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  • Art History and Visual Culture Symposium (November 2017)

    Dates:

    Thursday, November 30, 2017.  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

    Location:

    MSU Library Green Room (4 West), 366 West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    The Art History & Visual Culture Symposium recognizes the scholarly achievement of emerging undergraduate students studying Art History & Visual Culture in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University. The symposium will feature independent research projects presented by students nearing the end of their degree program.

    The 2017 keynote speaker is Dr. Joanna Grabski. Her research addresses the intersection of urbanism and visual culture in Senegal’s capital city of Dakar. Grabski is the Director of the School of Art at Arizona State University, and recently published Art World City: The Creative Economy of Artists and Urban Life in Dakar.

  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

    Location:

    300 International Center, MSU, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824.

    Description:

    The Center facilitates learning about this core region of the Americas. It is the nexus between the university curriculum, functional pathways that bring together students from diverse colleges, and fruitful collaborations with other institutions in the US and in the region. The Center enriches formal instruction with experiential learning abroad, film and seminar series, visiting scholars, sponsored events, faculty and student research, and ready access to scholarly resources through campus repositories and loan programs.

  • Julian Samora Research Institute

    Location:

    219 South Harrison Road, Room 93, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    MSU's Julian Samora Research Institute (JSRI), in the College of Social Science, is committed to serving the needs of Latino communities in the Midwest through research on the social, economic, educational, and political condition of these communities. The Institute is involved in:

    • Conducting research and transmitting the research findings to academic institutions, government officials, community leaders, and private sector executives;
    • Disseminating knowledge through publications, seminars, workshops, and private consultation;
    • Providing technical expertise and support to Latino communities for developing policy responses to local problems; and
    • Developing Hispanic human capital through leadership development, empowerment, and education.

    Current research/outreach initiatives target the needs of the Hispanic community in the areas of economic development, education, and families and neighborhoods. JSRI publishes several reports and papers on recent research, as well as produces the NEXO Newsletter, the official newsletter of the Institute and an assortment of books. The Institute's Web site contains information on employment, events in lower Michigan, Latino News, and profiles on companies and institutions who serve the Latino communities. The Institute, in collaboration with MSU Libraries' Special Collections, also has a Virtual Collection with audio and video, publications, and photos of Dr. Julian Samora.

  • Latin IS America Festival (March, April 2017)

    Dates:

    • March 25, 2017: Chouk Bwa Libète Concert
    • March 26, 2017: Chouk Bwa Libète Open Workshop with the MSU Percussion Studio
    • March 31, 2017: Performance and Dance with Salsa Verde and Pianist Arthur Hanlon
    • March 31, 2017: Talk with Pianist Arthur Hanlon
    • April 8, 2017: Khemia Ensemble Concert
    • April 15, 2017: Momenta Quartet Lecture Recital with Musicologist Alejandro Madrid
    • April 17, 2017: Momenta Quartet Concert 
    • April 17, 2017: Momenta Quartet Composer Readings

    Location:

    Various locations on the campus of Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    Latin IS America celebrates the blending of Latin American and U.S. cultures by showcasing artistic and scholarly works that dissolve boundaries and establish fresh connections. In 2017, four concerts, scheduled for March 25 and 31 and April 8 and 17 in various locations across the MSU campus, will feature different types of Latin American music from Haitian drumming to salsa dancing and from an audiovisual experience to classical strings. The four weekends will feature different Latin-based ensembles: Chouk Bwa Libète, Pianist Arthur Hanlon and Salsa Verde, Khemia Ensemble and Momenta Quartet. In addition, the guest artists will present workshops, lectures, presentations, and composition readings for music students that are free and open to the public. 

  • Library Film Series: Innocente (April 2017)

    Dates:

    Thursday, April 20, 2017. 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Location:

    MSU Main Library, Green Room (4 West), East Lansing, MI  48824

    Description:

    At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by her life as an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years. Color is her personal revolution and its extraordinary sweep on her canvases creates a world that looks nothing like her own dark past...Told entirely in her own words, we come to Inocente’s story as she realizes her life is at a turning point, and for the first time, she decides to take control of her own destiny. Irreverent, flawed and funny, she’s now channeling her irrepressible personality into a future she controls. Her talent has finally been noticed, and if she can create a body of work in time, she has an opportunity to put on her first art show. Meanwhile, her family life is at a tense impasse – – if she legally emancipates herself from her mother to strike out on her own, she’ll risk placing her brothers in foster care, but to stay is unbearable.

  • Race in 21st Century America Biennial Conference (April 2017)

    Dates:

    Thursday, April 13, 2017.  8:30 am

    Location:

    Kellogg Center, 219 S. Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    The tenth biennial Race in 21st Century America conference is FREE to attend and it brings to campus leading scholars, community activists, public officials and residents, representing racial, ethnic, gender and ideological diversity, to participate in an important conversation with the MSU community about the problem of race in America. Though the conference will cover a number of areas, our theme this year is Race, Gender and Sexuality. The race conference, as we call it, is fundamentally designed to examine systems of power and privilege in the United States, especially the ways in which they impact communities of color. We also identify specific goals and strategies that promote democratic, yet radically transformative, social, economic and political structures…Our project is not simply about identifying and examining problems, but especially proposing actionable recommendations for addressing twenty-first century challenges.

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