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Coffee with the Profs

One of the MSU Alumni Office's long-standing featured offerings, the Coffee with the Profs series highlights research and work done by some of MSU’s finest faculty and staff. This lifelong education program is open to all.


Fall 2021 Series

This fall, participants will not be joining us in person on campus. Instead, it’s a virtual experience that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. 

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Oct. 11  Postponed until spring 2022
Contextualizing the Practice of Land Acknowledgment at Michigan State University
Christie Poitra, interim director, MSU Native American Institute
Kristen Renn, Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education, Department of Educational Administration and associate dean, undergraduate studies for student success research
There is a movement at land grant and other universities to offer land acknowledgements. Land acknowledgements are statements intended to affirm and honor Indigenous histories and relational connections to land and sovereignty. As these statements grow in popularity, it becomes important to consider what these statements mean within the context of the contemporary land grant system. This presentation will use the context of MSU’s land grant identity to delve into the policy, history and meaning behind land acknowledgements and tangible ways to put these statements into action. 

Oct. 18 | Register by Oct. 13
Understanding How We Learn and Re-Learn Motor Skills 
Rajiv Ranganathan, associate professor, Department of Kinesiology
Whether it’s a golf swing or playing the piano, the ability of humans to learn motor skills is unparalleled. In this presentation you’ll gain a better understanding of what happens when we learn a motor skill. You’ll learn more about some of the issues and controversies surrounding the role of practice, what’s critical to facilitate learning and several challenges in developing effective training paradigms, especially in the context of rehabilitation. 

Oct. 25 | Register by Oct. 20
Shopping Online? All That Glitters Is Not Gold: A Dive into the World of Trademark Counterfeiting
Kari Kammel, assistant director of education and outreach, MSU Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP) Center, and adjunct professor, College of Law
There is a current phenomenon of online shopping through e-commerce and social media and the sale of counterfeit goods to consumers. This presentation will explore the ever-changing legal landscape, as well as initiatives being taken in the U.S. to address this issue to make it safer for consumers, as well as for brands and the economy.


Archived Series 

Several presentations from the series are livestreamed each semester. Check out our livestream archive for past presentations that you can watch at any time.