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Unexpected loss, Prof. Olcott will be missed

Unexpected loss, Prof. Olcott will be missed

February 22, 2024 - Beth Brauer

Martha Brill Olcott was a leading scholar of nationality issues in the USSR, especially Central Asia as well as broader issues of Soviet governance and policy questions.

Graham’s latest book examines energy, environment and geopolitics in Eurasia

Graham’s latest book examines energy, environment and geopolitics in Eurasia

February 21, 2024 - Beth Brauer

In academia, scholarly research often drives teaching; in some instances, a teaching opportunity could be a research catalyst.

Alumna pursues health informatics career as a Wolverine

Alumna pursues health informatics career as a Wolverine

February 20, 2024 - Beth Brauer

A Gates Millennium Scholar from Grand Rapids’ Creston High School, Megan Threats stood out amongst her peers early in life.

Staff voice: Black History Month is about belonging

Staff voice: Black History Month is about belonging

February 19, 2024 - Jahshua Smith

The struggle for diversity, equity and inclusion within academic settings is an ongoing battle.

Supporting survivors as a volunteer

Supporting survivors as a volunteer

February 19, 2024 - Shae Eckles

Madison has taught me how to advocate for others — a skill which can be much more difficult than advocating for your own interests or beliefs.

Alumnus Voice: The bond of the Spartan community

Alumnus Voice: The bond of the Spartan community

February 12, 2024 - Jack Harrison

As a recent alum, it’s true you do not think about our global network until you leave college, wanting to stay close to your alma mater and keep those cherished memories at the forefront of your mind.

MLK Jr. Advancing Inclusion through Research awardees announced

MLK Jr. Advancing Inclusion through Research awardees announced

February 5, 2024 - Beth Brauer

MSU's three residential colleges and Honors College promote research, inclusion and the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. through a contest that honors students for research focused on marginalized populations.

'Demanding Action'

'Demanding Action'

February 5, 2024 - Shae Eckles

Madison has opened my mind to new ways that gun violence connects to other issues in the United States.

Staff view: Waiting for justice

Staff view: Waiting for justice

January 29, 2024 - Timothy Innes

Sponsored by the John F. Schaefer Law Library and the MSU Inns of Court, on Feb. 6, the authors of "Justice Deferred," will be visiting campus and meeting with students at the MSU College of Law and at James Madison College. All are welcome.

MSU nominates two students for Gaither Junior Fellows program

MSU nominates two students for Gaither Junior Fellows program

January 17, 2024

Both MSU nominees are senior students in James Madison College.

Pursuing diverse interests

Pursuing diverse interests

January 17, 2024 - Beth Brauer

I love what I learn in JMC! I am very interested in policy, but not sure if I want to do something within the legislature or elsewhere.

Amplifying the voices of the Mekong River Basin

Amplifying the voices of the Mekong River Basin

January 12, 2024 - Emily Springer

Amanda Flaim leads a team of scholars and students at MSU in collaboration with community partners, artists and experts across the Lower Mekong River Basin to keep the river and its ecological and cultural importance at the forefront of conversations.

In honor of MLK Jr.: Courageous leadership and a clarion call towards social justice and advocacy

In honor of MLK Jr.: Courageous leadership and a clarion call towards social justice and advocacy

January 11, 2024 - Brian Johnson, Ph.D.

Next week marks MSU's 44th year of a commemorative program for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Highlights of the week’s activities include a student leadership conference, a virtual collaborative tour with Morehouse College of historical MLK landmarks in Atlanta, an ecumenical service and a commemorative march.

Student view: Addressing the Class of 2023

Student view: Addressing the Class of 2023

January 10, 2024 - Alexandra Allers

It is hard to believe this day has finally come — this pivotal moment in our lives when we transition from MSU undergraduate students to Spartan alumni.

Dean's note: And that's a wrap

Dean's note: And that's a wrap

December 21, 2023

It’s been wonderful to experience the energy of the Madison community as we resumed most activities and events that we had missed the last few years.

MDLP 2024 cohort announced

MDLP 2024 cohort announced

December 13, 2023 - Claire Smith

The Madison Diversity Leadership Program will run in the spring semester of 2024. This exclusive opportunity selects a cohort of approximately 10 students each year.

Student view: The benefits of undergraduate research

Student view: The benefits of undergraduate research

December 13, 2023 - Eliza Kreske

Michigan State’s support for its undergraduate students and the plethora of research opportunities were leaps and bounds above any other school I visited.

JMC to introduce new advising model

JMC to introduce new advising model

December 12, 2023 - Shae Eckles and Beth Brauer

Beginning in January, at the start of spring semester, JMC’s advisers will begin to offer drop-in advising appointments in addition to the scheduled appointments previously offered throughout the semester.

Staff spotlight: Meet Madison's newest academic adviser

Staff spotlight: Meet Madison's newest academic adviser

December 11, 2023 - Beth Brauer

My primary area of research centers on the experiences of underrepresented minority children and families in school settings and how educators and education leaders can serve them effectively.

Student view: Belonging to the Spartan family

Student view: Belonging to the Spartan family

December 4, 2023 - Alexandra Allers

As a blind individual, I value inclusion and accessibility, and I have always felt a sense of acceptance and camaraderie within the Spartan community.

New book analyzes public policies for aging parents

New book analyzes public policies for aging parents

November 27, 2023 - Beth Brauer

Susan Stein-Roggenbuck studies how different types of social programs target adult children to provide support for aging parents.

Professor Connie Hunt to retire this fall

Professor Connie Hunt to retire this fall

November 16, 2023 - Beth Brauer

Professor Connie Hunt’s path to teaching in James Madison was not the usual trajectory of an academic.

Student view: My crash course in international relations as a D.C. intern

Student view: My crash course in international relations as a D.C. intern

November 14, 2023 - Stevie Quijas

Interning in the House of Representatives amid so many local, national and international developments has greatly motivated me to pursue a career in public policy.

Faculty Research Nights provide students insight about faculty expertise

Faculty Research Nights provide students insight about faculty expertise

November 9, 2023 - Claire Smith

Moderated by JMC student senator Nico Carrizales, Faculty Research Nights took place on Nov. 1-2.

Student view: The future of the Hunger Free Campus Initiative

Student view: The future of the Hunger Free Campus Initiative

November 7, 2023 - Spencer Good and Madison Mogg

SFSC students have led the Hunger Free Campus Initiative, an advocacy campaign which would introduce much needed anti-hunger legislation in Michigan.

Murray Scholar's research resonates with MSU students

Murray Scholar's research resonates with MSU students

October 19, 2023 - Beth Brauer

Murray Scholar lectures have always been open to the public, but usually draw a mostly Madison crowd.

Student view: Embracing my Polish American identity

Student view: Embracing my Polish American identity

October 16, 2023 - Maria Bieciuk

My JMC professors have been instrumental in nurturing my interest in Central Eastern Europe and have consistently encouraged me to incorporate my Polish identity into my academic pursuits.

Students and alumna nominated for prestigious awards

Students and alumna nominated for prestigious awards

October 13, 2023 - Beth Brauer

MSU announced the 2023 nominees for three prestigious awards.

