Contaveries and Complexities in LGBTQ Health Care
Jan 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Contaveries and Complexities in LGBTQ Health Care

Bioethics Public Seminar Series

Controversies and Complexities
in LGBTQ Health Care

Schedule: January 27, Wednesday, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Panelists: Emily Antoon-Walsh, MD, MA, FAAP (she/her); Barry DeCoster, PhD (he/him); Henry Ng, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACP (he/they).

Do you feel prepared to provide excellent care to your LGBTQ patients? Calls for social justice and corrective actions are being mounted by various and intersectional
constituencies. These calls for social change must be reflected in improved clinical care,
as well. What do LGBTQ patients want from their healthcare providers? What are some
of the ethical and clinical challenges that clinicians and patients face? This seminar will
address these broadly understood health issues that impact the LGBTQ community, as
we aim toward an inclusive and equitable health delivery system. Bring your questions
and take part in this exciting and timely conversation with a panel of MSU alumni.

Zoom webinar registration:


Tea & Talk – Womxn of Color Initiatives (WOCI) Virtual Gathering
Mar 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Tea & Talk - Womxn of Color Initiatives (WOCI) Virtual Gathering

The Womxn of Color Initiatives at Michigan State University welcomes you to join us on Tuesday, March 2nd, for our first Spring 2021 virtual gathering: Tea & Talk.

Join us as we sip and chat in community with other womxn of color and our allies!

Link to RSVP:

The first 33 people to RSVP by February 15th will receive a free WOCI swag bag, including: a WOCI mug, tea, and other treats.

Town Hall Discussion about Anti-Asian Violence
Mar 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Town Hall Discussion about Anti-Asian Violence

In light of recent anti-Asian violence, APASO, APIDA/AFSA, and OCAT invite members of the MSU community to come air and discuss their experiences. We aim to have this as a safe space for community members to share their stories and to be heard. We also want to hear your ideas about how MSU can better support the APIDA community. It’s important that we stand together in these hard times, and we want you to feel heard.


More details on vigil logistics and COVID safety measures if you wish to attend at the rock to be announced in the coming days. Please be sure to check back for the required guidelines.

Anti-Asian Racism Online Forum
Mar 26 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

An online forum in solidarity with members of Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) communities:

The racist violence directed against Asian Pacific Islander Desi American communities has
a long history and the recent killings in Georgia are a reminder of the continuing cruel
legacy of anti-Asian policies put in place in the 19th and 20th centuries. The previous US
the administration gave license to the racist and sexist violence of the shooter, whose actions
reflect the ugly attitudes that persist in contemporary US politics and culture.

As scholars and students committed to anti-racism, equity, and justice, we are coming together to challenge the racist discourse on COVID 19 and the growing number of anti-Asian hate crimes in the US. Come hear MSU faculty address these issues.

Siddharth Chandra, Yen-Hwei Lin, Josh Yumibe, Hui-Ling Malone, Abhishek Narula, Sheng-mei Ma, and Naoko Wake.

The event has been organized by the Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities program, in partnership with the Asian Studies Center and Asian Pacific American Studies Program, and is sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters.

Register here: Webinar Registration – Zoom

MSU & Humanities Commons Presents Online Communities & Transformative Justice
Mar 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
MSU & Humanities Commons Presents Online Communities & Transformative Justice

A Conversation and Core Deposit Party

Join MSU Commons on March 30th from 12 to 1:30pm EDT for Online Communities and Transformative Justice, an opportunity to discuss the potential for online communities to engage in anti-racist praxis, transformative justice, and ethical community engagement. There will be a panel discussion with a series of 5-7 minute lightning talks around the subject, followed by a keynote, “Harnessing Good Intentions: Online Communities and Sustained Commitment to Racial Equity & Diversity,” delivered by Dr. Jan Miyake, Associate Professor of Music Theory at Oberlin College.

The Humanities Commons network, of which MSU Commons is a part, is a free and open online community with an expanding reach. With over 26,000 members, Humanities Commons has become a visible place for members to share their scholarly work and connect with one another regardless of field, language, institutional affiliation, or form of employment. MSU Commons is the first institutional node on the Commons network, and is due to roll out to the full campus later this year. Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Project Director of Humanities Commons, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State University will give opening remarks.

