Michigan State Lecture Series: Ta-Nehisi Coates

By Katherine Stark

On April 3, Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke at Michigan State. Coates is a renowned journalist, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, and an author. He’s written two books, Between the World and Me, and The Beautiful Struggle, and most recently, he’s been writing comics for the Marvel superhero Black Panther. His writing most often centers on the theme of race in America, specifically issues faced by the African American population.

I was introduced to Coates in a class I took last semester through RCAH, where his award-winning essay written for The Atlantic, “The Case for Reparations” was an early assigned reading. The article argues that the United States needs to engage in conversation about reparations to make up for the centuries of injustices committed against black people in America. I followed up by reading another class recommendation, Between the World and Me.  This book, written as a letter to his son as he grapples with his place as a young black man in the U.S., was probably the best book I read in the last year—I started marking spots I loved, and by the end my copy was overflowing with little pink tabs.

His writing combines thorough research about the history of race in the U.S. with human interest expertly—he often talks about personal experiences of himself and other individuals who have suffered because of institutional racism in America. His lecture, part of MSU’s World View Lecture Series, was as informational and moving as his written works. Hearing from such a prominent figure in the discussion of race in the U.S. was so important to me. Because the national climate is so contentious right now, his perspective is needed more than ever.



Why an Out-of-State Big City Internship is a Great Experience

By Jessica Summer Olson

Last summer I lived in London for a study abroad program and it changed everything for me. The opportunity to study, learn, and live in another country and culture taught me how to be a strong leader, work with others very closely, and accomplish goals I never knew I could conquer.  I was given an entirely new perspective on my academic and personal career, as well as developing new skills, teamwork, effective communication, time management and critical thinking.  So, when looking for an internship, I wanted to spread my wings again. Sure, I could get an internship anywhere in my local area, but after London, I wanted to expand my world even more. That is when I was introduced to an internship in New York City.

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Red Cedar Review’s Archive

By Alex Valenti

This semester, I’ve had the opportunity to spend time researching the Red Cedar Review’s past volumes with fellow journal staff member Carrie Dudewicz. The journal has over fifty years worth of volumes, so as we slowly wade through them all.

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Editor’s Note

Dear Readers,

I am so pleased to present the fifty-second volume of Red Cedar Review. This year has been both challenging and very successful in establishing our undergraduate-run literary magazine, and I believe the end result is indicative of the growth we have experienced.

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Strangers on a Train: Book vs. Movie

By Sal Antonucci

We are usually quick to favor the book over the movie, but in some instances, the movie is just better. While Patricia Highsmith’s novel Strangers On a Train and Alfred Hitchcock’s film adaptation are radically different in terms of plot and character development, one is still tempted to compare the two as they go about exploring similar themes in radically different ways.

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That Dystopian Fiction You Avoided in High School? Read It Now.

By Carlisle Shelson

In case you missed it, Donald Trump is now our president. Don’t hold your breath—the United States has entered into a new status quo. The Trump administration has already started to veer toward illiberal policymaking, pushing for total censorship of our scientific agencies, a ban on all refugees and immigrants from Middle Eastern countries in which the president does not have business interests, and a push to dismantle all progressive institutions that have been established in the twentieth century. Worst of all, Trump and his administration have ushered in a new age of “alternative facts,” where the White House is the emblem of truth and the “mainstream media” are lying to the people to advance an agenda.

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Why Everyone Should Read a Jane Austen Novel

By Grace Beltowski

Anyone who knows me knows how obsessed I am with young adult fiction—The Hunger Games, Throne of Glass, and The Lunar Chronicles are among my favorites. I like these books because they’re imaginative, entertaining, and helplessly easy to binge-read. Sure, they all seem to follow a standard plotline, but there’s something about them that is just so addicting. Perhaps it’s all of the dystopian societies, steamy romances, or badass heroines.

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6 Reasons Why Working in the Publishing Field is Awesome

By Alexandria Drzazgowski

1. Living in New York City

Most (almost all) publishing jobs in the United States are located in New York City, specifically in Manhattan. Because of this, in order to get a publishing internship, I had to move to the city! I never considered myself a city person, so I was really nervous about making the move (especially by myself), but it ended up being the best thing I have ever done with my life—no exaggeration. New York City was incredible. I ate way more food than anyone ever should, met incredible people, and often walked thirteen miles a day on the weekends because there was so much to explore. This blog post would go on forever if I started talking about all of the great things about New York City, so just know that it was amazing.

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Sarah J. Maas: Queen of the Female Warrior

By Taylor Sterrett

It’s no secret that Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series positively blew up the world of fantasy lit. However, these aren’t your typical beyond-the-veil worlds…

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