43rd Defining Detroit Event Features Award-Winning Author and Poet Jim Daniels on February 24

defining-detroit-event_poet-jim-daniels_ver2-1-page-001Continuing its nearly two-decade tradition of bringing internationally-renowned authors and scholars to its campus, Marygrove College will again welcome author and poet Jim Daniels at its 43rd Defining Detroit event on February 24, 2017. Daniels will read from and discuss his most recent collection of poetry, Rowing Inland. The reading begins at 7 p.m. in Denk Chapman Hall of the Madame Cadillac Building. This event is free and open to the public.

“We’re honored to welcome back Daniels, who was the college’s first Defining Detroit speaker in 2000,” says Marygrove Dean of the Faculty and Professor of English Dr. Frank Rashid. “His work about the experiences of working class folks is both candid and moving; it is exciting to watch the audience, particularly students, respond to his stories.”

Daniels has published nearly thirty works including short fiction, poetry, and screenplays. He has received the Brittingham Prize for Poetry, the Tillie Olsen Prize, the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. His poems have appeared in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies.

With this event, Daniels will celebrate the release of his most recent collection of poetry, Rowing Inland. This collection and others will be available for purchase.

Marygrove Publicly Opposes President’s Executive Order on Immigration

Marygrove College, a Catholic, liberal arts college, is committed to both teaching diversity and respecting the diversity of its students, faculty and staff.  Rooted in the teachings of Jesus, the Holy Scriptures, its Catholic tradition and Catholic Social Teachings, we stand against any form of discrimination based on race, ethnicity and religion.  Therefore we stand with refugees and immigrants who are prevented from pursuing freedom from persecution in the face of hostilities and those seeking a better life for their families who are barred from entering the United States.   We base our stance on the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching, especially these two:

·Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment (Mt 25:31-46) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.

We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers and sisters keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world. At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace. Pope Paul VI taught that if you want peace, work for justice (Pope Paul VI Day of Peace address, January 1, 1972). The Gospel calls us to be peacemakers. Our love for all our sisters and brothers demands that we promote peace in a world surrounded by violence and conflict.

Pope Francis has been an outspoken advocate for refugees and immigrants.  Before President Trump signed his Executive Order banning refugees and visitors from seven predominately Muslim countries, Pope Francis said that it was hypocritical to “call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee.”

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop José Gomez, the Vice President, said in their statement. “The bond between Christians and Muslims is founded on the unbreakable strength of charity and justice,”

Detroit Catholic Archbishop Allen Vigneron released a statement acknowledging that elected officials have a duty to not only enforce laws but ensure “the dignity of the human person, the protection of families, and a generosity commensurate with the blessings our nation has received.” The head of Metro Detroit’s estimated 1.3 million Catholics added: “Therefore, our immigration system must treat migrants and refugees with the same dignity as native-born citizens. It must recognize the fundamental wrong of separating families, particularly when children are involved. And it must not be blind to the rich contribution made — in the past and in the present — by men and women who have come to this country as migrants or refugees.”http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/religion/2016/12/09/support-vigneron/95233490/

Marygrove College stands in solidarity with refugees and immigrants of all faiths and prays that by example and deed, we, as an institution, may be a witness to the faith we profess.  To that end, I signed on to the ACCU’s (Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities) Statement on Executive Order dated January 29, 2017.  For your reference, you may find the full text of the ACCU statement by clicking here: http://www.accunet.org/files/Press_Media/2017-Executive-Order-Press-Release.pdf.

Elizabeth A. Burns, MD, MA
Marygrove College
8425 W. McNichols  |  Marygrove College|  Detroit, MI  48221
( 313.927.1373)  |   eburns@marygrove.edu


mg-college-graduationWhether you are receiving your Bachelor or Master’s degree and have completed your requirements in August 2016 – December 2016 or on target for May 2017, this message is for you!

It’s GRAD FAIR Time!

Wednesday, March 1
Noon – 7:00 p.m.
Main Dining Room
Madame Cadillac Building

Questions?  jmachusak@marygrove.edu or 313.927.1443

The Grad Fair will offer you the opportunity to meet with representatives from:

  • Herff Jones
    Order class rings/announcements
    You may “Cash & Carry” your academic regalia – cap-tassel/gown/hood

  • GradImages
    Want to be in the 2017 Class Composite Photo?  If so, bring $14 (exact cash-check-charge) and be photo-ready!

Photographer will be on-site.  No appointment necessary.  The academic regalia will be provided for your sitting.

  • Marygrove  Student Affairs
  • Marygrove Masters’ Programs
  • Marygrove Alumni Association

And more!  Find out about Commencement Speaker Nominations. 

See clips of Commencement and the Undergrad Hooding Ceremony.

LOOK for a POSTCARD mailed to your address of record and go to www.marygrove.edu/commencement

Be sure to check your Marygrove email for news/updates, as well as the MG News Blog.



Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Black History Month Events at Marygrove


Tuesday, February 21
Spoken Word & Poetry with Oratorical Debate Presentations
6 – 8:30 p.m. Madame Cadillac Building, Denk Chapman Hall
Attendees are invited to share their creative writing and participate in an oratorical debate about Dudley Randall’s poem, “Booker T. and W.E.B.”

Sunday, February 26
Experience Detroit’s Historic Black Churches
Join us in worship while also experiencing the history and architecture of Detroit’s Little Rock Baptist Church (9000 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202).

Transportation from Marygrove College is available and will depart at 9:30 a.m. in front of the Madame Cadillac Building.

Tuesday, February 28
Conversations with the Artist
6-8:00 p.m. Madame Cadillac Building, Denk Chapman Hall
Martin McNeeley, Buildings Maintenance Lead Worker of Plant Operations at Marygrove, will debut his art alongside a collection of works by other African-American artists.