The Literary Map of Detroit is not your typical, predictable map of the Motor City. It looks at Detroit through the eyes of writers, poets and storytellers.
The map is actually a website, with locations that are mentioned in literary works by Detroit authors.
Frank Rashid, an English professor at Marygrove college and lifelong Detroiter, created the map.
Rashid created the map to challenge the belief that Detroit’s economic and social problems stem from one simple cause, such as a politician or Detroiters themselves, by providing works from writers that provide an inside look of the city and its history. The literature of Detroit, in combination with economic and historical studies, can help understand the where the issues originate.
Rashid said the map differs from the superficial treatment of the city in some current literature. He hopes to inspire viewers to see and think about Detroit in a new way.
The music of the Keur Daouda Cisse village in Senegal has been recorded for Community Voice International.
They are just one of 10 communities that has been recorded for the organization. It's an Ann Arbor-based group that records music by people who live in struggling villages in Senegal and turns the recordings into profits that go directly back to the community.
The Founder and Executive Director of Community Voice International, David Bleckley, joined us today.
If you use the word ‘fuddy duddy’, young people might just think you are one.
This week on That’s What They Say, host Rina Miller and University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan talk about the rise of fashionable words.
After using the word in class, Curzan states that her students had no idea what she was referring to. When she asked whether they knew what she was talking about, only a few students knew what a ‘fuddy duddy’ was.
Leaders of the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo are warning parishioners not to take part in an ordination ceremony this weekend, because the person being ordained is a woman.
In a weekly newsletter, Bishop Paul Bradley reminded parishioners who take part that they will be kicked out of the church. Those who witness what he called the “simulation” ceremony must confess before receiving sacraments of the church. The Diocese did not return requests for comment on this story.
Katie Caralis works in Grand Rapids at the Creative Youth Center. She told her story about her experience in Teach for America at Failure Lab in Grand Rapids in May 2013.
After Caralis graduated from the University of Michigan, she moved out West to work as a teacher in the TFA program. You can watch her share her experience in the video below. (And you can listen to her story above.)
An interview about Detroit's Movement Electronic Music Festival.
Electronic music fans from around the world are getting ready for the Movement Electronic Music Festival that hits downtown Detroit on Memorial Day weekend.
This year's Movement Festival brings more than 100 artists on five outdoor stages at Hart Plaza.
Dezi Magby – aka DJ Psycho of Flint – has played a big part in making Michigan a major player in the world's electronic music scene. He got hooked on electronic music as a fifth-grader, and he's been making music and DJing since 1984.
Another name to watch for at this year's festival is DJ and producer Asher Perkins, who'll be making his first appearance at the Movement Festival.
Perkins and Magby talked to us about what sets Detroit electronic music apart.
Many writers get tripped up about when the word “its” has an apostrophe and when it does not.
On this week’s edition of That’s What They Say, host Rina Miller and University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan discuss the oftentimes confusing placement of the apostrophe.
The word “it’s” with an apostrophe is a contraction of “it is,” just as “can’t” is a contraction of “cannot.” If “its” is referring to the possession of something, no apostrophe is required. The same is true for the pronouns hers, ours and yours.
On this week’s edition of That’s What They Say, host Rina Miller and University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan discuss the pronunciation of the word “GIF” and the role of technology in producing new words.
Technology has given us the new word GIF and we have to figure out how to pronounce it. According to Curzan, there is a debate about that.
“A ‘GIF’ is a computer file format used for the compression and storage of digital video images. It’s an acronym for Graphic Interchange Format, which goes back to 1987,” Curzan says.
Upon further investigation by Curzan into the word GIF, she found that the original creator of the word elaborated on the proper pronunciation of GIF.
That's a question we sometimes ask on our Facebook page. Jason Towler suggested we profile Ypsilanti music teacher Crystal Harding and he had a good reason to suggest her.
Harding was Towler's music teacher back in 1988, when Towler was a first-grader at Erickson Elementary School. Harding is all about having a good time through music, singing, and dancing. Here she is in action:
Harding made a big impression on the shy young man, and that's what this story is about.
She was born in Germany, but as life for Jews in Germany became more dangerous through the 1930s, she and her family moved to the Netherlands – to Amsterdam, in the same neighborhood as a young girl named Anne Frank.
And like Anne Frank, she was captured by the Nazis and taken to the notorious Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
But unlike Anne, young Irene Butter survived the camp.
Today, Dr. Irene Butter is a professor emeritus at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health.
Her life has been a remarkable journey, knit together by Irene's decision that she was going to live as a Holocaust survivor, not as a victim.
Irene Butter is the subject of the film "Never a Bystander," by Ann Arbor filmmaker Evelyn Neuhaus.”
Irene Butter and Evelyn Neuhaus joined us today on the show.
It began as a series of annual workshops for K-12 students who were visually impaired to introduce them to art, and to help them experience the joy of creating.
That was 15 years ago. Those workshops became engagement courses where University of Michigan Art and Design students worked closely with people who are visually impaired.
Bringing the low vision and sighted communities together to discover the joy of creating art was the idea of internationally renowned ceramic artist, Sadashi Inuzuka. He is the Arthur Thurnau Professor at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan, and he joined us to discuss the program.
"When Rivera was here, he was regarded as one of the most important artists in the world of western art at that time," [DIA Director Graham] Beal said.
Edsel Ford paid for the murals, which wound up costing just less than $21,000 at the time, according to the DIA.
Rivera, seen as one of the greatest muralists of his time, was a very important influence on the artists who became abstract expressionists, Beal said.
And Kahlo's development as an artist took place when she was here in Detroit. Renowned as not only a portrait artist but as a symbol of feminist strength, Kahlo's works range in style from folk art to surrealist.
In its press release, the DIA says most of the works Kahlo created in Detroit will be shown for the first time in the city.
The show is scheduled to run from March 15, 2015, to July 12, 2015.
In all, 80 artworks will be featured in the exhibition, including Rivera's preparatory drawings for the Detroit Industry murals.