Category Archives: Arts and Culture

Students get lesson in culture through children’s book read-in


Olremi Itunu Abayomi reads from Fox Fables

Olremi Itunu Abayomi reads from Fox Fables

Children around the world enjoy stories, and children’s books are common in every country.

Tuesday at the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University, international students and professors brought those books to life with a Read-In.
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Petoskey bookstore receives a James Patterson donation

bookBestselling author James Patterson launched 2014 by pledging to support small, independent bookstores that promote children’s reading.

Now as the year comes to a close, one of his donations will be making its way to McLean and Eakin Booksellers in Petoskey. Continue reading

Holocaust historian tells story of Shanghai Jewish refugees

Hochstadt Nov 2014Central Michigan University’s Harold Abel Lecture series last week hosted Professor Steven Hochstadt from Illinois College.

The Holocaust historian is bringing to light the less prominent if not unknown story of Jewish refugees who fled Nazi persecution in Europe to settle in Shanghai, China.
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Museum offers hundreds of drawings, online

"Leaping Gazelle Fountain" Courtesy Photo.

“Leaping Gazelle Fountain” Courtesy Photo.

You don’t have to travel to the museum to appreciate fine works of art, now that a mid Michigan museum has made hundreds of pieces viewable online.

A bronze gazelle in mid-jump curves its head back and faces the sky.

This “Leaping Gazelle Fountain” as it’s called, is one of the images available online to patrons of the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum in Saginaw.

Recently the museum finished archiving more than 800 drawings of the late sculptor, Marshall Fredericks. Continue reading

Scholar to discuss Native American’s effect on pop culture

Photo courtesy of the University of Michigan.

Photo courtesy of the University of Michigan.


In most areas of America, Native American Indian tribes were the first settlers, and to this day, Natives remain central to the American identity.

Scholar Philip Deloria is scheduled to visit the Alma College campus to discuss, “American Indians in the American Popular Imagination. He is a professor with the American Studies department at the University of Michigan.

Kristin Olbertson, an Associate Professor of History at Alma College, said Deloria will be able to trigger his audience in a way that others cannot.

“He’s going to take the familiar and make it unfamiliar to us,” she said. “I think that’s really the mark of a great speaker and a great scholar who can make what we think we know and think what we understand, and show us that there is more to understand and more to think about.”

One of Deloria’s books, Playing Indian, uses several modern examples of how Indian culture influences American culture today. Those include the Boy Scouts and Camp Fire Girls.

“White people, white Americans or people who identify themselves as white would dress as indians,” Olbertson said. “That’s what he means by ‘Playing Indian,’ sort of adopting elements of Indian appearance, culture or character for really specific and political purposes. Not all of which, even the people adopting these disguises, totally understand.”

Olbertson said that Deloria uses those instances to question why society attempts to replicate Native American culture.

The presentation is scheduled for Thu., Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Swanson Academic Center on the Alma College campus.

Admission is free and open to the public.