Liberal Arts & Education Notes

Highlighter & Laureate,
Summer 2003





New “food carte” introduced in Briggs building

The new A la Carte convenience center, which sells sandwiches, drinks and snacks to students, was added to a room on the main floor of Briggs. The former classroom serves as a convenience center for students and also includes a fax machine, copier and telephone, as well as tables for eating. With most weekend and evening classes housed in the Briggs building, the carte was originally designed to offer the amenities needed by non-traditional students. With the carte’s growing popularity, it is now open at hours convenient to all students.

College hosts lectures and exhibits

The College of Liberal Arts & Education has had a busy winter and spring. Departments within the College sponsored several lectures and exhibits.

Artists of Solentiname, Nicaragua

During the month of February, the Carney Latin American Archive introduced the University community to the artwork of the Artists of Solentiname, Nicaragua. The display was housed in the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center in the Warren Loranger Architecture building. The artwork was available for purchase, and sale proceeds resulted in a $1,500 donation to fund development projects in Nicaragua.

Black Ink International

On February 26, the College collaborated with the African American Studies program, the Department of English, the Dudley Randall Center for Print Culture and the McNichols Campus Library to bring the Black Ink International to campus. Black Ink is a nationally-recognized Detroit-based performance troupe that combines written and spoken word talent that offers a unique blend of song, poetry and dramatic demonstration.

An Afternoon with the Abolitionists

On March 16, the Black Abolitionists Archives held the second annual “An Afternoon with the Abolitionists,” the dramatic reenactment of an antislavery meeting, circa 1850. The performance joined students and faculty from UDM’s Theatre department with choirs from the Mayflower Church and the Friends School. It was held at the Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, near the McNichols Campus.

Voices of Peace

From March 15-29, the Language & Cultural Training department welcomed local and global artists to rally together for world peace through the exhibit Voices of Peace. The exhibit featured artwork from around the world, performances by local poets and musicians, and a lecture, “The Devastation of War on Women and Refugees,” by Rosina Hassoun, professor of Cultural Anthropology at Michigan State University, and Amani Younis, director of community health, Arab-American & Chaldean Council. The exhibit ran at the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center in the Warren Loranger Architecture building.

Ask the Professor on the road

John Smyntek (left) joined the crew for a taping of Ask the Professor

The 50 year-old UDM radio show hit the road this spring to tape the last shows of the season. On March 27, ATP taped at Barnes & Noble in West Bloomfield. On April 25, the crew made an appearance at Mac’s On Third in Detroit. The bar is owned by Tony Bruce (’01). The previous week, the show went to Shrine High School, where the high schoolers tried their best to stump the panel of UDM professors. Special guest John Smyntek (’72), Detroit Free Press special features & syndicate editor, also joined the ATP panel at UDM to tape one of the final episodes for 2003.

Ask the Professor at Barnes & Noble in Farmington Hills

Joseph A. Brown, S.J.

On March 27, the College co-hosted with University Ministry, the Rev. Joseph A. Brown, S.J., director of Black American Studies Program at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Brown’s lecture, “To Stand on the Rock: Mysticism and Black Spiritual Truths,” was presented along with spirituals performed by the Renaissance High School Choir and members of UDM’s own Praise Ensemble at Gesu Church.