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  • Seats 4 Kids

    Location:

    Wharton Center, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    MSU's Wharton Center has established Seats 4 Kids, a scholarship fund to provide free tickets to local youths who could not otherwise afford to attend a performing arts event. Much more than just entertaining, the arts have the power to teach, inspire, unify, and truly transform individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Research shows that young people who are engaged in the arts do better in school and are more involved in their communities. They also demonstrate higher academic performance including increased standardized test scores and lower drop-out rates than those students not involved in the arts. Tickets are distributed to economically-disadvantaged children through local community service organizations and Title 1 schools that have been pre-approved based on their ability to distribute scholarship tickets to qualified kids.

  • Summer Carillon Recital Series (Summer 2017)

    Dates:

    Wednesdays: June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, and August 2, 2017

    Location:

    Beaumont Tower, MSU campus, East Lansing, MI 48824. (Next to the MSU Museum on West Circle Drive.)

    Description:

    The MSU College of Music will present the Annual Muelder Summer Carillon Series, on six consecutive Wednesdays. The carillon, a musical instrument consisting of at least two octaves of carillon bells, was developed in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in the area of Europe that is now Holland, Belgium, and northern France. The MSU carillon features 49 bells and is capable of playing the full range of literature composed for the instrument. The first ten bells were installed in Beaumont Tower in 1928. Thirteen additional bells were added in 1935 to make the instrument a carillon. Both the carillon and the tower were renovated in 1996.

  • University Archives and Historical Collections

    Location:

    101 Conrad Hall, MSU

    Description:

    MSU's University Archives and Historical Collections collects, preserves, and makes accessible for research the historical records of the University as well as manuscript collections including faculty and alumni papers, organizational records, and historical document collections. In addition to university publications, Archives houses historical collections originating from individuals, families, organizations, institutions, and businesses. These materials consist of papers, records, photographs, documents, correspondence, and other materials. Additionally, there are audio-visual collections, photograph collections, and a general reference collection.

  • Wharton Center for the Performing Arts Educational Programs

    Location:

    Wharton Center, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The primary goal of Wharton Center's Education Programs is to connect learners of all ages to the performing arts by offering a range of programs suited to a variety of learner needs. In so doing, it is our hope that participants of every age will find for themselves that participation in the arts enriches, enhances and broadens one's life.  Programs are available for students, educators, families, and the community.

  • World View Lecture Series: Lynn Nottage (April 2018)

    Dates:

    April 2, 2018.  7:30 pm

    Location:

    Wharton Center Cobb Great Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter Lynn Nottage ’s plays, including Ruined and Intimate Apparel, have been produced widely, and often deal with lives of women of African descent and those forgotten voices within our society. Her most recent play, Sweat, opened on Broadway in March 2017 to rave reviews. The story follows the decades-long hard labor of its characters, whose modest livelihoods are threatened by the evaporation of manufacturing jobs in America. She is an associate professor of theater at Columbia University and a lecturer in playwriting at Yale University.

  • World View Lecture Series: Ta-Nehisi Coates (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 3, 2017.  6:30 pm.

    Location:

    Wharton Center, Cobb Great Hall, 750 E. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48825

    Description:

    Over the last few years, Ta-Nehisi Coates has established himself as one of America’s finest intellectuals, a writer whose essays are so powerful and rigorously researched that he has forced many discussions on issues that would otherwise be ignored. His 2014 extended Atlantic essay, “The Case for Reparations,” stands as one of the most brilliant exposés of recent history. He is also the author of two memoirs, The Beautiful Struggle and Between the World and Me, which are both brilliantly conceived. Coates continues the discussion on racism prompted by MSU’s Project 60/50 and One Book One Community. A special chance to see this in-demand author in a rare speaking engagement.

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