I had a lovely time during my site visit at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in mid-September. Since I arrived early, Barbara Alvarez took me to the Detroit Institute of the Arts where we visited the Diego Rivera mural courtyard. This visit was made more meaningful by the friendly docent who led a talk about the mural’s themes as well as historical and personal anecdotes about Rivera’s time in Detroit. The impromptu lecture nicely paralleled the intention of next year’s conference theme in that he used teaching to help connect us to art and its significance. During lunch at the museum café, we also had a chance to listen to live music! Barbara is planning a post-conference day trip to Detroit and, as this will most likely be one of your stops, I am certain those of you who sign up will have a great time.Local Arrangements Team on the move!
Music follows me because once on campus, from my room at the Inn at the Michigan League, I had a moment of musical reverie courtesy of The Burton Memorial Tower and Carillon bells. (If you would like to make a request ahead of your stay, you can try tweeting @umich using the hashtag #CarillonRequest.) Barbara, Nerea, and I spent time visiting spaces for panels, workshops, and receptions, and the conversations that resulted helped us solidify conference details. I met some of the Hatcher Library administration and staff who are hosting us or who will be helping to organize the conference. I also met two librarians who will lead two of the workshops we have in store for you. I’m grateful that Barbara has put me in touch with local specialists to make these events possible. The local talent is such that I did not need to look far for someone to hit the high notes of intellectual inspiration at opening session. I’m very pleased to announce that Dr. Kenneth Mills (J. Frederick Hoffman Professor of History at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor) has accepted our invitation to be keynote speaker. He has several friends and admirers in SALALM so I know that you will all make him feel right at home among us.
One of the highlights of my trip came during down times when I spent time with Barbara and Nerea and their families. As a way to explain our farewells after dinner in the evenings, Nerea would say to her little girl, who was the life of our merry parties, “Daisy está regresando a casa a cargar sus baterías!” Así que nuevamente me despido a cargar mis baterías, esperando que ustedes sigan cargando las suyas para poco a poco estar a los 100% en mayo 2017!
P.D. Es octubre. Si aún no se han renovado como miembros de SALALM, por favor háganlo antes del 31 de octubre cuando se impone la multa de $12. Como dice nuestro atesorado tesorero, los pagos puntuales nos ayudan con la administración fluida de nuestro querido SALALM. ¡Manos a la obra!The Democratic VP candidate gave a speech outside Hatcher library on the last day of my #salalm62 site visit.Barbara joked, “The world awaits President Domínguez and VP Elect Kaine!”