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MAY 2011
Michigan Humanities Council Newsletter
Great Michigan Read Kicks Off for Partners
“It has all the elements of a great story. I mean, really fascinating figures…I’m from Michigan, from Detroit, and it’s a place I care an enormous amount about. It was a chance to write about a place I love. It’s not the most flattering picture of Detroit, but I tried to give the most honest one.”
Author Kevin Boyle, on his book Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in Jazz Age.

The Michigan Humanities Council is proud to announce the 2011-12 Great Michigan Read, Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age. The Council’s early announcement allows statewide educators ample time to review and prepare for fall curriculum.

Great Michigan Read Kicks Off for Partners

  Share Your Humanities Pics

HarronEach month MI Stories will be featuring a picture of humanities in action. If you would like to see your photo featured, send a GREAT picture(s) of humanities in action with a brief caption and program with consent to publish indicated in writing to


Coffee Break

Coffee Break

Take a break to meet the new Executive Director of the Michigan Humanities Council. Katie Wolf will highlight upcoming grant opportunities, programs and events, and then lead a discussion with participants to share ideas for future programming and outreach.




Community Projects
It all started with a deep, riveting voice. The voice proceeded to carry audience members into an architectural trance as it discussed the life and works of renowned sculptor Corrado Parducci.


We are currently in the middle of the review process for major grant applications submitted under the March 15 deadline. These grants will be scored by an independent Grant Review Committee before final...


“The American public has become too easily persuaded by numbers – even when those data are biased, flawed or wrong…Invoking Albert Einstein’s famous dictum – that everything that can be counted does not necessarily count, and that everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted – [one scholar] said the public has started to rely too much on quantitative methods. ‘Some stories cannot be told by numbers,’ she said.”


Call for Support
Michigan Humanities Board Chair Tim Chester and Board Advocacy Chair Ed Bagale joined Executive Director Katie Wolf in Washington, D.C., for Humanities on the Hill, March 14th and 15th.

Notes from the Council

The Council welcomes two new members to the team:

Kate Kolenda is serving as Grants/Communications Officer. Kate has a Bachelor of Journalism from Michigan State University. Her primary responsibilities are assisting the grants director and coordinating communications/social media.

Jessica Falls has been brought on as a Student Intern. Jessica has a Bachelor of   Science degree from Central Michigan University and is working toward a Master of Arts in Arts Administration, with a concentration on performance from the University of Michigan-Flint. She will help plan the upcoming performer adjudication process for the Arts & Humanities Touring Program 2012-2015 directory and special projects.


Annual Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition

April 30-June 5 at Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit.

Stories from the Woods
Daily until April 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Alger County Historical Museum in Munising.

Michael Deren: The Past in Person
May 1 at 3 p.m. at the Northville District Library in Northville.

Museum Season Opening
May 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, in Paradise.

One Book One Country: Stitches
May 2 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Three Rivers Public Library.

Art in Architecture: The Collaborative Spirit of the Interwar Period in Detroit
Daily until May 28, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, University Center.

Civil War Exhibit in Lansing
Now through Feb. 5, 2012 at the Michigan Historical Museum, downtown Lansing.

Jackson Storyfest
May 6-7, held at various times and places throughout Jackson

Holland Tulip Time
May 7-14, events held throughout the Holland area

Northern Lights 1966: The Powerful Story of Detroit Students Who Stood Up for Their Rights and Won
May 13-15, 20-22. Held at Detroit Film Theatre, inside Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit.

Gala Exhibit and Film Debut
May 21, 3-4:30 p.m. (exhibit continues to run through 2011 season) at the Hackley & Hume Historic Site, Muskegon.

Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes
May 21 and 22, Grand Rapids Heritage Hill neighborhood

Henry Ford Civil War Remembrance Weekend
May 28-30 at Greenfield Village

If you have an upcoming humanities event that you would like posted in the next “Happenings” section of MI Stories, please send the details and contact information to

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