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Celebrate Pride with UM Press

by Lauren Stachew June 23, 2016

This month is the 47th annual LGBT Pride Month, which began in June 1969 to commemorate the Stonewall riots in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. This commemorative month not only celebrates sexual diversity and gender variance, but also increases visibility and emphasizes positivity and self-love in the LGBT community. Parades, marches, rallies, and commemorations are held across the world annually during this month. Performing Queer Latinidad by Ramón H. Rivera-Servera highlights the critical role that performance played in the development of Latina/o queer public culture in the United States during the 1990s and early 2000s, a period when the size and influence […]

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Daniel Aaron, 1912-2016

by Lauren Stachew May 9, 2016

  American author, academic, and founder of the Library of America, Daniel Aaron, passed away on April 30, 2016 at the age of 103. Widely regarded as one of the founders of American Studies, his autobiography The Americanist  was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2007. Literary critic Harold Bloom writes, “I have read all of Daniel Aaron’s books, and admired them, but in The Americanist I believe he has composed an intellectual and social memoir for which he will be remembered.” Aaron received his BA from the University of Michigan in 1933 and later received a graduate […]

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Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Reading at Literati

by Kasie Pleiness October 2, 2015

Literati Bookstore is hosting a reading by Gwendolyn Calvert Baker, author of Hot Fudge Sundae in a White Paper Cup, on Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00pm. She will be joined by Deborah Loewenberg Ball, the dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan. Baker has had an extraordinary career and has witnessed a dramatic change in the ways that U.S. schools provide education to and about our multiethnic, multicultural society. But Baker hasn’t just lived through the progression of multicultural considerations—she has been singularly instrumental in the creation and acceptance of multicultural education. In Hot Fudge Sundae in […]

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Publishing, Poetry, and the Future: Reflecting on the 2015 Bear River Writers’ Conference

by Allison Peters July 27, 2015

The weekend May sprung into June, I attended the 2015 Bear River Writers’ Conference at Camp Michigania up on Walloon Lake (where Ernest Hemingway used to spend his summers as a kid), 250 miles north of Ann Arbor, a little south of Petoskey. Sponsored by the University of Michigan Department of English, Bear River is rich with writing workshops, readings, panels (often related to publishing), and craft talks. Directed by University of Michigan faculty member and poet Keith Taylor, the annual conference—now in its fifteenth year—is regularly attended by some of the University’s most prestigious creative writing faculty as well […]

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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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