Latest Michigan Quarterly Review features notable writers

April 2, 2001

Latest Michigan Quarterly Review features notable writers ANN ARBOR—The Michigan Quarterly Review‘s (MQR) special winter issue “Reimagining Place” will whisk readers away on a journey throughout the country with a collection of prose, poetry and visual art that explores questions of human interactions with natural environments. The spring edition of MQR contains fiction and essays that are based on ethical issues in the academic community and the way professors may or may not teach and model ethics for their students.

Included in the winter issue are aerial photographs revealing human alterations to landscapes and prose by U-M faculty members. The issue was guest edited and the introduction written by Robert Grese, U-M associate professor of landscape architecture in the School of Natural Resources and Environment and director of the U-M Nichols Arboretum, and John Knott, U-M professor of English.

U-M research scientist Catherine Badgley describes her experience in East Rosebud, a valley in the mountains of southern Montana. The location has “so many familiar qualities and details—of scale, texture, color, the scent of the air—that it seems to be the discovery of a long-lost home,” writes Badgley in her article “Your Real Destination.”

In “Nature in the Eye of the Beholder,” Rachel Kaplan, a U-M psychology professor, reflects on her research career and how it changed the way people understand the effects of exposure to natural settings. “Nature is always hinting at us. It hints over and over again. And suddenly we take the hint,” Kaplan writes.

In the spring issue, U-M English Prof. Simon Gikandi‘s essay, “Race and the Idea of the Aesthetic,” is a revised version of his inaugural lecture for the Robert Hayden Collegiate Professorship.

Also included is U-M history Prof. Jane Burbank‘s memoir, “Meeting with the KGB: A Midsummer Night in Russia.”

MQR includes book reviews in the new spring edition. U-M humanities Prof. Gorman Beauchamp‘s work, “Intellectuals Undercover,” reviews Frances Stonor Saunders’ recent book, “The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters.” Arlene Keizer, a U-M professor of English and of Africanamerican studies, reviews Gayl Jones‘ latest novel “Mosquito.” Jones is a former U-M English professor.

MQR is published quarterly; yearly subscriptions can be purchased for $18, and single copies are available for $5. Contact MQR at Room 3032 Rackham Building, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070 or call (734) 764-9265 for more details.



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