Two years ago, the thick border of trees surrounding Marygrove College was thinned out. By virtue of disease or age, many trees came down, revealing the stately campus for all to see, for the first time in years. The metaphor for change and revelation is undeniable for Kalimah Johnson, LMSW, ACSW, who grew up in Detroit but had never seen beyond the trees: “I remember driving by and thinking, oh, what a gorgeous campus! I’d like to learn more about Marygrove.” Soon after, Johnson was recruited as Assistant Professor of Social Work, and began to break down some barriers of her own.
A former community organizer, Johnson brings with her a host of contacts who love to help people, especially women. In the spirit of our founder and sponsor, the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary—she is a fierce advocate, shedding light on important women’s issues, like sexual assault and abuse. Johnson joined forces with another Marygrove champion of women’s rights, Darcy L. Brandel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English, to co-sponsor the third and most successful Take Back the Night–Detroit (TBTN-D) event, an evening dedicated to sexual assault awareness.
Recovery is a journey. “It takes courage and resolve to face the challenge of re-focusing your life,” says Diane McMillan, LMSW, Associate Professor of Social Work at Marygrove College. “People in recovery are often compelled to help others who struggle, which makes them excellent candidates for the Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC) program here at Marygrove.” McMillan has helped lead a successful collaboration between Marygrove’s Division of Continuing Education and Career Enhancement, Department of Social Work and Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM) since September, 2009.
DETROIT, April 8, 2011— Marygrove's English and Modern Languages Department is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Amy S. McCombs/Frederick P. Currier Writing Award held in conjunction with the Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series. This year's winners are:
Mia Balbin-Cuesta, "Harryette Mullen, John Cage, and the Significance of the Avant-Garde," essay
Percy Pierce, "It's All About the P & E's," poem
Emily Sese, "Moving through Mullen," essay
Theresa Spiteri, "Harryette Mullen's Critique of Women's Fashions: From Constraints to Liberation," essay
Della Young, "Goldilocks Goes to Jail," essay
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This event continues to be free and open to the public.
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.