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Clarke Historical Library Exhibit:
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Shaping Memories
Through 3 Lenses

On exhibit
September 26, 2019 - February 2020
in the Clarke Historical Library

Clarke Historical Library Speaker Series - Spring 2019

All eventswill be held in the Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium in the Park Library and begin at 7:00 p.m., except for the day-long International Children’s Book Read-in which will be held in the Park Library’s Baber Room.  A reception will follow each event.

All events are free and open to the public.

Join us for an annual celebration of the numerous languages and cultures that can be found throughout the CMU community. This year’s book read-in will be in the Baber Room and feature several pop-up books. Come listen to stories from across the globe, in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and more.

In planning this event, the Clarke Historical Library coordinates with the Department of World Languages
& Cultures and the Office of Global Engagement. This event is funded by the John and Audrey Cumming Endowment.

This presentation will highlight the inspirational story of lifetime Michigan resident, John E. Fetzer (1901-1991). Fetzer was a radio and TV pioneer, advisor to two presidents, as well as owner of the World Series-winning Detroit Tigers. But what is less known is that John E. Fetzer was a significant figure in the consciousness movement and a spiritual seeker of the first order.

Brian C. Wilson's recent biography, John E. Fetzer and the Quest for the New Age (Wayne State University Press), reveals the journey underneath Fetzer's worldly achievements. Very few people except his close associates knew that Fetzer attributed his personal and professional success to his spiritual practices, his interest in the integration of science and spirituality, and his awareness of a higher consciousness. Driven by the belief that personal happiness, positive morality, and peace could be achieved by adherence to a pathway and connection to a greater intelligence, Fetzer funded research to explore the frontiers of mankind's ability to access that infinite intelligence for personal and global good which continues today through his endowments.

Free copies of the Dr. Wilson's biography of Mr. Fetzer will be available at the lecture, courtesy of the Fetzer Institute.
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.

This presentation is made possible by the David M. and Eunice Sutherland Burgess Endowment.

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 highlyPicture2.png 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 Director of 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.
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.

In 1942, CMU purchased 48 acres of land on Beaver Island for $1. The University has offered courses at the Biological Station since 1966.

In 1989, the first building devoted totally to research was constructed. Today the station is anchored by the 11,300 square foot James C. Gillingham Academic Center. Completed in the summer of 2007, the center houses three teaching laboratories, a 120-seat lecture hall, computer laboratory, and academic library. Research facilities are located adjacent to the academic center and contain several research tools and programs. In 2012, the station opened a mesocosm research facility. A mesocosm is an experimental system that examines the natural environment under controlled conditions. Mesocosm studies provide a link between field surveys and highly controlled laboratory experiments.


Both events are free and open to the public. Those in need of an accommodation
should call (989) 774-
1100 or email