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Detroit Jazz Festival and DTE Energy Foundation Enhance Greening Program

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August 7, 2012

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Detroit Jazz Festival Announces National Jazz Competitions

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June 13, 2012

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Take a Tour of the Mitten at the Local Roots Spring Evening Dining Event in Henry Ford Museum, March 8 at 7 p.m.

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February 22, 2012

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This February, Join The Henry Ford for Celebrate Black History!

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February 1, 2012

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ArtsCorpsDetroit launches LOTS of Art!, invites artists’ proposals for improving empty parcels of land in Detroit

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July 18, 2011


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Jewish Theological Seminary honors espoused Wayne State professors

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May 16, 2011

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A summer camp that is out of this world: Wayne State Planetarium to host “Camp Cosmos” for metro Detroit’s student explorers

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May 9, 2011

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New book edited by Wayne State faculty members examines the religion of Shakespeare

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April 26, 2011


For Immediate Release

Contact: Alexandra Sherbow Eisbrenner Public Relations -------------------------------------------------------

Detroit Jazz Festival and DTE Energy Foundation Enhance Greening Program Growth of program significantly reduces environmental impact of festival DETROIT, Aug. 7, 2012 – For the fourth consecutive year, the Detroit Jazz Festival presented by the Chrysler brand, DTE Energy Foundation and Recycle Detroit are continuing the Greening of the Detroit Jazz Festival, a program designed to reduce the carbon footprint of the Labor Day weekend event by recycling and reducing waste. “Our goal each year is to do better – recycle more, further reduce the festival’s carbon footprint, create less waste – and with this year’s additions we will,” said Fred Shell, DTE Energy vice president, Corporate and Government Affairs, and Foundation president. “The DTE Energy Foundation has been a committed sponsor of this program since 2009, and we are thrilled to continue our support at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival.” The Greening Program is greatly expanding its vendor outreach this year. Volunteers will visit vendors periodically to pick up boxes, cans and any other recyclables. Organizers will target high-traffic areas to display signage that encourage vendors and visitors to recycle. Last year the Greening Program collected over five tons of waste, an increase from the two tons in 2010. Efforts from previous years will continue this year. Large banners will again draw visitors to the numerous recycling stations placed throughout the festival grounds. The containers will organize the recyclables into four separate categories – waste, deposits, nondeposits and cardboard – which will allow for faster and more efficient recycling. In addition, a behind-the-scenes sorting depot will again be located at the festival site, organizing the materials and preparing them for immediate processing. Sarah Kubik, director of Recycle Detroit, and a team of volunteers help sort through the bins by hand each day.

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Other Greening Program efforts returning this year include: • Utilizing Sonicbids electronic application process to reduce hundreds of paper press kits for the process of soliciting, reviewing and selecting regional musicians • Creation and usage of text messaging, email notifications and Quick Response (QR) codes for surveys, stage schedules and other event details • Recycling vendors’ cardboard and glass • Beverage stations will utilize compostable cups made from 100 percent corn, as well as compostable plates for all catered food at the festival • Utilizing fuel-efficient vehicles to transport artists and using more electric golf carts and bicycles for festival staff and crew • Providing paperless alternatives, such as an iPhone app and mobile web pages which allow fans to view the festival lineup, stage schedules and artist bios, navigate the festival footprint and optimize their Jazz Festival experience • A special VIP hotel package offered by the official hotel of the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, is encouraging people to spend the weekend downtown, helping to decrease traffic in the area and the need for people to drive from their homes to the festival over the weekend. “The festival celebrates and showcases jazz music, but it is also a celebration of our city. We want this festival to make a cultural impact on the attendees, while making as little negative environmental impact as possible on the city of Detroit,” said Gretchen Valade, chair of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation board of directors. “We are proud to be going on the fourth phase of this effort, each year reducing our carbon footprint even more.” The DTE Energy Foundation also will have two “Keep It Free” kiosks at the festival, where donations are accepted and the official Jazz Festival program, printed on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified recycled paper, is sold to help keep the world’s largest free jazz festival “free” of admissions for years to come. Additionally, fans will be able to support the festival’s new mobile giving campaign and donate $5 to the Detroit Jazz Festival by texting the keyword KIF5 to 20222 from their mobile phones.

