Guest Speaker Amalia Ortiz @ Wells Hall C640
Nov 11 @ 10:30 am
Guest Speaker Amalia Ortiz @ Wells Hall C640 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The Creative Writing Program, the Womxn of Color Initiatives, and the College of Arts and Letters are pleased to welcome Amalia Ortiz, who will visit MSU campus from November 10th through November 12th. Amalia Ortiz’s second book, The Cancion Cannibal Cabaret and Other Songs, is now available from Aztlan Libre Press. Ortiz has been featured on three seasons of Def Poetry on HBO, and on the NAACP Image Awards. Her debut collection Rant. Chant. Chisme. was selected by NBC News as one of the “10 Great Latino Books of 2015.” On November 11th, Ortiz will hold a conversation at 10:30am in Wells Hall, room C640, and will present a public reading geared toward the CAL community at 7:oopm in the Art Lab.

Meditation and Consciousness: How Not to React @ Human Ecology Building, Room 300
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm

Did you know anxiety is now widely reported to be the number one challenge for college students? Little wonder, with all the stressors today! In one recent study, 97% of students reported technological distractions in and beyond the classroom. In this series of three one-hour workshops, you’ll learn and start to use practical techniques for mastering anxiety and distraction.

Secular Meditation Workshops: Being Present

Thursday November, 14th, 2019 7 p.m
300 Human Ecology Building, 1st Floor Seminar Room

“Science On a Sphere” in Teaching and Research Workshop @ MSU Museum - Science On a Sphere Gallery
Dec 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
"Science On a Sphere" in Teaching and Research Workshop @ MSU Museum - Science On a Sphere Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The MSU Museum’s new “Science On a Sphere” gallery offers exciting opportunities for innovative teaching, research, and artistic creation. Developed by scientists in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Science On a Sphere allows for the animated visualization of complex datasets in three dimensions, projected on a globe that simulates a planetary body rotating in space. Through integrated data streams–drawn from NOAA and NASA remote sensing platforms and research programs the world over–users can globally envision a vast range of geophysical, environmental, public health, and socioeconomic phenomena.

This workshop explores the Sphere’s pedagogic possibilities for inquiry-based learning, including integrating hands- on observation of scientific specimens and cultural artifacts, student re-interpretation of big data, faculty-studentcollaborative authoring of original immersive visualizations for projection on the sphere, and the development
of game-style simulations of environmental, economic, and historical dynamics. We will also explore potential affordances of the Sphere in promoting scholarly inquiry in evolutionary theory and climate modeling, as well as the system’s possible uses as a digital canvas for new works of art, performance, and story-telling.

Electric Marronage @ MSU Library
Jan 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Electric Marronage @ MSU Library | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Please join us for the first event of the Spring 2020 Taller: ELECTRIC.MARRONAGE featuring Dr. Savannah Shange author of Progressive Dystopia: Abolition, Anti-Blackness, + Schooling in San Francisco. Dr. Shange will be hosting a graduate student workshop on Wednesday January 29th from 6:30-8pm at the MSU library. Please email to RSVP and receive the reading for this workshop.

Dr. Shange’s public talk: ABOLITION AS BLACK FEMINIST METHOD, will take place Thursday January 30th from 12-2pm in Wells Hall B342.  Refreshments will be provided.


Electric.Marronage is a digital site/workshop/series that showcases scholarly, political, creative + personal work that engages with themes of fugitivity, escape, survival (inside and outside the academy), “worlds/otherwise,” “Black femme freedom,” + decolonizing diaspora studies. Created + Curated by Yomaira C. Figueroa (MSU) + Jessica Marie Johnson (Johns Hopkins), Electric.Marronage will alternate institutional spaces (Spring at MSU/Fall at JHU) as our site runs concurrently + collaboratively. For more information contact:


Secular Meditation Workshop: Nature @ MSU Union, Lake Michigan Room
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm

Meditation and Consciousness: Secular Techniques for Mastering Anxiety and Distraction

Nature: Thursday, February 27th, 7:00pm
MSU Union, Lake Michigan Room

POSTPONED C4I Lecture with Dylan Miner @ Flex Space at the Digital Scholarship Lab (Library)
Apr 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
POSTPONED C4I Lecture with Dylan Miner @ Flex Space at the Digital Scholarship Lab (Library) | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The College of Arts & Letters regrets to announce that this event has been cancelled for April 10 and will be rescheduled for Fall Semester 2020.


University Interdisciplinary Colloquium

Art as Research //Research for Art

DYLAN MINER, Director, American Indian and Indigenous Studies and Associate Professor, Associate Professor, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities

In his talk, geared specifically for the Interdisciplinary Colloquium, artist and scholar Dylan Miner will discuss his own artistic practice and the research methodologies that he employs within his artmaking practice, as well as the genre-crossing nature of his work. He will use his talk to think through contemporary art as an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary practice that explodes the logics of university-based disciplinarity.

Talk is from 12-1 pm.  Coffee and cookies are available and guests are invited to stay for coffee and networking following the talk.


D2L Drop-In Workshop @ Zoom
Sep 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
D2L Drop-In Workshop @ Zoom

English graduate student Liz Deegan will be hosting a D2L Drop-In Workshop for anyone who needs it, both incoming and advanced students! On Wednesday, September 16th, from 2-4pm, she will have open zoom hours where anyone can drop in for help on some D2L basics. Below are a range of topics she can help with:

  • Making Announcements
  • Organizing your Content
  • Setting up Attendance
  • Setting up your gradebook
  • Creating a Rubric
  • Creating Quizzes
  • Release Conditions for Content
  • & more! Let me know if you need something specific

The event can be a way for folks to get more comfortable with D2L and its capabilities – especially considering we are extra reliant on technology with virtual learning. But also, feel free to drop in and say hi!

Contact for zoom link.


FGS Black Feminist Film Screening @ Zoom
Sep 18 @ 1:30 pm
FGS Black Feminist Film Screening @ Zoom | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The Feminisms, Genders, and Sexualities (FGS) research workshop is holding its first FY20-21 Black Feminist Film Screening on Friday, September 18 at 1:30pm. Join us for a screening and discussion of The Watermelon Woman (1996). Zoom links will be distributed. If you have any questions, please email Marisa Mercurio (


Writing & Pedagogy Workshops: Teaching IAH @ via Zoom
Sep 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Writing & Pedagogy Workshops: Teaching IAH @ via Zoom

Everything You Wanted to Know about Teaching IAH But Were Afraid to Ask (Part II)

Schedule: 25 September, 2 PM – 4 PM (via Zoom), with Liz Deegan and Asif Iqbal

This workshop will serve as a follow-up to the workshop held for new graduate students and those teaching MSU’s Integrative Arts and Humanities Classes. It will provide a space for talking through how your first few weeks as a recitation leader/ new graduate student have gone. This year we will mostly be talking about the positives and the downsides of online instruction for the IAH classes. We will follow-up on some of the issues we discussed in Part I of the workshop including maintaining 20 hours a week schedule of work, responding to student emails, communication with the faculty of record, grading loads and other issues that came up during teaching.

FGS Guest Co-Work POSTPONED @ Zoom
Oct 16 @ 1:30 pm
FGS Guest Co-Work POSTPONED @ Zoom | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The Feminisms, Genders, and Sexualities (FGS) research workshop is holding a Guest Co-Work workshop on Friday, October 16 at 1:30pm. Dr. Tamar Boyadjian and Ronny Ford join us to discuss their work on translation and queer theory: “Robin Hood and the Monk.” Zoom links will be distributed. If you have any questions, please email Marisa Mercurio (

This event for has been postponed. Please check back up update with rescheduled date.