Translation & Interpretation Workshop Series 2020-2021 @ Online
Oct 2 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm

 Dear Members of MSU Language Learning Communities,


MSU has organized a Translation and Interpretation Workshop series with three sessions and an expert roundtable in FS20 and a faculty roundtable discussion in SS21. Each workshop includes a language neutral section where general aspects of translation and interpretation will be discussed and a section dealing with translation/interpretation of one of these languages: Japanese, French, or Spanish. Even if you do not speak those languages, everyone will be able to attend the language neutral portion of each workshop. Each workshop will be three hours long (1.5 hours for non-language specific audiences and 1.5 hours for target-specific languages).


The language neutral workshop will be organized around four key issues:

(1) Navigating the paths to becoming a professional translator/interpreter

(2) Scoping the field and its future

(3) Learning strategies and methodologies for translation and interpretation

(4) Identifying resources for the translating and interpreting profession.


The language specific workshop will be a hands-on workshop focusing mainly on translation and interpretation strategies and methodologies for those languages.


Series Overview (detailed information about each event available in the event flyer attached)

Workshop I with Dr. Lili Selden (Oct. 2, 2020): (Japanese)
Workshop II with Ms. Caitilin Walsh (Oct. 9, 2020): (French)
Conversation with Workshop Leaders (Oct. 16, 2020): Japanese, French, and Spanish
Workshop III with Dr. Kelly Washbourne (Nov. 6, 2020): (Spanish)
MSU Faculty Roundtable (Jan. 29, 2021)

Please take a look at the event flyer and register at your earliest convenience, but no later than September 25 for the first workshop. You can register for all the events now by clicking on the link below.

We will send out Zoom & D2L invitations to those who will have completed the registration by the suggested deadline.


If you have any questions, please contact the workshop organizers:

Catherine Ryu ( for the Oct. 2 workshop (Japanese)

Valentina Denzel ( for the Oct. 9 workshop (French)

Miguel Cabañas ( for the Nov. 6 workshop (Spanish)

We are looking forward to seeing you at the (virtual) events!

T & I Workshop Team
Catherine, Valentina, and Miguel
Writing & Pedagogy Workshops: Anti-Racist @ via Zoom
Oct 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Writing & Pedagogy Workshops: Anti-Racist @ via Zoom

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.

Spanish and SLA/T Interdisciplinary Reading Group
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am
Spanish and SLA/T Interdisciplinary Reading Group
The first meeting for the Spanish and SLA/T Interdisciplinary Reading Group will be Monday, October 19 at 10am. We’re going to start with a discussion of Spanish language education and how it can better meet student needs. We will be using the article below to guide the discussion but you’re welcome to join even if you haven’t read the article.
Pascual y Cabo, D & Prada, J. (2018). Redefining Spanish teaching and learning in the United States. Foreign Language Annals, 51(3), 533– 547.
The Zoom information is as follows: 

Topic: Spanish and SLA/T Reading Group

Time: Oct 19, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 967 6758 3568

Passcode: Spanish

W.E.B. Du Bois on Latin America and the Caribbean – Live Event
Oct 29 @ 3:00 pm

W.E.B. Du Bois on Latin America and the Caribbean – Live Event

Join the event on Youtube or Facebook on Oct 29 @ 3:00 pm EST

Moderators: Leonora Paula (English) and Rashida Harrison (James Madison)

Speakers Agustin Lao-Montes (University of Massachusetts–Amherst), Juliana Góes (University of Massachusetts-Amherst), and Jorge Daniel Vásquez (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador/University of Massachusetts-Amherst) will explore W.E.B. Du Bois’s relation to Latin America and the Caribbean, focusing on his research and writings about the Americas – specifically Brazil, Cuba, and Haiti, as well as his interventions as a public intellectual and political activist. The speakers will also engage the contemporary relevance of Du Bois’s epistemic and political legacies to current debates around Epistemologies of the Global South, Post/Decolonial Critique, Africana Critical Theory, Diaspora Studies, and the Du Boisian Turn in Sociology.


Shifting classroom goals and expectations @ Zoom
Oct 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Shifting classroom goals and expectations @ Zoom

Educators from all levels, backgrounds, and content areas are welcome to join a discussion on how they have had to change course objectives and expectations for  students during COVID-19 online teaching.  Time will be allotted for small group discussions for educators to share their own new practices and gain ideas from others. The last 15 minutes will be reserved to hear from attendees on new perspectives they will incorporate into their classrooms, lingering questions and doubts on online success, and comments from novice and veteran educators.

