History professor helps state honor Michigan’s Underground Railroad history

After a proclamation by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, September in Michigan has been officially designated Underground Railroad Month, and Detroit Mercy Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine played a crucial role in making that happen. Finkenbine, who is also director of the Black Abolitionist Archive, heard about the idea of …

School Psychology program earns important designation

University of Detroit Mercy’s Specialist in School Psychology program earned an important designation – Verified Course Sequence (VCS) – from the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). This designation indicates that the program’s curriculum meets requirements by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) ensuring ease of preparation for students who …

Professor of English John Freeman presented the paper, “Poe’s Philosophy of Comp[utation]: A Programmer’s Guide to ‘The Raven,” and was a discussant at the Language and Literature Symposium, sponsored by the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Sept. 26.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine co-presented the webinar, “Teaching the Underground Railroad,” with Oakland University Development and Educational Studies Instructor Carol Bacak-Egbo, Sept. 23. This session was part of the virtual Michigan Underground Railroad Heritage Gathering.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine gave the talk, “A Slave Couple Crosses Lake Erie, 1820,” as part of a webinar Freedom Seekers Traveling the Great Lakes Region of the Underground Railroad, Sept. 17. The event was sponsored by the AKA Sorority of the Great Lakes Region, a leading African …

Creative writing class brings Detroit Mercy students and alumni together

University of Detroit Mercy Professor of English Nick Rombes decided to do something creative for his creative writing class this summer, inviting several alumni to audit the class to create a mix of alumni and current undergrad students. “The idea was to bring together students and alums from different age …

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine participated in a panel for the webinar, “The Fluid Frontier Revisited: The Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland,” Sept. 1. This meeting was the first event in the month-long Michigan Underground Railroad Heritage Gathering.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine was interviewed on Travel Michigan about the upcoming Michigan Underground Railroad Heritage Gathering, airing on state radio stations, Aug. 29-30. The gathering is a ten-session virtual program that will air as a Zoom webinar throughout the month of September. Finkenbine chaired the Program Committee …

Professor of English John Freeman‘s article, “E. E. Cummings by the Numbers,” was published in Essays in Criticism by Oxford University Press. Read the abstract available online.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine was interviewed on the “Underground Railroad in Missouri” by the National Park Service’s Slave Stampedes Project, based at Dickinson College. Finkenbine is a member of the board of advisors for the project. Watch the video here:

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine wrote the History News Network article, “It’s time for white parents to have the talk with their children,” June 14.

Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison published the entry, “Mary Barton (Gaskell),” in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women’s Writing (Lesa Scholl, Editor. Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine was quoted in the Truthout op-ed, “Formerly Incarcerated People Should Be Compensated for Telling Their Stories,” May 17. The article compares ex-slaves who spoke for the antislavery movement with former prisoners who advocate for the prison-abolition movement.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine published an invited article, “Black Abolitionists and the Fifteenth Amendment,” on the National Park Service website. The article highlights the Black Abolitionist Archive at Detroit Mercy.

Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison published, “An Ethics of Place: On North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell,” in My Victorian Novel, published by University of Missouri Press. The book is available as an eBook at the McNichols Campus Library or through Project Muse online.

Writing Center offers virtual appointments for summer students

The Writing Center will continue to provide resources and virtual consultations for Detroit Mercy summer semester students starting Monday, May 4. Students can book individual, half-hour appointments two weeks in advance and review all policies and instructions online. For proof of attendance, students are advised to share a screenshot directly …

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine published the article, “Teaching the Underground Railroad,” on michiganology.org, the digital arm of the Michigan History Center. Read the full article online.

Data Analytics program trains students for Big Data careers

Detroit Mercy’s Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics seeks students interested in Big Data careers. The application period for this program is now open for summer and fall enrollment. This new program is built on an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary foundation that draws on courses from several Detroit Mercy departments, …

Professor of English Nick Rombes reflects on his time in Iran while serving as a guest speaker at the International Conference on Cinema in the Digital Age, post in 3:AM Magazine. Read the full article online.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine was interviewed on WDET about the Nancy and Sean Cotton Collection of American Art, 1850-1940 on exhibit at the Oakland University Art Gallery. Finkenbine also gave the talk, “What’s Missing from the Picture?” at the gallery, Feb. 20.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine published the op-ed, “The Erasure of Slavery at Sullivan’s Island,” Feb. 10. Finkenbine gave the talk, “The Underground Railroad: An Overview,” at Clinton-Macomb Public Library in Clinton Township, Feb. 13. On Feb. 14, Governor Gretchen Whitmer appointed Finkenbine to another term on the Michigan …

