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Oct
7
Mon
Creative Writing Fall Faculty Reading @ RCAH LookOut! Gallery
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm
Creative Writing Fall Faculty Reading @ RCAH LookOut! Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Please save the date for the fall Creative Writing Faculty reading, featuring alum Kate Birdsall, Hannah Ensor, and Teresa Milbrodt, to be held Monday, October 7, 7 pm, in the LookOut! Gallery (second floor Snyder-Phillips Hall).  Join us in celebrating the work of these new colleagues.  The event is free and open to the public.

Nov
21
Thu
Walton Muyumba @ Natural Sciences Building Room 145
Nov 21 @ 1:00 pm
Walton Muyumba @ Natural Sciences Building Room 145 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The Department of English and Creative Writing Program Presents: WALTON MUYUMBA

Author of The Show and the Act: Black Intellectual Practice, Jazz Improvisation, and Philosophical Pragmatism(University of Chicago Press), Dr. Walton Muyumba is an Associate Professor of American and African Diasporic Literature and Director of Creative Writing at Indiana University-Bloomington. Currently, he is finishing a book about contemporary American literary art and popular music, while also building projects on John Edgar Wideman’s literary works and ethnic American art in the age of terrorism. He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Book Critics Circle Award and  regularly writes book reviews for The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Chicago Tribune and other outlets.

PROFESSIONALIZATION IN CREATIVE WRITING & APPLYING TO THE MFA

Thursday, November 21, 1 pm.

Natural Sciences Building Room 145

PRESENTATION ON JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN

Friday, November 22, 3 pm.

Wells Hall B243

 

Nov
22
Fri
Walton Muyumba @ Wells Hall B243
Nov 22 @ 3:00 pm
Walton Muyumba @ Wells Hall B243 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The Department of English and Creative Writing Program Presents: WALTON MUYUMBA

Author of The Show and the Act: Black Intellectual Practice, Jazz Improvisation, and Philosophical Pragmatism(University of Chicago Press), Dr. Walton Muyumba is an Associate Professor of American and African Diasporic Literature and Director of Creative Writing at Indiana University-Bloomington. Currently, he is finishing a book about contemporary American literary art and popular music, while also building projects on John Edgar Wideman’s literary works and ethnic American art in the age of terrorism. He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Book Critics Circle Award and  regularly writes book reviews for The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Chicago Tribune and other outlets.

PROFESSIONALIZATION IN CREATIVE WRITING & APPLYING TO THE MFA

Thursday, November 21, 1 pm.

Natural Sciences Building Room 145

PRESENTATION ON JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN

Friday, November 22, 3 pm.

Wells Hall B243

 

Nov
25
Mon
Film and Discussion: Senior Moments @ Wells Hall B-122
Nov 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Film and Discussion: Senior Moments @ Wells Hall B-122

 

Film and Discussion

Senior Moments

 

Tamar Kay will introduce her film Senior Moments and lead a discussion after the screening. Funny, witty, bold and revealing, the creators of “Senior Moments” document intimate meetings with 10 resilient active elderly folks surviving old age with a vengeance. It cohesively samples a cultural variety of personalities in modern-day Israel and provides an inspiring outlook on what it means to be old this day and age.

Directed By: Tamar Kay & Yair Agmon, 2018

 

Tamar Kay graduated from the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School in Jerusalem in 2015. “Unchained,” an Israeli TV drama (12 episodes, 40 mins each) Tamar created with Yossi Madmoni & David Ofek, will have its premiere in November 2019, at the Israeli KAAN channel. She is a two-time Israeli Academy Award nominee.

The Mute’s House, which she directed and co-produced was shortlisted for the 2017 Best Short Documentary Academy Award (Oscars) and screened internationally and at MSU, winning numerous awards in prestigious festivals. Tamar edited the TV series, “Arik Einstein: A Standard Love Song”, which won the Israeli Emmy for Best Documentary TV Series (2018).

 

Dec
5
Thu
HIVES Presentation/Reading with Petra Kuppers @ 300 Bessey Hall (The Writing Center)
Dec 5 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
HIVES Presentation/Reading with Petra Kuppers @ 300 Bessey Hall (The Writing Center)

Please join us and invite your students:

 

Presentation/Reading with Petra Kuppers

Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist, a community artist, and a Professor of English, Women’s Studies, Theatre and Dance, and Art and Design

Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019

Time:  4-5:30 pm

Location: 300 Bessey Hall (The Writing Center)

 

 

Presented by HIVES, The Writing Center, and Legacies of the Enlightenment

Feb
6
Thu
Yiddish Between Worlds @ Wells Hall, B-342
Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Yiddish Between Worlds @ Wells Hall, B-342 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Dr. Margot B. Valles