Please share within your networks! This event will not be recorded.

Register for Zoom link at:

La Intervención Conocida como Lenguaje Inclusivo: Recurso Retórico-discursivo de Varias Luchas – Santiago Kalinowski @ Online
Nov 4 @ 5:00 pm

Join invited speaker Santiago Kalinowski on Wednesday, Nov 4, 5:00 PM (EST) for a discussion on inclusive language. Dr. Kalinowski, is a faculty member of the Department of Philosophy and Letters at University of Buenos Aires and the Director of the Linguistics and Philological Research Department at Academia Argentina de Letras. His work focuses primarily on lexicography, corpus linguistics and language dissemination. This event will be in Spanish.

This event is part of the Inclusive Spanish Series, organized by RCS professors Alejandra Márquez and Silvina Bongiovanni and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS). This series of 3 events will explore the development and use of inclusive language in Latin America, focusing on local debates, steps being taken, challenges, and ideas emerging from different Spanish speaking countries.

El genérico masculino nos incluye a todos… no, espera, a ti no. @ Online
Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm


Join invited speaker Tamara De Anda Prieto, also known as Plaqueta on Thursday, Nov 5, 5:00 PM (EST). Tamara is a journalist, feminist and activist. She participates in the feminist comedy collective “Standuperras”. She is the co-author of the books #AmigaDateCuenta (2018) and #TuBarrioTeRespalda (2020). This event will be in Spanish.

This event is part of the Inclusive Spanish Series, organized by RCS professors Alejandra Márquez and Silvina Bongiovanni and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS). This series of 3 events will explore the development and use of inclusive language in Latin America, focusing on local debates, steps being taken, challenges, and ideas emerging from different Spanish speaking countries.

Workshop #3 of the Inaugural Interlingual Translation & Interpretation Series with Dr. Kelly Washbourne @ Online
Nov 6 @ 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

COMING UP! You can still register to our third workshop of the series in November!

Workshop III with Dr. Kelly Washbourne (Nov. 6, 2020): Spanish-English, 11:00 am-3:30 pm (lunch break 12:30-2:00 pm)

 Please register for this workshop at:

If you have not done so already, please self-enroll in our D2L page as soon as possible. We have materials and important information there.

For MSU Members with MSU email accounts:

Participants who are not part of the MSU community are invited to first visit the following website to create a guest account:

It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to get your account activated. Once activated, please enroll in using the link to D2L provided above.

Classes with CAL | All Arts & Letters staff and faculty retirees, friends, and family are welcome! @ zoom webinar
Nov 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Classes With CAL (College of Arts & Letters)

An MSU experience unlike any other and isn’t just for College of Arts & Letters staff and faculty retirees.  All MSU alumni, friends and friends are welcome! 

Attend special classes taught by College of Arts & Letters faculty, get an insider’s look at MSU’s Arts & Letters research and education, and meet fellow alumni, faculty and students.  

No.2 pencil and bluebook not required!   

 This year’s activities will be all online, allowing remote access to anyone anywhere.   Use the registration link to sign up today and get your zoom link and password.  A reminder with the link and password will be sent out to you an hour before things begin on November 7th. 

Program includes 5 featured talks and a Student Spotlight  

 10:00- 10:10 AM   Welcome– Sonja Fritzsche, Associate Dean of Academic Personnel and Administration, College of Arts & Letters

 10:10 – 10:35 AM  Talk #1  Why Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Matter 

By Jonathan Choti, PhD, Professor of African Languages Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) have become universal values in our society today. In my talk, I will define and discuss the relevance of DEI in university teaching, with reference to my language and African cultures classes. I teach Swahili language, an IAH course, and lead a 6-week education abroad program to Tanzania known as Sustainable Community Development. My IAH class focuses on African cultures, languages, and literature. In my teaching, I find it necessary to embrace a wide definition of diversity that includes (but not limited to) race, color, ethnicity, nationality, thought, religion, socio-economic status, academic discipline, career, marital status, language, age, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, employment status, and learning styles. Diversity reminds me that differences among professors and students (people) is a strength to be exploited, not a weakness to deprecate. I embrace the tenet of equity to guarantee fair treatment, access to opportunities, and progress for all students while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that normally prevent the full participation of some students or groups. With equity in mind, I strive to understand my students, accommodate different viewpoints, assist slow learners, accept learner differences, and inculcate confidence in all students. To align my teaching to the principle of inclusion, I genuinely bring traditionally or situationally excluded students and groups into the learning process and classroom decision-making activities in a way that shares power and ensures equal participation and access to opportunities and learning resources. I strive to give every student an opportunity to air his or her views through question/answer sessions, one-on-one sessions, reflections, and individual and group presentations. The education abroad program I lead to Tanzania is an excellent opportunity to try out the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. 


