Robert F. Crawford Exhibition “MSU Student Life: From the Dorm to the Football Stadium” @ MSU Union Art Gallery
Jul 22 @ 12:00 pm – Sep 13 @ 5:00 pm
Robert F. Crawford Exhibition "MSU Student Life: From the Dorm to the Football Stadium" @ MSU Union Art Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

SHOW DATES:  July 22 – September 13, 2019

RECEPTION:  August 10, 2019, 2-4PM


MSU Student Life: From the Dorm to the Football Stadium, features two bodies of work by Robert F. Crawford. Bridging 30 years, the photographs illustrate the lives and experiences of Michigan State University students. Addressing the changing complexities of life, as students search for direction.

The black and white photographs taken in the early 1990s are portraits of MSU students. Along with the portraits, Crawford interviewed student as part of the Generation X: The Hopes and Dreams of College Students Oral History Collection held in the MSU Libraries – G. Vincent Voice Library. These interviews reveal both their backgrounds and reactions to life at Michigan State University. The challenge in both the black and white photography and the interviews was to capture a serious and contemplative side of college life. Both the interviews and the photographs preserve and address how individual students experience college, and how they search for and define their goals.

Taken within the last five years, the color photographs depict the pre-game spontaneity of students. Challenging Crawford to finding a way of interpreting constantly moving subjects in varying light conditions. These photographs feature students observed in front of the fraternity houses near Abbot Road and along Grand River Avenue, and the activities in and around Spartan Stadium. Capturing the colorful precision of the practice sessions of the Spartan Marching Band and the tailgaters covering the green spaces of campus. These images are of the collective and the aftermath. Despite the passage of time, the narration of these photographs has both changed and remained the same.

Robert F. Crawford began his education at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. After two and a half years he resigned and transferred to Columbia University in New York where he majored in Philosophy. He then worked as a social worker in New York City both in Harlem and on the Bowery. In the 1960s Crawford studied still and motion picture photography at the Germaine School of Photography in New York and then found employment in the film industry as a sound recordist, color timer, and editor.  Crawford briefly taught the basics of film production and lighting at the City College of New York in Queens and later at Lansing Community College. During the late 1970s and 1980s, Crawford worked as a cameraman and editor at Michigan State University. His still photographs have been published and exhibited locally and in New York. Crawford’s short films have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, at Columbia University and at the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

This exhibition was made possible thanks to the MSU College of Arts and Letters, Department of Art, Art History, and Design. Special thanks to Susan J. Bandes, Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, Director of Museum Studies.

Paint a Banner & Make a Blanket @ International Center, Spartans Room
Sep 12 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Paint a Banner & Make a Blanket @ International Center, Spartans Room

Spend time with the cast and crew of Come From Away!
This service activity is being organized in collaboration with the Wharton Center social media team, and the actors and director of the musical, Come From Away, which is being performed at the Wharton Center beginning September 10.

Activities include:

•Painting a banner for the Refugee Development Center’s youth soccer team for their first game this semester! No artistic experience required.

•Making blankets for refugee families in the Lansing area.

This is a great service opportunity, where students can do some collaborative artistic work (no artistic experience required!) and learn a little about refugees and the challenges they face. RDC and St. Vincent Catholic Charities will be there to answer questions about volunteering at their facilities.

HIVES Research Workshop @ Wells Hall C607
Sep 12 @ 4:00 pm
HIVES Research Workshop @ Wells Hall C607 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

HIVES will be meeting for the first official time on September 12, 2019 in room C607 of Wells Hall (619 Red Cedar Road, East Lansing, MI 48824). This meeting will be primarily to introduce HIVES guiding questions, discuss the trajectory of the workshop for the year, and nourish our bodyminds with pizza and discussion. We would like to begin the buzz of conversation with a discussion of texts and videos, available here, that present some nodes for future engagement. Finally, we will be revealing our fall keynote speaker at the meeting!

This and all future HIVES meetings are open to the public, including but certainly not limited to: students, non-students, artists, curious parties, larvae, comic-lovers, poets, and all others. Please feel welcome to circulate the poster above which has been formatted to be accessible to screen readers. Please fill out this google form if you plan to attend in order to share your preferences and needs for refreshments and access.

HIVES is an ongoing scholarly, artistic, and communal organization dedicated to developing an understanding of the ways in which matter and beings function in interdependent networks. This research workshop seeks to create a generative space for conversations at the intersections of disability studies and animal studies in popular culture. In his book Brilliant Imperfection, Eli Clare emphasizes how “White Western culture goes to extraordinary lengths to deny the vital relationships between water and stone, plant and animal, human and nonhuman, as well as the utter reliance of human upon human” (Clare 136). Clare offers the disability studies notion of interdependence as a way to undo fantastical narratives of independence and the individual. HIVES is an engagement with hiveminds, relationality, and interdependence across and within animal/human divides. This research workshop draws on popular culture in the form of novels, films, and video games and theory from disability studies to critical race theory to queer studies to animal studies in order to think through disrupting white western denials of interdependence. We are guided by the questions: what are the potentials and pitfalls of the overlap between disability and animal studies? what forms of inter-reliance arise from lived disabled existence and/or representations of disabled characters in popular culture? what does (and does not) separate animals and humans? what frictions exist in turning to animal studies to find alternate conceptions of relational being?

