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CMU hosts artist/author to speak on living with Multiple Sclerosis

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An event coming to Central Michigan University Monday night is aimed at raising disability awareness through the power of images.

Artist and author Patricia Lay-Dorsey will be speaking about her photo exhibit and book Falling Into Place; A self portrait about day-to-day living with Multiple Sclerosis.

The 71-year old Lay-Dorsey was diagnosed with MS 25-years ago. As a marathon runner and bicyclist, she says she couldn’t imagine how her life would change.

Lay-Dorsey said she became frustrated with stories or images of people with disabilities. They were often created by non-disabled persons. She said she thought someone who was disabled themselves finally had to tell the story from the inside and hopefully prompt conversations.”I want this to be a trigger, these pictures. I don’t want these to be pictures of me or you know, or even disability, per sae. But what it is to me is saying “look, we all have something that we deal with, and if you haven’t had it yet, you’re gonna have it. And the key is, how do we handle it?”

Lay-Dorsey’s presentation Falling Into Place is scheduled for Monday night at 7:00 in the Park Library Auditorium on the campus of CMU.
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State working toward a “Culture of Reading” in Michigan

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State education officials have launched an initiative that will leverage private donations to improve literacy and build a “culture of reading” in Michigan.
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MeL now offers literacy resources for younger ages


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The Michigan eLibrary, or MeL, has added new and fun resources to enhance the reading skills of young readers.
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Alma professor completes book about The Manhattan Project


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After nearly two decades of research and writing, an Alma College physics professor has released a new book about The Manhattan Project.
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CMU Prof discusses his new Gothic Novel: Part 2

370_Mistle_Child_cvrITOn Wednesday, we heard from Central Michigan University professor Dr. Ari Berk about his new novel, “Mistle Child.” Today, our interview continues as he discusses the inspiration behind the eerie, quirky secondary characters in his novel.
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CMU Prof discusses new Gothic novel “Mistle Child”

370_Mistle_Child_cvrITCentral Michigan University professor Dr. Ari Berk is an award-winning author of numerous books for adults and children. And just in time for Halloween, he’s released his latest novel, “Mistle Child.”
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