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Beautiful Books, Subversive Ideas

Handmade bookcover, courtesy of Ediciones Vigía
Date: 
March 14, 2014
Running Time: 
64:42
Cuban book artist Rolando Estévez, speaking Spanish with simultaneous English translation, talks about the role of handmade books in Cuba and in the world today.
 
Estévez, the artistic founding director of Ediciones Vigía, an artisanal press in Matanzas, Cuba, provides a retrospective of his work for Vigía, as well as discussing and displaying his newest one-of-a-kind books that give expression to his unique visual poetics. He presents, for the first time, an artist book about Hemingway and the legacy of his presence in Cuba.
 
As our society moves toward digital books and the idea of the book as virtual rather than tactile, the role of handmade books has become a fascinating publishing phenomenon transforming how we think about literary texts.
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Last modified: 03/17/2014

Third Year Memorial of the Great East Japan Earthquake

Japanese coastal town of Otsuchi days after the earthquake; Al Jazeera English via Flickr; BY-SA 2.0
Date: 
March 11, 2014
Running Time: 
82:43

Michigander Paul Fales shares his experience in Japan when it was ravaged by a huge tsunami, earthquake, and Fukushima nuclear accident three years ago. Fales was serving as an English teacher when the earthquake and tsunami hit the city, Kesennuma, where he was stationed. He was found by CNN a few days after the disaster.

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Last modified: 03/17/2014

Should academics get down and dirty with YouTube?

riskbites
Date: 
February 24, 2014
Running Time: 
81:28

Is there a role for academic institutions in online informal education? Andrew D. Maynard, Director of the Risk Science Center in the U-M School of Public Health, talks about the growing trend in online video being used as an informal education source by individuals. He produces entertaining "Risk Bites" videos, which cover topics that deal with the science behind how we understand and address risks to our health.

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Last modified: 03/06/2014

Author's Forum: Darktown Follies

Darktown Follies bookcover; Tupelo Press
Date: 
February 21, 2014
Running Time: 
50:15

Amaud Jamaul Johnson reads from Darktown Follies, his daring and surprising new collection of poems that respond to Black Vaudeville, specifically the personal and professional challenges African American variety performers faced in the early twentieth century.

Johnson is fascinated by jokes that aren’t funny — particularly, what it means when humor fails or reveals something unintended about our national character. Darktown Follies is an act of self-sabotage, a poet’s willful attempt at recklessness, abandoning the “good sense” God gave him, as an effort to explore the boundaries and intersections of race and humor.

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Last modified: 03/04/2014

Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution

photo courtesy of Nathaniel Philbrick
Date: 
February 19, 2014
Running Time: 
79:00

New York Times bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick talks about his research at the Clements Library and the Revolutionary war documents that were helpful in writing his book Bunker Hill.

Philbrick is the author of In the Heart of the Sea, winner of the National Book Award; Mayflower, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Sea of Glory, winner of the Roosevelt Naval History Prize; Bunker Hill; The Last Stand; Why Read Moby-Dick; and Away Off Shore.

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Last modified: 02/25/2014

Engaged Educational Opportunities for Graduate Students

Date: 
February 13, 2014
Running Time: 
69:00

Cliff Lampe and Joyojeet Pal, School of Information faculty, and Elizabeth Werbe, associate director of Rackham’s Arts of Citizenship program, highlight several projects and programs that enable graduate students to address real-world challenges as part of their research, teaching, and coursework. The panel also addresses the value of such opportunities for professional development and growth, as well as how these experiences can help graduate students become better researchers and teachers.

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Last modified: 02/25/2014

Poverty in Southeast Michigan

Photo by Aaron Harmon
Date: 
February 13, 2014
Running Time: 
83:30

Sandra Danziger (School of Social Work), Kristin Seefeldt (School of Social Work), and Sarah Burgard (Sociology) discuss poverty in southeast Michigan in the wake of the Great Recession that ended in 2009.

They present information from the first two waves of the Michigan Recession and Recovery Survey, a stratified random sample of households in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. They also highlight findings on employment, income, safety net program participation, material hardships, and health and mental health, particularly among low income households.

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Last modified: 02/25/2014

Author’s Forum Presents Dear Edward: Family Footprints

cover of Dear Edward: Family Footprints
Date: 
February 12, 2014
Running Time: 
1:23:30

Photographer Paul Weinberg discusses his new book with U-M Professor Daniel Herwitz. "Dear Edward: Family Footprints" is a personal journey into family archives; it explores Weinberg's past as he retraces his family's footprints to far-flung small towns in the interior of South Africa—where his ancestors found a niche in the hotel trade. Part visual narrative and part multilayered travel book, this record is organized in the form of postcards to Weinberg's great grandfather, Edward. Weaving history, historiography, and memoir into a personal pilgrimage, it sets up a dialogue between the past and present and questions who records history and who is left out of it.

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Last modified: 02/25/2014

The Janus of Tiger: Korean Decorative Painting, Magpie and Tiger

Tiger and Magpie; a Korean folk painting drawn during the Joseon Dynasty of Korea (1392-1910); Wikimedia, U.S. public domain
Date: 
February 6, 2014
Running Time: 
93:30

Byung-Mo Chung, professor at Gyeongju University, is the first scholar to travel the world to propagate and research the value and meanings of Korean traditional decorative art culture. In traditional Korean folk paintings, tigers appear as Janus-faced creatures, with one side a beast with a merciless savage nature and the other side a humane animal. The two contrasting images of the fierce animal have been a distinctive feature of Korean art which is rarely seen in other countries. Tiger and magpie folk paintings in Korea present tigers as silly, comic characters. What made the painters depict the fearful beast as a cute, ludicrous pet-like animal? The tiger and magpie provides a valuable clue for viewers to delve into the cultural identity of Korean people and their aesthetic sensibility.

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Last modified: 02/18/2014

Can a Plantation Be Fair? Fair Trade and Darjeeling Tea Production

Bookcover of The Darjeeling Distinction
Date: 
January 23, 2014
Running Time: 
69:00
Sarah Besky, author of The Darjeeling Distinction, explores the frictions between fair trade and the plantation system and highlights how, in India, fair trade undermines existing state welfare structures.
 
 
Fair trade, organic, shade grown – on a trip to the supermarket, these labels guide our purchasing and attest to the conditions of production of the products they adorn; conditions that we believe are better as the result of our purchases. “Fair trade plantation” may seem like an oxymoron, as plantation workers are not cooperative farmers – they are industrial laborers who have little capacity to make democratic decisions in the face of the plantation’s structural oppression. In the late 1990s, however, tea plantations in Darjeeling, high up in the Himalayan foothills of Northeast India, became the first plantations in the world to receive fair trade certification. Hope was high among certifying agencies that fair trade would alleviate the inequities of tea production. Despite these hopes, the region’s plantation laborers, who produce some of the world’s most expensive tea, remain some of the tea industry’s worst paid workers.
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Last modified: 02/11/2014

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