“My wife’s family has been affected by incarceration. So when you see how it works up close, most people’s reactions are shock. Then you get sucked in because you get mad.”
Phil Christman, lecturer II in English language and literature and editor of the Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing
“As I’m getting older, it’s nice to be able to use my brain. Some guys do crosswords, I do woodworking. You’ve got to keep the brain active and sharp!”
Matt Thompson, fire alarm technician with hospital maintenance, and creator of Michigan-themed Adirondack chairs.
“I can’t separate who I am from the technologies that shaped me, and that’s when I realized I was a cyborg. We are all cyborgs, but most of us don’t realize it.”
Sophia Brueckner, assistant professor of art and design and of information
“To be able to come together and meet other people who support you … because they’ve walked that same path, is incredibly powerful.”
Barb Hiltz, clinical assistant professor of social work and director of the Master of Social Work program, and co-founder of The Brides Project in Ann Arbor.
“When I meet with a student who gets excited about their future, they inspire me as much as I hope I inspire them through conversation.”
Juliana Lew, artist and recruiting coordinator at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design
“If you’re first-generation, education is a means to an end. But have you really thought about what that end is?”
Line van Nieuwstadt, associate professor of engineering practice at UM-Dearborn.
“We often tell young people that they’re the generation to build peace and democracy, but we’re not always providing them the tools (to do so).”
Michelle Bellino, assistant professor of educational studies, School of Education
"I was always taken by the difficulty in describing the powerful effect of background music and how it enhances your experience of a film."
Caryl Flinn, professor of screen arts an cultures, and women's studies, LSA
"In my free time I am very active in the maker movement. So I work with 3-D printers and maker spaces and in general, learning new skills."
George Sprague, academic programs coordinator at the School of Information, maker-movement participant and part-time Ghostbuster.
"When I'm out there, I can feel the sun, feel the breeze, smell the plants, see the pollen. It connects you to nature."
Brian Stork, assistant professor of urology, about the pleasures of beekeeping