Inequities and Power Struggles in Science Communication

webinar featuring C4I Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Megan Halpern, Friday, Oct. 23 @ 11AM EDT

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Science Communication and Public Engagement are often seen as effective ways for researchers to disseminate their ideas to a wider audience. Nevertheless, these practices still largely overlook the efforts of historically marginalized and minority communities. As a result, the intellectual assets and epistemologies from certain regions, religions, genders, and nationalities get undermined in public debates. In this webinar, we will hear from some science communication researchers and practitioners who have been trying to empower marginalized voices through their work. We will discuss the inherent power structures within science communication and what does it take to dismantle them.

Artist Collabor-Eats" Brown Bag Lunch Series

Sponsored by MSU College of Arts and Letters Dean’s Arts Advisory Council, Dept. of Theater, and the MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity
Thursday, Oct. 29 from 1-2 pm

Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Montagut, Director of the MSU Broad Art Museum, will present on supporting diversity in the arts

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Dr. Ramírez-Montagut is the director of the MSU Broad Art Museum since July 2020. Her vision for MSU Broad is leveraging faculty and community expertise to create cross-disciplinary projects addressing social justice issues. Through the lens of contemporary art, MSU BAM’s programs will explore themes such as equity of representation, mass incarceration in the US, and environmental and food justice to name some examples.

Ramírez-Montagut received her B.A. in Architecture from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Architecture from the Universitat Politècnica in Barcelona, Spain. Previous to MSU Broad, she served as the director and chief curator for the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University in New Orleans. She has also served as the Senior Curator at the San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose/Silicon Valley, California; Curator at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut; Assistant Curator of architecture and design at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Curator of Collections and Public Programs at the Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Director of Community Outreach of the Queens Theatre in the Park in New York City; and as Project Coordinator for the Mexico Now Festival, New York City. Some of her publications include “KAWS” (Rizzoli, 2010), “Erik Parker, Colorful Resistance” (Rizzoli, 2012).

Ramírez-Montagut often participates in panels, serves as a juror, or advises on local and federal grants for national Foundations (Ford, Warhol, Joan Mitchell), federal agencies (NEA, State Department) and grass-roots, local arts organizations.

Engaged Philosophy Internship Program Presentations

Oct. 30, 2020 from 3-4:30PM
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The Engaged Philosophy Internship Program (EPIP) in the MSU Department of Philosophy aims to enable philosophy graduate students to obtain professional experience outside of philosophy that contributes to their development as philosophical researchers. In addition to updated information about EPIP, this panel features talks from the two members of our second EPIP cohort.

Co-Creation of Knowledge and Integration of Values for Equitable Research: Lessons from Indigenous Early Childhood Community Research Partnerships

Attention: Faculty, Academic Staff, and Graduate Students

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

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Research initiatives which aim to identify inclusive and just responses to community problems require: 

  • integration of the different ways in which these problems are understood (e.g., by community members, by university partners), and 
  • generation of solutions, grounded in local and scientific knowledge, that align with the core beliefs and values of the partners. 

University faculty and staff involved in community-university partnerships frequently find themselves in the challenging position of attempting to foster dialogue and coordinated action across partners’ different ways of understanding community problems, with little guidance on the techniques and tools for bridging these differences.  

This panel will address this challenge of knowledge integration by sharing the techniques and approaches used by academics and community partners to co-create solutions. Partners from Michigan State University, Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, University of Colorado Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, and the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan will describe their processes for co-creating knowledge and integrating values to move toward equitable research in the field of early childhood education and development.  

In a panel discussion, these partners will identify the crosscutting lessons learned and unique strategies for co-creating knowledge and integrating values. Following the panel discussion, session participants will have the opportunity to engage with the panel through a Q&A session.


  • Jessica Barnes-Najor, Director for Community Partnerships, Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship, Michigan State University
  • Allison Barlow, Director, Center for American Indian Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Michelle Sarche, Associate Professor, Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, University of Colorado
  • Ann Cameron, Head Start Director, Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan 
  • Lisa Martin, Project Director, Tribal Home Visiting Project, Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan
  • Elizabeth Kushman, Department Manager, Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Services, Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan


Sponsored by: University Outreach and Engagement; Center for Interdisciplinarity (C4I)