Help Honor Great Women In History at HER STORY This Weekend

Her StoryThis weekend the University of Michigan – Flint’s Theater and Dance Department will present Her Story, a celebration of women throughout history and the impact they made on the world around us.  Choreographed by Dance Faculty the event will use different themes and unique choreography to tell the stories of women we may know well and others we may just be learning about but all of whom changed the world.  Her Story will be held April 11 – 13 and tickets are ten dollars with discounts for students.  Opportunities to see dance concerts and recitals are few and far between in the Mid-Michigan area so this is a fantastic opportunity to experience theater in a whole new way and storytelling in a new form.

Her Story  – Celebrating Great Women In History Through Dance

UM-Flint Theatre

April 11 – 13.

4.11 – 7:30 curtain

4.12 – 7:30 curtain

4.13 – 2:00 curtain

Tickets –

$10 adults

 $8 for students/seniors/alumni/faculty/staff/ and veterans

For more information, contact the Theatre and Dance Box Office at (810) 237-6520 or [email protected].

Make a Difference Day Activities to Honor Active Duty Service Members and Veterans

Area colleges hosting card writing and other activities October 25

Make a Difference DayFrom HandsOn Genesee

In honor of Make a Difference Day, five Flint area colleges and universities are hosting a joint effort to write cards and letters to U.S. military service members. Baker College of Flint, Davenport University, Kettering University, Mott Community College and University of Michigan-Flint are all participating. HandsOn Genesee, the volunteer center for Flint and Genesee County is providing support for the effort.

On Thursday, October 25, from 9am-4pm, each school will set up a table in a central area with supplies for students, staff and community members to write cards and letters to members of the U.S. military serving overseas. Volunteers will staff each site.

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UM-Flint Department of Theatre & Dance Announces 2011-2012 Season

FLINT, Michigan – The University of Michigan-Flint Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to announce its 2011-2012 performance season beginning this fall. Plays from Deborah Brevoort, Stephen Adly Guirgis and Steve Martin– as well as original choreographed dance and a musical adaptation of a classic novel– are part of the diverse lineup that will explore the entire range of human emotions.


The Women of Lockerbie

By Deborah Brevoort

Directed by Janet Haley

October 28–30; November 5, 11, 13

Seven years after the crash of Pan Am Flight 103, a grieving American couple arrives in Lockerbie, Scotland. The mother is determined to find remains of her son, the father fears he will lose his wife to grief and the women of the village fight the U.S. Government to release the contents from the “shelves of sorrow” so they can wash and return the clothing to victims’ families. This play reveals how community can help find the courage to engage grief with an act of love so that healing can begin. A fictional story inspired by historical events, this play contains mature, emotional content and is appropriate for ages 14 and older. Audiences will have the opportunity to join the playwright for a post-show conversation on Sunday, November 13.

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Best in the Midwest: UM-Flint listed among top schools across 12 states

The University of Michigan-Flint was recently listed among the “Best in the Midwest” according to The Princeton Review. For those of us who live here (and especially the alums), this certainly doesn’t come as a surprise. I’ve been able to witness the growth of UM-Flint firsthand over the last decade. It has been pivotal to the recent resurgence of downtown Flint.

From UM-Flint’s website:

The University of Michigan-Flint is one of the best colleges in the Midwest according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.  It is one of 153 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the Midwest” website feature, “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” on  In The Princeton Review profile, UM-Flint is described as “transforming the way people view Flint, Michigan.”

Photo of the day: Flint at dusk from the campus of UM-Flint

This photo was taken last night around dusk, one of the best times of day to take photos. On the left is the Frances Willson Thompson Library at UM-Flint. That was my favorite place to study in college. (Photo by Gerry Leslie)


Flint’s string of summertime arsons in 2010 inspires discourse, theatre project

FLINT, Michigan – The play EMBERS: The Flint Fires Verbatim Theatre Project will be performed throughout the community in late August and early September, with a dialogue session immediately following. The 90-minute play begins each night at 6:30pm, with one matinee performance on August 21 at 3pm. Admission is free, but advance notice of attendance is recommended.

EMBERS: The Flint Fires Verbatim Theatre Project began in a classroom at the University of Michigan-Flint during the 2011 winter semester as a means to address the previous year’s relentless string of arsons and to give a voice to those directly impacted. Through the course Collective Playwrights Workshop, students interviewed people affected by the fires and wrote a script from the testimonies, conversations and news reports they gathered–with the goal of a play that would create a dialogue within the community and hopefully help with the healing process. That script eventually became EMBERS.

Several community-based organizations also have partnered in the project: The Urban League of Flint, Raise it Up! Youth Arts & Awareness, The Kearsley Park Block Redevelopment Project, and the Hispanic Community & Technology Center. The project is the UM-Flint Theatre Department’s second collaborative theatre project to be awarded funding from Arts of Citizenship, a University of Michigan initiative to increase community engagement through the arts.

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‘Behind the Bowtie’ exhibit to be put on by UM-Flint students

This should be a really great, and timely, exhibit. During the Vintage Chevy Car Club’s visit to Flint this month, students from the University of Michigan-Flint will be showcasing Chevrolet in the city that gave birth to the automaker. Have you ever wondered what was “behind the bowtie?” Now is your chance to find out.

From UM-Flint:

While Flint’s automotive history tends to be overshadowed by Buick, Chevrolet played a major role in the economic life of the city. Just how important can be seen in a new exhibit researched and created by University of Michigan-Flint students.

The project is entitled Behind the Bowtie: the People and Culture of Chevrolet in Flint, Michigan.

“I was approached by a handful of community members in November and asked if our students would be interested in a public history project about Chevrolet in Flint,” said Thomas Henthorn, assistant professor in the UM-Flint history department. “I assembled a handful of students and we conducted research and oral interviews from January through April.”

According to Henthorn, the exhibit covers the creation of neighborhoods, the culture and community inside and outside the factory, Flint’s connections to GM milestones, as well as a focus on female employees at Chevrolet.

The exhibit will be featured at the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America Central Meet from July 18-22 at the Holiday Inn Gateway Center, in Mundy Township.