Our Table: Reducing Your Foodprint @ Wells Hall, MSU Hub
Apr 23 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

This semester, Sandra Logan, Associate Professor of English and Director of the College of Arts & Letters’ Citizen Scholars program, and Dana Kirk, Assistant Professor of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and Director of Michigan State University’s Anaerobic Digestion Research and Education Center, teamed up to offer MSU’s first ISB/IAH combination course: “the food waste challenge.”

Throughout the semester, Kirk and Logan’s students have brainstormed ways to help the MSU and East Lansing communities learn more about our food waste problem. Join these students for an Our Table conversation on why we should pay attention to food waste and what we can do to waste less.

Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities Student Meet and Greet @ B342 Wells Hall
Sep 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities Student Meet and Greet @ B342 Wells Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Students currently in the GSAH major or minor, and any other student interested in Global Studies:

  • Learn about the degree options in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities.
  • Meet other students, the advisor, the program director, and faculty.
  • Meet comic book artists and authors John Jennings and Stacy Robinson.
  • Enjoy snacks and pick up MSU swag.

Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities has partnered with Professor Julian Chambliss who is bringing to MSU the creators of Black Kirby. John Jennings and Stacy Robinson will do a brief presentation on their work at the student meet and greet. Read about their visit to MSU here:

After the discussion with Jennings and Robinson, Kate Rendi, the GSAH student advisor, and Professor Salah Hassan, the GSAH Program Director, will lead an informal advising session on our Global Studies degrees.

This event is open to all students and faculty

GSAH Global Perspectives Series – Symposium @ College of Law Castle Board Room
Nov 15 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
GSAH Global Perspectives Series - Symposium @ College of Law Castle Board Room | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

10:00am – Symposium, “Toward an Expansive Definition of Genocide” – John Cox, UNC Charlotte

11:00am – “Can the Spanish Genocide Speak?” – Scott Boehm, Michigan State University

12:00pm – Roundtable Discussion

  • Almudena Carracedo, Film Director
  • John Cox, UNC Charlotte
  • Sebastiaan Faber, Oberlin College
  • Cristina Moreiras-Menor, University of Michigan
  • Joseba Gabilonda, Michigan State University
Film screening: The Silence of Others – GSAH Symposium @ B122 Wells Hall
Nov 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Shinto in Contemporary Japan: From Basic Teachings to Anime @ Room 303 International Center
Nov 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Shinto in Contemporary Japan: From Basic Teachings to Anime @ Room 303 International Center | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Shinto in Contemporary Japan: From Basic Teachings to Anime

From core principles to the ways Shinto is practiced today, this talk will address shrines for sports, fertility and protection from STDs, appropriation by popular culture (such as in anime and advertisements), and new spirituality movements including the power spot boom.


Dr. Stephen Covell

Chair of the Department of Comparative Religion and the Mary Meader Professor of Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University. Dr. Covell was the founding director of WMU’s Soga Japan Center and has published widely on Buddhism and other Japanese religious topics.



Sponsored by the Center for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities, IAH Connecting Pedagogy and Practice Fund, Department of Religious Studies, Asian Studies Center, and MSU Japan Council.

Inner Fragments Exhibition at SCENE Metrospace @ (SCENE) Metrospace
Jan 10 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm
Inner Fragments Exhibition at SCENE Metrospace @ (SCENE) Metrospace | East Lansing | Michigan | United States
Inner Fragments
an exhibition of contemporary Iranian female artists
January 10 – February 14, 2020
Reception: January 10, 6–8PM
After 2500 years of monarchial rule, the 1979 Islamic Revolution turned Iran on its head. As a result, the dynamics of Iran’s art scene also transformed. A generation of artists was born after the revolution who endured the aftermath of the revolution and the Iran-Iraq war, which brought with it a series of intense political circumstances, sanctions, and isolationism. As such, their artistic expression took a distinct turn of varying styles and genres. Their work is subtle, intimate, and offers a deeper insight into their existence.
Inner Fragments, co-curated by Mahsa Soroudi and Parisa Ghaderi, is an exhibition of sixteen Iranian female artists, most of whom live and work inside Iran. It portrays a slice of Iranian women’s lives that is insightful and also shatters the typical cliched themes of the hijab and oppression. Given the current climate between the U.S. and Iran, this show aims to transcend geographical and political boundaries. The curators hope to close the gap between the two nations by highlighting the new wave of contemporary Iranian art as a way to understand modern Iran. 

This exhibition was made possible thanks to support from the Michigan Arts and Humanities Touring Grant Program, MSU College of Arts and Letters, Department of Art, Art History, and Design, Department of English, and Muslim Studies Program. 

