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, Detroit, into verse. He found a plainspoken language to mourn with, to give pause, to join rafters in his native mise en scène—a language to tell stories of people just getting off the graveyard shift. He started writing poetry when he was only thirteen. In Levine’s work, there was always a way of recognizing aspects of the everyday as poetry; in […]

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Nancy Goldstein Featured on Marketplace

by Phillip Witteveen March 11, 2014

Nancy Goldstein, author of Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist, was recently featured on NPR’s Marketplace. The segment joined a series of features for Black History Month. Goldstein explains what makes Ormes a unique and enduringly important figure in the history of American journalism. Through her strong, capable female characters, Ormes told stories that both undercut stereotypical portrayals of African Americans common at the time and tackled difficult topics with humor and wit. Listen to the segment and see images of Ormes’s work at  

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Cianciotto Speaks Out Against Ban on Gay Blood Donors

by Phillip Witteveen September 30, 2013

In a widely syndicated article drawing attention to the federal law that bans gay and bisexual men from ever donating blood, the Associated Press quoted LGBT Youth in America’s Schools co-author Jason Cianciotto as a prominent voice advocating for an end to the prohibition. The ban dates back to the early years of the AIDS epidemic, but has begun to meet resistance from the American Medical Association and has led to boycotts of blood drives on college campuses. The issue raised by these activists is that the ban does not rest on any kind of well enough researched and scientific basis to […]

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From the Vault: The Question of the Invisible Majority

by Mikala Carpenter August 5, 2013

Our “From the Vault” posts allow you to take a peek into the history of the Press, where you can rediscover past authors, projects, editors, awards, and more that led to the development of the university publisher that the Press is today. This window into our past spotlights backlist or out-of-print titles and series and also recommends and contextualizes them with similar current and forthcoming titles. Explore the drawers of the Vault with our intern, Mikala Carpenter, as we uncover the hidden treasures that await us in the archives of the University of Michigan Press. On July 1, 2013, Senator […]

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Jeffrey Kahn Talks ‘Mrs. Shipley’s Ghost’ on NPR’s Think

by Phillip Witteveen June 13, 2013

Jeffrey Kahn joined Krys Boyd on NPR-affiliate KERA’s Think to discuss the subject of his latest book,  Mrs. Shipley’s Ghost: The Right to Travel and Terrorist Watchlists. Kahn is an associate professor of law at the SMU Dedman School of Law, where he teaches American constitutional law, Russian law, human rights, and counter-terrorism. In Mrs. Shipley’s Ghost, he “brilliantly polishes an undervalued gem of the Constitution—the Citizenship Clause,” according to critic Susan Ginsburg. Kahn traces legal inhibitions on travel back to the wartime restrictions on citizens’ rights at the turn of the last century, and the introduction of the passport. “You would […]

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