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Newest Phase of Massive Slavery Database Welcomes Public Contribution

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Folk art image of workers on plantation

Michigan State University’s searchable database containing millions of records cataloging the lives of enslaved Africans and their descendants — Enslaved.org — is launching a second phase that will accept contributions…

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“On These Grounds” Describes the History of Enslavement at Colleges

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
files in a cabinet

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded MSU a grant of $550,000 to support the first phase of the “On These Grounds” project, a digital initiative to describe…

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MSU Alumna Named Rhodes Scholar

Monday, November 25, 2019
beaumont tower

Anna Esenther, a 2019 Michigan State University graduate, has been named a Rhodes Scholar. She is the 20th Rhodes Scholar from MSU. An Honors College graduate, Esenther holds…

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Diversity on Teams Leads to Positive Outcomes, But Not For All Individuals

Thursday, July 18, 2019
Group of scientists in lab

Individuals on teams of diverse people working together can have better outcomes than those on teams with similar individuals. But a new study by Michigan State University and…

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Using Music to Combat Antisemitism

Monday, April 15, 2019
Using music to combat antisemitism, holocaust, jews, jewish

Michigan State University will present two performances of one of the most enduring musical protests against antisemitism, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13, titled “Babi Yar,” which memorializes the…

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Students Contribute to National Exhibit

Friday, October 26, 2018
Prison Band

Michigan State University is working in partnership with “States of Incarceration,” a national traveling exhibit that focuses on the history and future of mass incarceration in the United…

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Five MSU Doctoral Students Named Fulbright-Hays Scholars

Thursday, October 25, 2018
African Fields

Many academics consider the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad, or DDRA, honor a defining career moment. And in the eyes of Walter Hawthorne, professor of African history at…

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MSU’s Wake Named Dibner Research Fellow

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Naoko Wake

Michigan State University associate professor Naoko Wake has been selected as a Dibner Research Fellow in the History of Science and Technology in 2018-19. She will spend fall…

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MSU Gets Mellon Grant for Massive Slave Trade Database

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Michigan State University, supported by nearly $1.5 million from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will create a unique online data hub that will change the way scholars and…

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Enslaved: People of the Historic Slave Trade

Friday, October 27, 2017

Walter Hawthorne, Professor of African History and Chairperson of the Department of History, presents his latest research to the MSU Board of Trustees on October 27, 2017. Hawthorne…

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