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Apr 25 Senior Research Showcase

Bridging Knowledge, Theory, and Practice: New Directions in Public Affairs

2nd Annual Madison Research Showcase

April 25, 2014, Case Hall, MSU


As the next generation of policy makers, scholars, practitioners, and leaders in the public and private sectors, graduating seniors and award-winning scholars will present their cutting-edge research at the James Madison Research Showcase.  Alums, students, family members, and faculty are invited to attend and participate.


8:30-9:00 am - Arrival and registration: Club Spartan, third floor, Case Hall

9:00-9:45 am - “The Power of Research: The Professors’ Panel”

10:00-12:45 pm - Concurrent Student Panels

12:45-1:30 pm - Luncheon and Keynote with Lisa Cook, faculty member and former economic advisor to President Obama

1:45-4:30 pm   Concurrent Student Panels

4:45-7:00 pm   Reception at Dublin Square Pub- East Lansing, Michigan


Lunch and the reception are FREE, but please REGISTER HERE  by April 23, 2014 


  • Spartan Stadium Parking: $0.40/half hour for alumni or visitors (with valid MSU Alumni Association membership cards). $0.80/half hour for visitors.
  • Breslin Center Parking - far west half: $0.25/half hour for everyone. Maximum rate for a full day of parking is $2.75. 

Questions: Julia Grant 517-884-1273, or Lori Lancour  517-353-4675,


May 3 JMC Commencement

May 3, 2014, 12:30pm

JMC Commencement

Wharton Center for Performing Arts


Sept 13 Beth Zinman Memorial Celebration

Beth Zinman memorial celebration

Saturday, September 13, 3:00 to 5:30pm

University Club of MSU

Dress is casual.

Wine, beer, coffee, tea, soft drinks, hors d'oeuvres and sweets will be served.

Sept 27 JMC Homecoming Tailgate

JMC Annual Homecoming Tailgate 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Case Hall South Pointe Dining Hall

2 hours before kickoff

Alumni and family, friends, faculty, students, and staff welcome!

Oct 11 Prof Zinman Retirement Celebration


Professor Richard Zinman Retirement Celebration

Saturday, October 11, 2014

MSU Kellogg Center, Case Hall, and University Club

Professor Zinman is retiring after this academic year and we will be celebrating his career at James Madison with a day of thought-provoking panel discussions, social events, and perhaps even a roast of Professor Zinman. If you would like to be involved and/or attend, please contact Kim Allan. More information will be forthcoming.


Professor Richard Zinman has taught at James Madison College since 1969 and studies and teaches political philosophy and American political thought. In 1989, he began serving as executive director of the Symposium on Science, Reason, and Modern Democracy, a research center in the Department of Political Science, and has been involved with the Symposium since that time. He has edited and contributed to seven volumes of essays published by the Symposium. In 2005, the Symposium received a $500,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the first such grant awarded to Michigan State University. Zinman has received the State of Michigan Teaching Excellence Award (1991), the MSU Distinguished Faculty Award (1995), and the Honors College Award for Distinguished Contributions to Honors Students (2005).

Oct 15-19 Interdisciplinary Studies Conference

Interdisciplinary Public Problems, the Global Community, and Diversity

October 15-19, 2014
Michigan State University

Michigan State University is proud to host the 2014 annual meeting of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies. Presentations and workshops will be held at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, which is on the campus of Michigan State University. Given MSU’s proud history as the nation’s pioneer Land Grant University and its commitment to research and education that engages scholars from the humanities, natural sciences, arts, social sciences and professions, the 2014 AIS conference will invite participants to explore the ways in which interdisciplinary studies engage today’s problems and opportunities.

The theme of the 2014 AIS conference, “Interdisciplinary Public Problems, the Global Community, and Diversity,” emerged from a growing consensus that public problems—problems affecting multiple groups and populations across cultures in a diverse, global community—require insights and tools from a variety of disciplines, perspectives, and practices. As scholars and teachers, we are members of both local and global communities with a mandate to explore the roots and potential solutions to public problems and to educate a generation that is capable of addressing them. To do this, we must interrogate, integrate, and expand existing knowledge by creating collaborative relationships among disciplines in the arts, humanities, and sciences and by adopting integrative modes of research, education, and learning, communication, and policy-making.