Eight years of ASMSU: Student government presidents mostly Madison

Eight years of ASMSU: Student government presidents mostly Madison

October 11, 2023 - Beth Brauer and Claire Smith (SRP '25)

The impact of a JMC education emanates through the university.

Alumnus spotlight: Lorenzo Santavicca

Alumnus spotlight: Lorenzo Santavicca

October 9, 2023 - Lorenzo Santavicca (IR '18)

I credit my experience as ASMSU president in giving me a “leg up” to navigate the ambiguity and complexity of a massive organization like Google.

Alumna spotlight: Abii-Tah Bih

Alumna spotlight: Abii-Tah Bih

October 9, 2023 - Abii-Tah Bih (IR and CCP '21)

The Madison Diversity Leadership Program (MDLP) was the most transformative class I have ever taken.

Alumnus spotlight: Jo Kovach

Alumnus spotlight: Jo Kovach

October 9, 2023 - Jo Kovach (SRP '23)

Madison gave me the tools to not only question the world, but to understand it and make meaningful changes.

Alumna spotlight: Katherine Rifiotis Slivensky

Alumna spotlight: Katherine Rifiotis Slivensky

October 9, 2023 - Katherine Rifiotis Slivensky (PTCD '19)

Professor Petrie played a significant role in shaping my experience at Madison and my decision to serve as ASMSU president.

Alumna spotlight: Georgia Frost

Alumna spotlight: Georgia Frost

October 9, 2023 - Georgia Frost (PTCD and IR '22)

James Madison taught me that we always have more than the cards we’re dealt.

JMC prof's book explores power US presidents possess

JMC prof's book explores power US presidents possess

October 2, 2023 - Beth Brauer

A new book written by Jordan Cash, assistant professor of political theory and constitutional democracy, explores the power U.S. presidents possess by examining specific presidencies throughout history.

Murray Scholar in Residence to focus on intersection of asexuality and gender

Murray Scholar in Residence to focus on intersection of asexuality and gender

September 22, 2023 - Beth Brauer

JMC welcomes Canton Winer as this year's Stephen O. Murray Scholar in Residence.

Dean's note: A very full fall semester

Dean's note: A very full fall semester

September 20, 2023

The college has launched the Equitable Development Collaboratory, which seeks to provide applied skills and co-curricular enrichment activities to aid those interested in pursuing careers in international or local development.

Ask the expert: What is Constitution Day?

Ask the expert: What is Constitution Day?

September 16, 2023 - Jordan Cash, Ph.D.

Sunday, Sept. 17 is Constitution Day — but what is it exactly? Jordan Cash, assistant professor of political theory and constitutional democracy explains this lesser-known holiday and its importance.

Meet JMC's new field experience coordinator

Meet JMC's new field experience coordinator

September 14, 2023 - Beth Brauer

I want to ensure the Field Experience Office assists and prepares students to undertake their field experience requirement.

Student view: Managing mental health and university life

Student view: Managing mental health and university life

September 14, 2023 - Shae Eckles

I’ve been known as an ‘overthinker’ and ‘overly sensitive’ for most of my life. I’ve dealt with anxiety and sensitivity issues since I was in the third grade.

JMC welcomes the class of 2027

JMC welcomes the class of 2027

August 30, 2023 - Beth Brauer

JMC welcomed the majority of its first- and second-year students to Case Hall last week. In total, approximately 870 MSU students will call Case Hall home for the 2023-24 academic year.

Being 'ordinary' can be extraordinary

Being 'ordinary' can be extraordinary

August 28, 2023 - Beth Brauer

In this faculty spotlight, Sejuti Das Gupta shares the impetus for her spring 2023 TEDxTalk at MSU.

New book delves into Holocaust victims’ emotions about perpetrators

New book delves into Holocaust victims’ emotions about perpetrators

August 28, 2023 - Beth Brauer

Amy Simon’s first book “Emotions in Yiddish Ghetto Diaries" seeks to address what Holocaust and Jewish Studies literature has not done in the past.

Student view: Looking for change and finding it

Student view: Looking for change and finding it

August 27, 2023 - Caroline Curtright

The JMC summer semester in the Netherlands reignited my passion for learning and gave me new hope for the future.

Student view: On the field and in the classroom

Student view: On the field and in the classroom

August 10, 2023 - Sam Edwards

A majority of my time at Michigan State has been spent on either side of Chestnut Rd. and, in such a small pocket of campus, I have been exposed to an entire world of ideas, perspectives, and voices.

Early Start Program welcomes 31 students

Early Start Program welcomes 31 students

August 10, 2023 - Beth Brauer

Early Start students will move into Case Hall on Aug. 18 and participate in a host of activities designed to equip them with the tools and resources they need to be successful.

Meet JMC's University Distinguished Scholar

Meet JMC's University Distinguished Scholar

July 31, 2023 - Beth Brauer

My visits to campuses occurred later than most because I was studying in Kyrgyzstan for part of my senior year.

Student view: Ready to be a Spartan

Student view: Ready to be a Spartan

July 25, 2023 - Adeline Meyers

When I learned about the Alumni Distinguished Scholarship Competition, I realized I had to do everything in my power to meet this challenge.

Alumnus Voice: My Spartan experience as an international student

Alumnus Voice: My Spartan experience as an international student

July 13, 2023 - Bevertone Anyonga

As big as this campus is, finding community is guaranteed. There’s so much here — it would be impossible not to find your people.

Making a difference in Flint

Making a difference in Flint

July 13, 2023 - Beth Brauer

Instead of directly teaching me comprehensive details about city planning and event organization which I do at my internship, my coursework has prepared me in more subtle and implicit ways.

Student view: Choosing JMC from Italy

Student view: Choosing JMC from Italy

July 10, 2023 - Ludovica Margiotti

College life as an international student can feel lonely; however, I found a new home with the JMC community.

Letter to JMC community

Letter to JMC community

July 5, 2023

The JMC deans penned a letter to the community following recent SCOTUS decisions that impact students pursuing higher education.

Choosing JMC from India

Choosing JMC from India

June 20, 2023 - Beth Brauer

The best part about choosing a residential college was being surrounded by peers who were eager to engage in rich conversations that sometimes bordered on longwinded debates.

Meet the president of PRISM

Meet the president of PRISM

June 12, 2023 - Beth Brauer and Claire Smith

My favorite class so far has been MC 201 with Professor Qing. It was amazing to have discussions about liberalism with people who don't necessarily share my own viewpoints.

Early Start Program is accepting applicants for 2023 cohort

Early Start Program is accepting applicants for 2023 cohort

June 12, 2023 - Beth Brauer

Incoming first-year students in JMC are encouraged to apply for the 10-day program, which runs from Aug. 18-27, 2023, should they desire extra academic guidance and overall support prior to the beginning of fall semester.

Resources to support LGBTQIA+ students

Resources to support LGBTQIA+ students

June 12, 2023 - Beth Brauer

Sav Dudek says that because residential colleges offer smaller classes, students are more likely to be open about their identity, making it easier to meet other queer students and allies.

Student view: How my job in research is preparing me for a career in public policy

Student view: How my job in research is preparing me for a career in public policy

June 8, 2023 - Sean Farnum

When I decided to work for Michigan State’s Center for Community and Economic Development in January, the trajectory of my life changed.

