EVENTS

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Dec
3
Thu
English/WRAC Grad Student Workshop
Dec 3 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
English/WRAC Grad Student Workshop

The Departments of WRAC and English will be working together this year to program events for graduate students related to careers outside of academia as well as non-faculty careers within the university (such as program coordinators, etc.). We are planning to hold our first workshop on Thursday, December 3, 3:00-5:00. We will follow up with additional details concerning speakers for this event, but we want to write now to ask you to save the date. 

Feb
5
Fri
Indigenizing Shakespeare: Madeline Sayet
Feb 5 @ 2:00 pm
Indigenizing Shakespeare: Madeline Sayet

Keynote Lecture and Workshop | Indigenizing Shakespeare, Madeline Sayet: Friday, February 5th (Public Lecture at 2pm and MSU Workshop at 3:30pm)

    • Lecture: “Native American Shakespeare: The Journey to Representation”: this lecture will examine the complex history of the relationship between Shakespeare’s plays and the indigenous peoples of America, from the onset of colonialism through the present day. Madeline will also share insights into how this intersection informs her own life and work, and the Native Theatre Movement at large.
    • Workshop: In this session, Mohegan Director Madeline Sayet will guide participants through a process of creatively indigenizing Shakespeare for themselves. Participants will begin their own dynamic reimaginings of the plays and be empowered to make bold creative choices in their own work going forward.
    • Also see the attached flyer with further details (and how to register), and contact Katie Knowles (knowle50@msu.edu) or Jyotsna Singh (jsingh@msu.edu) for more information.
Feb
9
Tue
English Works Alumni Career Panel
Feb 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
English Works Alumni Career Panel

On February 9th, Dr. Brian Burns will host an English Alumni Career Panel, with three of our alums (1990, 2006, 2017), from 6:30-8pm. Students will have the chance to engage this panel on their career pathways and discuss how their English major prepared them for a variety of careers.

Feb
16
Tue
English Works Career Planning Workshop
Feb 16 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
English Works Career Planning Workshop

On February 16th, Dr. Burns will host an English Career Planning Workshop from 6-7:30pm. This workshop aims to give students the tools to begin their career trajectories by connecting with career, internship, and networking resources on campus. Dr. Burns will also talk students through a fast-paced resumé and cover letter workshop.

Feb
17
Wed
Beatriz Cortez Mutant Salon Talk Hosted by Young Joon Kwak @ Virtual on Zoom
Feb 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Beatriz Cortez Mutant Salon Talk Hosted by Young Joon Kwak @ Virtual on Zoom

Beatriz Cortez | February 17 | Virtual on Zoom | 4 PM EST

Beatriz Cortez (b. 1970, San Salvador, El Salvador; lives and works in Los Angeles) received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and a Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies from Arizona State University. Cortez’s work explores simultaneity, life in different temporalities, and different versions of modernity, particularly in relation to memory and loss in the aftermath of war and the experience of migration, and in relation to imagining possible futures. She has had solo exhibitions at Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles (2019); Clockshop, Los Angeles (2018); Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles (2016); Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles (2016); Centro Cultural de España de El Salvador (2014); and Museo Municipal Tecleño (MUTE), El Salvador (2012), among others. Cortez has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2019); Ballroom Marfa, TX (2019); Socrates Sculpture Park, New York (2019); John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI (2018); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); BANK/MABSOCIETY, Shanghai, China (2017); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017); Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Quito, Ecuador (2016); and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (2016). Cortez is the recipient of the Artadia Los Angeles Award (2020), the inaugural Frieze Arto LIFEWTR Sculpture Prize (2019), the Emergency Grant from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts (2019), the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant (2018), the Artist Community Engagement Grant (2017), and the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists (2016).

For more information about Beatriz Cortez and their work, please visit their website

This event does not require pre-registration, if you are interested in joining our zoom webinar, please do so using the link and password below.

https://msu.zoom.us/j/97803340342 pw: mutants

For the security of our events, please do not share the link and password on social media.

Feb
24
Wed
Kelly Akashi Mutant Salon Talk Hosted by Young Joon Kwak @ Virtual on Zoom
Feb 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Kelly Akashi Mutant Salon Talk Hosted by Young Joon Kwak @ Virtual on Zoom

Kelly Akashi | February 24 | Virtual on Zoom | 4 PM EST

This event does not require pre-registration, if you are interested in joining our zoom webinar, please do so using the link and password below.

https://msu.zoom.us/j/97803340342 pw: mutants

Material tactility, its possibilities, limitations, and transformation form the core of Kelly Akashi’s practice. Originally trained in analog photography, traditional processes and the materiality of documents continue to inform and fuel her sculptural explorations. Working in a variety of media, such as wax, bronze, fire, glass, silicone, copper, and rope, Akashi investigates the capacity and boundaries of these elements and their ability to construct and challenge conventional concepts of form.

Born in 1983 in Los Angeles, Kelly Akashi currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. The artist graduated with a MFA from University of Southern California in 2014. Akashi studied at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main and received her BFA at Otis College of Art and Design in 2006.