Celebrating Black History Month 2020

Detroit Mercy celebrates Black History Month throughout February with a variety of events and engagements that are free and open to everyone. Monday, Feb. 3 “Race: The Power of an Illusion” — an open conversation on race in America McNichols Library, Bargman Room, Second Floor — 6:30-8:30 p.m. “Race: The …

Associate Professor of History Diane Robinson-Dunn’s article, “Penser les liens entre les orientalismes francais et britannique: L’etude de l’esclavage et de son abolition en afrique du nord et au moyen-orient,” have been published by L’esclavage Oriental et Africain au regard des littératures, des arts et de l’histoire (XVIII-XX siècles) edited …

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine spoke to Microsoft health care executives about the work of the Equal Justice Initiative, and related local efforts aimed at racial reconciliation, Jan. 7.

Professor of History Greg Sumner had two books, “Detroit in World War II” and “Michigan POW Camps in World War II,” available in select Target Stores as part of a holiday promotion between Arcadia publishing and the big box retailer.

Adjunct Professor of Music Daniel Greig, on behalf of the Michigan State Vocal Music Association, presented a workshop, “Teaching Systematic Sight-Singing Daily in the Choral Rehearsal” for new and seasoned choir teachers at Wayne State University in November. Greig also co-composed the song, “The Kingdom of Peace,” which was published …

Senior Lecturer in English Amanda Hiber published an article about soap operas and sexual consent, titled, “On Soap Operas, Rape Is Still Treated as a Crime of Lust and Passion.”

Professor of English John Freeman’s article, “Code Poetry in Motion: E. E. Cummings and his Digital Grasshopper” is now available from the journal, Postmodern Culture. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the College of Liberal Arts & Education Scholarly Colloquium.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine’s op-ed, “Does Truth Matter Less Than in 1974?” was published by History News Network, Dec. 22.

Detroit Mercy honors faculty for excellence

University of Detroit Mercy honored two faculty members at the 2019 Faculty Recognition Awards held earlier this month. Professor of Counseling and Director of Addiction Counseling Nancy Calleja received the Faculty Excellence Award and Terry Howard, lecturer in Decision and Information Sciences, earned the Faculty Achievement Award. Faculty Excellence Award …

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine led a workshop Underground Railroad for volunteers at the Michigan History Center in Lansing, Nov, 15. Finkenbine was also interviewed on Michigan Public Radio’s “Stateside,” as part of a program on “sanctuary churches” in the era of the Underground Railroad and today, Nov. 12. …

Art Installation: For the Thousands of Separated Immigrant Children

Detroit Mercy students gathered together to raise awareness For the Thousands of Separated Immigrant Children from families all over the world with a chillingly real art installation outside of the McNichols Campus Library, Nov. 5. Created by a local artist Elaine Roseborough, the exhibit highlights childrens’ toys attached to wooden stakes. …

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine was a keynote speaker at the 2nd annual Michigan Underground Railroad Heritage Gathering in Lansing, Oct. 26. Finkenbine spoke on “The Native American Underground Railroad in the Midwest” and led the workshops, “Teaching the Underground Railroad.”

Data Analytics program trains students for Big Data careers

Detroit Mercy announces that it is accepting applications for the new Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics. This new program is built on an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary foundation that draws on courses from several Detroit Mercy departments, schools and colleges, including Computer & Information Systems, Computer Science, Economics, Architecture, …

Poetry reading: Alison Powell

The English department Writers’ Series hosted its second reading by Oakland University Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Alison Powell on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Bargman Room on the second floor of the McNichols Campus Library. Signed copies of Powell’s book, On the Desire to …

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine presented the paper, “Intersecting Migrations: Freedom Seekers, Native Americans, and the Underground Railroad in Eastern Wisconsin,” at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History in Charleston, S.C., Oct. 3.

Assistant Professor of Social Work Janet Joiner had two articles published in the Journal of Teaching in Social Work. Both articles, “VoiceThread as a Tool in Online BSW Education” and “Digital Ethics in Social Work Education” will also be included in the book, Online and Distance Social Work Education, to …