Curator-led Tour: Minds of Modernism Exhibition @ Michigan Historical Museum
Dec 4 @ 1:30 pm
Curator-led Tour: Minds of Modernism Exhibition @ Michigan Historical Museum | Lansing | Michigan | United States

Sponsored by the Lansing Historical Society

“(Re) Dress: Outfitting Controversy” Exhibit Opening @ MSU Union Gallery, 2nd Floor
Apr 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
"(Re) Dress: Outfitting Controversy" Exhibit Opening @ MSU Union Gallery, 2nd Floor | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Students in Susan Bandes’s Curatorial Practices course have organized the exhibition (Re) Dress: Outfitting Controversy. It will be on view from April 21-April 28, 2017 in the MSU Union Gallery, 2nd Floor on the MSU campus. Opening hours are Monday- Thursday, noon-5 p.m; Friday, noon- 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The opening reception is on April 21, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The exhibition explores a variety of ways in which dress defines and gives identify to a person or group of people across the globe. It features attire and images of dress from the Broad Art Museum and the MSU Museum collections dating from the late 19th century to the present day and from a variety of cultures. They are used to explore how dress can form identity wheter it is chosen or imposed and how it affects changing perceptions of the wearer. From hats to shoes, star-spangled and striped hippie jeans to a WWI uniform, the exhibition explores dress as implied or explicit controversy.

The 25 curators of this exhibition come from diverse backgrounds and span a variety of majors including art, art history, anthropology, history, media information and advertising. From these different perspectives, they came together to think about the theme in new ways.

Creative Collaboration Arts Festival @ Wharton Center for Performing Arts Courtyard
Sep 17 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This event is designed to bring creative minds together and introduce the resources that the arts community at MSU has to offer. This year, Creative Collaboration will take the form of an arts festival! We are introducing student artist galleries, art activities, interactive booths, live performances and the chance to meet other students like you. With over 20 student creative organizations present, this event gives MSU students the chance to get involved and make a difference.

Every student at Michigan State University is aware of how big this school is. With over 600 student groups, it can be more than a little confusing and overwhelming to try and get involved or explore your interests when there’s so much information thrown at you on a daily basis, especially during Welcome Week. That’s why we created the MSU Arts Council and CREATIVE COLLABORATION. Now in its fourth year, CREATIVE COLLABORATION was formed under the idea of creating an arts-specific resource fair for new and returning students interested in pursuing creative endeavors and getting involved with the arts here at MSU, as well as creating a strong and collaborative arts community where groups can work together to create amazing events and establish long-term partnerships. Different groups from dance, visual arts, music, theatre, culture, and other art forms set up informational booths that showcase their work, activities, and events, meant to increase awareness and recruit new members. During the event, there are also numerous giveaways and awesome performances from the groups and fellow students. Whether you are looking for a networking opportunity, to improve your artistic skill set, or just for a creative outlet, CREATIVE COLLABORATION brings in groups that offer unique ways to engage with the arts and with MSU. Come out and join us, enjoy some live entertainment, meet new friends, and be a part of this amazing arts community. We hope to see you there!

“Test of Faith: Signs, Serpents, Salvation” with Lauren Pond @ Wells Hall, A118
Feb 26 @ 4:00 pm
"Test of Faith: Signs, Serpents, Salvation" with Lauren Pond @ Wells Hall, A118 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

For more than a century, Pentecostal Signs Followers have handled venomous snakes during worship services, risking death as evidence of their unwavering faith. What is their faith about, and what motivates them to continue their potentially lethal practices across generations?

Comics Forum Keynote Creator Lecture SETH @ MSU Library, 4th Floor Green Room
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Comics Forum Keynote Creator Lecture SETH @ MSU Library, 4th Floor Green Room | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

SETH / FEB 22 / MSU LIBRARY GREEN ROOM / 7PM                                                                                                                                

Seth is the award-winning cartoonist behind the comic book series Palookavile. He is also the designer for several classic comics reprint series, notably the collections of work by Charles Schulz, John Stanley, and Doug Wright. Seth is the 2019 Comics Forum Creator Keynote Speaker.