After the program the panel will be available to answer questions and meeting attendees will be encouraged to deposit work of their own into CORE. Commons Open Repository Exchange, or CORE, is a library-quality, noncommercial repository that provides members with a permanent, open access storage facility for sharing, discovering, retrieving, and archiving scholarly output. A short video on CORE can be found on the Commons YouTube channel. Syllabi, learning materials, handouts, articles, and other works on this topic or others are welcome to be deposited.

To register visit

Michigan State University Muslim Studies Program 14th Annual Conference
Apr 8 @ 12:00 am – Apr 9 @ 11:45 pm
Michigan State University Muslim Studies Program 14th Annual Conference

Global Islamophobia and the News Media, Entertainment Media, and Social Media

The 14th annual Muslim Studies Program Conference will be happening from April 8th to 9th.

Register here: 

Organized by the Muslim Studies Program and co-sponsored by the African Studies Center, Asian Studies Center, College of Arts and Letters, College of Social Science, Department of Religious Studies, Department of Political Science, Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities, James Madison College, Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, and Peace and Justice Studies.

Thursday, April 8    

8:15am-8:30am EST  Welcome  

8:30am-10:00am EST  Panel 1

  • Imed Ben Labidi — Eternally Unwelcomed: Race, Representation, and Transnational  Sanctioning of Racism
  • Nofret Berenice Hernández Vilchis — Facing Islamophobia before It Existed? The Case of Palestinian Journalists
  • Mohibul Haque and Abdullah Khan — Mapping Islamophobia: The Indian Media Environment
  • Giuliano Bifolchi — Islamophobia in Russia: The Role of the Media in Presenting Islam and the Muslim Community

10:15am-11:45am EST  Conversation with Khaled Beydoun and Nazita Lajevardi 

12:45pm-2:15pm EST  Panel 2

  • Muniba Saleem — How Media Representations of Muslims Affect American-Muslim Intergroup Relations
  • Michael Bevers — Valorizing the Self: Islamophobia’s Inverse Function
  • Samaah Jaffer — Before ‘Creeping Shari‘a’: From Shari‘a as the Court to Shari‘a as the Story
  • Marta Panighel — Gendered Islamophobia in Italy: The Silvia Romano Case

Friday, April 9  

8:00am-9:30am EST  Panel 3 

  • Brian Van Wyck — Competing Islamophobias in Media Depictions of Qur’anic Education in West Germany, 1975-1984
  • Sana Aziz — The Iraq War in Hollywood War Films
  • Mohammed Reza John Vedadipour — Does Hollywood’s Representation of Iranian Identity from 1979 to 2019 Reflect U.S. Foreign Policy?
  • Angeliki Koletsou — Views of Iran in the American Film Industry and Television Series, from 2001 to the Present

9:45am-11:15am EST  Panel 4 

  • Russell Lucas — (Mis)representing Arab Public Opinion: Polls or Phobias?
  • Nazita Lajevardi and Caleb Lucas — Shifts in Group Salience and Target Substitution by Far-Right Extremists Explain a Contemporaneous Fall and Rise in Hate Crimes
  • Sabah Firoz Uddin — British Muslim Self-Making on Social Media: Responding to Islamophobia in Britain
  • Felipe Freitas de Souza — Islam on the Brazilian Timeline: Islamophobia in a Social Network

11:15am- 2:00pm EST  Open Conversation and Closing Remarks  



Spartan Skin @ MSU Union Art Gallery
Apr 9 @ 12:00 pm – May 21 @ 5:00 pm
Spartan Skin @ MSU Union Art Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States


Young Joon Kwak | April 9 – May 21, 2021

Guarded on game day and integral to graduation photographs, the bronze cast of Leonard Jungwirth’s 1945 Spartan statue is the central symbol of Michigan State University.  The Spartan is an exemplary body, an icon of race, gender, and physical fitness that reflects the university’s ideal virtues of tenacity and will. Arriving at MSU in the wake of a national reckoning with white supremacy that often used debate about historical monuments as a proxy for broader questions of justice, 2020-21 Artist-in-Residence in Critical Race Studies Young Joon Kwak models a different approach to public art. The artist takes a recuperative attitude toward the Spartan statue, while opening the symbol to careful consideration. What does it mean, Kwak’s work asks, to identify a university campus that reflects our diverse society with any one icon?

