News from the Michigan State University Research Team

The Michigan State University research team met with Professor Amy DeRogatis (co-director of the ARSP) on Friday, January 13, 2017, to map out its work for the spring semester. Our team includes five undergraduate researchers and project manager Bree Gannon, a PhD student in WRAC.

This spring, our team plans to record religious sounds related to food. During our brainstorming session, we discussed recording some of the following sites and activities to get us started: Lenten fish fries, faith-based soup kitchens, Friday night hot dog ministry on Grand River Avenue (we are looking at you, Christopher!), langars, coffee hours after a church services, Shabbat meals, the giving and receiving of prasad, Greek Orthodox Easter feasts, and a halal butcher shop.

We are also soliciting recording ideas from the mid-Michigan community. If you have a religious sound involving food that you would like us to record, please contact Bree Gannon at

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