(11 resources)

Measure of the Heart: Creative Caregiving
Geist, Mary Ellen - Independent Author
2010-01-12 12:13:05-05:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St.
Duration: 01:14:39

In 2005, Mary Ellen Geist, an accomplished and respected career person, left her high-powered radio job in New York City to return home to Michigan to care for her father, who is suffering from Alzheimer's, ultimately making the decision to live her life by a totally different set of priorities. In her book Measure of the Heart, Geist uses her own personal story—as well as extensive interviews with doctors and others who have left careers to care for an aging parent—to inspire and provide advice for the thousands of Americans experiencing similar situations.

Geist has been lecturing about the gifts of coming home to help take care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease and about the special connection music can create between caregivers and people living with Alzheimer's. She believes that music has a positive impact on people living with the disease, and as a result of the book, a cappella singing groups throughout the nation have begun organizing visits to nursing homes and residential facilities for people with Alzheimer's.

Mary Ellen Geist graduated from Kalamazoo College with a degree in English. She was a broadcast journalist for twenty years, most recently as the afternoon anchor at WCBS radio in New York. Prior to that she was the morning anchor at KGO radio in San Francisco and a reporter in Los Angeles. Measure of the Heart is her first book.
Between Talk of the Real and the Fake - Constituting "Spirit Possession" in the Black Atlantic
Johnson, Paul - University of Michigan
2010-01-26 12:10:10-05:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St.
Duration: 01:26:09

Paul Johnson, Center for Afroamerican and African Studies
South African Photographer Santu Mofokeng in Conversation with Adam Ashforth
Mofokeng, Santu
Ashforth, Adam - Independent Author
2010-02-09 12:04:48-05:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St.
Duration: 01:26:44

Santu Mofokeng, one of South Africa’s most prominent photographers, began his work as a documentarian of the anti-Apartheid struggle. He eventually decided to leave the field of overly political photojournalism and focus on the simple gestures of everyday life in South African townships. His work explores landscape as an archive of memory, loss, and spirituality, and forces us to examine any preconceived notion we have regarding exact locations of faith, identity, or community. In his extraordinary series Chasing Shadows, displaced peoples reclaim their spirituality and sustenance even in transition, and Mofokeng’s provocative images serve as records of their power and resilience.

Santu Mofokeng won the 1991 Ernest Cole Scholarship to study at the International Center of Photography in New York. He was also awarded the first Mother Jones Award for Africa in 1992, and more recently the Künstlerhaus Worpswede Fellowship and DAAD Fellowship, both in Germany, and was the Prince Claus Laureate for Visual Arts in 2009.

Adam Ashforth, visiting professor of Afroamerican and African studies, has published extensively on state formation and the politics of everyday life in South Africa. He is currently researching responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in everyday life in rural Malawi and ethnic conflict in Kenya's Rift Valley. His publications include three books: The Politics of Official Discourse in Twentieth-Century South Africa (Oxford, 1990); Madumo, A Man Bewitched (Chicago, 2000); and Witchcraft, Violence, and Democracy in South Africa (Chicago, 2005).
Arming Black America: Race and Citizenship in the Era of Dred Scott v. Sandford
Jones, Martha S - University of Michigan
2010-02-16 12:11:11-05:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St.
Duration: 01:12:23

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 1857 decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford has for too long served as a narrow window onto the citizenship of African Americans before the Civil War. The case itself has been scrupulously examined and the life of the Scott family has been dissected. Still, we know very little about how African Americans more generally navigated legal culture and the body politic in light of the notorious assertion that they were not citizens. What might we learn if we shifted our gaze away from high court proceedings and entered the local courthouse of the 1850? This essay examines applications for gun permits in the 1850s. Neither citizens nor denizens, African Americans crafted their place in antebellum legal culture through these meaning-laden encounters with jurists, lawyers, white witnesses, and the politics roiling just outside the court house door.

Martha S. Jones (associate professor of history and Afroamerican studies and visiting professor of law) directs the Law and Slavery and Freedom Project and is the author of All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture, 1830-1900.
Between Insults and Interrogation: The Politics of Recognition in the U.S.-controlled POW Camps of the Korean War
Kim, Monica - University of Michigan
2010-02-23 12:11:19-05:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St.
Duration: 01:07:10

Monica Kim is a Institute Fellow and History major
An installation by Detroit artist Scott Hocking
Hocking, Scott - University of Michigan
2010-03-09 12:07:51-05:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St.
Duration: 01:26:59

Scott Hocking explores the abandoned buildings and sites of Detroit like a newfangled scientist. He gathers raw data in his excavations, and records his findings using a wholly unique and modern process and method that he intuitively formulates as he goes along. In his ongoing study of a city so rooted in a dense past, and the emotional attachments that accompany it, Hocking is uncompromising and unflinching, and refuses to buy into the hype. These visual essays chronicling urban markings of modern day ruin are not the stuff of tragedy or fodder for magazine centerfolds, but proof of a renaissance in real time. Hocking's work is fully alive, and honors the world going past and us moving forward along with it, exhilarated by industrial parks returning to fallow land, and strawberry bushes growing in the cracked concrete.

