We invite you to listen to these conversations in which we provide examples on how to break down traditional language and disciplinary boundaries and to foster creativity and new ways of understanding languages around the world, the societies where they are spoken, and the cultures they shape.

Episode 9: Locating Muslim Cinema(s) (May 2018)
In April 2018, Michigan State University held the Muslim Studies Program 11th Annual Conference and Film Fest with a special focus on “Locating Muslim Cinema(s): The Politics of Cultures and Identity.” MSU faculty Camelia Suleiman, Marc Bernstein, and Swarnavel Eswaran Pillai talk about the festival, films “The Nightingale’s Prayer” (Egypt 1959), “Close Up” (Iran 1990), and “Firaaq” (India 2008), and how 60 years of Muslim cinema(s) contribute to our understanding of Muslim cultures and society.

(Left to right) M. Bernstein, C. Suleiman, S. Eswaran Pillai

Episode 8: Picturing Others: Photography, Representation, and Identification 
(April 2018)
Mary Vogl (Colorado State University), Candace Keller (Michigan State University), and Rocío Quispe-Agnoli (host) share their approaches to study indigenous photographic practices from Morocco, Mali, and Perú.  Who were/are their viewers? for whom and why did/do they take photographs? what agendas are activated when building representations of others and themselves?  How did these photographers and the subjects they photographed want to be represented? For more information: www.picturingothers.com

(Left to right) M. Vogl and C. Keller.

Episode 7: Picturing Others: Indigenous Photography and Archive
(April  2018)
Jorge Coronado (Northwestern University), Laura Smith (Michigan State University) and Erika Nimis (University of Quebec, Montréal) share their reasons to study indigenous photographers of Perú, United States and Mali and the construction of photographic archives by native people of these nations. The construction and preservation of  photographic archives bring the stories of indigenous peoples and their (self)representations to the center of interdisciplinary studies. For more information: www.picturingothers.com

(Left to right) J. Coronado, L. Smith, and E. Nimis.

Episode 6: Migration Studies and the Humanist Perspective 
(March 2018)
What does the censorship of bilingualism signal about how we construct our world? Is popular culture depicting or misrepresenting migration communities? How are the refugee crises presented in social media? Evelyn Alsultany, Madelaine Hron,  Ana Celia Zentella, and Miguel Cabañas, guest presenters and organizer of this symposium meet to talk about human rights and refugees including their right to practice their religions, use their language, and retain their own features. Humanities research in these areas can inform the law and transform policy to create a conversation on the impact of migration policy on human experience.

(Left to right) A. C. Zentella, M. Hron, M. Cabañas, E. Alsultany


Episode 5: What Happens to a Dream Deferred (February 2018)
What Happens to a Dream Deferred is an intimate portrait of a day in the life of José Adrián Badillo Carlos and Osvaldo Sandoval, two DREAMers who are graduate students at Michigan State University.  Scott Boehm, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Film Director, and Peter Johnston, Cinematographer and Film Editor, join José Adrián and Osvaldo to talk about the making of this short film and the impact on their lives after the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. The film was first released at the MSU Latinx Film Festival.

(Left to right): J. A. Badillo, O. Sandoval, P. Johnston, R. Quispe-Agnoli, S. Boehm


Episode 4: Latinx Film Festival: 40 Years of Mexican-American Music (January 2018)
A conversation with Charlie Vela and Ronnie Garza, directors of As I Walk Through the Valleyand Scott Boehm, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Global Studies at Michigan State University and Director of the MSU Latinx Film Festival. Featured at the MSU Latinx Film Festival, As I Walk Through the Valley is the first comprehensive look at rock music in the Rio Grande Valley.  Vela, Garza, and Boehm talk about documenting 40 years of musical history and Mexican-American culture.

(Left to right) Charlie Vera and Ronnie Garza


Episode 3: Blurring Boundaries: Arabic Identities in the World (December 2017)
Who are ‘we’ and who is the ‘other’? This is a question that has become increasingly complex in late modern times due to the effects of globalization. In the Arabic world, another force is driving this question. Guests Camelia Suleiman, Marc Bernstein and Safoi Babana-Hampton talked with us about this force and its effects in the Arabic world across and beyond the Mediterranean. See also Blurring Boundaries. A Global Perspective Symposium

(Left to right): C. Suleiman, R. Quispe-Agnoli, M. Bernstein, S. Babana-Hampton

Episode 2: The Language of Self and Italian Cinema  (November 2017)
Philosophy, aesthetics and post-realist media productions have unseated conventional politics, blurring boundaries between fiction and documentation, the self and the Other, autobiography and biography. Italian cinema had identified subjects of the global Italian world to convey the changing positions of the director and the viewer. Guests: Marcia Landy, Distinguished Professor Emerita of English and Italian Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, in conversation with Joseph Francese, Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University.

(Left to right) J. Francese, M. Landy, R. Quispe-Agnoli

Episode 1: African Arts and Photography
  (October 2017)
The West African country of Mali has long been home to a creative community of photographers. Since 2011 the Archive of Malian Photography addresses the preservation, cataloging and digitization of works by renowned Malian photographers. Guests:  Malick Sitou and Youssouf Sakaly in conversation with Candace Keller, Associate Professor of African Art History and Visual Culture at Michigan State University.

(Left to Right)  M. Sitou, Y. Sakaly, C. Keller and R. Quispe-Agnoli