Michigan State University College of Law Launches an Innovative Arts-focused Program

Complete article available at: http://www.law.msu.edu/news/2010/releases/writer-residence.html

Michigan State University College of Law launched an innovative arts-focused program this spring with the announcement that it will host playwright and librettist Sandra Seaton as its inaugural writer in residence.

The goal of the MSU Law Writer in Residence Program is to more deeply connect faculty, students, and alumni to the arts. The project will be coordinated by University-wide Professor Nicholas Mercuro, who teaches Law and Economics and manages art-related projects at the Law College. The initiative is an outgrowth of a series of art exhibitions Mercuro has helped acquire for display at MSU Law over the past nine years, all touching on themes involving law and justice.

During her time in residence, Seaton will write works dramatizing legal issues, including a play focusing on African American students at a Midwestern university during the civil rights movement of the sixties. Her new play will be jointly sponsored by the MSU College of Law, James Madison College, and the MSU Department of Theatre. Student groups such as the Black Law Students Association will facilitate the project. Seaton will also conduct panel discussions and workshops examining the treatment of moral and legal issues in her own plays and other dramatic works.

“We are honored to have Sandra Seaton join Michigan State University College of Law as our first writer in residence,” said Joan Howarth, dean of the Law College. “Her presence and work will provide a wonderful opportunity for the entire MSU Law community to experience the arts and consider legal issues through a different medium.”

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