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About the Detroit Jazz Festival The Detroit Jazz Festival presented by the Chrysler brand is an independent, non-profit organization that presents jazz and educational workshops throughout the year. Recently voted number two in North America in a JazzTimes reader's poll, the Detroit Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz festival in the world and a major tourist attraction for the City of Detroit, with 23 percent of its audience coming from out of state. The festival receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Erb Family Foundation, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Kresge Foundation. Major corporate partners include the Chrysler Brand, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Carhartt and Mack Avenue Records. Additional partners include Absopure Water Company, Amtech International, Great Lakes Beverage, Charity Motors, Greektown Casino, McDonalds, MGM Grand Detroit, Cliff Bells, Comcast, Compuware, Detroit Marriott, Dickinson Wright, Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, Fathead, Meridian Health Plan, Motor City Casino Hotel, Pepsi Beverages Company, Plante Moran, PNC Foundation, Quicken Loans, St. John Providence Health System, DownBeat, JazzTimes, MetroTimes and Fox 2. The festival's Greening Program, now entering Phase IV, is supported by a generous grant from the DTE Energy Foundation. For more information visit www.detroitjazzfest.com. About the DTE Energy Foundation The DTE Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its principal operating subsidiaries, Detroit Edison and MichCon. The Foundation directs its contributions and involvement to support initiatives dedicated to developing the human and economic potential of the communities it serves. The DTE Energy Foundation is fully funded by the shareholders of DTE Energy. ###

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Alexandra Sherbow Eisbrenner Public Relations -------------------------------------------------------

Detroit Jazz Festival Announces National Jazz Competitions Saxophonists and arrangers given opportunity to perform at festival, win cash prizes Detroit, Mich., June 13, 2012 — As part of its mission to foster and support jazz throughout the country, the Detroit Jazz Festival is now accepting submissions for two national competitions – saxophone performance and jazz arrangement – that will be judged by prominent jazz artists and educators, with prize money totaling $5,000 and the chance to perform at the Detroit Jazz Festival on Labor Day Weekend. The Detroit Jazz Festival’s JC Heard Jazz Big Band Arranging Competition and Jazz Saxophone Competition are the first of the annual competitions designed to highlight a specific jazz composer and celebrate the artistry of the saxophonist and arranger by encouraging new works from young talent throughout the U.S. “The inaugural jazz saxophonist and arrangement competitions help seek out talented artists that deserve recognition,” said Chris Collins, artistic director of the Detroit Jazz Festival. “It is important to help new and emerging artists establish a presence in the jazz world and continue developing their talents to hopefully become a permanent fixture. One of the definitive goals of jazz artists is to develop a highly individualized voice, and a goal of the festival is to positively contribute to jazz music and culture. This is one way we can merge these goals and make a difference.” Arrangers will be asked to choose a composition from a significant jazz composer’s body of work, determined by the festival, and create an original arrangement for a designated ensemble. For the 2012 competition, individuals – 35 years and younger – are invited to arrange a Wayne Shorter composition of their choice for big band instrumentation with a featured soloist. Judges will include Collins; Terence Blanchard, 2012 Artist in Residence; Ellen Rowe, director of jazz studies, University of Michigan; and Russ Miller, department of jazz studies, Wayne State University. One grand prize winner will receive $1,000 and have the opportunity to see their arrangement performed at the Detroit Jazz Festival by the Detroit All-Star Big Band and a guest soloist. Two finalists will also be awarded with $500 each. - MORE -