Student view: Studying in Acadia National Park

Student view: Studying in Acadia National Park

June 6, 2023 - Claire Smith

Initially I didn’t realize just how many directions I could pursue with my Madison degree, but since discovering this, I have made it my goal to explore as many potential policy interests as possible.

Professor Zierler returns to JMC full-time

Professor Zierler returns to JMC full-time

June 5, 2023 - Tracy Anderson and Sloane Barlow

After more than a decade of service, Professor Zierler plans to transition back to working full-time at James Madison College in conjunction with a sabbatical leave that includes travel abroad to help support his teaching curriculum.

Meet the newest ASMSU president

Meet the newest ASMSU president

May 30, 2023 - Claire Smith and Emily Hoyumpa

Student voices are crucial now more than ever not only for the advocacy we want done, but for the support we can give one another.

Assistant dean for DEI coauthors award winning paper

Assistant dean for DEI coauthors award winning paper

May 26, 2023 - Katie Frey

JMC Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Brian Johnson was part of a team of MSU faculty who were recently awarded The Neuner Award for Excellence in Professional Scholarly Publication.

JMC's Milukhin named 2023 Richard Lee Featherstone Endowed winner

JMC's Milukhin named 2023 Richard Lee Featherstone Endowed winner

May 26, 2023 - Mark Johnson

Alexie Milukhin, a graduating senior, was named the 2023 recipient of the Richard Lee Featherstone Endowed Prize.

JMC professors and students receive prestigious university awards

JMC professors and students receive prestigious university awards

May 16, 2023 - Beth Brauer

Over the last few months, many university and college units have celebrated the contributions and achievements of Spartan faculty, staff and students.

Paynter Lecture draws record crowd, alumni experts featured

Paynter Lecture draws record crowd, alumni experts featured

May 16, 2023 - Beth Brauer

Last month’s annual Jack Paynter Lecture drew one of its largest crowds to date. JMC struck exactly the right chord with a trifecta for success.

Alumnus Voice: 'Riding the waves of transition'

Alumnus Voice: 'Riding the waves of transition'

May 15, 2023 - Yvette Efevbera (IR '09), Ph.D.

I left JMC and went to Harvard University to get my masters in global public health — and quickly realized not everyone thought the way that you and I were trained to think in JMC.

Faculty voice: Presentation of candidates

Faculty voice: Presentation of candidates

May 9, 2023 - Sejuti Das Gupta, Ph.D.

During the four years, we pushed you hard to study, engage and write. JMC challenged you but it prepared you to not fear tough assignments and multiple deadlines! And at each step, the college faculty and staff stood beside you and supported you. As you move ahead, always remember we are right behind you.

Student view: The 'passport to the future'

Student view: The 'passport to the future'

May 9, 2023 - Ian Earle

Our education here at Madison has given us the power to shape the future. During our years in Case Hall, we have broadened our horizons, challenged our assumptions and expanded our understanding of the world.

James Madison Commencement welcomes alumna as keynote speaker

James Madison Commencement welcomes alumna as keynote speaker

May 4, 2023 - Beth Brauer

Commencement ceremonies for MSU’s 17 different colleges begin this weekend with the first undergraduate programs scheduled for Friday, May 5. James Madison College will celebrate its commencement at Wharton Center at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 6.

JMC students celebrated during scholarship awards dinner

JMC students celebrated during scholarship awards dinner

May 4, 2023 - Beth Brauer

For the first time in three years, JMC celebrated numerous scholarship and award recipients in-person during the JMC Student Recognition Dinner on April 28 at the Graduate in East Lansing. Approximately 25 students were honored at the dinner.

Student view: Finding the moments that have mattered most

Student view: Finding the moments that have mattered most

May 4, 2023 - Piper Meloche

My time at James Madison taught me how to think critically, listen deeply and realize that a single issue may have not one or two sides but hundreds. I am certain these values will continue to guide me long after my time at Michigan State has ended.

JMC Career Exposure program heads to D.C.

JMC Career Exposure program heads to D.C.

May 3, 2023 - Caitlin Finerty, SRP '23

Following the end of the 2022-23 academic year, JMC students and Career Services staff will travel to Washington D.C. from May 7-13 for the 2023 Career Exposure trip. The trip will include a robust itinerary of just under 20 workplaces in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas.

Jewish Studies research symposium offers variety, welcomes alumna as keynote

Jewish Studies research symposium offers variety, welcomes alumna as keynote

May 2, 2023 - Claire Smith, SRP '25

On Friday, April 14, the Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel hosted The Michael and Elaine Serling Undergraduate Research Conference in the James Madison College Library. The event was also livestreamed on YouTube.

IR professor receives Smuckler Award for advancing international scholarship

IR professor receives Smuckler Award for advancing international scholarship

May 1, 2023 - Beth Brauer

On April 5, Norman Graham, professor of international relations in James Madison College, was honored with the prestigious Ralph Smuckler Award for Advancing International Studies and Programs. Graham is the second faculty member in JMC to receive the award.

Student view: Four years becomes a lifetime

Student view: Four years becomes a lifetime

May 1, 2023 - Caitlin Finerty

I am about to graduate from Michigan State University, the school that I’ve known I was going to go to since I was 11. It doesn’t feel real, yet it feels like the truest thing that has ever happened to me.

A note from Assistant Dean Jeff Judge

A note from Assistant Dean Jeff Judge

April 28, 2023

With April wrapping up, it’s a busy time in James Madison College! Spring is here, and graduation is only one week away! Congratulations is in order — not only to the graduates, but to each one of you for making it to the end of a most challenging semester.

Luncheon honors Professor Emeritus

Luncheon honors Professor Emeritus

April 26, 2023 - Caitlin Finerty

Faculty, staff and alumni gathered on April 5 at the Graduate in East Lansing to celebrate the M. Richard Zinman Endowed Professorship and its namesake, retired Professor Emeritus Richard Zinman.

Admitted Student Day offers opportunities to explore MSU campus

Admitted Student Day offers opportunities to explore MSU campus

April 21, 2023 - Beth Brauer

Michigan State University’s Admitted Student Day saw unseasonably warm temperatures on Saturday, April 15. Fortunately, students and their families leaned into the balmy conditions as campus welcomed nearly 3700 admitted students to campus.

Alumnus represents MI-69th House district

Alumnus represents MI-69th House district

April 18, 2023 - Claire Smith

I walked over 1005 miles knocking on doors. Every day, I talked to folks that grew up with my parents, that knew my grandparents, that could tell me stories about my great-great grandparents. I think we won because of our work ethic, and we are a reflection of the community that we sought to represent.

Meet JMC's newest Teacher-Scholar Award recipient

Meet JMC's newest Teacher-Scholar Award recipient

April 17, 2023 - Beth Brauer

Assistant Professor Daniel Ahlquist will be the 19th professor from James Madison College to be awarded a prestigious Teacher-Scholar Award by Michigan State University. Ahlquist shares what the award means to him and why he loves teaching in JMC.

