Craig Maki Featured on Detroit’s Channel 4

by Phillip Witteveen September 12, 2014

“When you think of music associated with Detroit, you instantly think about Motown, jazz,” says Channel 4 news anchor Guy Gordon.  ”Electronica comes to mind,” he says. “But there’s another genre you need to consider,” says Karen Drew, rounding out the other half of the classic two-anchor combo. “And that is Rockabilly – country, rock and blues combined – and it really has deep roots in Detroit, but not a lot of people realize that.” Channel 4′s Uniquely Detroit then cuts to a potpourri of interview material. The soundbites (sampled from the old stars of the Rockabilly scene) go from Johnny Powers of Utica, […]

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Aldama Announced as Milwaukee Film Festival Keynote Speaker

by Phillip Witteveen September 11, 2014

Frederick Luis Aldama, author of Mex-Ciné and co-author with Ilan Stavans of !Muy Pop!, will give the keynote speech at the  Milwaukee Film Festival, which runs September 25-October 9. The festival spotlights a different country each year as part of its “Passport” program, and this year will feature eight films set in Mexico, including seven by Mexican filmmakers. Aldama has written extensively on Latino pop culture, reviewing the influence not only of film but also comic books, poetry, and NFL football. “The prodigious Aldama has done it again,” wrote Richard Gordon in response to the Aldama’s latest book with the University of […]

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Heberlig and Larson Honored with the D.B. Hardeman Prize

by Phillip Witteveen September 5, 2014

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation’s D.B. Hardeman Prize celebrates its 26th honoree this October, with a gala and $10,000 award for what it deems the year’s “most significant book on the U.S. Congress.”  The University of Michigan Press is pleased to announce that this year’s winners of the D.B. Hardeman prize are our very own Eric S. Heberlig and Bruce A. Larson for their outstanding Congressional Parties, Institutional Ambition, and the Financing of Majority Control. Their book is a disquisition on what it means to compete in an electoral process where money is such an important factor. “Heberlig and Larson get […]

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Natasha Sajé, “In Praise of Dispraise”

by Meredith Kahn August 7, 2014
Cover of Natasha Saje's Windows and Doors

Natasha Sajé, author of Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory, was recently featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education‘s blog The Conversation on the importance of critique: When creative writers are offered only praise, including the default praise of publication, they aren’t pushed to improve. By contrast, at a toastmasters’ meeting, the audience gives feedback on both argument and delivery. Similarly, a scholar’s argument and its assumptions would be rigorously questioned by more than one person due to the critical response built into both scholarly-conference presentations and peer-reviewed publication. Sajé’s nine essays in Windows and Doors cover foundational topics for creative […]

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Patrick James In Dialogue On Sean Astin’s Vox Populi

by Phillip Witteveen August 4, 2014

The T radio V network is exactly what the order of words might suggest: radio in TV. (This is actually the conceit of their subtitle.) In the case of the show Vox Populi, it’s the video record of Lord of the Rings actor Sean Astin hosting pundits to jive about current events and the histories leading up to them. Or, as Astin puts it himself, to “model civil discourse.” On June 19th, he was joined by Professor Patrick James, who made a gift of his recent book The International Relations of Middle Earth to Astin, the erstwhile Samwise Gamgee, with the brief, satisfying aplomb of two little […]

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