About Scott Hocking: Born in Redford Township, Michigan in 1975, Scott Hocking has lived and worked in Detroit since 1996. His installations and photographs have been shown regionally at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Michigan, and Cranbrook Art Museum. He has also exhibited at the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago, and internationally at the Kunst-Werke Institute of Contemporary Art in Berlin, Germany, and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. He will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at the Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, Austria, and is a 2010 visiting fellow at the U-M Institute for the Humanities.
Captifs de case (House Slaves) in a West African Urban Slaving Society. Questions of Status and Role in Eighteenth-Century Saint-Louis du Senegal
Thioub, Ibrahima - University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal
2010-03-16 12:07:51-04:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St.
Duration: 01:26:59

In April 1848, France abolished slavery in its colonies. In Saint-Louis, Senegal, a permanent French fort and city since 1659, half of the population was consequently freed from the bonds of servitude. Though generously compensated, masters demonstrated their vigorous opposition to the abolition decree. Slaves’ reactions were limited to a few public festive demonstrations. Many of them remained in the service of their masters. This opens the question of the specificity of slavery in Saint-Louis, where slaves were fully integrated with the master’s family—a radical contrast to the plantation model of slavery. Focusing on the status and the functions of these slaves, it is possible to demonstrate that despite the masters’ ideology, St. Louis remained an actual slave society from the eighteenth to the nineteenth centuries.

Ibrahima Thioub is professor of history at the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal. He heads the regional center of excellence bringing together the universities of Dakar; Niamey Niger; Yaoundé 1 and Ngaoundere, Cameroon; Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; and the State University of Haiti; around the project: Slavery and Trafficking: Communities, Identities, and Frontiers. His research focuses on memory and historiography of slavery and drafts in Africa. He is currently preparing a book Slavery in Everyday Life in Saint-Louis du Senegal (XVIII-XIX centuries).
Zora Neale Hurston's Environmental History
Parrish, Susan - University of Michigan
2010-03-30 12:09:37-04:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St.
Duration: 01:17:31

There has been a strong tendency in scholarship on African America to associate rural southern nature, and the folk cultures which emerged in close response to such a nature, as evolutionarily prior to northern, urban meccas of cultural maturation. By contrast, as Zora Neale Hurston traveled off and on from 1927 to 1937 in the part-southern, part-Caribbean quasi-frontier wilderness of early twentieth-century Florida, she came to see rural life as by no means quaint and unchanging, but rather, mercurial, violent, and temporary. Hurston saw diasporic African culture in the Americas as existing primarily in the convulsive tropical and semi-tropical zones of the hurricane. She saw the hubris of engineering projects such as the draining of the Everglades and the diking of Okeechobee; she saw too how the devastating effects of this hubris particularly affected black communities—in the catastrophic 1928 Okeechobee flood, but also in other rural environments that put working blacks closer to the flash points where extractive and agrarian technologies contested with a volatile nature. In her most famous work, Their Eyes Were Watching God, she uses this hurricane and flood to draw a circle around a “real” historical symptom of an environment, and a history, of disturbance. As such, Hurston would have demurred from the new theory of nature as a self-stabilizing and well-programmed ecosystem developed in the 1940s by the father of modern ecology, Eugene P. Odum.

Susan Scott Parrish is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan. Her first book, American Curiosity: Cultures of Natural History in the Colonial British Atlantic World, was published in 2006. Her current projects involve thinking through the conjunction of environmental history, racial experience, and scientific epistemologies in the Atlantic world from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries, with special emphasis on the Caribbean and the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Concentration Camps, Matter of Fashion: Theresienstadt in Nazi Bohemia and Boven Digoel in Colonial Dutch East Indies, 1927-1945
Mrazek, Rudolf - University of Michigan
2010-04-06 12:10:57-04:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St.
Duration: 01:37:56

Rudolf Mrazek is Professor of History, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
God I Miss the Cold War! Memory, Nostalgia, and Global Disorder since 1989
von Eschen, Penny - University of Michigan
2010-04-13 12:13:17-04:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St.
Duration: 01:23:32

Penny Von Eschen is Professor of History and American Culture at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Satchmo Blows Up the World: Jazz Ambassadors Play the Cold War, Harvard University Press, 2004; and Race against Empire: Black Americans and Anticolonialism, 1937-1957, Cornell University Press, 1997. She is co-editor, along with Manisha Sinha, of Contested Democracy: Freedom, Race, and Power in American History, Columbia University Press, 2007; and co-editor along with Janice Radway, Kevin Gaines, and Barry Shank of American Studies: An Anthology, Blackwell-Wiley Press, 2008.

Von Eschen was awarded the 2008 Dave Brubeck Institute Distinguished Achievement Award and has co-curated the photography exhibition Jam Sessions: America's Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World with Curtis Sandberg, Vice-President for the Arts at Meridian International Foundation in Washington D.C. The exhibit opened in April 2008 in Washington D.C. and is traveling nationally and internationally. She is currently working on a transnational history of Cold War nostalgia.
Oju: Face/Eye/Index/Presence in Yoruba Visual Culture
Doris, David - University of Michigan
2010-04-20 12:11:19-04:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St.
Duration: 01:30:11

David T. Doris is Associate Professor in the Department of the History of Art and in CAAS, specializing in the History of African Arts and Visual Cultures. His scholarly interests include theories of cross-cultural interpretation, conceptions of an "anti-aesthetic" in African contexts, and the representation of Africa and its peoples in world's fairs, theme parks, and other commodity spectacles. He maintains a special focus on the art and culture of the Yoruba people, both in southwestern Nigeria and in the Diaspora. His current book project is entitled Vigilant Things: the Strange Fates of Ordinary Objects in Southwestern Nigeria; it deals with the moral and mnemonic function of assemblages of useless and discarded objects in contemporary Yoruba culture. The dissertation on which the book is based received the 2004 Roy Sieber Memorial Award for the Outstanding Dissertation in the Field of African Art History, from the Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA).

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