Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day

by Carolyn Darr April 2, 2015

Today makes that eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day. Started in 2007 by the United Nations, World Autism Awareness day aims to highlight autism as a global health crisis, increase world knowledge of the disorder, and spread information about the importance of early diagnoses and intervention. Another aspect of the celebration is honoring autistic people around the world whose unique skills and abilities have a tremendous effect on those around them. As one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the United States, we believe Autism awareness is worth celebrating. In honor of World Autism Awareness Day the University of […]

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Mellon grant funds U-M Press collaboration on digital scholarship

by University of Michigan Press April 1, 2015

The University of Michigan Press has received a three-year $899,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the development of a new platform that will enable the publication and preservation of digitally enriched humanities monographs. Charles Watkinson, director of the U-M Press, said the project takes on a key challenge to the publication of long-form scholarship in the digital age. “These days faculty are working with and producing digital resources of various kinds, but our existing publishing platforms are not equipped to reflect that,” Watkinson said. The grant will fund an effort to meet the growing needs of […]

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Announcing the Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities

by Shaun Manning March 26, 2015

The Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities The work of the late Tobin Siebers has influenced Disability Studies in field-shifting ways since the publication of his prize-winning essay “My Withered Limb” in 1998. His subsequent scholarly publications including the books Disability Theory (2008) and Disability Aesthetics (2010) as well as essays such as “A Sexual Culture for Disabled People” (2012) quickly became pivotal works in the field. Siebers’s work has galvanized new scholarship in relation to questions of representation, subjectivity, and the entry of non-normative bodies into public space, and made the study of disability a central […]

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John Oliver on the NCAA

by Phillip Witteveen March 25, 2015

In its most recent episode, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver did some muckraking on the controversies of “amateur” student-athletics; as one of his rapid-fire segments, Oliver reported: “Fun fact: The very first executive director of the NCAA stated that he ‘crafted’ the term ‘student-athlete’ in the 1950s, explicitly to avoid worker’s comp for injured athletes. And 60 years later, that term is still working.” That “very first executive director” was Walter Byers, during whose long tenure (’51 – ’87), the NCAA became a multi-million dollar commercial enterprise (with, for example, 68.2 million on the table for televising the NCAA’s ’88 basketball season). In this way, Byers has had a far-reaching influence in […]

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Philip Levine, 1928-2015

by Phillip Witteveen February 20, 2015

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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