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Great Michigan Read Author Events Continue

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Great Michigan Read Author Events Continue

Steve Luxenberg, author of the Great Michigan Read title Annie’s Ghosts, continues his author tour this month with events in Traverse City. On April 8 at 7 p.m., Luxenberg can be seen at the City Opera House, a joint event with the National Writers Series. This is a ticketed event – you may purchase tickets here. The following morning, April 9, the Traverse Area District Library, in collaboration with Northern Lakes Community Mental Health, will host the author for an 11 a.m. discussion. This event is free at the Main Branch on Woodmere Ave. To view his remaining author’s tour schedule, click here.

Cass Tech Student Wins Michigan Poetry Competition

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Cass Tech Student Wins Michigan Poetry Competition

On March 14, 35 students from around the state competed for the title of Michigan Poetry Out Loud Champion. After three rounds, it was Cass Technical High School senior Matthew Webb taking home top honors and the opportunity to represent Michigan at the national competition in Washington, D.C. First runner-up was Cal Kreiner of Wellspring Preparatory High School (Grand Rapids), second runner-up was James McConnell of Petoskey High School, and third runner-up was Ejiro Enajero of Detroit School of Arts. Webb will perform in the national competition on April 29 – a link to watch him live will be posted on our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts. Good luck Matthew!

MHC Returns from Federal Advocacy Trip

MHC Returns from Federal Advocacy Trip

From March 4-6, four MHC representatives participated in the Federation of State Humanities Council's annual advocacy event, Humanities on the Hill. MHC Board Chair Pat Waring, Executive Director Erik Nordberg, Legislative Advocacy Committee Chair Brian Brunner and Development Director Amanda West visited 16 Michigan legislative offices in Washington, D.C., to advocate for continued federal funding for the humanities. Thank you to our partners for conducting thought-provoking and engaging events, furthering the proof that humanities funding is needed and put to good use in Michigan.

MHC 40th Anniversary

 

Exploring the History of State Humanities Councils

As we explore our impact during MHC’s 40th anniversary year, we have the opportunity to learn about the history of our national affiliate, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and how all state councils came to be. Did you know that when the NEH was established in 1965, there was no plan for creation of state humanities councils?  To learn about the creation of state humanities councils and their mission to connect the public with humanities, read “An Ongoing Experiment: State Councils, the Humanities, and the American Public.”

Review Begins for Accepted Major Grant Applications

Review Begins for Accepted Major Grant Applications

Following the March 12 deadline for Major Grant applications, MHC received 48 eligible applications supporting a public humanities project. The Grant Review Committee, comprised of 13 members of the MHC Board of Directors, will meet later this month to review all applications and make a recommendation of funding. Those who applied should expect notification by June. With any questions, please contact Robbe DiPietro at rdipietro@mihumanites.org or 517.372.7770.


One Month Left to Apply for Prime Time

One Month Left to Apply for Prime Time

Michigan libraries interested in hosting a six-week reading and discussion series for families have until May 1 to submit a letter of intent to MHC. Prime Time Family Reading Time®, a program of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, features a group dinner, followed by storytelling and discussion from trained storytellers and scholars. For all new sites, MHC provides financial assistance to cover the majority of program expenses. For more information, visit the Prime Time webpage. Letters of intent should be directed to James Nelson – jnelson@mihumanities.org.


 

MHC Happenings (Click here for Statewide Events)

 

Muslim Journeys Discussions
April 1,8,15 in Pickford
Region: Upper Peninsula

Michigan Folksong Legacy Exhibit
April 3 – May 28 in Houghton
Region: Upper Peninsula

Author Presentation and Signing
April 7 in Gaylord
Region: Northeast

Michigan Notable Book Tour: The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works
April 28 in Rogers City
Region: Northeast

Great Michigan Read Author Tour Events
April 8-9 in Traverse City
Region: Northwest

Turning Point: The War of 1812 from the Native American Perspective

Through May 30 in Harbor Springs
Region: Northwest

The History of Lapeer State Home
April 22 in Attica
Region: East Central

 

Presentation by Author Steve Luxenberg
April 9 in Spring Lake
Region: West Central

Mental Illness Care and Family Impact
April 2 in Waterford Township
Region: Southeast

Live Music @ Royal Oak Public Library: Sheila Landis Trio

April 5 in Royal Oak
Region: Southeast

Life, Imagined: Michiganders in Literature
April 5 in Detroit
Region: Southeast

Skype Session with Author Steve Luxenberg
April 16 in Harper Woods
Region: Southeast

Author Presentation: Steve Luxenberg
April 10 in St. Joseph
Region: Southwest

 
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