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The jazz saxophonist competition seeks to recognize and provide performance opportunities to outstanding jazz saxophonists 32 years of age or younger. Applicants are asked to provide three tracks featuring a saxophonist with a rhythm section. Three finalists will be selected and scheduled to appear in Detroit to perform at the Dirty Dog Jazz Café on August 9, 2012, and at Cliff Bell’s Jazz Club on August 10, 2012. A panel of judges, including Blanchard, Collins and acclaimed Detroit saxophonist George Benson, will select the grand-prize winner and finalists. The winner will be awarded $2,000 and will be scheduled to perform a set at the Detroit Jazz Festival with the Detroit Jazz Festival All-Star Quartet. In addition, two finalists will be awarded $500 each. “We are continually looking for the best ways to celebrate the jazz culture and its artists,” said Gretchen Valade, chair of the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation board of directors. “The launch of these competitions, combined with the festival’s other efforts, provides a great foundation for developing future jazz talent. The festival has always been dedicated to acknowledging the importance of jazz within our communities.” In addition to the events on Labor Day weekend, the Detroit Jazz Festival organizes year-round cultural and educational efforts, like the JC Heard Jazz Week@Wayne and the poetry slam series, to cultivate jazz in the community. Artists can submit their applications online or by mail. To apply for the Jazz Saxophonist Competition, visit www.detroitjazzfest.com. The submission deadline is July 15. To apply for the Arranging Competition, visit http://detroitjazzfest.com/artistsaxophone.html. The submission deadline is August 1. To mail an entry, download an application at http://www.detroitjazzfest.com/artistsubmission.html and send the completed form and score to: Detroit Jazz Festival, 19900 Harper Ave., Harper Woods, Mich. 48225 (Attn: Sax Competition or Arranging Competition, respectively). Finalists must submit copied parts by August 15. - MORE -

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About the Detroit Jazz Festival The Detroit Jazz Festival presented by the Chrysler brand is an independent, non-profit organization that presents jazz and educational workshops throughout the year. Recently voted number two in North America in a JazzTimes reader's poll, the Detroit Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz festival in the world and a major tourist attraction for the City of Detroit, with 23 percent of its audience coming from out of state. The festival receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Erb Family Foundation, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Kresge Foundation. Major corporate partners include the Chrysler Brand, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Carhartt and Mack Avenue Records. Additional partners include Absopure Water Company, Amtech International, Great Lakes Beverage, Charity Motors, Greektown Casino, McDonalds, MGM Grand Detroit, Cliff Bells, Comcast, Compuware, Detroit Marriott, Dickinson Wright, Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, Fathead, Meridian Health Plan, Motor City Casino Hotel, Pepsi Beverages Company, Plante Moran, PNC Foundation, Quicken Loans, St. John Providence Health System, DownBeat, JazzTimes, MetroTimes and Fox 2. The festival's Greening Program, now entering Phase IV, is supported by a generous grant from the DTE Energy Foundation. For more information visit www.detroitjazzfest.com. ###

