Podcast

Vodcast with Sara Fitzgerald, author of “Elly Peterson: Mother of the Moderates”

by Bridget June 15, 2011

This is a vodcast with Sara Fitzgerald, the author of the forthcoming University of Michigan Press title, Elly Peterson: “Mother” of the Moderates. It chronicles the life and political history of Elly Peterson, one of the highest ranking women in the Republican Party. In 1964 she ran for a Michigan seat in the U.S. Senate and became the first woman to serve as chair of the Michigan Republican Party. During the 1960s she grew disenchanted with the increasing conservatism of her party, united with other feminists to push for the Equal Rights Amendment and reproductive choice, battled Phyllis Schlafly to prevent her […]

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Q&A with Theo Cateforis, author of Are We Not New Wave?

by University of Michigan Press May 4, 2011

New wave emerged at the turn of the 1980s as a pop music movement cast in the image of punk rock’s sneering demeanor, yet rendered more accessible and sophisticated. Artists such as the Cars, Devo, the Talking Heads, and the Human League leapt into the Top 40 with a novel sound that broke with the staid rock clichés of the 1970s and pointed the way to a more modern pop style. In Are We Not New Wave? Theo Cateforis provides the first musical and cultural history of the new wave movement, charting its rise out of mid-1970s punk to its […]

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Q&A with Greg Nelson, author of Michigan Ice Hockey

by University of Michigan Press December 8, 2010

College ice hockey is one of the fastest, most entertaining sports on earth. Ann Arbor is home of the University of Michigan, the program that has won more collegiate hockey championships than any other. Michigan Ice Hockey is a fan’s ultimate guide, telling the story of the program from its first, humble days of skating outdoors on the frozen Huron River, to today’s competitions on the best rinks in the nation. It covers everything from leading scores to tournament results to NHL player alumni. It’s a love story for those conquering heroes on skates, the traditions and trivia that surround […]

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Q&A with Diane Torr, co-author of Sex, Drag, and Male Roles: Investigating Gender as Performance

by University of Michigan Press October 19, 2010

Why would women want to perform as men? Why is gender crossing so compelling, whether it happens onstage or in everyday life? What can drag performance teach, and what aesthetic, political, and personal questions does it raise? Performance artist Diane Torr has been experimenting with the performance of gender for thirty years—exploring everything from feminist go-go dancing to masculine power play. One of the key pioneers of “drag king” performance, Torr has been celebrated internationally for her gender transformation workshops, in which she has taught hundreds of ordinary women how to pass as men on city streets around the world. […]

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Q&A with Kazim Ali, author of Orange Alert: essays on poetry, art, and the architecture of silence

by University of Michigan Press October 12, 2010

Whether he is discussing the way cell phones have altered physical intimacy and introduced new verb forms, or the way Emily Dickinson’s mysteries are more clearly revealed in French translation, Kazim Ali is at once clear and complex, rigorous and charming, accessible and demanding. In Orange Alert, Ali discusses contemporary poetry in relation to other art forms and to contemporary television, film, and electronic media, including the Internet, YouTube, and Facebook. He shines a light on the intersections between cultures in these essays on the craft of poetry, offering a hand to poets either geographically or metaphorically outside the mainstream […]

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