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  • American Voices Online Collection

    Location:

    Please click on the Website below.

    Description:

    American Voices is an online collection of late 19th and 20th century recordings, images, and text that span the vista of American politics and culture. This collection is derived from the collections of libraries, archives, and other sources across the country. Galleries are browsable by person, topic, and year.

  • Art and Art History Lecture Series Events (2013 - 2014)

    Dates:

    See current schedule at the website below

    Location:

    Various locations on the MSU Campus in East Lansing, Michigan. See schedule at the website below.

    Description:

    This lecture series brings in various artists and lecturers, encompassing a wide variety of art forms, styles, and philosophies.

  • G. Robert Vincent Voice Library

    Location:

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

    Description:

    The G. Robert Vincent Voice Library is a collection of primary source sound material, found mainly in speech, performance, interview, and lecture format. The collection, stored primarily on reels of magnetic recording tape, contains the voices of over 100,000 persons from all walks of life. Items represent, in most cases, a migration from other recording formats, off-air broadcasts, or Voice Library original recordings. New items are mastered digitally and a retrospective digital re-mastering of existing analog recordings is underway. About 15,000 digital sound files have been created. Most items held in the public domain are available online in mp3 format.

  • Great Lakes Folk Festival (August 2014)

    Dates:

    August 8 - 10, 2014

    Location:

    Downtown East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    The Michigan State University Museum produces the Great Lakes Folk Festival in downtown East Lansing. The festival showcases the traditional cultural treasures of the nation's Upper Midwest and a sampling of the best of traditional artists from around the country and the world. The festival encourages cross-cultural understanding of our diverse society through the presentation of musicians, dancers, cooks, storytellers and craftspeople whose traditions are rooted in their communities.

  • Medical Portraiture in China 1836-1855

    Description:

    MSU's Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online (MATRIX) offers The Mysteries of Lam Qua: Medical Portraiture in China 1836-1855. This online archive features a selection of the paintings of Lam Qua, a Cantonese artist who painted the portraits of those patients of Dr. Peter Parker (a medical missionary to China) who were afflicted with extremely oversized and deformed tumors. When possible, portraits are accompanied by Dr. Parker's assessments, modern physicians' assessments, and additional commentary.

  • Michigan Stained Glass Census Website

    Description:

    The MSU Museum sponsors the Michigan Stained Glass Census Website. By researching and recording information about the origins, styles, and subject matter of architectural stained glass, the Census is creating an invaluable resource of visual and documentary material related to Michigan's social, religious, and art history. The Census also encourages individuals and groups to better appreciate and preserve the stained glass treasures in their own communities. The Web site features a comprehensive list of registered stained glass windows. Information about the history and artists of certain windows is available under the Window of the Month feature. Other features include online and downloadable registration forms, a listing of stained glass-related objects in the MSU Museum collection, information about the quarterly e-mail newsletter, a stained glass bibliography, and links to many windows in Michigan and elsewhere.

  • MSU Library Special Collections Division

    Location:

    East wing of the main MSU Library on West Circle Drive

    Description:

    The MSU Library has a Special Collections Division, located on the lower level of the main Library. Special Collections holds rare and special printed materials which have been identified as needing special security, handling, and shelving. Some of the most well known collections include the Russel B. Nye Popular Culture Collection, the Veterinary Medicine Historical Collection, the Radicalism Collection, the Cookery Collection, and the Michigan Writers Collection. Special Collections materials may be used by MSU faculty, students, staff, and other qualified persons with appropriate identification (MSU ID or driver's license). Temporary permission may also be extended to local area high-school students engaged in school related projects; documentation from the appropriate teacher or school administrator is required. The website lists the hours of access to the Special Collections. There is also a website available to view items from the digital collections online.

