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University of Michigan’s Priscilla Lindsay Gives Advice on College Auditions
Though a college audition may only take two or three minutes, it can be a stressful experience for prospective students. Priscilla Lindsay, Professor and Chair at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD), helped demystify the audition process. “Take a big old deep breath, and try to have some fun. Take a deep breath, and look upon this as your chance to figuratively shake hands with every one of us.”
Read more: Paste Magazine
Want to sleep better? Start practising self-control, turn off that TV on time
Research by Jan Van den Bulck, professor of communication studies, suggests that setting a time to switch off the TV at night helps viewers get to bed at an earlier time, possibly improving sleep patterns and quality.
Read more: Hindustan Times
UM opens new art gallery in downtown Ann Arbor
The U-M Stamps School of Art & Design has opened a new gallery in downtown Ann Arbor. Mark Nielsen, exhibition specialist for the Stamps School, said the new space is 7,000 square feet and was design to be flexible, allowing it to meet the needs of the various exhibitions hosted by the school. “It’s nice to have it all in the same space. It shows the breadth of work from freshmen to senior and runs the gamut from more classroom-oriented stuff to more independent stuff.”
Read more: MLive
U of M to offer class on recognizing fake news
A new class at U-M, called “Fake News, Lies, and Propaganda: How to Sort Fact From Fiction’, hopes to help students be savvier news consumers. “These are issues that don’t have simple answers, and so the class will help students develop habits of mind when it comes to news literacy,” said Angie Oehrli, a U-M Librarian who helped develop the course.
Read more: Michigan Radio
An Artist Draws Out America’s Buried and Fenced-off Toxic Sites
Artist Joan Linder has explored and documented some of the industrial waste disposal areas of the Great Lakes region over the past three years. Her drawings of toxic areas in Belleville, Michigan are currently on display at the U-M Institute for the Humanities gallery in the exhibition ‘Atomic Highways and Byways.’
Read more: Hyperallergic
NYC gallery displays migrants’ backpacks, belongings
A project started at U-M by anthropologist Jason De Leon has resulted in the exhibition ‘State of Exception,’ now on display in a Manhattan gallery. The exhibit, expanded by artist Richard Barnes and U-M Institute for the Humanities curator Amanda Krugliak, features a wall of 700 backpacks and belongings of migrants who illegally crossed the U.S border. In their backpacks, migrants brought clothing, other personal items and even photographs of themselves — but not enough water to guarantee survival in the harsh Sonoran Desert.
Read More: ABC News
Celebrating ‘Nasty Women’ and ‘Bad Hombres’
U-M Stamps School of Art & Design professor and performance artist Holly Hughes worked with artists across the globe to build a loose network of over 35 President’s Day events in response to the presidential election. “I was thinking maybe we’d get 100 people at some dive bar in Ann Arbor,” says Hughes. “Within a couple of hours, I had almost 2,000 people contacting me through Facebook and was quickly overwhelmed by people wanting to do something like this.”
Read more: The Detroit News
Riding high, Beyonce fails to break Grammy curse
“‘Lemonade’ is really about how black women are treated in society historically, and in the contemporary moment, and it’s about loving ourselves through all of that. So, in some ways, it’s kind of fitting that she was left standing there,” said LaKisha Simmons, assistant professor of history and women’s studies, on the failure of Beyonce’s multi-Grammy-nominated album to win Album or Record of the Year.
Read more: The Guardian
Pair of University of Michigan faculty members earn Grammy Awards
Michael Daugherty and Joseph Gramley, professors at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, were both awarded with a Grammy Award during the 59th annual awards ceremony on Sunday, February 12. Daugherty received the Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for his work “Tales of Hemingway,” featured on the Naxos album of the same name. Gramley received a Grammy for Best World Music as part of Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.
Read more: MLive
Detroit Welcomes the Venice Architecture Biennale
“We’re moving from a period where Detroit was dealing with decline and failure to a period of ambition and success. I see the show as a symbol that will open up a new range of possibilities for the city,” said Robert Fishman, professor and interim dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, referring to the Venice Architecture Biennale Exhibition.
Read more: The Huffington Post
Oh, say, can you hear?
There are no rules for singing America’s National anthem on Super Bowl Sunday. “There’s a ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ for everyone,” said U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance professor Mark Clague. “It would be a tragedy if it were legislated how the song should be performed. If that happened, singing the anthem would be an act of obedience, and it would lose the power to express love of country. A democracy has to put up with versions that some people find off key.”
Read more: Houston Chronicle
U-M video game cache serves as an archive, at play
The U-M Computer and Video Game Archive (CVGA) collects video games in the same way others pursue books, journals or historical artifacts. “It’s important to have an archive like this, because games are part of our culture,” said David Carter, a reference services librarian and the CVGA’s archivist. “Like all things of popular culture, eventually people want to study it seriously. And you never think of collecting that stuff when it was first coming out.”
Read more: ABC News
Black History Month: Sphinx celebrates 20 years of diversity
Detroit’s Sphinx Organization, founded by School of Music, Theatre & Dance dean Aaron Dworkin, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The program works to expose young children to classical music and boost the number of African-American and Latino string players in professional orchestras and ensembles.
Read more: The Detroit News
A Language Museum?
