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  • South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy Web Site

    Description:

    MSU's MATRIX and the African Studies Center have collaborated to create the South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy Web site. Through videos, images, and documents, it presents first-hand accounts of this important political movement. Interviews with South African activists, raw video footage documenting mass resistance and police repression, historical documents, rare photographs, and original narratives tell this story.

    In particular, the Web site offers materials for educators. The activities are designed for students to critically engage with Overcoming Apartheid's unique multimedia materials in order to learn about white supremacy in South Africa and the popular struggle for freedom and equality. The exercises are aimed at high school students, but can be used or easily adapted in undergraduate courses.

    Worksheets for analyzing historical documents, interviews, and images found on this site are provided. In the supplemental resources area on the left, teachers can find a list of maps, recommended books for further reading, as well as films, videos, and useful websites.

  • Spanish for Adults (Beginners/Advanced Beginners) (February - April 2017)

    Dates:

    Thursdays, February 16 - April 20, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 pm

    Location:

    Wells Hall, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    Did you know that Spanish is the second most studied language in the world?  Advance your practical communication skills in Spanish with our experienced language instructors, interact with other like-minded people in class, and learn about the nuances of how to navigate a different culture. Experience the joy of being back on campus through this enriching opportunity that will help you keep your brain fit and stay sharp intellectually. Our small group sizes and supplemental online resources provide hands-on learning experiences for individuals with and without prior foreign language knowledge.

    Enrollment is limited. Classes will be canceled if fewer than 8 people register. 

     

  • Spanish Phonetics Software

    Description:

    MSU's Center for Language Education And Research (CLEAR) has developed a Spanish phonetics CD-ROM called Pronunciacion y fonetica. This cross-platform, multimedia program consists of interactive lessons that can be used by Spanish teachers to learn how to teach pronunciation or by advanced students working on their own.

  • Spartan Youth Programs Website

    Description:

    The Spartan Youth Programs Website is a catalog of the programs and activities MSU offers to preK through 12th graders on a variety of topics, including: agriculture; animal care; art, drama, and music; business; college preparation; computers; engineering; leadership skills; math and science; social studies; sports and fitness; and writing and language.

  • Spring Poetry Festival (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2017.  Afternoon conversations at 3:00 pm.  Readings at 7:00 pm.  There is no afternoon conversation on April 26.

    Location:

    The RCAH Theatre and the LookOut! Gallery on MSU's campus in East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    MSU's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities' Center hosts the Spring Poetry Festival each Wednesday in April, which includes an afternoon talk and and evening reading.  Speakers for 2017 are:

    • Tina Chang (April 5)
    • Toi Derricotte (April 12)
    • Cindy Hunter Morgan (April 19)
    • Mark Doty (April 26)
  • 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.

  • Test Development Video and Workbook

    Description:

    MSU's Center for Language Education And Research (CLEAR) has developed a Test Development Video and Workbook designed to assist language educators who are developing their own tests.

  • The Celebrity Lecture Series Online Archive

    Description:

    The Celebrity Lecture Series online archive spans a ten-year period and offers full recordings of the speeches of such authors, poets, and playwrights as Maya Angelou, Arthur Miller, Amy Tan, and Kurt Vonnegut. Lectures are browsable by speaker and topic and searchable by keyword. These lectures are available for nonprofit, educational, or programmatic purposes.

  • The Making of Modern Michigan

    Location:

    Main Library, 100 Library, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Making of Modern Michigan is a collaborative project involving 52 Michigan libraries. It includes local history materials from communities around the state. Michigan's unique heritage is represented through over 4,500 different subjects of photographs, family papers, oral histories, genealogical materials, and much more.

  • The Michigan Writing Centers Project

    Location:

    300 Bessey Hall at MSU

    Description:

    MSU's Michigan Writing Centers Project (MWCP) hosts an annual Ideas Exchange at a different school each year where participants share experiences, research, and ideas relating to writing center work. Writing Center Consultants (WCCs) from colleges and universities across the State of Michigan share their best practices, conduct and circulate research into literacy learning and use, and contribute to the establishment of writing centers in interested secondary schools. MWCP also produces a newsletter and hosts an online database, a directory of writing centers and consultants.

  • The National Gallery of the Spoken Word

    Description:

    MSU researchers Mark Lawrence Kornbluh, Michael Seadle, Joyce Grant, and Jack Deller, in partnership with several distinguished external scholars, consultants, and institutions, have established an ongoing five-year research project funded under the Digital Library Initiative II and spearheaded by the National Science Foundation. The National Gallery of the Spoken Word (NGSW) is creating an online fully-searchable digital library of spoken word collections spanning the 20th century. From Thomas Edison's first cylinder recordings and the voices of Babe Ruth and Florence Nightingale to Studs Terkel's timeless interviews and the oral arguments of the United States Supreme Court, the collections of the NGSW digital library cover a variety of interests and topics.

  • The New Centennial Review

    Location:

    1405 S. Harrison Rd., Ste. 25, E. Lansing, MI (mailing address)

    Description:

    MSU's College of Arts and Letters and University Press offer The New Centennial Review. This journal, issued three times a year, is devoted to comparative studies of the Americas. The journal publishes scholarly, theoretically-driven work, with an emphasis on the region's possible futures.

