Philip Levine, 1928-2015

by Phillip Witteveen February 20, 2015
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Philip Levine passed away over the weekend, on Saturday the 14th. His poetry was recognized with two National Book Awards, a Pulitzer, and with an appointment as a U.S. poet laureate. Levine was one of the first and most prominent poets to really put his hometown of Detroit into verse, and found a plainspoken language to join rafters of small yet hallowed places, to give pause, to tell the stories of the people getting off the graveyard shift, to mourn with, etc. It all started when he was only thirteen. In his work there was a way of recognizing aspects of the everyday as poetry; in an interview, […]

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New York Times columnist David Carr passes away

by Shaun Manning February 13, 2015

The media world mourns the passing of David Carr, the forward-thinking media columnist at the New York Times. Carr, 58, died Thursday evening after collapsing in the Times newsroom. Shortly before his unexpected death, Carr moderated a panel at the New School on Citizenfour with director Laura Poitras, journalist Glenn Greenwald, and whistleblower Edward Snowden. Video of the discussion is available at the Times’ TimesTalks site. Carr established himself as a respected and thoughtful culture writer and media analyst, and was “an early evangelist” for social media, according to his Times obituary. His weekly Media Equation column was an especially valuable resource for […]

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The World of Childhood

by Phillip Witteveen February 11, 2015
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“For centuries, in Western civilization,” says Ellen Handler Spitz, “children were not really understood to have an inner life at all. Nobody paid attention really… childhood was seen as a preparatory stage of life for adulthood. Children were dressed as little adults, and what they produced when they were little, was of no interest.” Spitz, author of Illuminating Childhood, was recently featured on CBC Radio One to discuss this: a scientifically under-specified “inner life” of children: a twining locus of Spitz’ own research in aesthetics and psychology. Spitz and the whole radio hour speak to a fascination with the realities of childhood. It’s a stage of life we’ve all […]

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Author Sally Barber Talks ‘Michigan Eco-Traveler’ on MSU/WJR’s Greening of the Great Lakes

by Carolyn Darr February 11, 2015
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MSU and WJR collaboration Greening of the Great Lakes featured MPress author Sally Barber discussing her newest book The Michigan Eco-Traveler. Greening of the Great Lakes, a website and talk radio program, focuses on all types of sustainability, be it economic, social, or environmental. The talk-radio portion airs Friday from 7-8pm and its host Kirk Heinze was very interested in hearing more about Barber’s exploration of eco-friendly travel throughout Michigan. During the program while discussing inspiration for her sustainability guide Barbara commented, “There was no concerted effort to reach out to the actual traveler or recreational user so I thought I […]

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Remembering Tobin Siebers

by Carolyn Darr February 5, 2015
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Renowned scholar and disability studies theorist Tobin Siebers passed away January 29 in Ann Arbor. His long and distinguished publishing record included the field-defining books Disability Theory (2008) and Disability Aesthetics (2010), six other monographs, four edited collections, and a memoir, Among Men. MLive reports that Siebers, Professor of English and Art and Design at the University of Michigan, will be honored at a memorial service on February 6 at 2 p.m. in the ballroom of the Michigan League.  

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