Senator Stabenow speaks to JMC students during Lunch and Learn

Senator Stabenow speaks to JMC students during Lunch and Learn

April 12, 2023 - Beth Brauer

Case Hall’s Club Spartan saw more traffic than usual yesterday. Typically, the event space is open to students during the day for studying and small group meetings, but the noon hour was packed during James Madison’s Lunch and Learn featuring Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), the first woman from Michigan to be elected to the United States Senate.

JMC launches pre-college program for high school students

JMC launches pre-college program for high school students

April 12, 2023 - Claire Smith, SRP '25

From March 27-31, James Madison College’s Office of Justice, Equity and Inclusion hosted several high school students from Lansing’s Everett High School, J.W. Sexton High School and Eastern High School for JMC’s first “Pre-Residential Immersive Madison Experience” (PRIME).

DEI in action: A year in review

DEI in action: A year in review

April 7, 2023 - Brian Johnson, Ph.D.

It is an exciting time to major in public affairs. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is the ability to provide opportunities for students to learn about public affairs through speaking to and meeting a variety of individuals, many of whom are James Madison and/or Michigan State alumni.

Student view: Spring break in India with JMC’s Diversity Leadership Program

Student view: Spring break in India with JMC’s Diversity Leadership Program

April 4, 2023 - Ethan Biederman

For years, traveling to India to enjoy the delicious food, try authentic chai and see the incredible sites has been a bucket list item for me, but this trip was about more than just that.

NATO Ambassador visits with Madison students

NATO Ambassador visits with Madison students

April 4, 2023 - Claire Smith, SRP '25

On March 27, James Madison College hosted Ambassador Julianne Smith for a discussion about foreign policy and politics. The hour-long event for JMC students titled “Foreign Policy and Politics,” featured Ambassador Smith, an American foreign policy adviser and diplomat who serves as the United States permanent representative for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in the Biden administration.

Student view: Resolving the identity crisis within

Student view: Resolving the identity crisis within

April 3, 2023 - Aditi Kulkarni

Growing up in America and being raised by Desi parents was a stereotypical coming-of-age identity crisis. I never wanted to be Indian, and yet, I never felt American enough. My entire sense of identity was a gray space; how could I honor a heritage I didn’t even care for while attempting to fit in with my American peers?

Alumnus Voice: Pursuing a career in teaching through JMC

Alumnus Voice: Pursuing a career in teaching through JMC

March 17, 2023 - Erika Sponsler (SR '96)

Educating high schoolers requires flexible thought, understanding of community and the ability to communicate not just ideas and content but also empathy and impact. All things I learned in my classes and from my peers and professors while at Madison.

Student view: Finding community and voice

Student view: Finding community and voice

March 10, 2023 - Drue Bender

I have surrounded myself with Black women as mentors, and that is by no mistake! Assistant Professor Rashida Harrison of James Madison College and Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, in Student Life and Engagement, Genyne Royal are people who inspire me to be better and pursue my goals. They support me, challenge me and, most importantly, help me see how I can be successful as well. This tight-knit community did not develop overnight. It required networking and putting my pride aside to be vulnerable and reach out for guidance.

Student view: Harnessing our power

Student view: Harnessing our power

March 10, 2023 - Logan Lamphier

We cannot allow past generations to subdue our passions, our strengths, our serious attitudes about living peaceful and great lives — before we have had the chance to live them. We must take ourselves and our lives seriously.

Finding strength through connections

Finding strength through connections

February 24, 2023 - Caitlin Finerty (SRP '23) and Beth Brauer

MSU’s three residential colleges — RCAH, Lyman Briggs College (LBC) and James Madison College (JMC) coordinated individual events for Feb. 20 to bring therapy dogs to each residential college building.

Alumnus Voice: Responding to gun violence through protest

Alumnus Voice: Responding to gun violence through protest

February 16, 2023 - Abigail Frost (SRP '22)

My friend Ellie and I decided to plan a protest on the Capitol lawn for 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17. We are in contact with other MSU protest organizers, and we want to give as many opportunities as possible for Spartans to grieve together and demand change. Our plan is to have numerous groups speak, from MSU students to Michigan State legislators.

Dean's Letter to JMC Community

Dean's Letter to JMC Community

February 14, 2023

Please know there are resources available, and I encourage anyone needing to speak to a professional to do so. The Hannah Community Center (819 Abbot Road) has counselors available. Free and confidential crisis counseling also is available. Students: Call (517) 355-8270. Press “1” at the prompt. For Community Mental Health, dial (517) 346-8460. I will share more resources as I learn of them.

Meet Madison Days offer opportunities for high school seniors

Meet Madison Days offer opportunities for high school seniors

February 10, 2023 - Beth Brauer and Claire Smith (JMC '25)

JMC offers several opportunities for high school students to learn about MSU’s residential college experience for students pursuing international relations or public affairs. Meet Madison Days, an event for admitted high school seniors, begins February 24 and continues through April 21.

Student view: Bringing MLK Jr.’s dream from Atlanta to MSU

Student view: Bringing MLK Jr.’s dream from Atlanta to MSU

February 10, 2023 - Samuel Holmes

When people unite, especially people who are part of different minority groups, important changes occur. Maybe because we’ve had to fight for so much for so long. Maybe because Martin Luther King Jr. is the hometown hero, symbolic of what is possible.

DEI in action: Jason Mott’s ‘Hell of a Book’ continues to be timely, unfortunately

DEI in action: Jason Mott’s ‘Hell of a Book’ continues to be timely, unfortunately

February 9, 2023 - Brian Johnson, Ph.D.

On Feb. 22, JMC will host its inaugural Black History Month Symposium. Jason Mott will serve as the keynote speaker. The book discussion will occur from 6:30-7:45 p.m. in the Kellogg Center Auditorium, with a book signing immediately following.

Academic Staff View: Black history matters

Academic Staff View: Black history matters

February 2, 2023 - Jahshua Smith

I vividly remember being introduced to Black History Month as an elementary school student at Bates Academy in Detroit. We played a game called “Bates Battle,” organized as a trivia game show that taught us and reinforced the contributions of Black pioneers.

Faculty voice: Providing a forum for cross-regional Muslim studies

Faculty voice: Providing a forum for cross-regional Muslim studies

January 30, 2023 - Russell Lucas, Ph.D. and Camelia Suleiman, Ph.D.

For the last fifteen years, MSU's Muslim Studies Program has hosted an annual conference inviting participants and attendees to investigate different themes pertaining to the Muslim world. This year the conference is entitled “Measuring Muslim Publics: Curves, Columns, Spheres and Squares,” and is organized to explore what scholars mean when using the term “public” and to provide a research-based forum that is both cross-regional and interdisciplinary.

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at MSU

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at MSU

January 30, 2023 - Beth Brauer, Caitlin Finerty (SRP '23) and Claire Smith (JMC '25)

This year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration was the university’s 43rd year honoring Dr. King and highlighting why his message and words remain relevant today. Another step toward marking the significance of King’s contributions was observing MLK Jr. Day as a full university holiday, closing all MSU offices for the first time.

Student view: Choosing a JMC major

Student view: Choosing a JMC major

January 23, 2023 - Alexa Wagner

Reading “The Sum of Us,” by Heather McGhee, a book about systemic racism and how government policies are affecting minorities across the United States, has made an impact on me as I come to understand what I am passionate about.

