Teaching Advancement
In a globalized world, learning a language is not only useful when traveling but also boosts brain power. Learning a language as an adult enhances the ability to multitask, sharpens the mind and improves memory. The MSU Community Language School offers online language classes for adults with sessions in the fall, spring and summer. Information will be shared about our program offerings as well as a short taste of our online program experience.
7:00-7:40 Talk #3 “Evolving Pathways to Social Justice in the Arts and Humanities: Creativity in the Academic Class” with Julian Chambliss, Nancy DeJoy, and Natalie Phillips, CO-PIs on an Andrew Mellon Foundation Just Futures Grant.
In this presentation Chambliss, DeJoy, and Phillips discuss how centering creativity as opening paths to social justice encourages us to see creativity as central to teaching and learning in the humanities. Using the class work that inspired their Mellon Foundation Just Futures grant, the three will discuss how creativity is vital to inclusive curricula and how it expands our opportunities for community partnerships to inform our teaching.
Student Spotlight 7:40-7:55
The College of Arts and Letters Jewish Studies Presents:
Finifter Panel on The Holocaust in Greece
Hear from three international historians, Dr. Andrew Apostolou, Dr. Leon Saltiel, and Dr. Giorgos Antoniou as they cover “The Thirst Perspective on the Holocaust: Non-Jews and the German Murder of their Jewish Neighbors,” “A City Against its Citizens?,” and “Revisiting Bystanders Rescuers and Collaborators: Social Distancing and Social Networks in Thessaloniki before and during the Holocaust.”