RC Faculty Talks Forum presents Michelle McClellan on Laura Ingalls Wilder, Wednesday September 16, 5-6:30pm, Benzinger Library, East Quad


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The 2015 RC News has been released

The 2015 RC News is on its way to our Alumni. If you're not on our mailing list and don't receive one, please send us an email, or download a digital copy here.

Who's on First in the RC?

Change is healthy and invigorating, and nowhere is change more exciting than in the RC. This fall semester, the RC community sees changes in its Administration as we welcome a new Director, a new and also a continuing Associate Director a new Department Manager, and say goodbye to someone who's been an integral part of RC for many years.

First, the farewell:  Jennifer Myers is stepping down from many years of service as Director of RC Academic Services. For many alumni, Jennifer was the first contact with the RC during summer orientation, and the last memory from RC Commencement. All of us who work with Jennifer know how generously she gave of herself, and all of us know how she enriched the Directorship. We are grateful for the years she gave us - and for the moments.

We hasten to add, though, that Jennifer is not leaving the RC. She will stay on as Associate Director for Curriculum and she'll also return to teaching. This fall, she will teach a RC First Year Seminar Course on the topic of  Mothers and Daughters. We've read a little of her syllabus and are excited to see her share her talents as she assumes a different role in the RC.

And now for The New:  the RC welcomes Jon Wells as Director. Jon comes to us from Temple University in Philadelphia, and served as RC Associate Director for Faculty under Interim Director Charlie Bright during the FA14/WN15 semesters. 

Naomi André steps into the position of Associate Director for Faculty vacated by Jon in Fall 2015, after many years of teaching in the RC Arts and Ideas in the Humanities Program.

Finally, Carl Abrego joined the RC as Department Manager in January, 2015. Carl comes to us from the Kelsey Museum and, in addition to having a wry sense of humor and a good head for details, also knows a great deal about mummies and Egyptian sarcophagi. 

Of course there's another change approaching: as Jennifer Myers steps down from her position, we'll soon be announcing a new Director of Academic Services: can you keep up? Watch this page for that announcement soon.

One thing doesn't change, though, and that's the continued dedication of the entire administrative team to the health and well-being of the Residential College and its mission of providing a solid and vigorous liberal arts education.

PCAP Rio Blog

Students involved in the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP)  have been blogging this month from Rio de Janeiro, where they've participated in the Theatre of the Oppressed Conference.

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September 16: RC Faculty Talk: Michelle McClellan

For generations of readers in the United States and around the world, Laura Ingalls Wilder defined the American pioneer experience in her beloved “Little House” books.  This eight-volume series has sold millions of copies in dozens of languages since it was published in the 1930s and 1940s.  Many dedicated readers wanted more, and they sought out the places where Wilder and her family had lived in the Upper Midwest and Great Plains.  Local residents capitalized on the “Little House” connection by creating memorials and replica structures, as well as restoring original buildings.  Today, tens of thousands of tourists annually visit these locations.  This talk explores the complex connections among history, fiction, and landscape that fans encounter when they go looking for Laura.

A lifelong fan of the "Little House" books, Michelle McClellan grew up in the small town of Richmond, Michigan, where she often packed her Barbie dolls in a shoebox to pretend they were the Ingalls family going west in a covered wagon.  Today, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the Residential College at the University of Michigan.  Complete with sunbonnet, Michelle is writing a book on heritage tourism associated with “Little House” sites throughout the country, to be called Looking for Laura: Place, History, and the Authentic “Little House.”

McClellan delivers her address from 5-6:30pm on September 16 in the Benzinger Library, East Quad.


Free Admission.

The 2015 RC Community Summer Read

Fall 2015 is the Antigone semester.  

The University Musical Society is bringing in a major production (14-17 October) of Sophocles’ tragedy by the renowned avant-garde director Ivo van Hove and starring the great French stage and screen actress Juliette Binoche.  This production employs the award-winning translation of UM’s own Anne Carson.  

In tandem is the RC’s Summer Read, one of the most famous adaptations of the play, Jean Anouilh’s Antigone of 1944, an Existentialist take on the Greek heroine set against the background of Nazi occupied France.  Anouilh’s piece will receive a full staged-reading in the Keene Theater in September.  Students will have the opportunity to take a one-credit minicourse in the first half of the semester based on attendance at or participation in these and other Antigone-related events in the RC.  We are also planning a session of parallel scenes in Anouilh’s French, Bertolt Brecht’s German, and by the Northern Irish playwright Tom Paulin, as well as a play-reading of A .R. Gurney’s Another Antigone together with a screening of David Mamet’s film Oleanna.  

Watch for a full schedule of these events, and please join us in the RC 2015 Community Summer Read. Read Anouilh's Antigone in the original French, as will many of our students, or find the Barbara Bray translation here.