Heading into year five as a Board member

Heading into year five as a Board member

January 19, 2023 - Beth Brauer

Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees is comprised of eight people who are elected by voters in the state of Michigan, apart from premature vacancies that are then filled by gubernatorial appointment. Six of the eight members are women, and two of the eight are James Madison College alumni. Kelly Charron Tebay (IR ’08), a two-time alumna of the university, was elected to the Board for an eight-year term that began Jan. 1, 2019.

Faculty voice: Moving the needle of justice

Faculty voice: Moving the needle of justice

January 11, 2023 - Brian Johnson, Ph.D.

Feb. 11th marks the 58th anniversary of Dr. King’s visit to MSU. How much has changed since that day? How has Dr. King’s vision for America materialized?

Support Spartan nonprofits this season

Support Spartan nonprofits this season

December 9, 2022 - Chelsea Stein and Aaryn Richard

The giving season is well underway. Here are 11 Spartan nonprofits to support this season, including Detroit Heals Detroit, founded by JMC alumna Sirrita Darby (SRP '14).

JMC faculty members participate in panel about 'nature of inequality'

JMC faculty members participate in panel about 'nature of inequality'

December 6, 2022 - Claire Smith

Sharper Focus/Wider Lens, a cross-disciplinary panel series hosted by MSU Honors College, featured faculty members from across campus speaking to the various ways inequality exists domestically and abroad. Moderated by Matthew Zierler, associate professor of international relations in James Madison College and associate dean of the Honors College, “The Nature of Inequality” was held at 7 p.m., Nov. 30 in the MSU Union Ballroom.

Student Spotlight: Abe Frank

Student Spotlight: Abe Frank

November 28, 2022 - Beth Brauer and Abe Frank '24

I love working with my peers. JMC students are very collaborative, but there aren’t a lot of opportunities for group projects in class. In the lab that collaborative spirit is encouraged and focused in a way which is conducive to bonding over and producing research.

Student Spotlight: Emma Frank

Student Spotlight: Emma Frank

November 28, 2022 - Beth Brauer and Emma Frank '23

My favorite part about the work I do in the JMC Human Rights Lab is the ability to hone skills and challenge myself to think in new creative ways. It has given me a lot of perspective on the complexity of issues in the other countries we’ve investigated and increased my awareness on the political climates of these places.

Student Spotlight: Valerie McNamara

Student Spotlight: Valerie McNamara

November 28, 2022 - Beth Brauer and Valerie McNamara '23

I enjoy the process of research and taking large amounts of data that our groups find and bringing it together to find a pattern or some conclusion. It really is the most satisfying part.

Murray Scholar’s second visit provides discourse on dating apps

Murray Scholar’s second visit provides discourse on dating apps

November 22, 2022 - Beth Brauer

James Madison College’s Stephen O. Murray Scholar in Residence Matthew Andler visited MSU’s campus for the second time early this month. During Andler’s visit (Nov. 3-8), he presented research that discusses the ethics of dating apps.

Wearing all the hats

Wearing all the hats

November 14, 2022 - Beth Brauer and Brianne Wolf, Ph.D.

I first walked through Case Hall’s doors in Fall 2006 as a student. After taking MC 201, I was sold on the PTCD major and began taking classes in the major. I didn’t discover my interest in political economy until graduate school when I was trying to make sense of the 2008 financial crisis.

Faculty voice: The Surprising Results of the 2022 Midterm Elections

Faculty voice: The Surprising Results of the 2022 Midterm Elections

November 10, 2022 - Jordan Cash, Ph.D.

Over the past 40 years, it has become a truism of American politics that midterm elections are often painful for the president and his party. The past six presidents have all seen their party lose seats in Congress during a midterm, often losing a majority in at least one chamber.

Early Start students return from D.C., program achieves intended purpose

Early Start students return from D.C., program achieves intended purpose

October 28, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Twenty one first-year students in JMC are poised to check off more items on their Spartan Bucket List than the average Spartan and, without a doubt, they could easily reinvent that list, tailoring it for any student interested in a career in public affairs. Students participating in JMC’s inaugural cohort for Early Start, a bridge program serving first-year JMC students from a variety of minoritized backgrounds, have experienced more in the last two plus months than most students pack into a full year.

DEI in action: Assistant Dean Johnson's yearly update

DEI in action: Assistant Dean Johnson's yearly update

October 28, 2022 - Brian Johnson, Ph.D.

As I near completion of my first year at James Madison College, I am amazed at how quickly the year has come to a close.

Student view: What it means to be ASMSU Chief of Staff

Student view: What it means to be ASMSU Chief of Staff

October 25, 2022 - Jack Harrison

Part of being a successful student is putting coursework into practice through leadership positions, internships and volunteerism. From working on statewide political campaigns and holding leadership positions across the state to reporting for “East Lansing Info” and gaining public relations experience at Martin Waymire — all of these experiences have been valuable.

Alumnus voice: Working toward liberatory pedagogy in American schools

Alumnus voice: Working toward liberatory pedagogy in American schools

October 25, 2022 - Troy Distelrath ('22)

Of all the sociopolitical systems in contemporary public affairs that feel as if they have reached an inflection point, perhaps none is as desperate for subversive change as that of American education.

Faculty voice: Living my passion

Faculty voice: Living my passion

October 12, 2022 - Galia Benítez, Ph.D.

During Hispanic Heritage Month, for a moment, the faces and voices of my diverse people, the Indigenous, Black and the Mestizo, are hopefully seen, recognized, heard and valued. I am optimistic that even during this short month we as Latinos, Latinas, Latines y LatinX can have a voice and are able to express the richness of our cultures, the power of our ancestors and the importance of our ideas and presence in every space we occupy.

Alumnus voice: The importance of service

Alumnus voice: The importance of service

October 11, 2022 - Charles (Randy) Perkins Jr. (IR '20)

Service has always been an important part of my life. When I was younger, my grandma shared with me the quote: “Service is the rent we pay to live on this Earth.” This stuck with me and has had a major impact on how I live my life. In addition, in high school I had the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic in partnership with the DREAM Project for a humanitarian effort.

Murray Scholar in Residence delivers first public discussion

Murray Scholar in Residence delivers first public discussion

October 10, 2022 - Beth Brauer

During the Sept. 27 event, Andler discussed why sexual orientation, among various identifying markers, is worthy of public discourse. Exploring the different dispositions and behaviors people possess and act upon, Andler suggests the fact that attractions pertaining to sex and gender are given special social attention need not to be.

Madison students nominated for prestigious graduate scholarships

Madison students nominated for prestigious graduate scholarships

October 4, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Four of seven MSU undergraduates nominated for prestigious graduate scholarships are JMC Spartans.

Student Spotlight: Neely Bardwell

Student Spotlight: Neely Bardwell

September 30, 2022 - Jesús Hernandez

My identity as an Anishinaabe person shapes my experience 100% at this university and in life. The fact that the university is built on stolen land is isolating for me and many other Native students. We have to consistently fight for the right to be here.

