“Teaching the Arts and Humanities to Enrich Lives” (IAH Faculty Learning Community) @ 321 Linton Hall
Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

IAH will again sponsor a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) for this academic year, which will expand its previous focus on the role the arts and humanities play in the university and society as a whole.

With our new topic, “Teaching the Arts and Humanities to Enrich Lives,” FLC members will ask “How do we teach the arts and humanities as essential lifelong pursuits?” and will develop practices and materials that help students at MSU integrate the arts and humanities into their lives within and beyond the classroom.

One way we will approach this question is to discuss how faculty and others on campus address the IAH program goals in their classrooms and with students. IAH’s Revised Program Goals (as of Fall 2017) include:

  • Cultivate habits of inquiry and develop investigative strategies from arts and humanities perspectives;
  • Explore social, cultural, and artistic expressions and contexts;
  • Act as culturally aware and ethically responsible citizens in local and global communities;
  • Critically assess, produce, and communicate knowledge in a variety of media for a range of audiences; and
  • Recognize and understand the value of diversity and the significance of interconnectedness in the classroom and beyond.

The FLC will meet 5-6 times over the course of the academic year. Each meeting will address pedagogy and practice, combining discussion with hands-on workshops to develop concrete practices for implementation in current and future courses.

This faculty learning community is organized by Ellen Moll ( and Nicola Imbracsio ( from the College of Arts and Letters and the Center for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities. Please contact Nicola or Ellen if you have any questions.

Please join us this year for collegiality, good food, and an exciting ongoing conversation with other IAH faculty on how to communicate in our classrooms the essential role of the arts and humanities!

Our first meeting will be September 26, from 1:00-2:30, in 321 Linton Hall. If you cannot make the first meeting, you are welcome to join the FLC at any time.

Please fill out the RSVP form indicating if you would like to be part of this community (whether you can attend the first meeting or not).

Academic Integrity Workshop @ 321 Linton Hall
Oct 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

IAH is sponsoring a workshop for faculty on promoting academic integrity in the undergraduate classroom, featuring Dr. Shannon Burton, the Associate University Ombudsperson and the university’s Research Integrity Coordinator. Please RSVP here if you plan to attend:

IAH sponsored faculty workshop on Inclusivity in the Classroom @ Linton Hall, Room 321
Nov 3 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

What are some of the challenges we face as faculty in regards to inclusion in the classroom? What are some best practices for promoting and fostering inclusive classroom environments?

To address these questions and more, please come to the


 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 11-12:30


Light refreshments will be served


Featured Guest Speaker: Dr. Jessica Garcia

A faculty member in the Department of Sociology (and instructor in ISS), Dr. Garcia serves as an Intercultural Education Specialist in the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. In this role, she contributes to the development and implementation of faculty training related inclusive pedagogy, intersectionality, and facilitating difficult dialogues.

Gender, Class and the Socialist Cinema of Soja Jovanović @ Wells Hall, B342
Nov 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Gender, Class and the Socialist Cinema of Soja Jovanović @ Wells Hall, B342 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Dijana Jelača, Fordham University
“Gender, Class and the Socialist Minor Cinema of Soja Jovanović”

This lecture will discuss the “minor cinema” of a pioneering Yugoslav woman director, Sofija “Soja” Jovanović (1922-2002). Even though she was the first woman director in socialist Yugoslavia, and her 1950s and 1960s comedies were extremely popular, Jovanović has largely been ignored by Yugoslav film historians, or relegated to a secondary. This is due, in part, to her work being predominantly situated within the genre of comedy, and perceived as light entertainment. The lecture will urge a rethinking of Jovanović’s oeuvre through the lens of socialist minor cinema that possesses “low” cultural capital yet frequently articulates what might be deemed a socialist woman’s intimate public sphere. In focusing on the class components of her later work in particular, the gender politics of socialist women’s cinema will be explored vis-à-vis their distinction from the famed Yugoslav New Film, or the Black Wave. With this, the presentation seeks to reestablish Jovanović’s rightful place in the history of Yugoslav socialist film, but also in the project of mapping new transnational constellations of women’s cinema more broadly.

DIJANA JELAČA is the first speaker in the “Rethinking State Socialism” speaker series — organized by Dr. Nikolay Karkov

SPONSORED BY:  Global Studies in the Arts & Humanities, Film Studies Program, Department of English, and the Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, and James Madison College

Starting and Ending the Semester: Quick and Easy Ways to Promote Integrative Thinking @ Dublin Square
Dec 1 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Starting and Ending the Semester: Quick and Easy Ways to Promote Integrative Thinking @ Dublin Square | East Lansing | Michigan | United States
All IAH instructors, and any other faculty or TA’s interested in integrative pedagogy and/or helping students learn about how the arts and humanities relate to their lives, is invited to attend this gathering/workshop.
Date: Friday, December 1
Time: 1:30-3:00PM.

Location: We will be enjoying snacks/appetizers at Dublin Square on Abbot Rd. (We provide the food; you’re welcome to purchase adult beverages on your own!)

Our topic will be “Starting and Ending the Semester: Quick and Easy Ways to Promote Integrative Thinking,” just in time for us to finish up Fall semester and decide on activities for the first weeks of Spring.  We will focus on easy-to-implement methods at the start and end of the semester to encourage students to integrate what they learn in our classes with their lives, their other courses or their majors, and the world around them.

Please RSVP here if attending:

Socially Engaged Pedagogy Reading Group @ 321 Linton Hall
Dec 8 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Socially Engaged Pedagogy Reading Group @ 321 Linton Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

All instructors interested in socially engaged pedagogy are welcome to attend this Reading Group, sponsored by IAH.

Please contact for the readings for this session, or if you would like to be added to the group’s mailing list for future gatherings.

Socially engaged pedagogy reading group @ 120 Linton Hall
Jan 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

IAH sponsors a Socially Engaged Pedagogy Reading Group. Please email if you would like to be added to the mailing list or receive the articles. (All instructors interested in this topic are welcome to join the discussion, regardless of if you currently teach IAH).

Meet a Literary Agent and a Publisher @ MSU International Center, rm 115
Jan 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
You are invited to meet a publisher and a literary agent on Monday, January 22.
  • Navah Wolfe is a Hugo and Locus Award-nominated editor at Saga Press. She is also the coeditor of Robots vs Fairies and The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, which won the Shirley Jackson Award and was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award, British Fantasy Award, and the Locus Award. In 2017 she was selected as a Publishers Weekly Rising Star.
  • DongWon Song is an agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction and fantasy for adults, young adult, and middle grade readers as well as select non-fiction. He was formerly an editor at Orbit and a product manager for the ebook startup, Zola Books.
They will take part in a public conversation on the present and future of publishing, hosted by Kate Fedewa (WRAC Professor).
When: Monday, January 22, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to roughly 8:00 p.m.
Where: International Center, room 115, on the MSU Campus
​In addition to talking about their own experiences in editing and publishing, DongWon and Navah will take questions from the audience.​
Inclusive Teaching and Difficult Conversations Workshop @ 321 Linton Hall
Feb 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Please RSVP here if you plan to attend:

Socially Engaged Pedagogy Reading Group @ 120 Linton Hall
Feb 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

While IAH is sponsoring this reading group, all instructors (including graduate students) interested in socially engaged pedagogy are welcome.

Refreshments will be served.

Please contact for the readings, to be added to our mailing list to find out about upcoming meetings of our group, or for any accommodations or dietary needs.