English professor Anne Curzan will serve on the Advisory Board for the newly approved language museum Planet Word. The description of Planet Word proposes “to make reading, writing, words, and language surprising, fun, fascinating, and relevant.” Exhibition will feature language in all its variations, both spoken and written, and visitors will have the chance to play with language throughout the museum.
Read more: The Chronicle of Higher Education
After 40 Years, Maxine Hong Kingston’s Iconic Book, ‘The Woman Warrior,’ Still Resonates
Manan Desai, assistant professor of American culture, was interviewed for a story about the 40th anniversary of Maxine Hong Kingston’s “The Woman Warrior,” an iconic staple of literature classes that blends together stories from Chinese folklore, family secrets and an Asian-American childhood.
Read more: NCB News
Trump is wrong. ISIS can’t be beaten by torture
“Now more than ever, we must pay attention to what ISIS is trying to tell us through its visuals: namely, that it was born and bred into vengeance within the American military-penal complex,” said U-M History of Art professor Christiane Gruber in her Newsweek opinion piece. She warns that the U.S. should not “fight fire with fire” in response to President Trump’s recent declaration that torture is effective.
Read More: Newsweek
The Anthem: Six voices on the song that everyone hears differently
Mark Clague, a musicology professor at the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, has spent half a lifetime studying and performing the national anthem. “It’s meant for a trained voice, an operatic voice—it’s a show-off song, which is why Key chose it. He was saying, ’Hey—we just beat the British.’ But you have to have range to sing it, and it’s always been a scary song to sing,” said Clague, on why the “The Star-Spangled Banner” is notoriously hard to sing. The article on ESPN is one of a six part series exploring the national anthem.
Read more: ESPN
Michigan web developers and archivists join race to back up federal agency data
Justin Schell, director of the Shapiro Design Lab, organized the Ann Arbor Data Rescue, and is helping Ann Arbor join the ‘guerrilla archiving’ movement. The Ann Arbor group of more than 275 people backed up data from agencies such as the EPA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Energy and NASA, and saved the information on secure, non-government websites.
Listen: WMOT-FM, NPR
New book traces the fate of Detroit buildings
Architecture professor Robert Fishman wrote the introduction to Camilo Jose Vergara’s new book Detroit is No Dry Bones, a striking visual survey of his relationship with the city stretching over 25 years. Fishman wrote that Vergara almost singlehandedly reinvented “the tradition of critical urban photography that dates back to Jacob Riis’s ‘How the Other Half Lives’ (1890) and to adapt it to what he called ‘the new American ghetto.’ ”
Read More: Detroit News
U-M’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance gets $1 million from U-M regent
U-M regent Andrea Fischer Newman and her husband, Frank, announced a gift of $1 million to support three areas within the Department of Theatre & Drama at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD). “It effectively supports the life cycle of theater students at Michigan: scholarships that help us recruit exceptional students, regardless of means; facilities that contribute to dynamic training opportunities while enrolled; and introductions to industry professionals that will help launch careers,” said SMTD dean Aaron Dworkin.
Read more: MLive
U-M faculty members follow passions to multiple Grammy nominations
Michael Daugherty and Joseph Gramley, professors at the U-M School of Music, Theatre, & Dance, have each been nominated for multiple Grammy awards. Daugherty received three for his recent album “Tales of Hemingway,” including Best Classical Compendium. Gramley is a founding member of the Silk Road Ensemble—the group is nominated in the category of Best World Music Album, for “Sing Me Home,” featuring original and traditional folk tunes interpreted by the Silk Road Ensemble, Yo-Yo Ma and a range of guest artists. The ensemble also received a nomination for Best Music Film for the documentary “The Music of Strangers,” which follows the Silk Road Ensemble as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution. This article on MLive includes a peek into Daughtry’s home studio and interviews with both professors about their nominations.
Read more: MLive
An ode to Detroit’s People Mover, a looping public transit joke
Nick Tobier, a professor at the Stamps School of Art & Design, recently compiled and edited Looping Detroit: A People Mover Travelogue, a book containing contributions by 15 local artists and writers about the Detroit People Mover, which will celebrate 30 years of operation in 2017. “I selected these artists and writers for their voices and their connections to the city, both as long-term residents and more recently arrived,” said Tobier, who also notes parallels between the People Mover and the new M-1 Rail in the city.
Read more: Hyperallergic
Avant Garden Turns Flora to Fashion at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Avant Garden—Weaving Fashion and Nature Together, a special exhibition at U-M’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens, featured fun floral-inspired fashions constructed out of materials from the conservatory’s collection.
Read more: Culture Source
2013 Poetry MFA alumna and program assistant Director for the Zell Writers program, Airea D. Matthews won the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets, one of the most prestigious poetry prizes in the country. She received the award for her debut poetry collection simulacra. “Once in a while a poet comes along who is not content with the surface order, who is willing to upturn conventions, who in doing so reveals what was buried, what others chose not to see,” said Vievee Francis, Matthews’ mentor and celebrated Detroit poet.
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Shinola’s quest to make the best turntable you’ve ever heard
In an article that talks about Shinola’s next big product, it’s origin story and marketing plan, U-M Stamps School of Art & Design professor Rebekah Modrak’s previous comments about Shinola’s “calculated authenticity” are referenced in a discussion about the company’s “Detroit-made, American-made” claims.
Read more: WIRED