Student Spotlight: Emilio Silerio Gonzalez

Student Spotlight: Emilio Silerio Gonzalez

September 28, 2022 - Jesús Hernandez and Beth Brauer

The experience so far has been quite eye-opening; I have met so many different people, and have reflected on my privilege heavily. The curriculum at JMC has been very engaging as well, I really appreciate the small classroom discussions and the topics we cover.

Dean's note: Feels like fall

Dean's note: Feels like fall

September 28, 2022

We went from summer weather to the fall season with barely a moment’s notice. Although it is a bit jarring for me still when I step outside, I suspect the chill in the air won’t slow us down. Campus is full of activity and Case Hall is no exception.

MSU learning communities receive top ranking

MSU learning communities receive top ranking

September 26, 2022 - Beth Brauer

In Madison, average class sizes range from 18-24 students. Having the benefits of a small liberal arts college and the resources of a research university are some of the most cited reasons for choosing JMC. The opportunity to connect with faculty and staff regularly aids in students’ learning about research assistantships, career programming and networking events with alumni.

Alumnus Voice: Pursuing 'real' research in Northern Thailand

Alumnus Voice: Pursuing 'real' research in Northern Thailand

September 23, 2022 - Solomon Kronberg

What does it mean to travel to another region and treat its people as research topics? Was my work ever going to benefit or even mean something to the people living the experiences that intrigued me? Why did I deserve to ask them to share their stories with me if I didn’t even know why I needed to hear them?

Student view: Powwow of Love celebrates Native American cultural heritage

Student view: Powwow of Love celebrates Native American cultural heritage

September 23, 2022 - Stevie Quijas

As an Indigenous student, NAISO has been an invaluable resource for academic, cultural, emotional and mental support. While our organization is small, we are mighty. NAISO’s annual Powwow of Love is one of the largest student run events on campus.

JMC alumnus Howard Akumiah to receive MSU Young Alumni Award

JMC alumnus Howard Akumiah to receive MSU Young Alumni Award

September 21, 2022 - Beth Brauer and Jesús Hernandez

Howard Akumiah (IR ’15) is one of two honorees to receive the Young Alumni Award, one of the university’s most prestigious awards bestowed upon MSU alumni under the age of 40 who have achieved a high level of professional success early in their careers.

JMC student and alumnus reflect on their undergraduate research experiences in Cambodia

JMC student and alumnus reflect on their undergraduate research experiences in Cambodia

September 19, 2022 - Katie Chamberlin and Shimon Likhtman

What really set the experience apart from other education abroad programs was the unique set of challenges that come with working in the field, and there were quite a few of them. Having to sleep in a hammock or on a sleeping pad under a mosquito net was difficult at times, and every day began at 4 a.m. with the deafening roar of boat motors as fishers went out on the lake to begin their daily work.

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

September 19, 2022 - Beth Brauer

If you would like to contribute to the content that is created and promoted, please send your ideas to jmadison@msu.edu. For Student Views, Student Spotlights or stories, include the request in the subject line. If you are promoting an event for an RSO, include the event title and date in the subject line, and attach graphics sized appropriately for consideration. Anything that is to appear on the screens must be sized 1920 x 1080.

Nurturing a love for nature and teaching

Nurturing a love for nature and teaching

September 12, 2022 - Beth Brauer

If he wasn’t working his dream job in academia, Daniel Ahlquist, an assistant professor in James Madison College, says he’d likely be living in a cabin in the woods, farming and foraging for his own food. Ahlquist’s deep love for nature and caring for the environment is rooted in his upbringing.

MSU’s Serling Institute celebrates 30 years of the Jewish Studies Program

MSU’s Serling Institute celebrates 30 years of the Jewish Studies Program

September 9, 2022 - Mark Bullion

Michigan State University this year marks the 30th anniversary of the Jewish Studies Program, part of The Michael and Elaine Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel. The institute prides itself on teaching and mentoring its undergraduate students, as well as providing a rich curriculum and extensive programming — building on strengths in American Jewish history and culture; European Jewish history; Holocaust studies; and Hebrew, Judaism and Israel studies.

Staff Spotlight: Florensio Hernandez

Staff Spotlight: Florensio Hernandez

September 6, 2022 - Jesús Hernandez and Beth Brauer

What I am most excited about in my new DEI role at James Madison College is being able to work directly with students and help guide them through the college process and on to graduation.

Student view: 'What you make of it'

Student view: 'What you make of it'

August 30, 2022 - Ellie Baden

I know it’s cliché, but I truly believe that a college experience is what you make of it. As such, I have done my best to make the most of my time at Michigan State, which has led me to pursue three majors and six minors across four colleges, five on-campus jobs, three years of undergraduate research experience, a summer study abroad, and involvement with more than ten student organizations. If that sounds like a lot, it’s because it is.

Welcome Home, JMC Spartans!

Welcome Home, JMC Spartans!

August 23, 2022 - Jesús Hernandez and Beth Brauer

While the weather in Michigan continues to feel like summer, Spartans across the country and around the world head to East Lansing this week to begin fall semester. James Madison College will welcome 282 first-year students and approximately 260 returning second-year students to Case Hall this fall.

Dean's note: Saying goodbye to summer

Dean's note: Saying goodbye to summer

August 23, 2022

It is hard to believe the summer is coming to an end. Even though many in the college work in Case Hall all summer long, there’s a distinctly summer feeling that befalls campus. For the most part, it’s a lot quieter and most people will agree the available parking increases tenfold.

James Madison College announces second Stephen O. Murray Scholar in Residence

James Madison College announces second Stephen O. Murray Scholar in Residence

August 17, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Matthew Andler is the 2022-23 Stephen O. Murray Scholar in Residence, marking the program’s second scholar to assume the role. He earned a Master of Science in sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Virginia.

Student view: Increasing fluency and perspective

Student view: Increasing fluency and perspective

August 16, 2022 - Natalie Harmon

As pandemic travel restrictions became more relaxed, I began looking into study abroad programs that would work well for me as a Comparative Cultures and Politics major as well as a Spanish minor. I started hearing about the internship abroad opportunities in Madrid, Paris and Buenos Aires through James Madison. The Buenos Aires program immediately caught my attention as I would be able to improve my Spanish skills and complete my Field Experience requirement.

Student view: Summer on the Hill with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

Student view: Summer on the Hill with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

August 16, 2022 - Alexie Milukhin

Being in a place with so much concentrated power and affluence was disorienting. While running errands in the Capitol I (literally) ran into Bill Gates and Matthew McConaughey, got a hug from AOC and spoke with Dolores Huerta on multiple occasions.

Student view: Interning in South Korea

Student view: Interning in South Korea

August 8, 2022 - Carl Austin Miller Grondin

This summer, I have been an intern with the start-up company Globaleur. We focus on using AI-based technology to create the perfect vacation plan for people interested in traveling the world. Before I arrived, I would have said marketing was one of my least desirable areas of interest. However, I am eternally grateful that I was given this position because I made lifelong friends who I know I can reach out to at a moment's notice.

Staff Spotlight: Lindsay Snyder

Staff Spotlight: Lindsay Snyder

August 5, 2022 - Beth Brauer and Jesús Hernandez

Students bring exciting news, interesting questions and sometimes heartbreaking problems into my office. I am honored by the opportunity to help them, in both the good times and the bad.

