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Calendar

Oct
15
Mon
Film in Britain Information Session @ C640 Wells Hall
Oct 15 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Film in Britain Information Session @ C640 Wells Hall

First information meeting for the 2019 Film in Britain Study Abroad program is October 15th from 5-6pm in C640 Wells Hall. Stop by with questions and to learn more about the program!

Feb
8
Fri
By Way of Revolution, Helina Metaferia Solo Exhibition @ (SCENE) Metrospace
Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 29 @ 7:00 pm
By Way of Revolution, Helina Metaferia Solo Exhibition @ (SCENE) Metrospace | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

BY WAY OF REVOLUTION

Solo exhibition featuring the work of Helina Metaferia, MSU Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies.

February 8 – March 29, 2019

Reception Friday, February 8 6–8pm

 

Please join (SCENE) Metrospace and the MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design in celebrating the opening of By Way of Revolution on Friday, February 8 beginning at 6pm, remarks will be offered at 6:30pm. This solo exhibition features the work of MSU Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies Helina Metaferia.

By Way of Revolution is an interdisciplinary exhibition that utilizes the mediums of collage, installation, video, performance, participation, and social engagement to address the inherited histories of protest that inform contemporary social movements. As a 2018-2019 Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies at Michigan State University, Metaferia developed a body of work by collaborating with female descendants of prominent historical black activists; with MSU students, faculty, and staff who identify as women of color; with MSU Libraries Special Collections; with MSU’s Broad Art Museum exhibitions; and with members of the greater Michigan community to develop art objects and experiences that are meant to inspire social change and new directions for our collective future. Considered a “living exhibition,” the project will continue to evolve over its seven week installment, with an active schedule of programs and a participatory installation that expands overtime.

This exhibition was made possible thanks to collaborations with many others. The performance participants were Alyssa Briones, Tyler Collier, Ashera Douglass, Melani Douglass, Jade Gallant, Ayannah Gregory, Tama Hamilton-Wray, Kamya Harrison, Olivia Furman, Azya Moore, Olivia Moses, Leonora Paula, Kristin Denise Rowe, Diondra Straiton, and Paula Whaley. The partnering student, faculty, and community organizations are Black Lives Matter of Michigan, Black Student Union, MSU Blackbook, Sister Circle, Women of Color Embodied Knowledge Forum, and Women of Color Initiatives.

By Way of Revolution is organized by (SCENE) Metrospace at Michigan State University. Support for this exhibition is provided by the MSU Federal Credit Union, the MSU College of Arts & Letters, MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design, the MSU Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, MSU Libary Special Collections, Fountainhead Residency and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Alumni Traveling Grant.

Please see below for a complete list of Programs associated with the exhibition.

Artist Lecture
Wednesday, February 20, 7pm @ MSU Broad Art Museum
Artist Helina Metaferia will discuss the core themes, research, and creation of By Way of Revolution. She will give an overview of her artistic practice as an interdisciplinary artist, and how community building and storytelling has served as the premise for her practice.

Performance: “The Now”
Wednesday, March 27, 7pm @ MSU Broad Art Museum
Artist Helina Metaferia will create a performance that engages the related themes in both her solo exhibition at (SCENE) Metrospace Gallery, By Way of Revolution, with the exhibition If Only We Could Dream Together, an exhibition curated by Associate Curator Carla Acevedo-Yates at the MSU Broad Art Museum. The performance considers our constructed identities as Americans, our complex relationships to historical pasts, and our visions for a sustainable future.

Community, student, and faculty organization-led programs:

Keys To Success: The Black Book Creation
Hosted by the Creators of the MSU Black Book
Saturday, February 16, 2pm to 4pm @ (SCENE) Metrospace Gallery
The MSU Black Book is a welcome guide created by and for black students on campus, inspired by the historic Green Book. The founders of the MSU Black Book will lead an open discussion panel that discusses the importance of guidance, unity, and collaboration as fundamental components of success. They will also discuss the creation of the MSU Black Book. To view the MSU Black Book, please visit: http://bit.ly/MSUBlackBook

Four Directions Healing Wellness Workshop
Hosted by the Women of Color Initiatives
Sunday February 24 and Sunday March 17, 3pm-5pm @ (SCENE) Metrospace Gallery
As womxn of color we hail from indigenous tribes which have all suffered oppression, rape, genocide, marginalization and erasure. This movement and ritual-based workshop will help participants explore the impact of those wounds in our day-to-day lives, how to honor them and foster healing in a positive way and how to create intentional tribe and ritual in our immediate community. The issues reside in our tissues. This workshop is designed to provide participants tools to implement healing practices for body, mind, spirit to survive, heal and thrive in today’s world.

Black Student Union Monthly Meeting
Hosted by Black Student Union
Tuesday, March 19, 6pm-8pm @ SCENE Metrospace Gallery
The Black Student Alliance’s March General Assembly meeting will be a conversation on the topic of “Colorism.” We will discuss definitions of colorism and explore the implications of it that are associated with the African diaspora. Our goal is to share with the community what happens as a result of the division associated with colorism and uncover ways we can combat such division.

Harriet’s Apothecary Healing Retreat
Hosted by Sister Circle
Friday, March 22, 5pm-7pm @ (SCENE) Metrospace Gallery
This retreat style event is hosted by Sister Circle and will be conducted by the group Harriet’s Apothecary, who are based in New York City. The event will include mindfulness meditation and a resistance circle. We will explore self-care practices that offer the community tangible tools to deepen our individual and collective healing skills, and to create individualized self-care plans and practices.

By Way of Revolution Performance Workshop
Hosted by Women of Color Embodied Knowledge Forum and Artist Helina Metaferia
Saturday, March 23, @ Erickson Kiva Hall 
This workshop, lead by artist Helina Metaferia during the Women of Color Embodied Knowledge Forum, will investigate the role of performance in our everyday lives. The artist will lead participants through a series of writing and performance exercises based on histories of social change movements.

Dream Big: Step Into Power
Hosted by Black Lives Matter Michigan
Sunday, March 24, 11am-2pm @ SCENE Metrospace Gallery 
Black Lives Matter Michigan invites you to a day of celebrating Black Love, Black Joy, and Black Political Power. We will break bread and decide what we want for ourselves and our families with the loving support of Rukia Lumumba from Jackson, MS (Peoples’ Advocacy Institute, LumumbaForMayor.com, Movement for Black Lives Electoral Justice Project). For information contact angela@oneloveglobal.org

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

 

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

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.

Nov
20
Fri
Norton Anthology of Native Nations Readings/Discussions @ Remote via Zoom
Nov 20 @ 2:00 pm
Norton Anthology of Native Nations Readings/Discussions @ Remote via Zoom

Please join us on November 20 at 2:00pm (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.

Dec
2
Wed
DARK FOREST @ Remote
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm
DARK FOREST @ Remote | San Jose | California | United States

Please see attached flyer for a compelling event on Dec. 2 with Dr. Swarnavel Pillai, Dr. Tamar M. Boyadjian, and artist and filmmaker Roger Kupelian to discuss his documentary film Dark Forest in the Mountain. We ask that you please view the film in advance. Please see the flyer for a link to the film, and the zoom link for the event