Jim Gillingham joined the CMU Biology Department in 1976. From 1985 until his retirement in 2009, he served as the director of CMU’s Biological Research Station on Beaver Island. He will discuss the history of the Beaver Island Station, based on his many years as director as well as the research he conducted while working on the recently published history of the CMU Biology Department.
Anne Hiebert Alton and Gretchen Papazian, "Creating the Exhibit, 'The Surprise and Wonder of Pop-up Books'"
Professors Anne Hiebert Alton and Gretchen Papazian of CMU's Department of English Language and Literature co-curated
The Surprise and Wonder of Pop-up Books. They devoted more than a semester developing the structure and content for the exhibit. They share the story of their journey through both the intellectual landscape of the literature surrounding pop-up books as well as examining hundreds of pop-ups from the Clarke Historical Library's collection to select the best examples of the art to make their points.
Professor Alton has a doctorate from the University of Toronto, and has expertise in Victorian literature, children's literature, fantasy, young adult literature, and the novel.
Books written or edited by her include,
Discworld and the Disciplines: Critical Approaches to the Terry Pratchett Works,
Peter Pan [by J.M. Barrie], A scholarly edition, and
Little Women [by Louisa May Alcott], A scholarly edition. Professor Alton also authored the catalog for the Clarke's 2006 exhibit celebrating Arthur Rackham,
Arousing Delight: Arthur Rackham, Artist and Illustrator.
Professor Papazian has degrees from the University of Chicago, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Wisconsin. Her areas of expertise include children's literature, American literature, cultural studies, and diversity literatures. Her publications include a co-edited a collection of essays on video game adaptations (Game on, Hollywood!), as well as essays on emotion and nineteenth-century sentimental novels, African American mothering in picturebooks, Laura Ingalls Wilder's
Little House books and Louise Erdrich's
Birchbark House series, child agency and video games, Early Readers and reading, and color in diversity picturebooks. She is currently working on a co-edited collection on emotion and children's literature.
Learn how these two talented professors envisioned and constructed
The Surprise and Wonder of Pop-up Books.
The exhibit will run through December 2020 and is available for viewing by appointment only. Please contact the library at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 989.774.3352 to schedule a time to see the show.
The exhibit celebrates the accession by the Clarke Historical Library of over 600 pop-ups collected by Dr. Francis Molson, Professor Emeritus of English at CMU.
Thursday, October 22
Pop-up Book Author and Engineer
From before Matthew could remember, art always took center stage. Throughout childhood, his sketchbook was always nearby, a constant friend wherever his family roamed. Being creative just felt right to him, whether just drawing pictures or crafting wild contraptions out of anything he could scavenge around the house. He loved reading and learning about nature, science, and ancient history, but his school notebooks often had more drawings than actual notes!
After high school, Matthew studied biology in preparation for medical school, thinking an art-related job might be impossible. College life was busy and interesting, but it never felt right. A career in medicine, while challenging, did not make him happy. After a year of thinking things out in New York City, Matthew decided to take the plunge and follow his dream. He was accepted at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and studied industrial design, focused on designing toys. After graduating Pratt, Matthew apprenticed with an acclaimed children's book author. In a few years, he discovered his true calling: becoming a children's book author, illustrator, and paper engineer.
His first big break into the pop-up book world came with the strange but beloved
The Pop-Up Book of Phobias. Many pop-up books followed, both collaborations and solo creations like the
New York Times best-selling
Encyclopedia Prehistorica trilogy, its sister trilogy
Encyclopedia Mythologica, the collaboration
Mommy? with the renowned Maurice Sendak, the biblical retelling
The Ark, and classic pop-up versions of stories including
The Jungle Book and
Cinderella. An avid comic, fantasy and science fiction fanatic, Matthew has created a huge array of pop culture pop-ups like his best-selling blockbuster
STAR WARS: Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy,
Game Of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros, Disney Princess: A Pop-Up World, Transformers: The Ultimate Pop-Up Universe, Frozen: A Pop-Up Fairy Tale, Lego Pop-Up, and many, many more.
Enjoy a rare opportunity to listen to one of the contemporary masters of pop-up book artistry.