Meet JMC's 2022 Fulbright student scholars

Meet JMC's 2022 Fulbright student scholars

August 4, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Since 1983, 22 of MSU’s past Fulbright Student Scholars are alumni of James Madison College. This year, JMC alumna Emily McHarg (IR ’20) will continue to represent the college during an English teaching assistantship in Bonn, Germany. Solomon Kronberg (CCP ’22) was named an alternate for a Fulbright to Thailand.

Student Spotlight: Isabelle Borr

Student Spotlight: Isabelle Borr

August 2, 2022 - Jesús Hernandez and Beth Brauer

I am currently on a study abroad in Amman, Jordan, learning Arabic and exploring the country. This past school year, I worked as a research assistant under Professor Norman Graham and developed a UURAF project. I researched China’s global infrastructure plan and its effects on Central Asia.

Staff Spotlight: Jahshua Smith

Staff Spotlight: Jahshua Smith

August 2, 2022 - Jesús Hernandez and Beth Brauer

Often, we task those in the minority with the responsibility of being the change they want to see and, while that approach is still one that I encourage, as a community, it is our collective responsibility to be supportive as students navigate our school and space.

DEI in action: Welcoming 21 students to the inaugural bridge program

DEI in action: Welcoming 21 students to the inaugural bridge program

July 21, 2022 - Brian Johnson, Ph.D.

During the week of August 24-30, James Madison College will welcome its first cohort of students into a new bridge program. The program is possible due to a gift from a JMC alumnus and donor.

MSU Fulbright student scholars named

MSU Fulbright student scholars named

July 18, 2022 - Veronica Gracia-Wing

Nine MSU students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants for the 2022-23 academic year, and four additional candidates have been named as alternates. More than 9,300 applications were submitted in this cycle according to the Institute of International Education.

Explore MSU’s campus during Green and White Days

Explore MSU’s campus during Green and White Days

July 15, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Michigan State University is hosting its largest open house for prospective students and their families July 22, 25-29.

Alumnus Voice: How JMC prepared me for a career in academia

Alumnus Voice: How JMC prepared me for a career in academia

July 13, 2022 - Kyle T. Mays (SRP '09), Ph.D.

It feels like just a few years ago when I entered the back of the (was it Wilson, Wonders; I can’t recall) auditorium early, walking slowly to sit in the front row of a MC 201 lecture, carrying my iPod Shuffle, bumping Common, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Kanye (yes, I want the old Kanye back!), Jeezy and Mariah Carey, and even a lil bit of autotune.

Student Spotlight: Ellie Friedman

Student Spotlight: Ellie Friedman

July 11, 2022 - Jesús Hernandez and Beth Brauer

JMC’s content has given me the tools to not only analyze social issues through a variety of lenses but also to articulate my learning in a concise and analytical way.

Student view: Traveling the Golden State

Student view: Traveling the Golden State

July 7, 2022 - Noah Scudder

The California cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles are two of the last places I would expect to find professionals with a degree in public affairs. With Silicon Valley tech dominating the Bay Area’s professional scene and Los Angeles seemingly saturated with TikTokkers and movie stars, I never thought of California as particularly hospitable to JMC grads. Yet, I found that California is home to countless Madison alumni who work in nearly every field imaginable.

Staff Spotlight: Karissa Chabot-Purchase

Staff Spotlight: Karissa Chabot-Purchase

June 24, 2022 - Beth Brauer and Jesús Hernandez

Working in higher education offers me the chance not only to assist students as they navigate a challenging time in their lives but also normalize asking for help — things I needed as a college student!

Student Spotlight: Alissa Hakim (she, her, hers)

Student Spotlight: Alissa Hakim (she, her, hers)

June 24, 2022 - Jesús Hernandez and Beth Brauer

I have met some of my best friends through James Madison, and doors that were previously shut for me opened up. I was able to do research, find internships, make connections with faculty and students alike, and learn more about myself in the process.

Dean's statement: Response to overturning Roe vs. Wade

Dean's statement: Response to overturning Roe vs. Wade

June 24, 2022

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued its opinion in the case of Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Center. The outcome of this opinion overturns Roe vs. Wade, the legal precedent set in 1973 affirming the American constitutional right to abortion. The situation is evolving and is quite complex, as state-by-state implications vary, and many laws or bans will not go into effect immediately. 

Student view: All the possibilities

Student view: All the possibilities

June 16, 2022 - Maddie Pugliano

During my time in California, however, my perspective about careers in public affairs dramatically changed. By meeting with JMC alumni pursuing careers from technology entrepreneurship (Douglas Breckenridge IR ‘86) to program and data management at Netflix (Daniel Feenstra IR' 17), I now understand the career possibilities for Madison grads.

Student Spotlight: Abigail Bies

Student Spotlight: Abigail Bies

June 16, 2022 - Jesús Hernandez and Beth Brauer

The availability of my JMC professors has single handedly been my biggest support in my academic journey. I always can count on office hour appointments or prompt help over email with professors who truly care about me.

Supporting LGBTQIA+ students, MSU resources Spartans ought to know

Supporting LGBTQIA+ students, MSU resources Spartans ought to know

June 8, 2022 - Beth Brauer and Jesús Hernandez

Natalie Harmon says she chose MSU’s James Madison College because she liked the idea of being part of “a tight-knit community,” while also having opportunities that exist at a larger university. Harmon, a rising junior majoring in comparative cultures and politics, or CCP, explains how the residential college community has fostered her own acceptance of who she is.

Building community is key for Chicago alumnus

Building community is key for Chicago alumnus

June 7, 2022 - Beth Brauer

When Troy Calkins (IR ’88) was an elementary school student in Holt, Michigan, his class took a field trip to the Michigan State University Planetarium. Following their visit, they toured parts of campus and ate lunch in one of the nearby dining halls. One decade later, during the fall semester of 1984, Calkins entered Case Hall as a first-year student in MSU’s James Madison College. Overcome with a feeling of déjà vu, Calkins realized he had previously dined in the Case cafeteria.

Student Spotlight: Jacob Pepper

Student Spotlight: Jacob Pepper

June 1, 2022 - Jesús Hernandez and Beth Brauer

The residential college community helped me find LGBTQ+ friends my first year. Through these friendships, I have been able to talk about subjects that I was unable to before because of where I grew up, and it is liberating to relate to a larger community of people with similar experiences.

Madison students honored for MSUFCU Paper Competition

Madison students honored for MSUFCU Paper Competition

May 31, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Four JMC students were selected for the MSUFCU Paper Competition for best paper in public and international affairs. The award recognizes students whose writings showcase JMC’s mission to produce graduates who are well prepared to engage in cultural, political and social analysis; evaluate public and foreign policies and practices; and suggest creative strategies for addressing pressing issues in public life.

Remembering Vincent Chin: Oral history project explores the aftermath of racially motivated murder in Detroit 40 years later

Remembering Vincent Chin: Oral history project explores the aftermath of racially motivated murder in Detroit 40 years later

May 31, 2022 - Henry Mochida

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the legacy of Vincent Chin’s case that ultimately expanded civil rights laws to include Asian Americans and led to other tidal shifts, such as the teaching of Asian American history in higher education.

