|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.