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Library Colloquia Series Spring 2014

Library Colloquia Series - Spring 2014

Free and open to the public.

FREE parking is available in stadium lot 62E on Red Cedar Road after 6:00pm. The Main Library is wheelchair accessible via the south entrance. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations by calling Susan Garmo at 517.884.6454 one week before an event. Requests received after that time will be met when possible.


More Than a Paycheck: What Occupational Music Reveals About Worker Health

Friday, January 31, 2014
12:15 pm
North Conference Room (W449)

Ysaye Barnwell (of Sweet Honey in the Rock)

Cosponsored by Our Daily Work, Our Daily Lives

The lyrics of 138 songs written by coal miners and textile workers were examined and they revealed invaluable information about working conditions, accidents, and the onset and symptoms of disease. Barnwell will discuss the ten categories of health related information which were identified within the lyrics of the songs. In addition, Barnwell will discuss ways in which songs of this nature can be used in public health education.

Imported From China

Monday, February 3, 2014
6:00 pm
North Conference Room (W449)

Geri Alumit Zeldes, MSU School of Journalism; Troy Hale, MSU Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media

The Chinese student population at MSU has risen from 96 students in 2006, to over 4,000 students in 2013, the latter being about 13% of the total student enrollment. Reflective of a nationwide trend across several Big Ten universities, increasing international student enrollment poses questions about intercultural understanding and engagement in the higher education setting.

This documentary film captures some of the challenges and growth experiences of Chinese students as they navigate a new cultural and social landscape on campus and beyond. Please join us for a talk and discussion following the film with the directors: Emmy Award-winning director Geri Alumit Zeldes, Associate Professor of Journalism at MSU, and Emmy Award-winning television journalist Troy Hale, Academic Specialist in Telecommunication, Information Studies & Media at MSU.

Community Archives in the Digital Era: Creating the South Asian American Digital Archive

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
4:30 pm
North Conference Room (W449)

Samip Mallick, South Asian American Digital Archive co-founder and Executive Director

Cosponsored by the Asian Studies Center, India Council, and Asian Pacific American Studies.

Since the organization's inception in 2008, SAADA has built a digital archive of over 1,600 discrete items, undertaken innovative initiatives like its First Days Project, and through outreach and educational programming has raised awareness about the rich history of South Asians in the United States. The SAADA website received nearly 200,000 visitors from around the world in the last year alone and the organization has been covered by the New York Times, NPR, BBC World Service, India Abroad and other publication both in the U.S. and in South Asia.

Samip Mallick, SAADA's co-founder and Executive Director, will share stories from the archive and the organization's unique approach to documenting and preserving community history.

Q & A with Natasha Trethewey, Poet Laureate of the United States

Thursday, April 3, 2014
1:00 pm
North Conference Room

Moderated by Anita Skeen, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities

In coordination with Natasha Trethewey's poetry reading on April 2, 7:00 pm, in the RCAH Theater, and cosponsored by the MSU Center for Poetry, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities

Natasha Trethewey was born in Gulfport, Mississippi. She is the nineteenth Poet Laureate of the United States and the author of four collections of poetry, Domestic Work (2000); Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002); Native Guard (2006)—for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize—and, most recently, Thrall, (2012). Her book of nonfiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, appeared in 2010. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. At Emory University she is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing.

Biblical Texts in Diaspora and Digital Humanities

Thursday, April 3, 2014
7:00 pm
North Conference Room (W449)

Cosponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures

Arthur Verhoogt, University of Michigan Department of Classical Studies and Robert Anderson, Michigan State University Department of Religious Studies

University of Michigan Professor of Classical Studies Arthur Verhoogt and Michigan State University Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies Robert Anderson will speak about the U.M.'s digital papyri collection and M.S.U.'s digital Samaritan Manuscripts. Joining Dr. Anderson will be William Hart-Davidson, Associate Professor of M.S.U.'s Writing, Rhetoric, and American Culture and Jim Ridolfo, Assistant Professor of writing, rhetoric, and digital studies at University of Kentucky. The U.M. Papyrology collection and MSU Libraries' Chamberlain Warren Samaritan Collection are both the largest of their kind in the United States, and both contain materials that are strongly connected to the different versions of the Bible. This talk will feature and demonstrate how these scholars have created and implemented digital applications that make possible new ways of understanding and communicating with biblical texts that come from the world over.

Labour Struggle in the United States and Canada, 1876 - 1878: Reflections on Connected Histories

Friday, April 4, 2014
12:15 pm
North Conference Room (W449)

Jean-Philip Mathieu, History Department, University of Quebec

Cosponsored by Our Daily Work, Our Daily Lives and the Canadian Studies Center

In late December 1876, railway workers affiliated with the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers go on strike and succeed in paralyzing and defeating the Grand Trunk Railway, the largest and most powerful corporation in Canada. In the summer of 1877, the Great Labour Uprising erupts in the United States, one of the most intense and bloody confrontations between capital and labour in North American history. In June 1878, thousands of desperate men living on the razor's edge of public works force a general strike in Québec City with the goal of creating a minimum wage of one dollar a day. These three confrontations, all taking place during the nadir of the Great Depression, are usually viewed as isolated events in standard national labour histories. However, as this paper will demonstrate, events such as these were rarely confined by the porous borders of the nineteenth-century. By reflecting on the connections linking these three clashes, we will argue that labourers in Québec City or Toronto had more in common with workers in Chicago or Saint-Louis than they had with their own employers, and that the North American working class shared a common historical trajectory that transcended national boundaries.

The Fate of Non-Muslims in the Afterlife: Contemporary Debates in Islamic Thought

Thursday, April 10, 2014
7:00 pm
North Conference Room (W449)

Mohammad Khalil, MSU Department of Religious Studies, Muslim Studies Program

Associate Professor Mohammad Khalil (Department of Religious Studies, Muslim Studies Program) will lecture on the topic of non-Muslim salvation/damnation in Islamic thought, focusing on contemporary debates. Dr. Khalil is author of Islam and the Fate of Others: The Salvation Question (Oxford University Press, 2012) and editor of Between Heaven and hell: Islam, Salvation, and the Fate of Others (Oxford University Press, 2013). Light refreshments served.

American Musicians and Soviet Music

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
7:00 pm
North Conference Room (W449)

Presented by Dr. Kevin Bartig, College of Music

Cosponsored by Music in American Life

This presentation explores the activities of the American-Soviet Music Society and the Music Committee of the National Council on Soviet-American Friendship, two private, New-York-based groups that championed U.S.-Soviet musical exchange during and immediately following the Second World War. Scholars have given these groups scant attention, often dismissing them as diplomatically expedient byproducts of the U.S.-Soviet wartime alliance. Bartig shows, however, that these groups coalesced around cultural ties forged well before the war. Underlying these ties were conceptions of musical nationalism and universalism that linked the developments of Soviet and American art music, enhancing similarities and shared goals. These short-lived groups thus reveal much about the way American musicians viewed Soviet music before the advent of the Cold War, a time when difference and competition became the watchwords of an era.

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