Misty Rowan Presentation and Open Mic

Misty Rowan of the Anti-War Committee (Minneapolis, Minnesota) came to the University of Michigan on Wednesday, March 26 to speak to my class on Activism (OS 203) and lead a poetry performance/open mic at the Residential College.  Thanks so much to Misty for her visit.  And thanks to Laura Thomas of the Residential College for collaborating in the organization of Misty’s visit.

Misty_01_EditedMisty Rowan, March 26, 2014.

Misty talking with students after class.

Open Mic





Congressman John Dingell Retires

Congressman John David Dingell, Jr., Democrat from the 12th District of Michigan, announced his retirement from Congress last week, after having served for 58 years.  At the time of his retirement, he had the longest uninterrupted Congressional tenure in US history.  For many years, he was Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee of the US House of Representatives.  Here is a picture of me with Chairman Dingell in 2008 when I was a fellow on the staff of his committee.


The New Central Node in My Network

Yesterday my social network evolved to include a new central node.  Margaret Luft Heaney was born on February 28, 2014 at 4:43am, weighing 9 pounds, 1 ounce. She has dark hair, blue eyes, her mother’s cheeks, her father’s mouth, and her maternal grandfather’s floppy ears.