Featuring work by:

Mahshid Asoudehkhah

Ghazaleh Baniahmad

Nasim Davari

Sanaz Dezfoulian

Narcisse E. Esfanhani

Maryam Farahzadi

Elahe Farzi

Farzane Ghadyanloo

Mahsa Khazeni

Niloofar Mohammadifar

Neda Moin Afshari

Farnaz Rabieijah

Azadeh Ramezani Tabrizi

Nastaran Safaei

Tarlan Tabar

Nazli Tahvili

GALLERY CLOSED Nuchuu: Portraits of the Northern Ute Exhibition at SCENE Metrospace @ (SCENE) Metrospace
Feb 21 @ 5:00 pm – Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm
GALLERY CLOSED Nuchuu: Portraits of the Northern Ute Exhibition at SCENE Metrospace @ (SCENE) Metrospace | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

As we collectively continue to monitor the novel coronavirus pandemic, the number of cases across our community and state continues to accelerate. The health and safety of our staff and community is our first priority. In accordance with guidance from the CDC, Governor Witmer, and MSU President Stanley at this time, we will be closing to the public until further notice. We will however continue to celebrate the arts in our community via social media as well as share in-depth details of our latest exhibition. We look forward to welcoming you back.

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Jacquelynn Sullivan

Director of Galleries

Department of Art, Art History, and Design

Michigan State University



February 21 – March 27, 2020

Workshop & Reception February 21 5-9pm

Nuchuu: Portraits of the Northern Ute is a solo exhibition featuring the work of Keith Secola, Mino Mashkiki Wish Kang.

Workshop Description

Through this workshop, the audience will take a deep dive through history and lineage by exploring Keith Secola’s work, process of screen printing and his use of family archives. There will be a live demonstration of his process and the opportunity for the audience to pull their own print.

Exhibition Statement

Recently my project has involved the reinsertion of the American Indian image onto collaged and deconstructed book covers of American history. I tear and collage assorted Colonial books to create my surface to print on. My source imagery derives from two archival photo albums from my Grandparents, representing my Ute Indian heritage and our band of Uncompahgre from Colorado.  American Indian stories and history are often erased or forgotten. My use of archival photography and printmaking allows me to create a layer between the past and present to form new narratives that question Native identity by fusing the imagery and the books as one.  In addition, I paint an extra layer on the surface of the wall with graphic murals of Euro-centric depictions of Eastern Coastal Native Americans around first contact. This further pushes the dichotomy of the real and the fantastic savage.


Keith Secola, Mino Mashkiki Wish Kang grew up in the Southwest and belongs to the Ute Indian tribe and Anishanabe Nation. He graduated from California College of the Arts MFA in San Francisco, with a focus on silkscreen printing. The earliest influences come from his father, who is a musician, traveling and exposing him to contemporary Native arts at a young age.  These early experiences would influence a life in creative arts. Finding a balance between contemporary life and tradition, Keith blends printmaking, archival photography, illustrations, and murals derived from Native American life to transmit indigenous voices and identity. The artist currently works and lives in Oakland, California.

For more information about the artist please visit his website:

This exhibition and workshop was made possible thanks to support from the City of East Lansing, the MSU College of Arts & Letters, and the Department of Art, Art History, and Design.

New date–MSU Signature Lecture Series with Claudia Rankine @ Online event
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
New date--MSU Signature Lecture Series with Claudia Rankine @ Online event | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The College of Arts & Letters and MSU Broad Museum are pleased to announce the Fall 2020 Signature Lecture with Claudia Rankine

Poet, essayist, playwright, and the editor of several anthologies. She is the author of six volumes of poetry, three plays, and various essays.

Her book of poetry, Citizen: An American Lyric, won the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Award; the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, the first book in the award’s history to be nominated in both poetry and criticism; the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Collection, the 2015 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry; the 2015 NAACP Image Award in poetry; the 2015 PEN Open Book Award; the 2015 PEN American Center USA Literary Award; the 2015 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary Award; and the 2015 VIDA Literary Award. Citizen was also a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award and the 2015 T.S. Eliot Prize. It is the only poetry book to be a New York Times Bestseller in the nonfiction category.

This online event will begin at 7 pm.  Register here for the ZOOM webinar link.

You can also watch this event on Facebook Live or YouTubeLive.

Check out our pop up online independent book store partner, Literati Bookstore to order copies of Claudia Rankine’s books and find other social justice and anti-racism texts.

About the Signature Lecture Series

Originally founded as the Celebrity Lecture Series in 1998 by the College of Arts & Letters and the Dean’s Community Council, the series was later renamed the Signature Lecture Series in 20017 and allows notable public figures to interact and engage with the faculty, students, and greater community of Michigan State University through conversations and discussions.

The popularity of this series has attracted some of the most illustrious scholars, critics, novelists, poets, film producers, and creative artists of our time, including Soledad O’Brien, Ken Burns, Oliver Stone, Richard Ford, and Maya Angelou, just to name a few.

Sponsors of the Signature Lecture Series are the following:

  • College of Arts & Letters
  • Broad Art Museum
  • MSU Libraries
  • Department of English
  • Creative Writing Program
  • Film Studies Program
  • Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures

This event is being held in collaboration with the MSU Broad Art Museum Artist’s Project Series “John Lucas and Claudia Rankine: Situations” Exhibition. The MSU Broad presents, for the first time in a solo exhibition, the entire series of Situation videos collaboratively produced by documentary filmmaker John Lucas and poet Claudia Rankine since 2008. The videos address the vexed notion of a post-racial United States, a term coined in the Obama era to assert that the election of an African American president indicated the achievement of racial equality, by foregrounding the public and private experiences of black Americans. The exhibition is on February 8-December 26, 2020.