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DATE: Nov. 11, 2002

Poet Gloria House and bassist Marion Hayden will be featured in jazz/poetry reception at the UM-Dearborn Nov. 14

DEARBORN---Poet Gloria House will be accompanied by bassist Marion Hayden at a reception sponsored by the African and African American Studies Program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Thursday, Nov. 14.

The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium and atrium of the campus's College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building.

House, professor emerita at Wayne State University, is the author of several books of poetry including "Blood River" and "Rainrituals," as well as a book of commentary on environmental issues, "Tower and Dungeon: A Study of Place and Power in America." Also known as Aneb Kgositsile, House has taught at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and will be a visiting professor at UM-Dearborn in the Winter 2003 term.

Marion Hayden is a bassist and composer who has performed and recorded with the jazz group Straight Ahead and the Marion Hayden Ensemble.

"We planned the event to introduce members of the community to our campus's program in African and African American studies," according to Deborah Smith Pollard, associate professor of English and humanities at UM-Dearborn. "The interdisciplinary program offers 25 classes for those who want to pursue a minor in a challenging and stimulating course of study, as well as for those who want to take individual courses."

In addition to the reading and performance, the reception will include introductions of faculty members and students, and refreshments featuring "New World adaptations of African cuisine," Pollard said.

Members of the public who plan to attend the reception should call (313) 593-1183 for reservations or more information.

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