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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.

The spring 2023 series has concluded and all presentations are located in our livestream archive.

Dates and topics for the fall 2023 series will be announced August 2023. 

If you have questions about the Coffee with the Profs program or would like to be added to the email list, contact Elizabeth Wheeler via email.

Spring 2023 Series 

March 20
Understanding and Reaching Across the Political Divide
Mark Brandt, assistant professor, Department of Psychology
American society is characterized by political polarization. People do not seem to like people with different political views, which creates challenges for governing a divided country. How can Americans come together to address our shared challenges? This is an issue without any quick fixes, but one that can be addressed by each of us doing our part and this presentation will discuss three ways that Americans can help reach across party and ideological dividing lines.

Learn more about the Belief Systems Lab.

View the Recording

March 27
Plants, People and Place: 150 Years of Beal Botanical Garden's Contributions to Sustainability and Well-being on MSU's Campus
Alan Prather, interim director, W.J. Beal Botanical Garden; associate professor, Department of Plant Biology
The W.J. Beal Botanical Garden has been a center of research, learning and community at the heart of the MSU campus for 150 years. This presentation will feature some untold stories of the garden, highlight the work of the garden and other campus units that promote conservation and sustainability, share some details of this year’s anniversary celebration, introduce some exciting new programs and how to get involved.

Learn more about the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden, including upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

View the Recording

Archived Series 

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

Join Our Email List 

If you have questions about the Coffee With the Profs program or would like to be added to the email list, please contact Elizabeth Wheeler via email.

You May Also Be Interested In 

If you’ve enjoyed Coffee with the Profs or have an interest in lifelong learning, consider joining the Spartan Book Club and/or the Spartan Social Justice Movie Club.

The Spartan Book Club encourages alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends to virtually connect with each other to read and discuss books on a range of topics. A new book will be chosen approximately every two months. 

The Spartan Social Justice Movie Club encourages alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends to virtually connect with each other and discuss movies that matter related to social justice, history and societal issues.