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JUNE 2011
Michigan Humanities Council Newsletter

Council Board Chair Tim Chester had an article published in Curator: The Museum Journal. The article, “The Persistence of Memory: A Mediation on the Absence of Curators in a Museum Exhibition Project” was included in the April 2011 issue of Curator, Vol. 54, No. 2, pp 191-206. Chester writes his personal response to the exhibit on the old Grand Rapids Museum entitled Michigan – Land of Riches, which saw nearly 8,000 visitors in its 30-day installation.

Sometimes, experiences in museums rise up and grip you with an intensity that can be surprising and unnerving. So it was that my first encounter in viewing Michigan – Land of the Riches was not only the longevity of that same shag carpet, but its creative use as an artistic medium. –Curator, Vol. 54, No. 22 pp 199.

The Great Michigan Read program was promoted online via the Detroit News regarding this year’s book selection. The program was also featured on a variety of blogs, including Night Light Revue, Birmingham Patch and the Creative Divide.

The Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library received press over its love affair with books thanks to the nationwide family literacy program, Prime Time Family Reading Time. The article can be seen in The Alpena News.

Judy Gail Krasnow, a Prime Time Family Reading Time storyteller, received media coverage surrounding her tours of Michigan’s first State Prison, located in Jackson. Flooding comments caused for follow-up stories in the Jackson Citizen Patriot on the tours. Krasnow was recently awarded a grant from the Council to depict the prison's history through murals.

Sam Dillon reports on Failing Grades on Civics Exam Called a ‘Crisis’ in The New York Times following results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The article discusses whether civics education in America is in a decline.

Michael Krasny took up the humanities debate in a podcast episode called Humanities and Technological Innovation through KQED Radio. Krasny and guests discuss how Silicon Valley engineers create more innovation through training and interaction with the humanities.

Grant recipient Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit received press coverage with their new production, Northern Lights 1966: The Powerful Story of Detroit Students Who Stood Up For Their Rights and Won. Articles appeared in the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News. Northern Lights was also featured on May 8 on Detroit Black Journal through Detroit Public Television. The Detroit News also featured a multimedia gallery.

Charles Simic, a poet, essayist and translator, shares his thoughts on A Country Without Libraries, as seen in the New York Review of Books. Simic delves into his love of books and who would be affected if a mass-library shutdown were to occur.


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