Great Michigan Read
The Great Michigan Read 2011-2012 is drawing to a close. This year's selection has inspired displays and discussions across the states in public libraries and schools. The author, Kevin Boyle, received his undergraduate degree from University of Detroit-Mercy and his doctorate from University of Michigan. He is presently teaching at Ohio State University. Arc of Justice won the National Book Award in 2004 and was named Michigan Notable Book in 2005.
Michigan Humanities Council, in conjunction with Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion, has selected nine host sites for the Great Michigan Read traveling exhibit: We Don’t Want Them. The exhibit places the events documented in Kevin Boyle's Arc of Justice in a broader context of policies and practices that limited where some could live, thus impacting their past and present quality of life. We Don't Want Them opened in Flint and will travel around the state to the following cities:
- November: Three Rivers Public Library
- December: Davenport University, Grand Rapids
- January: Peter White Public Library, Marquette
- February: Detroit Science Center (Pending re-opening of the Detroit Science Center)
- April: Castle Museum of Saginaw History
- May: Old Mill Museum, Dundee
- June: Artworks, Big Rapids
- May 18 in East Lansing
- May 20 in Marquette
Online registration for both venues will be required; seating will be limited. Registration will be accessible via the Michigan Humanities Council website.
Watch the Michigan Humanities Council website for more information.
From October 26-30, you are invited to participate in a unique, virtual dialogue on "Stealing Buddha's Dinner" with individuals from other Michigan communities, high schools, colleges, and others. Questions emanating from Bich's tour visit Oct 13-17, as well as from her memoir, will be posed to stimulate dialogue on immigration stories, cultural understanding, and contemporary history.
Discussion will occur on the Great Michigan Read Facebook Discussion Board, beginning October 26. We look forward to the conversation and your participation!