C4I Lecture–Megan Halpern @ Spartan Room at International Ctr.
Oct 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
C4I Lecture--Megan Halpern @ Spartan Room at International Ctr. | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Science as Experience: A New Approach to Science Communication    

Megan Halpern draws on Dewey’s theory of aesthetic experience to develop a model that can reshape how we research, practice, and evaluate science communication. Drawing on her work in art-science collaboration and design-inspired public engagement with science and technology, Halpern illustrates three principles of her model. First, experiences are cumulative rather than transformative, second, that context shapes experiences; and third, that ultimately, audiences have agency in shaping the meanings they draw from their interactions with scientific content. Finally, Halpern offers insights into how to develop projects from an experience perspective.

Coffee and Cookies provided.

Plan to stay after the lecture for additional coffee and networking time.

C4I Lecture Lily Woodruff
Oct 16 @ 5:32 pm – 6:32 pm
C4I Lecture Lily Woodruff
Please Join us!  This event is open to faculty, staff, students and the general public.
 Speaker: Lily Woodruff

Associate Professor, Art History

Natural History of the Sixth Extinction in Ann Hamilton’s the common S E N S E

October 18, 2019 , 12:00-1:00 pm, Flex Space at the Digital Scholarship Lab MSU Library, 2nd floor.

Coffee and refreshments provided

Ann Hamilton’s 2014 the common SENSE presented an extensive collection of animal images and objects from the natural history and library collections of the University of Washington in a participatory installation that invited visitors to consider the impact of their own desires to consume non-human animals. This paper analyzes Hamilton’s work relation to early natural history museum ambitions and displays, and to the current mass extinction that is underway, and argues that Hamilton’s use of archival materials creates a mode of narrating history that responds to current feelings about threats to the future.
C4I – Transforming Learning Spaces @ Digital Scholarship Lab Flex Space, MSU Library, Second Floor
Nov 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
C4I - Transforming Learning Spaces @ Digital Scholarship Lab Flex Space, MSU Library, Second Floor | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

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.

C4I – The Data of Disaster: Understanding Climatizing Surveillance in Post-Maria Puerto Rico @ Digital Scholarship Lab Flex Space, MSU Library, Second Floor
Dec 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
C4I - The Data of Disaster: Understanding Climatizing Surveillance in Post-Maria Puerto Rico @ Digital Scholarship Lab Flex Space, MSU Library, Second Floor | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

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.

C4I Lecture with Julian Chambliss @ MSU Library, Flex Space at the Digital Scholarship Lab (2nd Floor)
Feb 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
C4I Lecture with Julian Chambliss @ MSU Library, Flex Space at the Digital Scholarship Lab (2nd Floor)

Center for Interdisciplinarity (C4I) Talk

Mapping a Comic Imaginary: Locality, Community, and Identity in North American Comics

Julian C. Chambliss, Professor and Core Faculty, Department of English and Consortium for Critical Diversity in a Digital Age Research (CEDAR)

In this presentation, I will discuss how an emerging digital humanities project utilizing MSU Library Comic Arts Collection metadata allows us to investigate how comic book culture might be shaped by location. Traditional narratives of comic book history have long emphasized the centrality of publication hubs such as New York, Tokyo, and Paris. With this project, we hope to explore how catalog metadata may reveal new relationships that shape comic culture.

Talk begins at 12:00 and runs about 1 hour.  Networking with coffee and refreshments immediately after the talk.

About C4I: The Michigan State University Center for Interdisciplinarity (C4I) advances interdisciplinary research and pedagogy at the University while preparing the next generation of citizen leaders to address the most challenging questions of our time. In addition to conducting its own research, C4I serves as a resource for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students in the College of Arts & Letters and across campus, as well as for partners in the local community and across the region. It also serves as an advocate for researchers and scholars, consults with teams, provides resources for and about interdisciplinarity, and creates opportunities for training, education, networking, mentorship, visibility, and funding both on and off campus.