Welcome to the Liberal Arts Endeavor, a podcast by Michigan State University's College of Arts and Letters. Here, we're dedicated to driving a continued conversation about the importance of public presence in an online space. On each new episode, we follow Chris Long, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, as he takes us somewhere new to meet Arts and Letters faculty where they work.

This season we're refocusing on the value of humanist perspective in the digital age and slowing down a bit to foster a culture of care and listening.

Season 4 Episode 4: Shawn Loewen


On this episode of the podcast, Shawn Loewen, Assistant Professor in the Language Studies program, met Dean Long at Ellison Brewery in East Lansing. Dr. Loewen’s work surrounds language acquisition at MSU, and he spends the episode discussing language-learning tools and how he approaches and assesses language acquisition in an academic setting.

You can view Shawn Loewen's website at

Season 4 Episode 3: Divya Victor


Episode 3 of the podcast features English Professor Divya Victor. Dean Long met her in her East Lansing home to discuss her online presence and new poetry book, CURB. Professor Victor speaks about the collaborative writing process between herself and her husband and how her work influences every aspect of her life, even the way she cares for her family. She has developed her writing philosophy over many years, and she works to explore and answer one key question through her work.

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Season 4 Episode 2: Paula Winke

Episode 2 features Dr. Paula Winke, Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at MSU. Her research surrounds second and foreign language testing, and, as an Applied Linguist, Dr. Winke is always looking to solve language-related problems. Dean Long went to Wells Hall to meet Paula in her office, where they discussed her research and findings more in depth. 

You can view Paule Winke’s website online at

Season 4 Episode 1: Deric McNish


On episode 1 of the MSU Liberal Arts Endeavor Podcast, Dean Long met with Theatre Professor Deric McNish in the MSU Auditorium. There, they discussedDeric’s digital presence, which includes his personal website and Department of Theatre podcast: Syllable of Recorded Time. Professor McNish talked about his journey as a scholar-artist, which started as early as Elementary School, and the ways in which he works collaboratively with students and faculty across department lines.

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