  • The Quilt Index

    Description:

    The Quilt Index is a central resource that incorporates a wide variety of sources and information on quilts, quiltmakers, and quiltmaking. The Index includes:
    images and information on privately held quilts compiled by over 56 state and regional quilt documentation projects in the United States and internationally;
    images and information on quilts in public museum and library collections;
    bibliographies of secondary materials relevant to quilt study; and
    finding aids developed to assist researchers with locating hard-to-find quilt-related primary and secondary materials in public collections.

    Quilts are searchable or browsable by timeperiod, style or technique, purpose or function, original location, or collection.

  • The Writing Center

    Location:

    300 Bessey Hall at MSU

    Description:

    MSU's Writing Center, in the College of Arts and Letters, collaborates in on-going conversations about writing in a supportive atmosphere. The Writing Center offers K-12 Writing Consultancy that currently consists of two projects.

    Write For Your Life Housed in the MSU Writing Center, the Write For Your Life (WFYL) project offers teachers and students in Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, Georgia, Texas, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania an opportunity to share their writing and thinking as they examine local issues that influence student health, literacy, and learning. In project CONNECTS, the Center is developing a practice called consultative teaching that combines collaborative learning, peer tutoring, service-learning, student research, and jointly-conducted student-faculty research.

    Greenrock The Red Cedar Writing Project offers middle and high school students an opportunity to participate in a campus Writers’ Retreat where the students examine their own and their peers' writing.

  • Tollgate Education Conference Center (Novi, MI)

    Location:

    28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI, 48377. (Northwest corner of Twelve Mile and Meadowbrook Roads in Novi, MI.)

    Description:

    The MSUE - Tollgate Education Conference Center functions as a full service meeting facility ideal for the business and educational community. Situated on a beautiful 160 acre farm, the gardens and pastures at Tollgate provide a natural and peaceful setting for business meetings, receptions, retreats, conferences, workshops and educational classes. The Center includes the Tollgate Conference room which accommodates up to 140 people; the Activity Center, a more casual setting accommodates up to 60 people; the Americana Boardroom, an executive-style formal meeting room for 12 or less; and the Bassett Boardroom for 10 people. Tollgate’s main site feature is the historic Tollgate Barn which is available for rental for various functions offering it’s unique charm and atmosphere.

    Tollgate offers a complete range of support services to make every event a success:

    Our caterers provide an excellent variety of breakfasts, lunches, dinners or outdoor barbecues to suit your budget and tastes.
    All meeting rooms have wireless internet and a complete inventory of audiovisual and communication equipment.
    Overnight accommodations are available at several hotels located within one mile of Tollgate.

    Conveniently located at the northwest corner of 12 Mile and Meadowbrook Roads in Novi, Michigan near several major freeways: I-275, I-96 and I-696, and within an hour’s drive from Metropolitan Airport, Detroit, Flint, Ann Arbor and Lansing.

  • Transnational East Asia Colloquium (Spring 2017)

    Dates:

    January 23, February 9, March 1, April 10, and April 11, 2017.  4:00 pm.

    Location:

    Room 303 International Center, MSU, East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    This colloquium, sponsored by the Asian Studies Center and other key supporters, is intended to deepen our knowledge of East Asia as a region from transnational perspectives by bringing outstanding scholars from around the world to the Michigan State University campus in the spring semester of 2017. Through lectures based on their cutting-edge research, these scholars will illustrate innovative ways to understand history, culture, society, as well as religion in East Asia beyond national and regional boundaries.

  • 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.

  • Vietnam Study Guide for K-12 Educators

    Description:

    Understanding Vietnam: Beyond the War provides resources for the K-12 classroom that are focused on modern Vietnam’s culture, arts, and history in a context that emphasized the country’s contemporary status as a dynamic Southeast Asian society rather than its bitter wartime past. These resources aim to: (1) teach participants about Vietnamese culture, environment, and educational systems, (2) develop a curriculum guide and multimedia material to assist in integrating international studies into the K-12 classroom, and 3) thereby developing critically-needed awareness of human diversity and strengthening cultural competencies of Michigan educators and students.

  • Virtual Museum Science Field Trips

    Description:

    The MSU Museum offers a Virtual Outreach Program for teachers who want to provide their students with fun and meaningful learning experiences without the expense, permission forms, and geographic limitations of ordinary field trips. These exciting virtual field trips use videoconferencing technology to bring the expertise of professionals right into the classroom. Students, teachers, and museum staff can all see and hear each other via the video and voice connections, and because everything happens in real time, it's almost like being there. The field trips are based on science curriculum areas and follow the Michigan Curriculum Standards, making them easy to fit into existing lesson plans.

  • W.K. Kellogg Manor House Tours, Programs, and Events

    Location:

    3700 East Gull Lake Dr, Hickory Corners, MI, 49060.

    Description:

    The historic Kellogg Manor House, a beautiful example of Tudor Revival architecture, represents an important and fascinating time in Michigan's history. The Manor House offers field trips, tours, programs, and public events throughout the year.

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