Halloween and Humanism

by Jenny Geyer October 31, 2016

The following is a blog post written by Dina Khapaeva, Professor at the School of Modern Languages, Georgia Tech, and author of The Celebration of Death in Contemporary Culture, forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press in spring 2017.   Halloween is upon us, a time when the suburbs of any American city can be found covered with images of death, most of them about as realistically revolting as they can be;  rotting corpses, mutilated body parts, skulls and crossbones, and skeletons—skeletons of all sizes, standing, hanging, carrying coffins. Already by late September, some of the most exclusive neighborhoods, where funeral […]

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Author Sally Barber Talks ‘Michigan Eco-Traveler’ on MSU/WJR’s Greening of the Great Lakes

by Carolyn Darr February 11, 2015

MSU and WJR collaboration Greening of the Great Lakes featured MPress author Sally Barber discussing her newest book The Michigan Eco-Traveler. Greening of the Great Lakes, a website and talk radio program, focuses on all types of sustainability, be it economic, social, or environmental. The talk-radio portion airs Friday from 7-8pm and its host Kirk Heinze was very interested in hearing more about Barber’s exploration of eco-friendly travel throughout Michigan. During the program while discussing inspiration for her sustainability guide Barbara commented, “There was no concerted effort to reach out to the actual traveler or recreational user so I thought I […]

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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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Q&A with Eugene Dwyer, author of Pompeii’s Living Statues

by University of Michigan Press July 1, 2010

In AD 79, Mt. Vesuvius erupted in two stages. While the first stage was incredibly destructive, it was the second stage, a so-called pyroclastic flow that inundated Pompeii with a combination of superheated gases, pumice, and rocks, killing tens of thousands of people and animals and burying them in ash and mud. Pompeii’s Living Statues is a narrative account, supported by contemporary documents, of the remarkable discovery of those ancient victims preserved in the volcanic mud of Vesuvius. Eugene Dwyer is Professor of Art History at Kenyon College. Trained at Harvard and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York […]

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North Korea Submarine Torpedo Sinks Ship from South Korea Near Maritime Border: Time for a Parade

by kris bishop May 20, 2010

Illusive Utopia Theater, Film, and Everyday Performance in North Korea by Suk-Young Kim Cloth: 978-0-472-11708-6  /  2010  / More info New book offers rare glimpse into North Korean propaganda—in parades, posters, murals, theater, and films No nation stages massive parades and collective performances on the scale of North Korea. Even amid a series of intense political/economic crises and international conflicts, the financially troubled country continues to invest massive amounts of resources to sponsor unflinching displays of patriotism, glorifying its leaders and revolutionary history through state rituals that can involve hundreds of thousands of performers. Author Suk-Young Kim explores how sixty […]

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