Storytelling: an Accessible Art Event @ Wells Hall B Atrium
Nov 8 – Nov 22 all-day

You are warmly invited to the Wells Hall B Atrium November 18-22 to enjoy reading and feeling tactile graphic novellas! Students in ENG 473A: Literature and Medicine have created these short comic-book-like stories depicting experiences of disability, illness, and interactions with the medical field, which are displayed alongside touchable sculpture from previous years of accessible art exhibits. Come learn about medicine and disability in a whole new way, and remember – please touch the art.

Practice Conference Talk – Starting Small: Cultivating Writing Assessment Principles Across Disciplines @ Wells Hall B243
Nov 8 @ 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Come support and listen to Monique’s conference practice talk for the Classroom Assessment for Language Teachers (CALT) Conference.
Title: “Starting Small: Cultivating Writing Assessment Principles Across Disciplines”
Presentation Abstract: To date, Fulcher (2012) presents the most comprehensive definition of Language Assessment Literacy (LAL), yet the language assessment community struggles to concretely define what deems an assessment stakeholder “literate” or minimally competent when tasked with creating language assessments (Pill & Harding, 2013). In the context of U.S. higher education, where writing assessments dominate student performance evaluations (Melzer, 2014), cultivating good principles of assessment-writing among faculty can feel insurmountable. This session will look at ways to overcome this challenge.
SOSLAP EVENT: Workshop on Summer Internships with Dr. Paula Winke @ Wells Hall B243
Nov 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Are you interested in a summer internship? Please join SOSLAP for a workshop with Dr. Paula Winke on the various summer internships that are available to you. Hear experiences and ask questions with former students who have participated in these summer internships. Plus, enjoy free coffee and snacks.

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.

Sensory-friendly event at the MSU Museum @ MSU Museum
Nov 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

In collaboration with the Accessible Learning Conference and in honor of Accessibility Week 2019, the MSU Museumwill host a sensory-friendly event on Tuesday, November 19 from 5-7 p.m. Join the museum for a range of hands-on activities, gallery exploration, and a chill out area in the education station.

Accessible Learning Conference @ Kellogg Center
Nov 21 – Nov 22 all-day

We invite you to join us for the 5th annual Accessible Learning Conference on November 21-22, 2019. This year’s theme is storytelling.

DATE:November 21-22, 2019

LOCATION: East Lansing, Michigan; Kellogg Center; Michigan State University


Review the conference schedule on the ALC Website below:

Schedule 2019

Practice Talk: Analysis of Grammatical and Lexical Errors in Writing Made by English-Speaking Learners of L2 Swahili @ Wells B342
Nov 22 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Come support and listen to Maggie’s practice talk Friday, 22nd, in B342 from 11:30-12:00pm.
Presentation Title: “Analysis of Grammatical and Lexical Errors in Writing Made by English-Speaking Learners of L2 Swahili”
This study applied the Error Analysis approach (Corder, 1967) to analyze written learner language samples of 17 second language (L2) learners of Swahili who were enrolled in an intensive summer language program in one large university in the United States. Data was collected from weekly exams that students took from week one to week eight. Overall results indicate that these learners struggled with both lexical and grammatical aspects of Swahili which varied across proficiency levels. The most problematic grammatical features of L2 Swahili were the noun class agreement system and agglutinative verbs followed by L1-induced spelling errors and omission of connectors. In terms of the lexicon, these learners overgeneralized the borrowing of English vocabulary into Swahili and misused near-synonyms whereby they often used a wrong word which had a closer meaning and/or looked orthographically similar to the target word. Results also indicate a relationship between error types and proficiency levels. Implications for designing instructional materials and actual instruction are discussed.