Heather Thompson Attica Talk

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The RC's "Voices of the Midwest" receives MHC grant

Earlier this November the  Michigan Humanities Council  awarded the RC $7,050 to support the 2016 Voices of the Middle West conference, to be held March 12th, 2016.

The award was one of 21 Humanities Grants (6 in Washtenaw County) to support projects "exploring history, poetry, reading, education and community identity."

The award application describes Voices as "a public conference and book fair featuring writers, independent presses, and journals based in the Midwestern United States. The festival’s goal is to bring together writers and presses from around the Midwest together with faculty and students from the region’s universities and members of the general public to showcase Midwestern letters and discuss trends in writing and publishing. The 2016 festival is the third annual event. A key goal of the festival is to showcase the racial and gender diversity in contemporary Midwestern literature."

More details about the 2016 Voices conference will be forthcoming, but the featured keynote speaker will be Ross Gay, author of Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down, and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude.

RC Faculty Talks Forum Welcomes Heather Ann Thompson. December 11

The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy:  The Perils of Writing the Painful Past

In 1971 nearly 1300 prisoners in upstate New York took over the Attica Correctional Facility demanding better conditions and more humane treatment. Five days later Governor Nelson Rockefeller ordered the forcible retaking of the prison. The result was disastrous. For the last 40 years the State of New York has fought hard to close the book on what happened at Attica by sealing records, by refusing to charge troopers or COs with the crimes they committed during their brutal retaking of the prison, and by focusing the media’s attention on prisoner misdeeds. Meanwhile, the prisoners and some of the COs who also suffered the state’s assault on the prison, fought just as hard to get their story told. Heather Ann Thompson has also spent the last decade trying to tell this story. She has just completed the first comprehensive history of Attica and its legacy for Pantheon Books (out in September, 2016) and, in this talk, she will share this history as well as the various challenges of writing it.

Dr. Thompson's talk is scheduled for 3:30-5pm  on Friday, December 11 in 1405 East Quad.

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End of Semester Events in the Residential College

Juried RC Student Exhibition
Monday, November 30th to Thursday, December 17th

Opening reception: Friday, December 4th, 3:30 to 5:30pm
Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm

The Chinese Music Ensemble term-end performance will be on December 8th, 7pm, in 1405EQ.

Join the Residential College Singers and friends for an evening of music Thursday, December 10, at 7:00 pm in the Keene Theater at East Quad. From Mozart and Mendelssohn to Shakespearean madrigals, folk songs, and Gospel, the program will include something for everyone. Free admission

Mike Gould's Found Instruments Class end of term concert is December 12 at noon in the Keene Theater.

Rc Chamber Musicians perform Sunday December 13th at 2pm at the Keene Theater.
Music by Biber, Schubert, Bruch, Borodin, Dvorak, Franck, Ravel, Shostakovich, Piazzola, Jolivet, and Ewazen  

Kate Mendeloff of the RC Drama Program will direct three end of term projects for  various courses, all on Sunday evening the 13th of December in the Keene Theater: 7 pm- scenes from Uncle Vanya by Chekhov; 8 pm- scenes from Angels in America by Tony Kushner; 9 pm- "Race in America"-- a collage of scenes and monologues about racial profiling, interracial and inter religious relationships. illegal immigration and identity by major contemporary playwrights. All performances are free and open to the public.

December 17, 2015 Prison Creative Arts Project End of Term Performance
While You Were Away, 4:30 pm
Reentry: The Musical, 6:30 pm

Documentary Theatre students perform their original play While You Were Away based on interviews with family members of incarcerated adults. Followed by, Reentry: The Musical, created and performed by members of the PCAP workshop at Washtenaw Prisoner Reentry. Admission is free. No tickets needed.
Keene Theater, East Quad

The Residential College will host many end of semester events and performances. Keep watching this column for a listing as they are announced.