Don’t forget that in 1961, a group of 400 courageous black and white activists called the Freedom Riders challenged the Jim Crow laws of the day by riding buses and trains across the segregated south. Don’t forget that they risked their lives, even though these were peaceful demonstrations. Don’t forget that it was an important precursor to stabilizing black voting rights and the Civil Rights Movement. Don’t forget.
The program includes a preview screening of Freedom Riders, the film by award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson which will debut on PBS stations across the country as part of the “American Experience” series beginning in May. The film is based on the original book by Raymond Arsenault.
“We are very proud to be involved,” says Dr. Brenda Bryant, Dean of Community-Based Learning and co-founder of Marygrove’s Social Justice Program. “This is the kind of information we need to bring to the forefront, to keep it alive.” She adds that whenever history has presented unjust acts—outrageous incidents of discrimination, deprivation or exclusion—we, as a society must learn all we can to fully understand. “Remembering the Freedom Riders 50 years later brings the story back for new generations to learn, older generations to gain strength and for all to heal,” Bryant said.
DETROIT, March 25, 2010 — This year Marygrove’s Department of English and Modern Languages inaugurated a new writing competition held in conjunction with its Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series (CAALS): the Mary Helen Washington Writing Award Contest, open to high school students who participate in the CAALS Master Class at Marygrove. Named after nationally-renowned scholar, editor, essayist, and teacher Dr. Mary Helen Washington, and supported through the generosity of series sponsors Lillian and Don Bauder, this annual contest asks students to write essays in response to the works of the CAALS guest artist. The top four winners receive cash prizes.
For this inaugural year, students wrote their essays on the works of award-winning poet and literary scholar Harryette Mullen.
DETROIT, March 24, 2011— Marygrove College is hosting its 4th Annual Dramafest on Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marygrove College Theatre. This event is free and open to the public.
Launched in 2008 by Marygrove College English and Modern Languages Department Chair Donald Levin, Ph.D., DramaFest is a presentation of staged readings of original one-act plays and scenes from longer plays and is another example of the College's long tradition of offering rich cultural experiences for the community.
Marygrove’s 4th Annual Dramafest features special friends of Marygrove College, including: Detroit Free Press Columnist and Author Rochelle Riley,[i] “Star Search” Winner and Comedian Horace H.B. Sanders, local playwright, author and Biblical scholar Diane Reeder as well as Leslie Love, Marygrove Professor and Theatre Director who will premiere her third play at Dramafest: Rock, Paper, Scissors.
DETROIT, Mich., March 22, 2011— Marygrove's English and Modern Languages Department is pleased to announce that the award-winning poet and literary scholar, Harryette Mullen, will be the twenty-third guest in its Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series.
Her innovative poems challenge us to rethink our ideas about gender, race, language, politics, and popular culture by engaging in wordplay: puns, jokes, acrostics, and anagrams. Commenting on Mullen's incisive experimentation with language, Elisabeth A. Frost has written, "Crossing the lines between often isolated aesthetic camps, Harryette Mullen has pioneered her own form of bluesy, disjunctive lyric poetry, combining a concern for the political issues raised by identity politics with a poststructuralist emphasis on language." As Carol Muske-Dukes says, Mullen's poetry is "a little like the Muse playing scrabble."
Harryette Mullen will deliver the Lillian and Don Bauder Lecture at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2011, in Alumnae Hall on the Marygrove College campus. Afterward, she will sign copies of her works, which will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the community.
No child is too old to hear Goldilocks and The Three Bears read aloud to them. According to literacy advocate Vivian Johnson, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Education, Marygrove College, there are benefits for people of all ages to listen to a story—it's an important way to sharpen comprehension skills. Dr. Johnson recently challenged urban middle school students to re-write a classic like Goldilocks to reflect their own world view. Suddenly, reading and writing became more engaging to children who have never seen a forest -- or anything much beyond their own city limits. "To reach kids, no matter where they are, no matter how few resources they may have available to them, you have to be creative," Johnson says. "Finding what works can be a game." But literacy must win.
World renowned assessment reform expert to focus on Authentic Assessment in Urban Education
DETROIT, Mich., March 14, 2011 —Marygrove College today announced award-winning author and education expert Dr. Grant Wiggins will deliver the keynote address at the College’s upcoming two-day education conference. The conference, which will explore new and innovative ideas about the use of authentic performance assessment in urban schools, will be held on the Marygrove College campus on Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19, 2011. Wiggins will give the keynote address Friday night at 6 p.m.
Educators will tell you there is no substitute for hands-on learning. That’s why several high school students and their college student mentors from Marygrove College and Albion College are getting together each semester to study newly-restored wetlands just outside of Detroit.
This two-year collaboration, called the Third-90 Wetlands Restoration Program, allows University Prep High School, Detroit students to benefit from direct exposure to college students and faculty in a collegiate setting. University Prep Detroit prides itself on being a Third-90 high school, which means 90 percent of their students will graduate from high school, 90 percent of those will attend college, and 90 percent of those college students will earn a degree. This effort is particularly important in the City of Detroit, where high school graduation rates are among the lowest in the country.
The conference begins on Friday evening, March 18, 2011 with keynote speaker Dr. Grant Wiggins presenting on Authentic Performance Assessment in Urban Education.
The conference will continue on Saturday with keynote speaker, Dr. Betty Overton-Adkins, Provost, Spring Arbor University. She will present on Assessment As Truth-Telling, Learning Who We Really Are.