Our Open and Creative Culture Is Built to Empower.

We take to heart our role in building engagement within society. We are globally networked, and our programs encourage students to develop the cultural awareness needed to compete in a global economy.


We empower individuals as they create their own paths of achievement. We offer a high-quality liberal arts education for the 21st century.

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Creativity Exploratory (CE)

In this video, CE alumni share how their CE experiences have translated into new and defining career opportunities following graduation.

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CeLTA Proficiency Grant

The Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA) at MSU has received a two-year Language Flagship Proficiency Initiative to evaluate current language proficiency levels.

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Arts, Drinks, & Eats

This past summer and winter, we collaborated with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources to bring alumni together in the Traverse City and Detroit Metro areas for fun, educational and entertaining events to learn more about the arts and food.

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$1 Million for Humanities Projects

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded nearly $1 million to Michigan State University as part of its Digital Humanities Implementation Grants program.

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Partnerships & Collaboration

The arts and humanities are a key element of any vibrant community, and we take that to heart. We build meaningful relationships that last a lifetime.

Imagine Flint Project

Imagine Flint Project

The College of Arts and Letters has funded four collaborative community projects that were proposed by CAL Faculty and in which they will collaborate with Flint citizens who served on the Arts and Culture Task Force and/or with Flint institutions.

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Beyond Insights

Collaborating with Lansing Schools

Designed as a series of fun and stimulating workshops, BEYOND Insights engages 6th-grade Lansing Public Schools students in a wide range of activities surrounding creativity, global culture, and the arts & humanities.

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John R. Kind Academy

Opening Doors in Detroit

MSU’s CeLTA Language School and John R. King Academic & Performing Arts Academy’s long-standing relationship brings global and cultural awareness to Detroit schoolchildren.

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Signature Lecture Series

Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson and Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist and executive producer Soledad O’Brien spoke on Oct. 2 at Wharton Center as part of CAL’s Signature Lecture Series and MSU’s thematic year Project 60/50.

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Campus Partnerships

We continue to seek opportunities to collaborate with other academic units across our great campus to enhance student, alumni, and community experiences.

Artist-in-Residence Program

Artist-in-Residence Program

We have partnered with Communication Arts & Sciences on an Artist-in-Residence Program bringing two filmmakers to campus (Steve Beswick & Mike Hoolboom).

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Future Returns: Contemporary Art from China exhibit

Contemporary Art from China Exhibit

We have partnered with the Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum on Future Returns: Contemporary Art from China exhibit that addresses China’s metamorphosis from a traditional society into an ultra-modern nation-state. This exhibit explores the impact of these transformations by bringing together works by contemporary Chinese artists.

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Leading Voices Series

We have partnered with Wharton Center for the Performing Arts on our Leading Voices Series. This year, we hosted actress, playwright and professor Anna Deveare Smith, 2012 National Humanities Award Winner.

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Cultural Engagement Council (CEC)

As a founding member of the MSU Cultural Engagement Council, the College of Arts and Letters works to help fulfill the CEC Mission “To provide a space for the collaborative airing and discussion of diverse points of view among Michigan State University units and area community resources in order to foster increased engagement with arts and culture programming on and off campus.”

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