Having made molds of portions of the statue’s exterior, Kwak created sculptures in cold-cast metals that remake the Spartan’s skin. The artist lavishes attention on the statue’s surface, preserving details that show evidence of Jungwirth’s hand and draw attention to subtle fan interactions. Kwak’s sculptures include impressions left by the pennies glued to the statue by athletes seeking good luck. Surrounding the casts are a series of monumental prints made from the molds, in which the Spartan’s body deviates further from his original form. Presented in fragments, and in works that demand contemplation, Kwak provides a site for careful reconsideration of the meaning of the Spartan. Spartan Skin opens to the public on Friday, April 9 beginning at 12 pm at the MSU Union Art Gallery.

Young Joon Kwak (b. 1984 in Queens, NY) is the 2020 – 2021 Artist-in-Residence in Critical Race Studies at Michigan State University. Kwak is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Los Angeles, CA, and Lansing, MI, who primarily uses sculpture, performance, video, and community-based collaborations to reimagine bodies and the power structures that govern our everyday lives as mutable and permeable sites of agency. Kwak is the lead performer in the electronic-dance-noise band Xina Xurner, and the founder of Mutant Salon, a roving platform for collaborative installations and performances with their queer/trans/POC/mutant community.

APA Heritage Month Celebration Event
Apr 16 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm
APA Heritage Month Celebration Event

That the Asian Pacific American Studies Program as a key event during the APA Heritage Month celebration at MSU. The event features Charles Yu, the 2020 National Book Award winner (for his Interior Chinatown). President Stanley will make a welcome remark, while Young Joon Kwak, CAL’s the Artist-in-Residence in Critical Race Theory, will host the after-talk social hour with Mr. Yu.

More information coming soon!

Spartan Serve: Global Day of Service
Apr 17 @ 12:00 am – 11:45 pm
Spartan Serve: Global Day of Service

On April 17, Spartans around the world will participate in service projects for the Global Day of Service. It is a simple but powerful way to make an impact in your community alongside family, friends and fellow Spartans.

We are seeking individuals — or groups of individuals — who are willing to plan and register service projects. This year provides unique opportunities to explore virtual and socially distanced service projects. It’s a great way to interact with fellow Spartans while doing your part to make the world a better place. We made several handy resources to help you through the planning process.

How does it work?

From cleaning up beaches, to interacting with shelter animals, to writing letters for people who could use some encouragement, Spartans can make a lasting impact on those around them by planning a project in their community.

Now more than ever your help is needed, and you can find ways to help virtually or in your local community while following state and local guidelines. All you have to do is visit the link below, and follow the steps to create your project for the Global Day of Service.

To create a project, go to: Serve – Powered by Michigan State Spartans Worldwide (

Prefer not to plan a project, but want to participate:

If planning a project is not something you’re interested in, you can still play a part by participating in a service project virtually or in your local community. All projects will be registered on As the date gets closer, you can check out the projects that are happening in your community.


Anti-South Asian Violence, White Supremacy, and Xenophobia: Reflections in the Wake of the Indianapolis Shooting
Apr 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Anti-South Asian Violence, White Supremacy, and Xenophobia: Reflections in the Wake of the Indianapolis Shooting

A virtual panel discussion addressing the urgent need to take
seriously recent assaults against South Asians in the US and
also the history of anti-South Asian racism, and in particular
the forms of xenophobia targeting Sikh Americans.

Divya Victor, Michigan State University
Jyotsna Singh, Michigan State University
Samip Mallick, South Asian American Digital Archive
Harleen Singh, Brandeis University
Arvind-Pal Mandair, University of Michigan
Moderator: Siddharth Chandra, Michigan State University

Organized by Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities in collaboration with the Asian Studies Center at MSU
Co-Sponsors: Department of English |Creative Writing Program | India Council| Muslim Studies Program

Zoom Registration link: Webinar Registration – Zoom