Liberal Arts & Education: College News & Notes

Highligher & Laureate, Summer 2002

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College to host national writers conference

On August 23-24, the Dudley Randall Center for Print Culture and the College of Liberal Arts & Education will host the Detroit Writers Guild's Annual Midwest Poets and Writers Conference. The Conference, which is regularly attended by hundreds of writers from across the United States, will feature workshops and seminars, manuscript critiques, opportunities to meet with publishing agents, a book fair, a poetry slam, and other events and activities. Numerous nationally-known writers and poets will be featured speakers, including Glenn R. Townes, an award winning journalist who has written for dozens of national publications including UPSCALE, Essence and the Miami Herald.

The conference will be held on the University's Outer Drive Campus. More information and online registration is available at


Kenyan performers come to UDM in October

The University will host the Simba Maasai Cultural Performers on the McNichols Campus, October 23-24. The Kenyan performers will then continue on their tour to the Detroit Art Institute on October 25, the University of Dayton on October 28-29, and back to the UDM Outer Drive Campus on November 11. The performances at UDM are sponsored by the African American Studies program and the University Student Speakers Committee.


E-Crit program recognized

The Electronic Critique program, developed two years ago to teach students how to be critical authorities within the electronic media industry, was recognized by Shift Magazine's "2002 Guide to Digital Education: The Best New Media Schools in Canada" in their top 15 programs. The magazine called the program the "Best Not-Quite-in-Canada Progam You've Never heard of." UDM's Electroinic Critique curriculum is unique to the United States and is currently one of only a few multidisciplinary, tech-oriented programs with a liberal arts focus in existence.


Local and national writers offer insight to aspiring writers through writing workshops

UDM Theatre Professor Arthur J. Beer continued a series of writing workshops hosted by the Dudley Randall Center for Print Culture for UDM students and alumni. The series, "Writers on Writing," began last fall with novelist Elmore Leonard ('50) and Detroit Poet Laureate Naomi Long Madgett. Beer presented "Dramatic Characters: the Schizophrenic's Way to Write Scripts" on March 13. On March 26, Detroit Free Press columnist Susan Ager presented a workshop on "Intimate Writing."


Internationally-recognized author David I. Kertzer speaks at UDM

The College of Liberal Arts and Education welcomed David I. Kertzer, professor of Anthropology at Brown University and the Paul Dupree, Jr. University Professor of Social Sciences. Kertzer spoke on "The Future of Catholic/Jewish Relations: Taking History Seriously. The talk, held on April 18 on the Outer Drive Campus, was co-sponsored by the UDM Center for Religion and Community Values and Hillel of Metro Detroit.