MARTIN LUTHER KING'S: "Beyond Vietnam: Time to Break Silence"

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Join the Department of History and the Department of Political Science and Public Administration Tuesday, April 4, 2:30 pm, Park Library Auditorium.

On April 4, 1967 -- exactly a year before his assassination -- the Rev. Martin Luther King delivered the most controversial speech of his life. "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" publicly announced and explained King's opposition to the war in Vietnam. Other civil rights leaders condemned the speech, and President Lyndon Johnson withdrew and invitation to visit the White House.

In the 50 years since he delivered the speech at New York's Riverside Church, public observances of King's life and contributions to America have focused mainly on his most famous speech from the 1963 March on Washington. But "Beyond Vietnam" is essential to any understand of King's teachings on peace, justice and the moral dimensions of public policy.

CHILDREN'S BOOKS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Tuesday, March 28 the Clarke Historical Library in partnership with the CMU Foreign Languages Department will host "Children's Books from Around the World." As part of the event, CMU students from all over the world to read books from the Clarke's international children's book collection in their native language. This year, two of the readers are from our own history department - Sulaiman Albinhamad and Hugo Zayas. The event will be held in the Barber Room of the Park Library from 1-3 pm.

 

IGHSC: “Crossing Borders, Challenging Boundaries”

The International Graduate Historical Studies Conference The Central Michigan University Department of History is hosting the International Graduate Historical Studies Conference on March 31 and April 1 at the Bovee University Center. This year’s conference centers around “Crossing Borders, Challenging Boundaries,” and features scholars from across the nation and around the globe. Around 50 presenters are offering insight on a wide variety of topics. Presentations range from papers on witchcraft in the sixteenth century, graphic novels and the Great War, and the evolving architectural landscapes of Accra, Ghana. On Friday evening, at 7:30 pm, we are proud to have Dr. John Merriman, the Charles Seymour Professor of History Yale University, deliver the keynote address, “Against the State: Anarchist Violence in Paris duirng the Belle Epoque that Wasn't.” Please join us for this free public event, to be held in the Charles V. Park Library Auditorium. For more information, please call the History Department at CMU (989)774-3374 or e-mail histconf@cmich.edu.

SALLY HOWELL: presentation Mar 16

 Old Islam in Detroit (Oxford)

Old Islam in Detroit (Oxford)

This Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the Park Library Auditorium Sally Howell will be speaking about her book Old Islam in Detroit: Rediscovering the Muslim-American Past, published in 2014. Metropolitan Detroit is home to one of the largest the largest Muslim communities in the United States, and Professor Howell’s presentation looks closely at the history of this important group. I hope you will join us. A reception will follow the talk.

HISTORICAL WORDPLAY

 Jim and Mary Ellen Wynes

Jim and Mary Ellen Wynes

(News from our Alumni -- Class of 1962)

What do people do with their history degrees? Mary Ellen Wynes responded, “Write cross word puzzles!” Mary Ellen and her husband Jim, both CMU alums, created and published a history crossword puzzle book. Jim, who received his masters in history in 1965, has remained a student of history over the course of his life.

Jim wants people to learn while solving the puzzles, and Mary Ellen offers the friendly warning that it really is designed to challenge history scholars. The clues are devised for someone who has great familiarity with history, and the book covers a wide range of topics from Imperial Russia to military history to early television to Michigan and even CMU history. And that’s naming just a few of many categories.

Seems like great productive procrastinating for grad students and faculty alike. The book is available at the CMU Bookstore in the Bovee University Center or you can order via email at historycrosswords@gmail.com. Cost is $11.95.