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.
DETROIT, Mich., Feb. 4, 2011—Marygrove College’s Department of Business and Computer Information Systems has been awarded funding for the inception of the Comerica Scholars Program (CSP). The selected recipient will receive a scholarship toward tuition and fees at Marygrove and will be recognized at the College’s annual Honors Convocation in March.
The author of five books of poetry, Harryette Mullen has taught at Cornell University and now teaches creative writing and African-American literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has received the Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative American Poetry, a PEN Beyond Margins Award, and the 2010 Jackson Poetry Prize, and she has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Mullen was born in Alabama and raised in Texas. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas, Austin and her master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Marygrove College’s Art Department understands how small steps can sometimes lead to larger ones. Together with the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM), they are helping people who have experienced great loss make that first stride to positive change and recovery-- by learning something new.
Twelve students have successfully completed their first course of digital media and video production, through a grant that helps the underserved in the city of Detroit. With the encouragement of Art Department Chair Jim Lutomski and Dean of Fine Arts Rose DeSloover, a syllabus was created by Tim Gralewski, Assistant Professor of Art. Gralewski prepared a 14-week hands-on computer and video skills program, with projects that allow for self-expression and reflection.