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Take a Tour of the Mitten at the Local Roots Spring Evening Dining Event in Henry Ford Museum, March 8 at 7 p.m. (Dearborn, Mich. – Feb. 22, 2012) – Sample some of the best cuisine Michigan has to offer at the Touring the Mitten Local Roots Spring Evening Dining event in Henry Ford Museum, March 8. This quintessential foodie tour created by The Henry Ford’s award-winning culinary team, features delectable dishes, all locally-sourced and made in Michigan. Tickets are $70 per person. Cash bar opens at 6:30 p.m., dinner is served at 7 p.m. Capacity for this event is limited and reservations are required. To purchase tickets, please call (313) 982-6001. The first Local Roots dinner to be held in Henry Ford Museum, this Michigan-themed dinner will include strolling food stations that will be located throughout the newly-opened Driving America exhibit. During the dinner, Jesse Eisenhuth, director of food service and catering, will announce the winner of the Local Roots Logo competition. Out of 20 entries, the chosen logo will be recreated and used throughout The Henry Ford’s daily food service and catering operations. Offering lavish samplings from all over the state, guests and foodies alike will find themselves filling their plates to the brim. The tour begins with passed hors d’oeuvres of Dearborn Sausage kielbasa served with onion pops and a mouthwatering Michigan mushroom ragout on a toasted crostini bun. Next, stroll station to station tasting the main dishes including U.P. wild game pasties, roast strip loin with Detroit Zip Sauce, Detroit mini Coneys and Frankenmuth-style Kassler Rippchen with Rode Kooi Met Appeltjes (beef stew with red cabbage and apples.) Plate up some side dishes of hearty polenta with venison sausage and grilled ramps, smoked whitefish and shrimp cakes with New Holland Spirits’ vodka sauce, roasted beef and onion salad, Holland cheese straws called Kaasstengels, cheese pierogies and caramelized onions and a Greek and Maurice salad station. Don’t miss the dessert stations featuring Michigan Maple Bread Pudding, Shernni’s Historic Candy display, Detroit Cooler Floats and Sanders Hot Fudge cream puffs. The Henry Ford continues to be committed to serving the best fare of the season and for this menu will integrate locally-sourced ingredients from our network of farmers and producers. This dinner features Dearborn Sausage, the Stimson Farm, Lawson Farm, Francis Farm, Eat Local Eat Natural, Farmer Jon Goetz, Sanders, Sugarbush, New Holland Spirits, Red Cabbage & Beets, Guernsey Farms and Shernni’s Candy. About The Henry Ford The Henry Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan, is the world’s premier history destination and a National Historic Landmark that celebrates American history and innovation. Its mission is to provide unique educational experiences based on authentic objects, stories and lives from America’s traditions of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation. Its purpose is to inspire people to learn from these traditions to help shape a better future. Five distinct attractions at The Henry Ford captivate more than 1.5 million visitors annually: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates 485 students a year on the institution’s campus and was founded in partnership with The Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company and Wayne County Public Schools. For more information please visit our website thehenryford.org.

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This February, Join The Henry Ford for Celebrate Black History! Program Runs Wednesdays through Sundays in Henry Ford Museum (Dearborn, Mich. – Feb. 1, 2012) – During the month of February, Henry Ford Museum will

commemorate the journey and legacy of African-Americans during Celebrate Black History!, February 1-5, 8-12, 15-19 and 22-26. Admission to Henry Ford Museum is free with membership or $17 adults, $15 senior (62 and up) and $12.50 youth (5-12). Children four and under are free. For more information, call (313) 982-6001 or visit www.thehenryford.org. The ever-popular Minds on Freedom show is back to tell the inspiring stories of civil rights leaders like Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, Gloria Rackley and Martin Luther King, Jr. Through music, dramatic performance and audience participation, the 30-minute show explores the lives of the brave men and women who sparked a movement and inspired a nation to champion the cause for civil rights. Before the performance a special film, United in Freedom, will also be shown. The movie documents the June 20-21, 2011 round-the-clock visit of the original Emancipation Proclamation to Henry Ford Museum. Minds on Freedom runs three times a day Wed.–Fri. at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m., with additional performances on Sat., Feb. 18 and Sun. Feb. 19 at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Each weekend of February will feature musical, dramatic and interactive performances that will honor a particular era in African-American history. February 4-5 starts with the PreEmancipation era and includes music by The North Star Gospel Chorale and a dramatic performance of “Ain’t I a Woman: Meet Sojourner Truth.” The Northern Migration era, February 11-12, features a musical performance by the Rev. Robert Jones and a dramatic presentation of “Elijah: The Real McCoy.” The era of The Civil Rights Movement, February 1819, will showcase the popular 30-minute show, Minds on Freedom. The last weekend, February 25-26, celebrates Contemporary Times with musical performances by The Hamilton Family. Please visit www.thehenryford.org for all program times. Visitors are also invited to learn about the breakthrough discoveries of trailblazers like George Washington Carver and Lewis Latimer during the African-American Innovator tours. Tours are free with admission and depart from museum plaza. Tours run daily at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. About The Henry Ford The Henry Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan, is the world’s premier history destination and a National Historic Landmark that celebrates American history and innovation. Its mission is to provide unique educational experiences based on authentic objects, stories and lives from America’s traditions of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation. Its purpose is to inspire people to learn from these traditions to help shape a better future. Five distinct attractions at The Henry Ford captivate more than 1.5 million visitors annually: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates 485 students a year on the institution’s campus and was founded in partnership with The Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company and Wayne County Public Schools. For more information please visit our website thehenryford.org. ###

