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MSU comics forum celebrates breadth of artform

Feb 20, 2014
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Comic lovers from across the state will converge in East Lansing  this week for the annual MSU Comics Forum. This year’s event features an artist alleyway, panel discussions and keynote speaker Stan Sakai.

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In 1968, Michigan Governor George Romney signed an agreement with the governor of Shiga Prefecture, which is one of Japan’s 47 state-like territories, to create a sister state relationship. The cultural partnership between the two states is one of the longest-running in the country and is still going strong today.

Current State #200 | November 12, 2013

Nov 12, 2013

Today on Current State: medical marijuana; American perceptions of climate change; new Lansing Arts Council director, and an MSU documentary on cross-cultural exchanges.

MSU documentary explores cross-cultural challenges

Nov 12, 2013

 


Travel adventures, culture shock and honest conversations are all topics brought up in a new documentary that follows four American students, one from MSU, and four Chinese students as they travel through China.

Exploring U.S. culture and identity through hair

Nov 8, 2013
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Each year Americans spend billions on hair: curling it, dying it, and adding extensions. To achieve our ideal look, we turn to the sacred space that is the salon. Candacy Taylor, Archie Green award recipient at the American Folklife center, has traveled to salons around the U.S. since 2006.

Hope Gangloff

The Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University will open four new exhibitions this month, with artist Hope Gangloff launching the first on Friday.

Understanding China's investments in Michigan

Jun 20, 2013

In his column appearing in Dome Magazine, Michigan-based China expert Tom Watkins argues that China has noticeably stepped up investment in Michigan. Watkins joins Current State to discuss how Chinese business and governmental leaders see opportunities to grow by linking with Michigan enterprises.  

Current State #75 | April 26, 2013

Apr 26, 2013
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Today on Current State: Lansing native Maureen Abood explores her Lebanese culture through writing and food; a researcher penetrates the murky world of  organ trafficking; and MSU Library's world renowned comic book collection. 

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A few years ago, writer, photographer and chef Maureen Abood quit her job, left Chicago -- where she lived for 14 years -- and moved to San Francisco to follow her passion and attend culinary school.  

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Latin IS America is a a celebration of the intersections between Latin American and U.S. culture. The festival started on April 15 and will close on April 27.

This Thursday, the event will feature the MSU Wind Symphony at Wharton Center. WKAR’s Peter Whorf previews the concert with MSU Director of Bands Kevin Sedatole.   

Current State #64 | April 11, 2013

Apr 11, 2013

Today on Current State: Michigan Treasury reacts to tax collection criticism; preview of Latin IS America festival; and MSU and Lansing come together to cover Monteverdi's "Vespers of 1610." 

 

 

An artistic exploration of  Latin American and U.S. cultures will take place on MSU's campus as part of the first Latin IS America Festival. Coordinated through the MSU College of Music, events will take place from April 15 to 27 at various campus locations and include concerts, films, art exhibits, plays, and more.

 

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  Nic Gareiss has performed traditional Irish dance and the dances of its Diaspora around the world. But for Nic, his performances are not just visual expressions, but audible ones. He understands the body in motion as a form of music.

Nic holds degrees in both anthropology and music from Central Michigan University and recently completed his Masters' in ethnochoreology at the University of Limerick in Ireland.  

Nic discusses his research interests including percussive dances, cultural identity in relation to traditional dance and music, and sexual identity within traditional dance.

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More than 65 elected officials from all over Michigan are supporting proposed state legislation to give gay and transgendered stronger legal protections. 

Photo: Courtesy of Val Berryman

An exhibit by Val Berryman, called “The Art of Christmas," is on display at the Williamston Depot Museum.  Berryman is curator of history at the Michigan State University Museum.  He’s been collecting vintage Christmas decorations, figurines and illustrations since 1984.  Berryman tells WKAR’s Gretchen Millich that for this exhibit, he chose some favorites from his personal collection.

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