10: 35- 11:00 AM Talk #2 Innovations in Modern Choreography: Intimacy for the Stage

by Alexis Black, Assistant Professor of Movement, Department of Theatre

Intimacy Directors and Coordinators is an organization pioneering the best practices for performed intimacy, simulated sex and nudity for theatre, live performance, tv and film. The team is comprised of the professionals who were critical to the creation of the fields of Intimacy Direction for Theatre, TV and Film, creating what are now the accepted standards across the industry. Assistant Professor Alexis Black is one of 30 professionals in the world certified as an Intimacy Director for the stage with IDC. This presentation will include a brief history outlining the creation of the movement of intimacy direction, and it’s foundation in “The Pillars”; 5 elements used to create compelling physical storytelling within intimate scenes for the theatre while maintaining the physical and psychological safety of all involved. 


00- 11:25 AM Talk #3 Seeing Is Believing: The Curious Case of the Contested Image of Elvira Eliza Field 

by Dr. Amy DeRogatis, Professor of religion and American culture, Dept. of Religious Studies

daguerreotype of Elvira Eliza Field

In this talk Prof. DeRogatis will discuss the daguerreotype of Elvira Eliza Field, first plural wife of the Mormon prophet James Jesse Strange, who cross-dressed as Charles J. Douglass for six months. Elvira Field was a young Mormon girl from Michigan who secretly married Strange on July 13, 1849. Dressed as his fictitious nephew, Charley Douglass, she served as his personal secretary during an east coast mission. No one denies that Field dressed as Douglass, but recently at least one scholar has questioned if this image is legitimate. In this lecture, the image serves as an entryway into the fascinating religious movement that culminated in the crowning of a Mormon king—the proclaimed true successor of prophet Joseph Smith—on Beaver Island, Michigan. Strang’s story is rich with golden plates, angel visitations, visions, secret rituals, new scripture, plural marriage, political intrigue, and scrappy fights with Brigham Young. The presentation will address the artifact, the interpretation of it, and the role that both image and interpreter play in the stories we tell about religion and American culture.

11:25- 11:35 Break for refreshments 

 11:35- 12:00 Talk #4 Babylon Revisited: History, Memory, and Forgetting in Psalm 137

by Dr. David Stowe, Professor, Department of Religious Studies


Before COVID-19, ours has been called the Age of the Refugee. No text has spoken of exile and displacement more compellingly than Psalm 137, which begins: By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. For many centuries this short Hebrew poem has been a cultural touchstone for music and religion across the Atlantic world and beyond. This interdisciplinary talk demonstrates the psalm’s enduring place in popular culture. 

12:00- 12:25 Talk #5 Archive of Malian PhotographySupporting the Preservation & Accessibility of Photographic Archives in Mali, West Africa

by Dr. Candace Keller, PhD  Associate Professor of African Art

Since 2009, the Archive of Malian Photography (AMP)—a collaborative partnership of archival custodians, photographers, students, and scholars from diverse fields—has been preserving, digitizing, cataloging, andrenderinggloballyaccessible128,000+ photographic negatives from the archives of important photographers in Mali, including MamadouCisséAdamaKouyatéAbdourahmaneSakalyMalickSidibé, and Tijani SitouRecording local aesthetic practices and innovations, methods of identity construction and preservation, and cultural and political transformations during the twentieth centurythese primary sources make significant contributions to global histories of photography as well as to multidisciplinary studies of western Africa.This presentation will provide an overview of the project and discuss the primary ethical and practical challenges that AMP has tried to address over the past ten years.

12:25- 12:50 CAL Student Spotlight 

 12:50- 1:00 Thank you– Rob Roznowski, Professor of Acting, Head of Acting and Directing, Theatre Department

Excel Network Careers in Language Week – Alumni Panel on Careers in International Education
Nov 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Excel Network Careers in Language Week - Alumni Panel on Careers in International Education

Careers in Language Week is a series of week-long events intended to help students explore career fields that are possible with a language degree. This webinar will provide a variety of perspectives from alumni panelists who are working in International Education, including:

– an academic librarian at a university in Montreal

– an employee in the Office of Education Abroad at MSU

– an exchange coordinator for government programs

Register here: