The College of Arts & Letters will be holding an information session/discussion with Veronica Thronson, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Immigration Law Clinic and David Thronson, Associate Dean for Experiential Education and Professor of Law, and co-founder of the Immigration Law Clinic at Michigan State University College of Law to discuss post-election immigration concerns.
The goals of the discussion are:
- To support students, faculty and staff experiencing confusion and doubt as to their future immigration status and how that will impact their studies and their livelihoods;
- To provide a brief introduction to available resources at MSU and in the Lansing area;
- To distribute accurate, responsible information about the potential challenges that people in our community may face if they are not citizens of the United States;
- To educate our colleagues working directly with students.
Science as Experience: A New Approach to Science Communication
Megan Halpern draws on Dewey’s theory of aesthetic experience to develop a model that can reshape how we research, practice, and evaluate science communication. Drawing on her work in art-science collaboration and design-inspired public engagement with science and technology, Halpern illustrates three principles of her model. First, experiences are cumulative rather than transformative, second, that context shapes experiences; and third, that ultimately, audiences have agency in shaping the meanings they draw from their interactions with scientific content. Finally, Halpern offers insights into how to develop projects from an experience perspective.
Coffee and Cookies provided.
Plan to stay after the lecture for additional coffee and networking time.
Speaker: Dr. Staci Perryman-Clark – Associate Professor, Department of English, Western Michigan University
Drawing from her research and experiences designing and building partnerships between WAC, faculty development, and diversity and inclusion programming, Perryman-Clark describes the ways in which such collaborations can forward the mission of the CCCC’s Students’ Right to Their Own Language Resolution, supporting enrollment and retention efforts while also enhancing diversity and inclusion initiatives at the institutional level.
Speaker: Dr. Felix Kronenburg
The basic blueprint of the physical classroom has not
changed all that much in over a century, even as new
teaching methods and approaches, new technologies,
and new interdisciplinary insights into better ways to
support learning have greatly advanced during that same
timeframe. Do we still need physical learning spaces in
this age of ubiquitous computing? If we do, how can we
design and build them so that they will be able to adapt
to new educational transformations? Dr. Kronenberg
will give insights into and solutions from the new
interdisciplinary field of learning space design.
Speaker: Christina Boyles – Assistant Professor of Culturally-engaged Digital Humanities
Nearly two years have passed since Hurricane María made landfall in Puerto Rico, yet its effects are still reeling through the islands. Rather than assisting with recovery, government agencies are engaging in what I term climatizing surveillance—mechanisms developed to both disempower Puerto Ricans and to ensure valuable resources remain in the hands of the wealthy elite. At its core, this enterprise seeks the erasure of marginalized peoples and their claims to commonly held lands and resources. This presentation will discuss how these processes operate in Puerto Rico, highlight their broader implications for a climate-stricken world, and outline strategies for resistance.
The College of Arts & Letters regrets to announce that this event has been cancelled for April 10 and will be rescheduled for Fall Semester 2020.
University Interdisciplinary Colloquium
Art as Research //Research for Art
DYLAN MINER, Director, American Indian and Indigenous Studies and Associate Professor, Associate Professor, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
In his talk, geared specifically for the Interdisciplinary Colloquium, artist and scholar Dylan Miner will discuss his own artistic practice and the research methodologies that he employs within his artmaking practice, as well as the genre-crossing nature of his work. He will use his talk to think through contemporary art as an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary practice that explodes the logics of university-based disciplinarity.
Talk is from 12-1 pm. Coffee and cookies are available and guests are invited to stay for coffee and networking following the talk.