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Linda Gregerson has been chosen to receive an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Eight such awards are given each year "to honor writers of exceptional accomplishment."
Buzz Alexander has just passed on some more good news about the Prison Creative Arts Project, which he heads up with Janie Paul of the School of Art & Design. The Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies has provided a grant of $17,000 to create a performance based on stories that, Buzz says, "have haunted us all these years working in the prisons." First performances of the work that will be developed over the summer are scheduled, for September, at the Performance Network here in Ann Arbor, and at theaters in Flint and Detroit.
Julie Ellison and David Halperin
The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Rackham Graduate School has made awards to Julie Ellison and David Halperin to support Distinguished Faculty and Graduate Student Seminars which they will be teaching next year.
At 8:45 PM, March 12th, Lemuel Johnson died at home. Over the last seven months he endured an increasingly painful and hopeless illness with good humor, unfaltering courage, and immense courtesy. He retained a sweetness and serenity of disposition through his last moments of consciousness and died as he lived, with grace and dignity, assured of the love of his family and friends, and seeking to reassure them. A memorial fund has been set up in honor of Professor Johnson to aid in the the reconstruction of Holy Trinity Church in Freetown, Sierra Leone, which was severely damaged in the recent conflict. This was the church that Lemuel's dearly beloved grandfather, the late Rev. S.S. Williams, served as priest and canon, and it meant a great deal to Lemuel as a defining place of memory and imagination. Contributions should be addressed to The Lemuel Johnson Church Fund, National City Bank, 505 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Cremation has taken place as Lemuel wished, and at some future point his ashes will be distributed in Sierra Leone and New Mexico. Lemuel Johnson has been honored with a 2002 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award, made posthumously. This award "recognizes University of Michigan faculty members on the Ann Arbor campus who have exhibited outstanding leadership in the area of cultural diversity." Professor Monts's letter says further that "Dr. Johnson's contributions to the multicultural mission of the University were extensive and of extraordinary caliber."
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