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“Reading about Michigan” Sept 13 – Oct 13

September 4th, 2016

ErnestHemingwayWe are ushering in autumn 2016 with a literature course taught by Dr. Thomas Bailey, former Western Michigan University Professor who has served as ombudsman, director of Environmental Studies, and chair of the Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies.  With his wealth of knowledge and experience, Dr. Bailey will guide us on a literary journey through our “peninsulae”, analyzing modern works of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction written by Michiganders, and addressing issues related to Michigan … and beyond.


Take a look at our reading list:

William Olsen & Jack Ridl, eds.,  Poetry in Michigan / Michigan in Poetry

Elmore Leonard, City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit 

Ernest Hemingway, The Nick Adams Stories

Bonnie Jo Campbell, American Salvage

Anna Clark, ed., A Detroit Anthology


By Shakil Mustafa

By Shakil Mustafa – CC 2013

We can’t wait to see you in class!


H4E Courses 2016-2017

August 2nd, 2016



Reading about Michigan

September 13 – October 13

Dr. Tom Bailey,  English & Environmental Studies:

Dr. Thomas BaileyIn this course we’ll be taking a look at poems and books about Michigan, and discuss current events relating to Flint, Lansing, the Kalamazoo Promise, etc. During the session we will write journal entries, have short in-class writing responses, and write thoughtful, personal essays about what we have read and discussed.




The Border, Immigration, & the Latino Experience in the  U.S. 

October 25 – November 22

Dr. Ann Miles,  Sociology

100_1090This course will explore Latino immigration in the United States, including U.S. border policies since 9/11, Latinos in the   media, & the inequalities of migration. We’ll read a case study of Ecuadorian families who emigrate to provide a future for their children, and about American retirees who flock to Ecuador to live the good life in retirement.



The Nadir of the Black Experience, Part II: 1800-1903

 January 17 – February 16

Dr.  Ben Wilson,  History & Africana Studies

Dr. Ben Wilson

The general theme of this course will be the survival of a people in a hostile, western environment. We will discuss self definition in the protracted struggle from Gabriel Prosser to  W.E.B. Dubois.Readings will include: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (Harriet Jacobs) and Beloved (Tony Morrison).




Women Writers in Contemporary Black Literature

 February 28 – March 30

Dr. Mariam Konaté, Gender & Women’s Studies

027This course focuses on the writings of Black women writers from Africa and the Diaspora. Analyzing selected works, we will engage in a number of critical endeavors:1) establishing the canon of African women writers; 2) critically exploring stereotypical images of women in African literature; 3) Examining a developing African female aesthetics; 4) Analyzing oral literature.