DEI in action: 'Angelic troublemakers' and the intersections of Civil Rights

DEI in action: 'Angelic troublemakers' and the intersections of Civil Rights

May 26, 2022 - Brian Johnson, Ph.D.

During the month of June, we celebrate Pride Month and Juneteenth. Pride Month recognizes the progress of LGBTQ+ rights and provides a time to reflect upon the continued progress which must occur. Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States.

Race Conference's hybrid format is a success

Race Conference's hybrid format is a success

May 24, 2022 - Beth Brauer

From March 25-30, 2022, Race in 21st Century Americas Conference held a hybrid event for the first time. The biennial conference was delayed a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with the uncertainty of a potential surge in COVID cases, the Race Conference committee opted to make the March 25 student day in-person and the two half-days, March 29 and 30, virtual.

MSU's Lisa Cook becomes first Black woman on Federal Reserve board

MSU's Lisa Cook becomes first Black woman on Federal Reserve board

May 12, 2022 - Kim Ward

MSU economist and professor Lisa D. Cook was confirmed earlier this week by the Senate Banking Committee to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Cook is the first Black woman to serve on the board in its 108-year history.

Student view: What now?

Student view: What now?

May 12, 2022 - myrah rafiah beverly

I believe, as writer and civil rights activist Audre Lorde said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Meaning, self-care is a form of activism and rebellion that we can all do to create new ways of approaching crisis and injustice. It is a way to counteract the strikes of internalized doubt, hate and restrictions.

Faculty voice: Presentation of candidates

Faculty voice: Presentation of candidates

May 11, 2022 - Anna Pegler-Gordon, Ph.D.

We have also spent a good amount of time looking back. As you know, I am a historian of public policy, so I love looking back and thinking about how the past has shaped the present. I’d like to take a moment to revisit some of our guiding questions from your first class at James Madison College, Introduction to Public Affairs, or MC201. And I’d like you to think about how these questions and your answers to these questions have shaped you over these last four years.

Dean's note: Ending on a high note

Dean's note: Ending on a high note

May 11, 2022

We’ve had many reasons to celebrate over the last couple of weeks. From the numerous awards announced  within the college to various events to the wrap-up of final projects, papers and exams. And most recently, James Madison hosted spring commencement exercises at the Wharton Center.

JMC awards 10 outstanding students senior awards, Kautz Prize recipients named

JMC awards 10 outstanding students senior awards, Kautz Prize recipients named

May 10, 2022 - Beth Brauer

James Madison College students are known as leaders both in the classroom and beyond. This year’s spring and summer graduates continue to set the bar high for current and incoming JMC students. The college gave 10 students a total of 11 Outstanding Senior Awards.

James Madison’s graduating class celebrates commencement, welcomes Rep. Elissa Slotkin

James Madison’s graduating class celebrates commencement, welcomes Rep. Elissa Slotkin

May 6, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Michigan State University will host ceremonies for 9,601 students this weekend at Jack Breslin Student Events Center, Wharton Center for Performing Arts and the MSU Auditorium. Most individual colleges will host their own commencement ceremonies May 6-8. Of the total 6,917 undergraduate degree candidates, JMC will confer the degrees of 204 students this spring and an anticipated 32 students following the summer sessions.

Faculty voice: Remembering the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah

Faculty voice: Remembering the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah

April 25, 2022 - Amy Simon, Ph.D.

A few months following the completion of my undergraduate studies, I began working at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. The date I began is significant, September 10, 2001, as it preceded a lifechanging event: 9/11.

Letter from Dean Thies and Assistant Dean Johnson: DEI Strategic Plan Update

Letter from Dean Thies and Assistant Dean Johnson: DEI Strategic Plan Update

April 21, 2022

On April 7, JMC’s College Inclusion Committee revealed a working draft of the college's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plan. The document represents two years of planning, collaboration and goals for advancing DEI and moving the college forward. We encourage you to view the working draft.

New event gives admitted Spartans a chance to explore JMC

New event gives admitted Spartans a chance to explore JMC

April 21, 2022 - Beth Brauer

MSU was busier than usual last weekend as MSU’s Office of Admissions hosted an Admitted Student Day on Saturday, April 16. The event was tied to the spring football game, allowing prospective families to experience firsthand the campus spirit.

DEI in action: Semester in review

DEI in action: Semester in review

April 21, 2022

As we approach the end of semester, it is helpful to reflect upon the DEI advancements we have accomplished, while also looking forward to much more work that is ahead of us. Within the past three months, JMC’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programming has accomplished a great deal.

Student view: Dream big

Student view: Dream big

April 21, 2022 - Rosa Razmi

When I was 17, everyone had told me they were jealous that I had known what I wanted to do next, but all I really knew was that JMC was the program for me. I was going to figure out everything else from there.  

JMC offers new summer bridge program to aid in student success and increase student belonging

JMC offers new summer bridge program to aid in student success and increase student belonging

April 20, 2022 - Beth Brauer

James Madison College is pleased to announce a new summer bridge program designed to better acclimate JMC students to Michigan State University and to the college itself.

Top legislative interns win Rosenthal Award

Top legislative interns win Rosenthal Award

April 18, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research, or IPPSR, and James Madison College hosted the 2022 Daniel Rosenthal Legislative Intern Awards ceremony from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., April 13.

Campus partners collaborate to combat Islamophobia and antisemitism

Campus partners collaborate to combat Islamophobia and antisemitism

April 18, 2022 - Beth Brauer

The rise in anti-Muslim and antisemitic attacks over the last several years has prompted two campus leaders and faculty members to join forces to educate the Spartan community about the harm caused by Islamophobia and antisemitism.

MSU receives TRT grant for Islamic architecture, science and interreligious relations project

MSU receives TRT grant for Islamic architecture, science and interreligious relations project

April 18, 2022 - Veronica Gracia-Wing

James Madison College, International Studies and Programs and the College of Arts and Letters collaborate to facilitate multi-faith engagement.

Madison alumna and former MSU gymnast puts the 'Will' beside 'Spartans'

Madison alumna and former MSU gymnast puts the 'Will' beside 'Spartans'

April 11, 2022 - Beth Brauer

Not only does Melissa Green’s surname suggest her Spartan identity runs deep, one can’t help but feel energized and hopeful upon meeting her. Green (PTCD ‘01), who is assistant general counsel for the American Medical Association, is someone you feel you’ve known forever and simultaneously want to know better.

Faculty voice: Growing up Arab, Muslim

Faculty voice: Growing up Arab, Muslim

April 5, 2022 - Linda Sayed, Ph.D.

When I am asked where I am from, I naturally respond, “New York. Queens to be exact.” That’s where I consider home; although, I was born in Michigan and moved back and forth between New York and Michigan for the early part of my childhood. When I am asked where I am from, the expected response isn’t either of these places. I’ve lived much of my life viewed as someone who doesn’t belong.

Student Spotlight: Rosa Razmi

Student Spotlight: Rosa Razmi

March 28, 2022 - Brian Johnson, Ph.D. and Rosa Razmi

In honor of Women's History Month, James Madison College is spotlighting faculty, staff, students and alumni who have made, or are making significant contributions to the college. We recently spoke with Rosa Razmi, president of James Madison College Student Senate.