The Dudley Randall Center for Print Culture

 

History

The Dudley Randall Center for Print Culture was established in October, 2000 under the leadership and vision of Professor Hugh Culik of the UDM English department, and with a generous grant from the McGregor Fund--a foundation that supports programs in education and human services in S.E. Michigan. The naming of the Center after Dudley Randall reflects not only our great respect for a poet and a publisher who literally transformed the face of American Literature, but also, our commitment to continuing his vision of the written word as a living art form intimately connected to community and to self-determination; as well as our commitment to continuing his vision of publishing as a vehicle for building relationships and for promoting cultural critique. Dudley Randall was a great inspiration to generations of writers, readers, and community activists. We are proud to join the other individuals and institutions that are continuing his legacy.

Mission and Projects

The philosophy of the Center is based on the elimination of the boundaries traditionally drawn in the field of publishing between electronic and print projects, and between academic, student, and community scholars and writers.

One of the key ways we will achieve this goal is in the nature of the projects the Center produces. In addition to continuing to publish
Post Identity, a national, scholarly journal; [SIC], a journal that publishes poetry, fiction, and visual art works created by UDM students; and the Howling Wolf community chapbook series, the Center also publishes original scholarly research, multimedia projects, and creative works by UDM and Detroit authors. These larger projects are published under the imprint of the newly reinstituted University of Detroit Mercy Press, and in collaboration with other presses in the Detroit and Windsor areas.

Current Center projects include:

A Different Image: The Legacy of Broadside Press | An Anthology.

Selected for inclusion on the 2005 list of Michigan Notable Books!

This critical anthology was produced in collaboration with Broadside Press. The text features the work of acclaimed twentieth-century poets Gwendolyn Brooks, Etheridge Knight, Audre Lorde, Haki Madhubuti, Dudley Randall, and Sonia Sanchez. Introducing each author's collection of poems are essays that present the political, cultural, and aesthetic contexts of each poets contributions to the Black Arts and Black consciousness movements.

A Different Image casts a new light on this exceedingly valuable literary tradition, and articulates the connections between the poetry of the Black consciousness era and todays flourishing performance poetry movement. It will acquaint contemporary poets and students with the literary gold mine of their Broadside predecessors. A CD featuring selected readings from each poet's work accompanies the text.

Pedagogy

Publishing extraordinary projects is only one of our objectives; equally important to the Center is our placement of students at the heart of our publishing process and agenda. Through internships with our various publications and the Press, and English Department and Electronic Critique Program courses in academic and electronic publishing, UDM students work on every project put out by the center, gaining skills and experience that will enable them to pursue a wide variety of academic and publishing fields. Such a commitment to student involvement and development sets the DRCPC and the UDM Press apart from other academic enterprises, and follows in the long tradition at the University of Detroit Mercy of viewing pedagogy and scholarship as intimately intertwined.

Community

The third way the DRCPC seeks to facilitate the type of community building and collaboration so central to Dudley Randall's life and work, is by actively soliciting the involvement of members of Detroit's community members in its projects, and by acting as a resource center for novice and professional writers throughout the Detroit area. In 2001, the Center appointed its first Writers-in-Residence, Mr. Albert Michael Ward and Dr. Aneb Kgositsile.

The Center also hosts an ongoing series of writers' events and workshops. These free events are held during the school year, and are open to the entire Detroit writing community. They are taught by UDM English faculty and by leading Detroit creative writers and publishers, and focus on topics such as revision and the writing process, the use of personal journals as writing tools, and getting published, as well as particular workshops on drama, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Events

UPCOMING EVENTS

Check back soon for event announcements!

PAST EVENTS

Shout Out! Young Poets Rising! A Juried Spoken Word Competition
In Honor of Broadside Press's 40-Year Anniversary
Saturday, September 10th, 2005, University of Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus.

The University of Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus Library and Dudley Randall Center for Print Culture hosted a spoken word competition for 16- to 35-year olds residing or studying in the state of Michigan. The event was free and open to the public and included a light reception.and an exhibition about Dudley Randall and Broadside Press created by MicNichols Library personnel.

Book Launch, December 7, 2004. 7:00pm 9:00pm, The Scarab Club, Detroit. Celebrating the publication of A Different Image: The Legacy of Broadside Press. A landmark anthology featuring the poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks, Etheridge Knight, Audre Lorde, Haki Madhubuti (Don L. Lee), Dudley Randall, and Sonia Sanchez. Includes introductory essays and a CD of selected readings from each poets work. Edited by Gloria House, Rosemary Weatherston, and Albert M. Ward. The evening included a literary reading, music, and a reception.

Dick Hebdige, May 12, 2003. 4 p.m. Loranger Auditorium. Seminal cultural studies theorist Dick Hebdige presents one of his incomparable multi-media improvisations, Un-imaging Utopia: communication technologies after 9/11. This event is part of The iLevel Summer Institute. Click here to read a fully interactive interview with Dick Hebdige.

Black Ink, February 26, 2003. 7:30-9:00 p.m. Click here for more information

The Detroit Writers Guild 4th Annual Midwest Poets & Writers Conference. August 23 - 24, 2002. Co-hosted by the DRCPC and UDM's College of Liberal Arts.

Writers' on Writing: An Evening with Susan Ager, noted columnist for the Detroit Free Press. March 26, 2002. Ms. Ager spoke about her career and "Intimate Writing."

Writers' Workshop: "Dramatic Characters: the Schizophrenic's Way to Write Scripts." March 13, 2002. Scriptwriting workshop led by Dr. Art Beer, Professor of Theatre and playwright in residence at the University of Detroit Mercy.

An Evening of Poetry and Conversation. October 25th, 2001. A poetry reading and roundtable discussion. Participants included Detroit Poet Laureate Naomi Long Madgett, Ron Allen, Melba Boyd, Heather Buchanan-Gueringer, Desiree Cooper, Auroura Harris, Aneb Kgotsitsile, M. L. Liebler, Clarita Mays, Rick Morgan, Kristin Palm, Albert Ward, and Willie Williams.

Dedication of the Dudley Randall Center for Print Culture. May 2001.


Press Coverage of Center Activities

"UDM center honors late poet," Detroit Free Press July 11, 2001

"Dudley Randall honored with literary landmark at local college," Michgan Citizen May 24, 2001


Contact

The Dudley Randall Center for Print Culture
University of Detroit Mercy
4001 W. McNichols Road
P.O. Box 19900
Detroit, MI 48219-0900
Fax: 313.993.1166

Rosemary Weatherston, Director
Email:
weatherr@udmercy.edu
Phone: 313.993.1083