MSU Film Collective: THE STONE FLOWER @ B122 Wells Hall
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
MSU Film Collective: THE STONE FLOWER @ B122 Wells Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

9/12 The Stone Flower (dir. Aleksandr Ptushko, 1944)

Presented by McKayle Sluga

This remarkable film is based on P. Bazhov’s fairy tale “The Malachite Box”. Little Danila was the most inquisitive apprentice of old Prokopich, a famous stone-carving master. Years passed… Like his teacher, the grown-up Danila has learned to feel the soul of his material and became an expert in handling rare precious stones found in the Ural Mountains. One day he met the Mistress of the Copper Mountain, a fairy who ordered for herself an unusual stone flower.

Learning About Undergraduate Research @ MSU Union, Room 30
Sep 12 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Learning About Undergraduate Research @ MSU Union, Room 30

Make research an integral part of your MSU experience! Come learn about the opportunities available for involvement in research and creative activities at Michigan State. You can expect a short presentation, discussion, and Q & A facilitated by current undergraduate researchers.

Resume Bootcamp @ International Center, Room 115
Sep 13 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Resume Bootcamp @ International Center, Room 115 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Talk with Employers and Career Services staff to have your resume reviewed in preparation of the upcoming Fall Career Fairs. Need a professional photo taken for your Handshake or Linkedin profile, there will be a photographer available during the event. Please bring a printed copy of your resume.

Questions? Please contact Career Services at 517-355-9510

SLRF 2019 PRACTICE TALKS: Kiyo Suga @ Wells Hall B243
Sep 13 @ 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
SLRF 2019 PRACTICE TALKS: Wenyue Ma @ Wells Hall B243
Sep 13 @ 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
The Spirit’s Cradle: Language, Identity and the Global Justice Debate @ Ernest Bessey Hall, room 105
Sep 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Discussions of global justice have tended to develop along the lines dictated by their Rawlsian provenance, with a focus on individual rights and resources, and a great deal of attention given to the limits of toleration, the redistribution of goods, and more recently, questions of environmental justice. The work of Van Parijs and De Schutter has explored what the latter has termed ‘global linguistic justice’, in particular with respect to the expansion of English as a lingua franca, but language and language death have largely been marginal to the wider debate. This paper therefore explores why and how that debate should be inflected, through an ethical examination of global politics on the linguistic plane. Beginning with Charles Taylor’s The Language Animal, and his arguments about the centrality of language to human life and identity, the philosophy of JR Jones is then analysed as a particular expression of these broader claims. Writing in 1960s Wales, he inspired the burgeoning Welsh language movement, particularly with his claims around the interpenetration (cydymdreiddiad) of language and land and its significance in the formation of peoples, and their continued existence. These claims around the deep, formative significance of language are then contrasted with the underlying assumptions about language in the debates around global justice and the political liberalism that informs them. Arguing against the possibility that such a liberal framework can assimilate these concerns, the final section posits Wales as a case study for examining the implications for the global justice debate when prioritizing the claims of ‘burdened linguistic peoples’ – thereby raising difficult issues around historical relations, race, land and the natural environment, often marginal to mainstream debates.

Dr Huw Lloyd Williams is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Cardiff University, Wales, UK, and a member of the research centre, Cardiff Law and Global Justice. Amongst his publications are the books, On Rawls, Development & Global Justice: The Freedom of Peoples (Palgrave MacMillan, 2011) and Global Justice: The Basics (Routledge, 2017), which is co-authored with Carl Death and interrogates the interface between theory and practice. He also publishes regularly in Welsh, including a book on Welsh intellectual history, Credoau’r Cymry (University of Wales Press, 2016), and a sequel, Adferiad y Meddwl Cymreig, due to be published in 2020. He has been involved in a number of groups as a political activist, including a 3 year long campaign for a Welsh language school in his home community of Grangetown, Cardiff, whilst he has recently taken up the inaugural post of Dean of the Welsh Language at the University. He is an affiliated lecturer with the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, who have provided a grant for his visit.

Atul Bhalla Visiting Artist Lecture @ 105 S. Kedzie Hall
Sep 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Atul Bhalla Visiting Artist Lecture @ 105 S. Kedzie Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Atul Bhalla | Monday, September 16 | 105 S. Kedzie | 6pm

Atul Bhalla is a conceptual artist who uses photography, performance, video, sculpture, and installation to immerse himself in the physical, historical, spiritual, and political significance of water. Bhalla is a Professor in the Department of Art and Performance Art at Shiv Nadar University in India.