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Rackham Spotlight

Rackham Spotlight

I had the not bad fortune to win the Rackham PreDoc Fellowship this year, so the graduate school is featuring me on its website (along with other winners of Rackham stuff). So today I’m famous — for grad students.

This photo was taken from the library of the School of Music on North Campus, which looks out onto Bonisteel Boulevard. In the background over my right shoulder is the Art and Architecture Building and the Engineering Research Building. I chose the spot because North Campus was originally planned out by Eero Saarinen and he designed the SoM, as well. He features in my dissertation. The library is a pretty cool multi-story space with a couple not bad views.

I wrote my own blurb, but it was heavily edited. In the original I introduced myself, as I always do, by noting I am from Kalamazoo, birthplace of Gibson Guitars, Checker Cabs, and Bell’s Beer. I also expressed perennial enthusiasm that the Detroit Tigers finish above .500 — this season, mission accomplished (though that one-game playoff loss to the Twins was a heartbreaking kick in the teeth).

I guess you can also see what I was looking at in my web browser at the time: the brand-new York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Talking Points Memo, Beverly Cleary’s memoirs on Google Books, Facebook, and my own page on Rackham’s website.

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