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Borderless Captivity: The Modern Face of Slavery, photographs by Kay Chernush, will be on display in the MSU Global Gallery starting February 24, 2015.
FREE Massive Open Online Courses offered by Michigan State University.

Now thru February 14, participants in the current offering of this popular Digital Storytelling MOOClet are learning how to use simple tools that can help unlock the impact of research experiences. 


This is the perfect learning experience for faculty, staff, or students who want to learn how to make their research emotionally-compelling, as well as how to plan, produce, and share these stories using different processes and platforms, including social media.


Enrollees are led by David Poulson, associate director of MSU's Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and Rashad Muhammed, MSU Global Instructional Technologist. If you missed this offering, stay tuned for future iterations. LEARN MORE



Preventing food fraud, the act of defrauding buyers of food or ingredients for economic gain, is a growing problem. Stopping it can improve domestic productivity due to fewer illnesses, increased production of safe food for domestic consumption, and a higher value for safer export product.




The close of 2014 brought to an end two of the first four inaugural MSU Global Faculty Innovation Fellows projects. Dr. John Spink's Food Fraud Initiative and Dr. Jeff Grabill and Dr. Julie Lindquist's project to investigate teaching writing online and at scale will come to a successful end.

As these projects were winding down, we at MSU Global had to think of an innovative way to "transition" them into their next stages. As Innovation Corps members, MSU Global will make special efforts to continue to showcase these projects and the expertise of faculty at events and share their stories in our newsletters and on our website. Corps members will have the opportunity to mentor other faculty fellows, serving as an expert resource and will also have the option to serve on the MSU Global Advisory Board. LEARN MORE

This exhibit is open to the MSU Community and runs until February 18, 2015. Gallery hours are from Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 3:00  pm with the exception of university holidays.


DYLAN MINER is a border-crossing artist, activist, and scholar. He is Associate Professor in the Michigan State University Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, where he coordinates a new Indigenous contemporary art initiative and is adjunct curator of Indigenous Art at the MSU Museum. Learn more about what inspires him and influences his work here.

CROSSING BORDERS features select pieces of Miner's work from two projects that are influenced by Indigenous history and culture. They explore themes of collaboration between art and community, while prompting us to think about how we can become active participants in building a better society.
Jeno Rivera


MSU Global brought several Faculty Innovation Fellows on board starting this January 2015 - some are new, and some are ongoing collaborators that we are formalizing in the Fellows program. Stay tuned for more information about their projects in early 2015. 


Jeno Rivera, Assistant Professor in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will begin working with MSU Global to redesign the minor in agriculture communication using a creative combination of experiential learning and competency-based designs.



David Poulson
David Poulson in the College of Communications Arts and Sciences is the Associate Director for the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism. He has been working with MSU Global for the past 6 months to re-design the role of students in the USAID-funded Global Center for Food Systems Innovation. The new Translational Scholar plan has been accepted into the year 3 budget of the grant and David is moving forward now as an Innovation Fellow so that this model can be expanded across disciplines and projects at MSU.
Glenn Stutzky

Glenn Stutzky in the College of Social Sciences School of Social Work will further develop and expand the M.O.L.I.E. (Multi-Media Online Learning Immersive Experience) to new non-credit experiences in the Food Knowledge Cloud. M.O.L.I.E. is the design model created by Glenn and the creative team at LEARN.DAT who produced the award-winning Disaster Preparedness course http://zombie.msu.edu/. MSU Global has been working with this team, and others, since August on a Food Futures course.

In October 2014, the MSU Asian Studies Center brought Dr. William Dollente Dar, Director General of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) to campus to speak about transformational leadership in the organization. 

ICRISAT, which is based in India, is a non-profit, non-political, and pro-poor institute.  If you missed Dr. Dar's presentation, you can now watch it here.

MSU Global Creative Fellow Open House & Exhibit with Photographer Kay Chernush
OPEN HOUSE: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 3:30 - 6:00 pm @ MSU Global Gallery

KAY CHERNUSH is an award-winning photographer with 30 years of experience in commercial and fine art photography. Her interest in human trafficking began with a photography assignment for the State Department in 2005, work that has since been exhibited at the United Nations in New York and Vienna, Princeton, Kean University and the World Bank.


There are roughly 27 million slaves in the world today, bringing slaveholders and traffickers about $150 billion in annual profits, a criminal enterprise that rivals only arms and drug trafficking. These photographs are intended to put a human face on the statistics and headlines, to tell the stories of modern day enslavement and the journey towards freedom.



Don't forget to check our UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR to see what's new and on the horizon here at MSU Global!

MSU Global is a Michigan State University innovation and strategy unit in the Office of the Provost
and the Graduate School that assists faculty in creating, facilitating and implementing impactful projects that lead to new research and funding opportunities and enhance the reputation of the university community.