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.

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SoSLAP: Grant Finding Tips @ Online Event
Apr 2 @ 3:00 pm
SoSLAP: Grant Finding Tips @ Online Event

“Grant Finding Tips” with Paula Winke

Join us as SLS Director Paula Winke gives us insight on finding and applying to research grants at all levels (University to Federal)!

Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 993 6157 8462
Passcode: grants

“Engaging Communities: Collaborative Mode of Language Research” with Dr. Palash Kumar Nath
Apr 8 @ 10:00 am

Engaging Communities: Collaborative Mode of Language Research

Dr. Palash Kumar Nath

Thursday, April 8

10am EST/7:30 pm IST

Register for free

Collaborative Efforts in Linguistics (CEiL) and the Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University is pleased to welcome Dr. Palash Kumar Nath on Thursday, April 8 at 10am EST/7:30pm IST for a 30 minute Zoom presentation on his research on a shift in the language research model followed by a Q&A. Apart from providing a definitional interpretation of collaborative language research, this talk will deliberate on some of the important aspects of collaborative and community-based language research (Higgins, 2009; Nath, 2013; Rice, 2018). Dr. Nath will share his experience in conducting similar research with endangered language communities from Northeast India and related aspects in the context of language documentation and revitalization projects conducted in Northeast India.

Palash Kumar Nath is a researcher in the field of linguistics and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Language and Linguistics, in the Anundoram Borooah Institute of Language, Art and Culture, Assam located in North Guwahati, Assam, India.

His focus of research has been documentation of endangered languages, mother tongue based multilingual education and collaborative- and community-based language research in the context of Northeast India. In this context, he has worked extensively with several indigenous communities in Northeast India since 2005. He has been involved in several international language documentation projects funded by Endangered Languages Documentation Programme, (ELDP), London, Volkwagen Stiftung Foundation, Germany, Foundation of Endangered Languages (FEL), London.

His doctoral research focused on planning and implementation of a mother tongue based Multilingual Education programme for the children in the Singpho community in Upper Assam. He has also helped the Sumi, Tangsa, Rabha, Amri karbi and Adivasiya communities in producing mother tongue literacy materials in their respective languages.

Those interested can follow this link to register for free or contact Meagan Driver at to receive the link to register. We hope to see you there! And please share with your networks!

Engaging Communities Event Flyer - April 8th with Dr. Palash Kumar Nath
Engaging Communities Event Flyer – April 8th with Dr. Palash Kumar Nath
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.

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

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

Italian Virtual Culture Experience
May 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The MSU Community Language School is partnering again with MSU Extension to host the Italian Virtual Culture Experience!


The Italian Virtual Culture Experience is geared for everyone 8 years & above and it is free! The cultural experience will showcase language and culture sessions in four segments: 1. Language: Learn Some Basic Words and Phrases, 2. Cooking: Learn to Make a Simple Classic Dish, 3. Craft: Learn to Create a Traditional Symbol and 4. Movement: Learn Some Steps & Move to Music.

Please register by clicking the link:

Register by 5pm on Friday, May 14th to reserve your spot

Thank you! Grazie!

The Italian Virtual Cultural Event Planning Committee

Italian Virtual Culture Event, May 22nd 1-3PM
Italian Virtual Culture Event, May 22nd 1-3PM

Coffee with the Profs – Mohammad Hassan Khalil @ Virtual
Mar 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

One of the MSU Alumni Office’s long-standing featured offerings, the Coffee with the Profs series highlights research and work done by some of MSU’s finest faculty and staff. This lifelong education program is open to all.

A History of U.S. Muslims
Mohammad Hassan Khalil, director, Muslim Studies Program; professor, Department of Religious Studies; adjunct professor, College of Law
There is a rich and long history of Muslims in the United States. This is a diverse population that has included, among others, enslaved Africans; immigrants who established communities in cities such as Dearborn, MI and Ross, ND; and influential converts such as Alexander Russell Webb and Malcolm X. As we shall see, this is also a population that has greatly influenced American culture and politics in ways that may seem unexpected.