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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 the university’s finest faculty and staff. This lifelong education program is open to all.

The cost includes coffee and parking. All presentations begin at 10:00 a.m. and take place at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center.

Fall of 2020 program updates: Starting in the fall of 2020, we'll be moving to a new space in the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center which will permit us to accommodate more guests. We'll also move to a new pricing structure whereby guests can register for individual presentations, as well as the the series.

Dates for the fall of 2020 are: Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Nov. 2 and Nov. 9. Speakers will be announced in early June. Registration will open in late Aug.

If you would like to be added to the email list to receive information about the program, please contact Elizabeth Wheeler via email or by calling (517) 884-2106.

Spring 2020 Campus Series 

  • Monday, March 9
    Inside the White Lines: A Look into the Spartan Marching Band
    David Thornton, director, Spartan Marching Band, and associate director of bands, College of Music
    Learn about the inner workings of the Spartan Marching Band, including show design, student leadership, and rehearsal schedules, along with a bit of historical perspective as the band as it has evolved over its 150 year history.

    Monday, March 16
    A Question of Power and Glory: The American Psyche and Superheroes
    Julian Chambliss, Val Berryman Curator of History, Michigan State University Museum, and professor, Department of English
    Comics tell our story. Superheroes mirror our culture from pulp magazine origins to recent cinema triumphs. Through a uniquely American window reflecting enduring values, these characters help define the inspiration and aspiration of our society.

    Monday, March 23
    Terrorism and Democracy in Germany
    Karrin Hanshew, associate professor, Department of History
    Terrorism is seen exclusively as a threat to democracy, both in its capacity for destruction and potentially anti-democratic measures to combat it. One result is a tendency to fear and forestall public discussion. However, 1970s West Germany shows open dialogue on security and freedom can actually build consensus around democratic institutions and empower civil society. A society’s ability to cope successfully with crises may even depend on it

    Monday, March 30
    The Experts Among Us
    Zach Hambrick, professor, Department of Psychology
    Beyond born vs. made, a new look at excellence. Who achieves it and why? How do basic ability, practice, brain games, training, etc., play into the process?

    Monday, April 6
    Shakespeare’s Foreign Queens: Monarchy, Patriarchy and Conditional Hospitality In The Winter’s Tale
    Sandra Logan, associate professor, Department of English
    Meet William Shakespeare’s foreign queens – four queen consorts who marry into the royal households from beyond national borders. Get an overview of Shakespeare’s engagement with the intersections of monarchy and patriarchy through his representation of these consorts and learn about the broader critical framework related to hospitality and sovereignty. We’ll conclude with a discussion of how The Winter’s Tale reveals connections between sovereignty, patriarchy, and hospitality that render the queen – and by extension, all subjects – vulnerable to the monarch’s abusive violence.


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.

For more information: 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 or by calling (517) 884-2106.