“The Pathology of Political Polarization – The Story of Israel’s 2019 Elections” @ James Madison College, 332 Case Hall
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

“The Pathology of Political Polarization – The Story of Israel’s 2019 Elections.” A panel held by Professors Alon Tal and Yael Aronoff.

Second Language Research Forum 2019 @ Kellogg Center
Sep 20 – Sep 22 all-day
Second Language Research Forum 2019 @ Kellogg Center | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The MSU Second Language Studies Program is pleased to welcome you to our website for SLRF 2019: Advancing Transdisciplinary Research.

Second Language Research Forum Conference
Kellogg Center September 20-22
Of special note:
Friday (9/20): Welcome & Cocktail Reception Honoring Dr. Susan M. Gass
In addition to welcoming you to the conference, there will be a small reception honoring the distinguished career of Dr. Susan M. Gass.  This event features light hors d’oeuvres, one free drink per person, plus a cash bar.  No registration is required.During this event, we plan on honoring Dr. Gass by announcing a scholarship fund in recognition of her years of dedicated research, mentorship, and service.  If you are interested in contributing to this fund, please visit this website: 
C4I Speaker–Tobacco Control: A sticky, complex, problem @ MSU Library Digital Scholarship Lab
Sep 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
C4I Speaker--Tobacco Control: A sticky, complex, problem @ MSU Library Digital Scholarship Lab

Please join us

Speaker: Ashley Sanders-Jackson, Assistant Professor, Department of Advertising and Public Relations, College of Communication Arts and Science

TOPIC: Tobacco Control: A sticky, complex, problem

Tobacco is the number one preventable cause of death in the United States. However, the structural, interpersonal and personal factors that contribute to tobacco use are complex and require integration of a variety of methodological approaches and expertise across disciplines. In this talk, I will discuss how in my work I apply variety of conceptual and operational approaches, utilizing skills from interdisciplinary teams, to help tackle this public health problem.

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 original research on interdisciplinary process and practice, it serves as an advocate for researchers and scholars, consulting with teams, providing resources for and about interdisciplinarity, and creating opportunities for training, education, networking, mentorship, visibility, and funding both on and off-campus.

Military-Affiliated Students Learning Community @ TBA
Sep 20 @ 1:00 pm

The Military-Affiliated Student Learning Community will meet every 3rd Friday of the month starting in September. This community will focus on how military experiences impact students in an effort to pave the way for deeper understanding about how this could impact pedagogy and ultimately support the development of best practices for instructors to consider for their own classrooms.

The LC is open to any instructors (i.e. tenured and non-tenured faculty, fixed term faculty, specialists, etc.) and student support staff who have direct interaction with MSU students (i.e. LBGT Resource Center, REHS, advisors, RCPD, etc.). Members will be encouraged to engage in multidirectional discussions, and a specific focus will be placed on underserved groups of service members (i.e. females, LGBTQ+, disabled, varying socioeconomic backgrounds).

To sign up, visit and complete the short form by September 11th. The first LC meeting will be September 20th from 1-3pm and more information will be disseminated once the registration form has closed.

Visiting Artists John Jennings and Stacey Robinson
Sep 23 @ 8:00 am – Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm

The College of Arts & Letters will welcome artist-scholars John Jennings and Stacey Robinson to campus from September 23-27 to engage students and faculty in conversations about race, gender, and power within comics and science fiction.

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

“How Frontier Jews Made American Judaism” @ Wells Hall, B-342
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The first mass migration in American Jewish history took place in the nineteenth century, during the era of westward expansion and manifest destiny. Dr. Rabin will discuss the experience of these Jewish migrants, focusing on the eclectic forms of religious life that they developed and what they can tell us about American Judaism in the twenty-first century.

Shari Rabin is currently Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Religion at Oberlin College. She is the author of Jews on the Frontier: Religion and Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America (New York University Press, 2017), which won the National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish Studies and was a finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. Shari received a PhD in religious studies from Yale University in 2015.

Sing Me a Song with Social Significance: Battling Industrialist Oppressors on the Broadway Stage @ Music Practice Building, Room 103
Sep 24 @ 12:45 pm – 2:15 pm

Florida State University music theorist Michael Buchler’s expertise is music theory and American musical theater, but his insights span far beyond into topics of capitalism, neo-Liberalism, and Trumpism. This lecture and discussion, which is free and open to the public, is based in music yet engaging for a wide audience including anyone interested in politics and current events. More information:

Language Diversity Speaker Series: Dr. Vershawn Ashanti Young @ Synder Hall, RCAH Theatre, Synder C20
Sep 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Writing Center at MSU will present its first speaker in the Language Diversity Speaker Series, Dr. Vershawn Ashanti Young, where he will present his talk, “Straight Black Queers: Languaging Gender Anxiety and the American Dream.” Dr. Young is a professor of English Language and Literature and Communication Arts at the University of Waterloo and a Chair at the Conference on College Composition & Communication.

Writing Center @ MSU Presents “Straight Black Queers: Languaging Gender Anxiety and the American Dream” @ Synder C20, RCAH Theater
Sep 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Writing Center @ MSU Presents  "Straight Black Queers: Languaging Gender Anxiety and the American Dream" @ Synder C20, RCAH Theater

The Writing Center @ MSU Presents

“Straight Black Queers: Languaging Gender Anxiety and the American Dream”

Speaker:  Dr. Vershawn Ashanti Young, Professor, English Language and Literature, Communication Arts, University of Waterloo

Chair, Conference on College Composition and Communication