Professor of Philosophy David Koukal presented his paper, “Detroit Bike City and the Reconstitution of Community,” at the Philosophy of the City Conference on the McNichols Campus, Oct. 4.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine gave the talk, “The Underground Railroad: The View from Western Ohio,” to Emerson Employees Coming Together, a corporate group in Sidney, Ohio, Oct. 14.  Finkenbine also gave the talk, “Rumley: An African American Pioneer Community in Frontier Shelby County,” part of the Shelby County …

Detroit Mercy Theatre Company presents “Silent Sky”

Detroit Mercy Theatre Company is pleased to present “Silent Sky,” performing Oct. 17-27. This is the fascinating story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt. Despite not being allowed to touch a telescope, Leavitt and her colleagues at the Harvard Observatory made ground-breaking discoveries about the universe that remain vital over a …

Associate Professor of Theatre Greg Grobis directed the tenth and final season of “Evil Dead: The Musical” at the City Theatre in Detroit and was interviewed by BroadwayWorld. Read the full interview online.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine gave the talk, “Fugitive Slaves in Indian Country,” at Freedom Movement Pt. 2, a symposium on the Underground Railroad, at the Wayne County Community College District main campus, Sept. 21.

Professor of English Heather Hill-Vasquez presented, “A Lesson of Response to U.S. Family Separation Policy: ‘Re-membering’ a Late Medieval Play of the Slaughter of the Innocents,” at the Modern Language Association’s International Symposium: in Lisbon, Portugal. Hill-Vasquez also presented her essay, “A Compliant Bride Must Always Also Be an Unruly …

Professor Emerita of Psychology Carol Weisfeld, Professor of Psychology Elizabeth Hill and Jiawen Wang, former professor of education, were among nine co-authors presenting research in Zadar, Croatia, at the Summer Institute of the International Society for Human Ethology. The symposium was titled, “Romantic Relationships on Many Levels: Physiological, Personality, and …

Detroit Mercy hosts global conference examining urban areas

Urban planners, designers, philosophers and other academics from around the world will visit Detroit when University of Detroit Mercy hosts “Philosophy of the City,” a global conference that examines cities through a variety of philosophical themes, on Oct. 3-5. Detroit Mercy’s School of Architecture and Department of Philosophy are sponsoring …

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine’s article, “The Forgotten History of the Native Americans Who Helped the Underground Railroad,” was published online by Time, Sept. 19.

Editors wanted for student art journal

[sic], Detroit Mercy’s student art journal is looking for student editors for the Fall semester. [sic] publishes photography, graphic arts, poetry, fiction and prose. If you are an undergraduate student and interested in becoming a content editor in the next issue, contact Associate Professor of English Rosemary Weatherston at weatherr@udmercy.edu …

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine was interviewed by Jennifer Epperson and quoted in The Outline article, “What reparations might look like,” Sept. 17.  

Writers’ Series to launch this fall

College of Liberal Arts & Education’s English department will host an annual Writers’ Series this semester, featuring readings from published Detroit Mercy employees and community members. All readings are free, open to the public and will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Bargman Room on the second …

Professor of Philosophy David Koukal published his paper, “Precarious Embodiment: Unwanted Pregnancy and Body (Subject) Interruptus,” in Feminist Philosophy Quarterly, Sept. 14.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine presented the case study, “Crossing Michigan, Crossing Boundaries: Lessons Learned from Odawa Oral Tradition,” at the National Park Service Network to Freedom Training in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Sept. 12. Finkenbine’s article, “Native Americans Who Assisted the Underground Railroad,” was published by the History News …

Constitution Day discussion, Sept. 17

In honor of Constitution Day, the Black Abolitionist Archive and the McNichols Campus Library will sponsor a talk about the 1896 Supreme Court case of Plessy v. Ferguson. This event is on Tuesday, Sept. 17 during dead hour (12:45 to 1:45 p.m.) in the Student Union Presidents Dining Room. The famous …

Professor of Philosophy David Koukal presented his paper, “General Education as Introduction to the World and Liberation from Ignorance,” at the Society for Values in Higher Education, hosted at Loyola University in Chicago, July 11.

Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi attended the first solemn Mass led by Adam Nowak ’13 at St. Cyprian Church in Riverview. Nowak was ordained by Archbishop Vigneron, June 8. Nowak graduated with a BA in Psychology.

Clinical Psychology program receives 10-year accreditation

Detroit Mercy’s doctoral program in Clinical Psychology recently achieved a 10-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association. The Clinical Psychology program is offered through the College of Liberal Arts & Education. According to the Commission, “The CoA voted to reaffirm accreditation of Detroit Mercy’s …

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine presented the paper, “Native Americans and the Underground Railroad: Evidence from the Midwest,” at the Midwestern History Conference in Grand Rapids, May 30.

