Spring 2021 Writing and Pedagogy (Zoom) Workshops
Schedule: March 12, Friday, 2: 30 PM – 4: 00 PM
Participants: Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Jessica Stokes, and Michael Stokes
Conferencing is essential to making your voice heard in your field/ area of specialization. You can network with the major academics as well as with the upcoming scholars at the national and international conferences. Nurturing these connections is essential to professionalization in academia. Conferences also help to improve the quality of your research. In fact, when you present your work in a panel, you receive feedback, and quite often, you engage in conversations with other scholars, whose research is linked to your own. Besides these potential professional benefits, conferences offer opportunities to forge friendships that can lead to future collaborative works inside and outside of academia.
Pre-1800 Pedagogy Roundtable | Teaching Pre-1800 Texts Today: Friday, March 19th, 2-4pm
- In this roundtable, graduate students and faculty will give short presentations on the topic: pedagogy about/with performance and play in pre-1800 courses. These presentations will be followed by a discussion and joint activity where we create a syllabus/depository of texts, links, etc. useful for those teaching pre-1800 texts.
- If interested in giving a presentation at the workshop, or to learn more, please contact Emily Yates (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Rania Stephan and The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni
Join video artist Rania Stephan for a screening and discussion of her award-winning video, The Three Disappearances of Soad Hosni (2011). Stephan’s film, what she calls “an archaeology of images, identity, and memory,” ponders one of the great disappearing acts in the history of global cinema: the legacy and still mysterious death of Egyptian actress Soad Hosni. Hosni’s creative labor and iconic roles helped to define Egyptian cinema, and her personal life, never far from the public eye, generated a robust media legacy of its own. Drawing on footage from more than sixty rare videotapes that took Stephan over a decade to collect, the video emphasizes not official film archives, but the analog consumer electronics that kept Hosni’s work alive informally.
Let’s Play Event, Game Studies Guild | Hemming’s Play Company: Friday, March 26th, 2-3pm
- In this “Let’s Play,” the MSU Game Studies Guild plays the online video game Hemming’s Play Company (and encourages you to play along!) while talking about the game’s mechanics and the theory behind video games. The Guild discusses how “play” is worthy of academic study, and the aspects of “roleplay” are theorized here with open discussion at the end of the Let’s Play.
- Contact Jonny Thurston (email@example.com) for more information.
Spring 2021 Writing and Pedagogy (Zoom) Workshops
Diversity Statement Workshop
Schedule: April 09, Friday, 2: 30 PM – 4: 00 PM
Participants: Dr. Joshua Lam, Sandy Burnley, Jonny Thurston
A diversity statement is often a requirement as part of the job market materials packet. The purpose of this workshop, then, is to discuss what a diversity statement should include, the kinds of language it should use, and what exactly it should communicate to a potential employer. We will address how you can illustrate your past and present experiences in the light of DEI issues such as race, gender, ethnic identity, and sexual orientation.
Jackie Sumell is a prison abolitionist and multidisciplinary artist inspired most by the lives of everyday people. A former artist-in-residence at MSU, she will be talking to us about her contribution to the Broad Museum exhibit “Seeds of Resistance” and her collaboration with students in SS2020 GSAH 201: Introduction to Global Studies.
Symposium | Performance and Play: Friday, April 16th, 2-5pm
- In this symposium, we will explore the various intersections between technology, performance, and play. We are seeking short papers of approximately 3-5 double-spaced pages for inclusion in the symposium, which will be organized as round-table discussions with presenters speaking for about 5 minutes before opening discussion up to the entire group of presenters and audience members.
- See the attached CFP and contact Stephen Deng (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
Dear colleagues and students,
Please join us in celebrating Cristóbal Martinez & Stephany Bravo and their thoughts on traditions of autotheory, and decolonial approaches to documentary literatures and nonfiction on April 22nd, at 7:30 PM. With a reading and an organic conversation, this will be a welcome moment of reflection and learning in the pandemic grind, and an opportunity to see emerging thinkers/artists speak about their practice.
Please come out and support your peers and graduate students. You can use the following invitation to join the event.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 932 1873 1797
In 2018-19, the Department of English piloted a new program, MUSE: Mentoring Underrepresented Scholars in English. The third annual MUSE workshop will be held from October 20-24th, 2021 at Michigan State University, in East Lansing, MI. The Fall MUSE workshop is directed at prospective English graduate students from underrepresented groups, including students of African American, Latinx and Chicanx, Asian American, Native American, and Indigenous descent. The workshop will allow students to learn more about the English Department, visit graduate classes and co-curricular activities, meet with our graduate faculty and graduate students, and receive individual feedback from the faculty on their application materials for graduate school. Students will also have the opportunity to present their research to faculty. The workshop aims to introduce prospective students to a robust culture of mentoring essential for a rewarding graduate school experience, and a thriving life in academia.