New Speaker Series Celebrates Excellence in Interdisciplinary Research


MSU’s Center for Interdisciplinarity (C4I) is offering a new series of presentations that celebrates innovative and influential interdisciplinary research involving the arts and humanities.

The University Interdisciplinary Colloquium (UIC) presentations are delivered by accomplished interdisciplinary scholars who are engaged in work that integrates a wide variety of perspectives, including the full range of perspectives within the University as well as those from outside the University.

“MSU is a world leader in interdisciplinary research, and artists and humanists on campus are making key contributions to a wide range of important projects,” said Michael O’Rourke, Interim Director of the Center for Interdisciplinarity. “This series will provide them with a forum to talk about their work and amplify their message to Spartans and members of the surrounding communities. It is a way that C4I aims to enhance to the culture of interdisciplinarity at MSU.”

Coffee and refreshments are provided at each UIC presentation. Also, recording of presentation will be available on the Center for Interdisciplinarity website.

Upcoming UIC Presentations:


Nida Abdullah, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, will discuss the framework for capturing interdisciplinary dialogue

DAY: Friday, March 16
TIME: Noon-1 p.m.
LOCATION: MSU Union Lake Superior Room

Rocío Quispe-Agnoli, Professor and Interim Co-Chair of the Department of Romance and Classical Studies, will discuss illusion and consumption of the Indian body
DAY: Friday, March 30
TIME: Noon-1 p.m.
LOCATION: MSU Union Lake Superior Room

Adam Brown, Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, will discuss biomediating greenness – rethinking human exceptionalism
DAY: Friday, April 13
TIME: Noon-1 p.m.
LOCATION: Kresge Art Center Room 108

Natalie Phillips, Associate Professor in the Department of English, will discuss literary neuroscience and the benefits of interdisciplinarity
DAY: Friday, April 27
TIME: Noon-1 p.m.
LOCATION: MSU Union Lake Superior Room