Dr. Dov-Ber Kerler, Dr. Jack Kugelmass and Dr. Eli Rosenblatt

Dr. Margot B. Valles (MSU) will chair a panel bringing together three scholars of Yiddish who are 2019-2020 Frankel Institute Fellows exploring the theme of “Yiddish Matters” at the University of Michigan. Dr. Dov-Ber Kerler (Dr. Alice Field Cohn Chair in Yiddish Studies at Indiana University) is a contemporary Yiddish poet and ethnographer who is currently exploring the relationship between Yiddish poetry and the status of Yiddish today. Dr. Jack Kugelmass (Professor of Anthropology and the Melton Legislative Professor at the University of Florida) is a cultural anthropologist who studies Jewish identity and ethnography, particularly through travel narratives. Dr. Eli Rosenblatt (Northwestern University) works on racial politics and Ashkenazi identity through Yiddish literature. Together the panelists will explore Yiddish writing and culture in diverse contexts. 

Feb
10
Mon
Holocaust by Bullets: Model for the Modern Genocide @ The Kellogg Center Auditorium
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm
Holocaust by Bullets: Model for the Modern Genocide @ The Kellogg Center Auditorium | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Father Patrick Desbois

Meticulous Nazi records of Jews killed in the death camps identify fewer than half of the Holocaust’s victims. When, where and how were the other victims killed? Father Patrick Desbois, Founder and President of Yahad – In Unum and Braman Endowed Professor of the Practice of the Forensic Study of the Holocaust at the Center for Jewish Civilization of Georgetown University, has sought and found the answers to these questions.

In 2004, he founded Yahad – In Unum (“Together in One”) whose original charter was documenting the evidence of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe. By studying the archives and interviewing the eyewitnesses to the 75-year-old crime of the Holocaust, Father Desbois and his team were able to shed light on a forgotten mechanism in Hitler’s killing machine – the Einsatzgruppen, mobile killing squads that rounded up Jews by the thousands and shot them dead in towns and villages across Eastern Europe.

Yahad-In Unum’s relentless study and research into the “Holocaust by Bullets” has revealed chilling parallels between the Nazi atrocities and those committed today by ISIS – particularly in its murder and enslavement of Yazidis. For the last several years, Father Desbois and his team have been gathering testimony from the survivors of those crimes in Northern Iraq. They have also established centers for children and women in refugee camps to help former captives’ transition back into society.

 

Feb
17
Mon
Guest Speaker: Dr. Devin E. Naar @ Kellogg Conference Center
Feb 17 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Guest Speaker: Dr. Devin E. Naar @ Kellogg Conference Center | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel presents

Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece: The Fate of Salonica ‘Jerusalem of the Balkans’

Dr. Devin E. Naar, University of Wisconsin

From 1492 until the twentieth century, the city of Salonica–once part of the Ottoman Empire and today the second biggest city in Greece– was home to the largest community of Ladinospeaking Sephardic Jews in the world. This talk focuses on how this once-thriving Jewish community grappled with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of modern Greece prior to the devastation of the Holocaust. Dr. Devin E. Naar is Isaac Alhadeff Professor of Sephardic Studies and Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of Washington. His book, Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece, won a National Jewish Book Award and the grand prize from the Modern Greek Studies Association.

Monday, February 17, 8:00-9:30 PM followed by reception

The Kellogg Center Auditorium

Co- sponsors: James Madison College, the College of Arts and Letters, College of Social Science, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, Department of History.

Dr. Devin E. Naar  event flyer

Sep
16
Wed
Ross Gay @ Remote
Sep 16 @ 3:00 pm
Ross Gay @ Remote

We are delighted to let you know that Ross Gay will be “visiting” MSU Creative Writing next Wednesday 9/16 at 3 pm.

Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry: Against WhichBringing the Shovel Down, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released by Algonquin Books in 2019. His new book of poems, Be Holding, will be released from the University of Pittsburgh Press in September 2020.  Gay teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Indiana University.

The event is free and open to the public.  If you are interested in attending this event, please email msucw@msu.edu for zoom link.  Direct any questions to Dr. Robin Silbergleid (silberg1@msu.edu).

Nov
19
Thu
Norton Anthology of Native Nations Readings/Discussions @ Remote via Zoom
Nov 19 @ 7:30 pm
Norton Anthology of Native Nations Readings/Discussions @ Remote via Zoom

Please join us on November 19 at 7:30pm (Anishinaabe Eastern Time) via Zoom, for The Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry When The Light of the World was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through event. The event will feature readings and panel discussion with anthology editors and contributors. This event is sponsored by the Audrey and John Leslie Endowment, Ziibiwing Center of Anishinaabe Culture and Lifeways, the MSU English Department Creative Writing Program, and the MSU Native American Institute.