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ArtsCorpsDetroit launches LOTS of Art!, invites DUWLVWV¶ proposals for improving empty parcels of land in Detroit Detroit (July 18, 2011) ± ArtsCorpsDetroit, in partnership with Wayne State University¶V College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, is pleased to announce LOTS of Art!, an initiative designed to FRPEDWXUEDQEOLJKWZKLOHKLJKOLJKWLQJ'HWURLW¶VYLEUDQWDUWFXOWXUHDQGVWUHQJWKHQLQJWKHERQGVEHWZHHQ Wayne State, neighborhood associations and the community at large. ArtsCorpDetroit is accepting proposals from Wayne State University alumni, students, faculty and staff for innovative ways to transform abandoned lots into art. Projects may take the form of public sculptures, painted murals on walls or fences, benches for meeting or relaxing, performance spaces, picnic areas, dance platforms, meditation spaces, creative play equipment, urban gardens or entirely original ideas. In this inaugural round of LOTS of Art!, with others to follow, ArtsCorpsDetroit secured four properties: one in the Hope District, two in the East Jefferson Business District and one in west Midtown. Exact locations and photos are online at http://artscorpsdetroit.wayne.edu/lots.php. Winning entries are eligible for up to $1,500 in grants to fund the implementation of their project. All project installations should be completed by September 20, 2011. Obtain the LOTS of Art! request for proposals document and application cover sheet online at http://artscorpsdetroit.wayne.edu/lots.pdf. ArtsCorpsDetroit also seeks LOTS of Art! volunteers who will work closely with neighborhood groups and local artists experienced in community arts projects. Volunteers can register online at http://artscorpsdetroit.wayne.edu/get-involved/volunteer.php. With questions about LOTS of Art!, please contact ArtsCorpsDetroit at 313-309-4120 or artscorpsdetroit@wayne.edu. ArtsCorpsDetroit is a community-based program at Wayne State University that offers service-learning courses and volunteer opportunities for students and others who want to help revitalize the urban community through the arts. ArtsCorpsDetroit is sponsored by the Irvin D. Reid Honors College at Wayne State University; CommunityEngagement@Wayne; WSU President Emeritus and Eugene Applebaum Chair in Community Engagement, Dr. Irvin D. Reid; TechTown DQG:D\QH6WDWH¶VCollege of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts. Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students. ###


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Jewish Theological Seminary honors espoused Wayne State professors DETROIT — The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) announced Wayne State professors Allen Goodman and Janet Hankin as recipients of this year’s Shin Award, presented to individuals who demonstrate a commitment to Judaism and its principles through service to their community and synagogue. The husband and wife have been active members of their synagogue, Congregation Beth Shalom, since coming to Detroit in 1986. Goodman is a past president of Beth Shalom’s Religious School Board and a member of the budget and investment committees. Hankin, a former congregational trustee, has served on numerous synagogue committees. Goodman is professor of economics at Wayne State University. He received his bachelor’s from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. from Yale. Goodman has written extensively on health care, housing and urban economics. He is a member of the International Health Economics Association and the American Society of Health Economists. Hankin is professor and interim chair of the Department of Sociology at Wayne State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Her research interests include health disparities, prevention of drinking during pregnancy, health services research on mental health, drug abuse and alcoholism treatment. The couple, who resides in Huntington Woods, first met at the John Hopkins University in Baltimore, where they worked as research scientists. Goodman and Hankin will be presented with the award at the JTS Gala Dinner on Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills. The annual dinner serves as a fundraising event for the seminary. This year, JTS is adding a little spice to its traditional dinner by featuring a rabbinic cook-off, as well as a dessert demonstration and tasting with a celebrity chef. For reservations or more information, contact the JTS office at (248) 258-0055.

