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March 8

Writers Series

Thursday, March 8, 5:10–6:30 p.m.
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Terry Blackhawk is the author of five previous poetry collections, including Escape Artist, winner of the 2002 John Ciardi Prize. She has received the Foley Poetry Prize, the Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, the Michigan Governor’s Award for Arts Education, and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. She is founding director of Detroit's acclaimed InsideOut Literary Arts Project and lives and writes not far from the river in Detroit, Michigan.

Francine J. Harris is a Detroit native whose recent work has appeared in Rattle, Callaloo, and Michigan Quarterly Review, and she is the author of the recent chapbook between old trees. She is a Cave Canem fellow, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and is currently a Zell Post-MFA Fellowship recipient at the University of Michigan. Her first full-length collection, allegiance, will be published by Wayne State University Press in 2012 as part of the Made in Michigan series.

The authors will be available to sign books after the reading. As always, books will be available for purchase on site.

UMMA is pleased to be the site for the Department of English Program in Creative Writing Zell Visiting Writers Series, which brings outstanding writers each semester. The Series is made possible through a generous gift from UM alumna Helen Zell (’64). For more information, please see

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Special Event

Thursday, March 8, 7:30–9 p.m.
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Bothaina Kamel, the first woman presidential candidate in Egypt, television anchor and pro-democracy activist, will give the Women's Studies Department and Institute for Research on Women and Gender 2012 Motorola Lecture. Since the late 1980s Kamel has addressed issues of women's rights, human rights, and corruption in her high profile position. She is deeply connected to the solidarity and human rights campaigns of peaceful protest and organizing in Egypt. Despite harassment and beatings by government and military authorities in the last decade, Kamel continues her brave work for human rights and real democracy.

The Motorola Lecture, established in 2001 with support from the Motorola Foundation, aims to expose UM students to journalists who address important issues concerning women and gender and to engage them in discussion about ways the media can reframe the public understanding of complex issues.

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