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.
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 email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meditation and Consciousness: Secular Techniques for Mastering Anxiety and Distraction
Nature: Thursday, February 27th, 7:00pm
MSU Union, Lake Michigan Room
“The Evolution of India’s MetaReligion: Ashoka, Akbar, Gandhi” with Dr. James Laine
Thursday, April 9th, 4:00pm
A108 Wells Hall
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 email@example.com for zoom link.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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 (email@example.com).
This event for has been postponed. Please check back up update with rescheduled date.
Anti-Racist Pedagogy and Online Teaching
Schedule: 16 October, 3 PM – 4 PM (via Zoom), with Cristóbal Martinez
This workshop is aimed to address the pressing need to implement an anti-racist pedagogy in Online Teaching. Graduate student Cristóbal Martinez will share his efforts to enact an anti-racist pedagogy for online instruction. This workshop will be open to graduate instructors affiliated with the College of Arts and Letters and we are expecting a guest speaker for the event who will give a talk about anti-racist pedagogy.
The Feminisms, Genders, and Sexualities (FGS) and HIVES research workshops are holding a workshop in November (date TBD). Activist and poet Eli Clare joins us to explore intersections of disability and queerness. Zoom links will be distributed. If you have any questions, please email Marisa Mercurio (firstname.lastname@example.org).