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Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution of higher education offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students.

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A summer camp that is out of this world: Wayne State Planetarium to host “Camp Cosmos” for metro Detroit’s student explorers NASA is nearing the end of its space shuttle program, but that isn’t stopping Wayne State University from preparing the next generation for the final frontier. The Department of Physics and Astronomy invites students ages 12-15 to register for Camp Cosmos, a new program that introduces kids to the most interesting aspects of space science. The two-week long camp – taught by WSU faculty and staff – offers students hands-on experience designed to educate and entertain. Students will investigate the night sky and learn about telescopes; use Starry Night software to program their own planetarium show; and learn about the Big Bang, stellar evolution, supernovas, neutron stars, black holes, galaxies, cosmology, and current mysteries like dark matter and dark energy. Students will also have ample opportunities for fun and learning outside the classroom. Several sessions will be held outdoors, and attendees will enjoy recreational activities such as basketball, dodge ball, and rock climbing at the WSU fitness center. They will also take a field trip to the Detroit Science Center. Launch date for this exciting new program is set for Monday, June 20, 2011, and it concludes Friday, July 1. The recently upgraded WSU Planetarium, located in the Old Main building, will serve as home base. The cost to register for Camp Cosmos is $300. To learn more about the program or to register, contact WSU Planetarium and Outreach staff at (313) 577-2107 or outreach@physics.wayne.edu. ### Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution of higher education offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students.

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Greg Melvin April 26, 2011

New book edited by Wayne State faculty members examines the religion of Shakespeare Ken Jackson and Arthur F. Marotti, two faculty members from Wayne State University’s English Department, have joined forces to compile Shakespeare and Religion: Early Modern and Postmodern Perspectives, an edited collection now available from the University of Notre Dame Press. As the title suggests, the book explores two radically different – and, some would argue, diametrically opposed – approaches to literary criticism. Marotti’s work is firmly rooted in the new historicist school of thought, which favors an examination into the cultural elements of Shakespeare’s plays at the time they were written as a window into early modern society. Jackson contributes a postmodern perspective, exploring the plays through the lens of philosophy and theology – one that illuminates the profound philosophical and spiritual issues present in Shakespeare’s work and their relevance to modern society. “The scholarly narrative of the 20th century is that Shakespeare was a ‘secular’ playwright,” Jackson explained. “This narrative needs to be challenged. And it needs to be challenged by reading religion as religion – a kind of thought that needs to be understood on its own terms and not from the position of intellectual traditions downright hostile to it. Shakespeare, we try to show, is a great religious thinker – both for his own time and for our own.” Jackson and Marotti’s book is an extension of a collaborative effort in 2004, when they co-authored an article for the Wayne State journal Criticism. The publication received significant attention within the academic community, which persuaded them to continue their work. “Professor Marotti and I discovered that we had come to comparable conclusions about Shakespeare – even though we come from radically different critical perspectives and employ radically different methodologies,” Jackson said. “Literary scholars tend to lean toward one camp or the other and ignore each others’ conclusions. We didn’t.”

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Jackson is associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of English. He graduated from Michigan State University with bachelor’s degrees in English and psychology. He earned his master’s from Northwestern University and his Ph.D. from Loyola University of Chicago. Arthur F. Marotti is distinguished professor emeritus of English. He is a graduate of the John Hopkins University. Contributors to Shakespeare and Religion include Sarah Beckwith, Lisa Mybun Freinkel, Hannibal Hamlin, Ken Jackson, James A. Knapp, Gary Kuchar, Joan Pong Linton, Julia Reinhard Lupton, Arthur F. Marotti, Richard McCoy and Robert Miola.

### Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution of higher education offering more than 400 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 32,000 students.

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