Professor of English Nicholas Rombes’ short story, “Le Palace,” appeared in the anthology, We’ll Never Have Paris, published by Repeater Books (London). His poem, “Our Star,” appears in the online arts journal Berfrois.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine gave the talk, “Fugitive Slaves in Indian Country,” at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Saginaw Valley State University, May 9.

Professor of History Greg Sumner was recently interviewed on an episode of “The Mind’s Eye” podcast, exploring the life and novels of Kurt Vonnegut on the 50th anniversary of Slaughterhouse-Five. Listen to the podcast online.

Professor of Philosophy David Koukal was the first guest on Detroit Mercy Faculty Beats, a new campus podcast where hosts interview Detroit Mercy faculty in an informal conversation and feature the guests’ favorite music. Listen to the podcast episodes online.

Associate Professor of Architecture Gilbert Sunghera, S.J. discusses the meaning of #NotreDame in a recent SoundCloud podcast, produced in partnership with the Jesuits of Canada and the United States. Listen to the SoundCloud podcast here. John Staudenmaier, S.J., University of Detroit Mercy’s assistant to the president for Mission and Identity, …

Alumni Achievement Spirit Awards 2019

On Friday, April 12, Detroit Mercy honored eight special alumni during the annual Alumni Achievement Spirit Awards. More than 280 people attended the awards gala and dinner celebration, which took place in the Ballroom of the Student Union on the McNichols campus. Each year, the University honors alumni from each …

Detroit Mercy dedicates the Frederick & Suzanne Seibert Center for Innovation & Collaboration

On Thursday, April 12, University of Detroit Mercy celebrated the dedication of the new Frederick and Suzanne Seibert Center for Innovation and Collaboration. More than 50 people attended the opening of the center, which is housed in the College of Engineering & Science. Those in attendance included members of the …

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine was part of a panel, “Working for Freedom: The Often-Ignored Labors of the Underground Railroad and New Directions for Understanding,” at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians in Philadelphia, April 6.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine gave a talk on “The Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland” at the Baldwin House Senior Living Community in Birmingham, March 28. He will deliver the same talk at the Bloomfield Township Senior Center on April 12. Finkenbine spoke to students at Anna (Ohio) Local …

Detroit Mercy Theatre Company presents “Young Frankenstein”

Tickets are going fast for Detroit Mercy Theatre Company’s opening weekend of “Young Frankenstein,” the musical adaptation of Mel Brooks’ monstrously funny film. “Young Frankenstein” opens Friday, March 29 and runs Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 31 at 3 p.m. Additional performances are Fridays through Sundays, …

Cushing Distinguished Lecture Series in Religious Studies set for April 3

University of Detroit Mercy’s annual Cushing Distinguished Lecture Series in Religious Studies – Justin Kelly, S.J., Lecture in Theology will be on Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center of the Warren Loranger Architecture Building on our McNichols Campus. This year’s featured speaker is …

Rx for Reading Detroit, the children’s literacy program directed by Associate Professor of English Mary-Catherine Harrison, was recognized at the Trailblazer Awards ceremony for DTE REACH. The REACH Energy Group (Recognizing Ethnic and Cultural Heritage) is committed to creating awareness of black employees at DTE through talent development, mentoring and educational …

Dudley Randall Poetry Prize winners

Each year, the Detroit Mercy English Department honors Dudley Randall, the late poet, publisher and University of Detroit Mercy librarian and poet-in-residence, by sponsoring a poetry competition in his name. All undergraduate students at the University are eligible to submit poetry, and the prize is judged by a panel of …

Professor of Philosophy Martin Leever discussed the results and history of the University’s Ethics Bowl in the article, “Ethics on Trial,” published in the March 2019 issue of Detroit HOUR magazine.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine published the op-ed, “What Popular Histories Often Get Wrong about the Underground Railroad,” in the History News Network, Feb. 3.

Associate Professor of History Diane Robinson-Dunn’s book and supplementary research materials, “Le harem, l’esclavage et la culture imperiale britannique : Les relations anglo-musulmanes a la fin du XIXe siècle,” have been translated and published by French academic press Les Presses Pluridisciplinaires de L’Université Grenoble Alpes.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine published the op-ed, “The GOP needs to stop calling itself the party of Lincoln,” in the History News Network, Nov. 4. It was re-published by Portside.org on Nov. 6.

Professor of History Roy E. Finkenbine chaired and served as the opening plenary speaker at the Michigan Underground Railroad Heritage Gathering, Oct. 27. This event brought together representatives from across southern Michigan with the goal of helping communities better promote their sites and stories related to the Underground Railroad. It …

Professor of Psychology Cheryl Munday will be honored for her achievements at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Foundation’s Fundraising Benefit, hosted at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Nov. 2.

Professor of English Nicholas Rombes will deliver a keynote and participate in the main panel at the International Conference on Cinema in the Digital Age in Tehran, Iran in mid-November. The conference was named after his book of the same name.