  • MSU Museum Docent Training Program

    Dates:

    Please see the website below

    Location:

    MSU Museum, 409 W. Circle Dr, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The MSU Museum is the science and culture museum at Michigan State University and the state's first Smithsonian Institution affiliate. The MSU Museum features three floors and 15 galleries and changing exhibit spaces with collections and research, new and recent acquisitions, MSU faculty and student work, and traveling exhibitions. Docents are needed to conduct tours and lead educational activities that add to the visitor experience and increase awareness of collections and exhibitions. Before working with visitors, docents will participate in six training sessions starting at the end of February to learn about the Museum's collections, educational methods and best practices, visitor services, and tour techniques. Prior experience is not required. After training is completed, the docents are required to invest a minimum of one year of service with the docent program and conduct 2 (1-2hr) tours a month. While docents do not receive financial compensation, they are offered continuing education and educational opportunities.

  • Museum Studies Certificate Program

    Location:

    113 Kresge Art Center

    Description:

    MSU's Department of Art, the MSU Museum, and the Kresge Art Museum offer a specialization (or certification) in Museum Studies. The program is comprised of courses intended to prepare students for professional employment in historic preservation, systematic biology, collection curation, exhibition development, folk life studies, museum work, educational programming, park interpretation, and public policy planning.

  • Onsite Training for Labor Unions: Labor History Workshop

    Location:

    Onsite at your location

    Description:

    Michigan State University's Labor Employment & Workplace Education (LEWE), as part of the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, brings together University faculty and Union leadership to provide education and training for union leaders and members.  LEWE staff offers workshops on site at your workplace.  Labor History covers U.S. labor history, customized for the specific union and industry. Length of the program is up to 40 hours.  Program may cover technical topics based on local request.

  • Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives Brown Bag Series (Fall 2013 - Winter 2014)

    Dates:

    Please see the website below for the current schedule.

     

    Location:

    MSU Museum Auditorium unless otherwise noted.

    Description:

    "Our Daily Work/ Our Daily Lives" is a cooperative project that focuses on the cultural traditions of workers, workplaces as contexts for the expression of workers culture, and the diversity of historical and artistic presentations of workers' lives. "Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives" explores the richness and diversity of worker experience and workers culture with exhibits, lectures and presentations; writing and research projects; and reunions, dialogues, demonstrations and discussions. 

  • Seventeen Moments in Soviet History Website

    Location:

    Online at the website below.

    Description:

    The Seventeen Moments in Soviet History Website is a comprehensive resource structured around seventeen individual years in Soviet history between 1917 and 1991. Essays on diverse subjects introduce related images, video clips, primary texts, and popular music from throughout the covered period.  The project received the MERLOT Award for Exemplary Online Learning Resources in 2006.  Teachers interested in using the resources may visit the FAQ weblink below.

  • Sharper Focus/Wider Lens Forums (2014-2015)

    Dates:

    Please see the current schedule at the website below.

    Location:

    2nd Floor Ballroom, MSU Union, East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    This lecture series offers students, faculty, staff and the community the opportunity to grapple with important issues or questions in a trans-disciplinary format. The faculty panel will bring their unique research, teaching and writing experiences from a wide range of disciplines to explore contemporary and historical issues.  

    2014-15 Sharper Focus/Wider Lens forums:

    • The Evolving Nature of Rights (7 p.m., Sept. 8, MSU Union Ballroom)
    • The Next Revolutions (Fall 2014 Date TBD)
    • Picking Up STEAM (Science and the Arts) (Spring 2015 Date TBD)
    • Zombies, Apocalypses and Monsters: Real and Imagined (Spring 2015 Date TBD)
  • Signature Lecture Series Event with Soledad O'Brien and Isabel Wilkerson (October 2014)

    Dates:

    October 2, 2014

    Location:

    Wharton Center, MSU, East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    MSU's College of Arts and Letters presents a signature lecture series and public conversation on civic human rights and diversity, featuring Soledad O'Brien, Emmy-award-winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor, and producer, and Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author of The Warmth of Other Suns.  After the lecture, Isabel Wilkerson will hold a book signing in the Wharton Center lobby and copies of The Warmth of other Suns will be available for purchase.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

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