This presentation is made possible by the David M. and Eunice Sutherland Burgess Endowment.
Thursday, October 29
Carl Doud, Early Michigan's Scourge of Mosquitoes and Malaria
The challenge of mosquitoes and malaria to early settlers of Michigan was profound. Alexis de Tocqueville, who visited Michigan in July of 1831, commented several times as to how burdensome the mosquitoes were. The state of Michigan was known to early 19th-century Americans as an area profuse with swamps, disease, and other hardships. Malaria was so widespread throughout the region that all expected to suffer from it and it was viewed less as a disease than simply a reality of life. Efforts by early Michiganders to find relief from mosquitoes included the use of smudges and other techniques of limited efficacy. Quinine was a highly sought after to relieve ague (malaria) symptoms. Three aspects of early Michigan made for significant populations of mosquitoes and associated malaria: topography, the extent of forests, and the amount of wetlands. Efforts to develop land through wetland drainage, and the lumber industry that cleared much of the virgin forest in the state, altered and in many cases reduced much of the mosquito habitat. Yet, many of the land attributes remain and still contribute to a significant mosquito burden in parts of the state.
|Dr. Doud obtained his PhD in entomology from Kansas State University. He is currently the Directorof Midland County Mosquito Control (MCMC) in Sanford, Michigan. Dr. Doud came to Midland County in 2014 following retirement from the US Navy as a Medical Entomologist in the Navy Medical Service Corps. He is active in the Michigan Mosquito Control Association (MMCA), currently serving as Chair of the MMCA Legislative Liaison Committee and served as MMCA President in 2019.
Thursday, November 5
Miles Harvey, author of The King of Confidence: A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch
Award-winning journalist Miles Harvey examines the life and legacy of James Jesse Strang, the self-proclaimed king of a Mormon "utopia" on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan.
In 1844, after the death of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, Strang was one of several figures who claimed they were his successors. Although Brigham Young eventually emerged as the leader of the main group of Mormons, Strang led his followers out of Young's church and brought them to Beaver Island, though the island was already inhabited by Anishinaabe peoples and some European settlers, where he established his monarchy.
"It's easy to take this stuff sort of like as a joke, but I've got to say, the federal government didn't take it as a joke. President Millard Fillmore, about a year after Strang crowned himself king, was so worried about this quasi-independent kingdom on U.S. soil that he sent in the U.S. Navy …to … the island and bring Strang to justice. What's interesting is that although Strang was put on trial in Detroit in 1851, he and his people were found innocent on all charges," Harvey said. He added, "Strang just had this incredible charisma, and he also had the ability to fool people."
In his book, Strang is portrayed as a complicated character, known for violence, stealing from coastal towns, and running a horse theft ring. But he held some progressive views on women's rights and was an abolitionist.
Learn more about this complicated man and his followers on November 5.
Thursday, November 12
Joyce A. Baugh, author of The Detroit School Busing Case, Milliken v. Bradley and the Controversy over Desegregation.
Dr. Baugh will discuss how decades of segregation and racial discrimination in the Detroit metropolitan area have created and perpetuated racial inequities in housing, education, employment, and health care.
Joyce Baugh received her doctorate from Kent State University in 1989. She joined the CMU Department of Political Science and Public Administration in 1988 and served as Chairperson from 1995 to 2001. Dr. Baugh is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and books, including The Detroit School Busing Case: Milliken v. Bradley and the Controversy over Desegregation (University Press of Kansas) and Supreme Court Justices in the Post-Bork Era: Confirmation Politics and Judicial Performance (Peter Lang).
Dr. Baugh played a primary role in establishing CMU's affiliation with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC). In the spring of 2016, Dr. Baugh was chosen as one of four public members to serve on the Selection Committee for the Pickering Fellowship. The Pickering Fellowship is one of the U.S. Department of State's premier recruiting programs, designed to increase diversity in the Department's Foreign Service to better reflect and serve the needs of the American people. The committee is comprised of U.S. Foreign Service Officers, retired U.S. Foreign Service Officers, and higher education and think tank professionals.
Dr. Baugh retired in August 2017.