Currently on view at the Aspen Art Museum is a new commissioned sculpture, Cultivator, which will be on view at the museum’s Crown Commons through March 2021. Winner of the 2019 Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Art Prize the artist had a residency at the foundation in Ojai, California. Other residencies include ARCH Athens, Greece (2019) and at Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA (2019) – both of which concluded with a solo exhibition. Other important solo exhibitions include Long Exposure curated by Ruba Katrib at the SculptureCenter, New York (2017). The artist’s work is currently featured in Ground/work at the Clark Art Institute and Possédé·e·s at MoCo Montpellier Contemporain in France. Other notable group exhibitions include the Hammer Museum’s biennial, Made in L.A. (2016); Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2017); LA: A Fiction, Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, France (2017); Take me (I’m Yours), curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jens Hoffmann, and Kelly Taxter, Jewish Museum, New York (2016); Can’t Reach Me There, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (2015).

For more information about Kelly Akashi and their work, please visit their website.

Mar
17
Wed
Nikita Gale Mutant Salon Talk Hosted by Young Joon Kwak @ Virtual on Zoom
Mar 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Nikita Gale Mutant Salon Talk Hosted by Young Joon Kwak @ Virtual on Zoom

Nikita Gale | March 17 | Virtual on Zoom | 4 PM EST

This event does not require pre-registration, if you are interested in joining our zoom webinar, please do so using the link and password below.

https://msu.zoom.us/j/97803340342 pw: mutants

Nikita Gale (b. 1983, Anchorage, Alaska; lives and works in Los Angeles) is an artist living and working in Los Angeles, California and holds a BA in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeological Studies from Yale University and earned an MFA in New Genres at UCLA. Gale’s practice is often structured by long-term obsessions with specific objects and the ways these objects gesture towards particular social and political histories. Gale uses ubiquitous consumer technologies as frameworks to consider how individuals potentially reproduce their relationships to objects within their relationships to psychic space and political, social, and economic systems. For Gale, the term “reproduction” is as much a mechanical, technical process as it is a process rooted in sex, biology, and the organic.

On a more physical register, Gale’s work points to the ways that many technologies can be understood as instruments that extend or amplify the body through a relationship to touch. Reproduction connects humans to a desire for extension and amplification both biologically and through industrial processes. By engaging with materials that have properties that are simultaneously acoustic and protective, Gale’s recent work considers the role of the audience as a social arena and examines the ways in which silence and noise function as political positions and conditions.

Nikita’s work has recently been exhibited at MoMA PS1 (New York); LACE (Los Angeles); Commonwealth and Council (Los Angeles); Matthew Marks Gallery (Los Angeles); The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York); Rodeo Gallery (London); Ceysson & Benetiere (Paris); and in “Made in L.A. 2018” at the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). Gale’s work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, Art21, AQNB, Frieze, Vogue, and Flash Art. Nikita currently serves on the Board of Directors for GREX, the west coast affiliate of the AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems.

For more information about Nikita Gale and their work, please visit their website.

Mar
19
Fri
Pre-1800 Pedagogy Roundtable
Mar 19 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Pre-1800 Pedagogy Roundtable

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 (yatesem1@msu.edu).
Mar
24
Wed
Amanda Ross-Ho Mutant Salon Talk Hosted by Young Joon Kwak @ Virtual on Zoom
Mar 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Amanda Ross-Ho Mutant Salon Talk Hosted by Young Joon Kwak @ Virtual on Zoom

Amanda Ross-Ho | March 24 | Virtual on Zoom | 4 PM EST

This event does not require pre-registration, if you are interested in joining our zoom webinar, please do so using the link and password below.

https://msu.zoom.us/j/97803340342 pw: mutants

Amanda Ross-Ho’s work draws from a broad hierarchy of structures, mapping connectivity within the overlapping ecologies of personal and universal phenomena. Her evolving personal language combines forensic and theatrical gestures, diagramming the reflexive relationships between production, presentation, and the social contracts of viewership. Her sculpture, painting, photography, installation, and most recently, public works have been exhibited widely, nationally, and internationally.

Amanda Ross-Ho holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the Roski School of Art, University of Southern California.  Solo exhibitions include Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, Hoet Bekaert, Belgium, The Pomona Museum of Art, Mitchell-Innes and Nash New York, The Visual Arts Center, Austin, TX, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Vleeshal Center for Contemporary Art, Middelburg, Netherlands, the Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany, The Approach, London, and Praz-Delavallade, Paris. Group exhibitions include Artists Space, New York, The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, The Orange County Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, The New Museum, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the 2008 Whitney Biennial. In 2013 she debuted her first large-scale commissioned public work at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and in 2015, she presented a new large-scale sculpture commission in City Hall Park, New York City through the Public Art Fund. Ross-Ho’s work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times, ArtReview, Modern Painters, Art in America, Flash Art, Art + Auction, and Frieze among others. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

For more information about Amanda Ross-Ho and their work, please visit their website.

Apr
16
Fri
Symposium | Performance and Play
Apr 16 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Symposium | Performance and Play

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 (dengs@msu.edu) for further information.