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Nov
12
Thu
New date–MSU Signature Lecture Series with Claudia Rankine @ Online event
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
New date--MSU Signature Lecture Series with Claudia Rankine @ Online event | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The College of Arts & Letters and MSU Broad Museum are pleased to announce the Fall 2020 Signature Lecture with Claudia Rankine

Poet, essayist, playwright, and the editor of several anthologies. She is the author of six volumes of poetry, three plays, and various essays.

Her book of poetry, Citizen: An American Lyric, won the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Award; the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, the first book in the award’s history to be nominated in both poetry and criticism; the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Collection, the 2015 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry; the 2015 NAACP Image Award in poetry; the 2015 PEN Open Book Award; the 2015 PEN American Center USA Literary Award; the 2015 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary Award; and the 2015 VIDA Literary Award. Citizen was also a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award and the 2015 T.S. Eliot Prize. It is the only poetry book to be a New York Times Bestseller in the nonfiction category.

This online event will begin at 7 pm.  Register here for the ZOOM webinar link.

You can also watch this event on Facebook Live or YouTubeLive.

Check out our pop up online independent book store partner, Literati Bookstore to order copies of Claudia Rankine’s books and find other social justice and anti-racism texts.

About the Signature Lecture Series

Originally founded as the Celebrity Lecture Series in 1998 by the College of Arts & Letters and the Dean’s Community Council, the series was later renamed the Signature Lecture Series in 20017 and allows notable public figures to interact and engage with the faculty, students, and greater community of Michigan State University through conversations and discussions.

The popularity of this series has attracted some of the most illustrious scholars, critics, novelists, poets, film producers, and creative artists of our time, including Soledad O’Brien, Ken Burns, Oliver Stone, Richard Ford, and Maya Angelou, just to name a few.

Sponsors of the Signature Lecture Series are the following:

  • College of Arts & Letters
  • Broad Art Museum
  • MSU Libraries
  • Department of English
  • Creative Writing Program
  • Film Studies Program
  • Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures

This event is being held in collaboration with the MSU Broad Art Museum Artist’s Project Series “John Lucas and Claudia Rankine: Situations” Exhibition. The MSU Broad presents, for the first time in a solo exhibition, the entire series of Situation videos collaboratively produced by documentary filmmaker John Lucas and poet Claudia Rankine since 2008. The videos address the vexed notion of a post-racial United States, a term coined in the Obama era to assert that the election of an African American president indicated the achievement of racial equality, by foregrounding the public and private experiences of black Americans. The exhibition is on February 8-December 26, 2020.

Nov
17
Tue
Please join Congresswomen Elissa Slotkin and Brenda Lawrence as they provide their remarks on the work of the Black-Jewish Congressional Caucus
Nov 17 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Please join Congresswomen Elissa Slotkin and Brenda Lawrence as they provide their remarks on the work of the Black-Jewish Congressional Caucus

Please join Congresswomen Elissa Slotkin and Brenda Lawrence as they provide their remarks on the work of the Black-Jewish Congressional Caucus; their thoughts on future collaboration, and reflections on the film.
November 17th, 6:30-7:30 pm
Register here

After registering, a link to view “Shared Legacies: The African American-Jewish Civil Rights Alliance” will be emailed back and
available to view Nov. 11-17.


The crucial historical lessons of Black-Jewish cooperation are revisited and revived in this utterly fascinating, urgent call to action. The modern alliance between African-Americans and Jewish Americans dates to the NAACP founding in 1909. Since then, both groups have endured segregation and racism, from the codified bigotry of southern Jim Crow laws, to blatant bias in real estate, employment, higher education and politics. Common cause was found in the turbulent ‘60s Civil Rights era, as Jewish leaders backed Dr. King’s efforts at racial equality and harmony. Yet, the relationship has frayed in recent years, as a once mighty bond of support and respect has seemingly faded, been forgotten or ignored. With divisive seeds of hate taking root anew in the American landscape, a new generation also affirms their pledge to actively promote the values of social justice. This potent, inspiring story of unity, empathy and partnership validates the ubiquity of the human experience, and how freedom and equality for all can be achieved only when people come together.


Co-sponsors: College of Arts and Letters, James Madison College, RCAH, College of Social Science, Department of History and Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.

 

Mar
25
Thu
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.

Registration: https://msu.zoom.us/…/register/WN_NObwUtHVQWy4NgAs5DB1kQ

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.

Apr
9
Fri
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

SPARTAN SKIN

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.

Creative Arts Activities (day one)
Apr 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Apr
16
Fri
Creative Arts Activities (day two)
Apr 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm