For twelve years, retired University of Michigan–Dearborn professor of sociology Lora Bex Lempert co-sponsored a National Lifers of America chapter at a women’s prison. She coordinated college-level courses for the women there, taking a special interest in women doing life sentences. That led to a 20-year research project as she interviewed and befriended 72 women and heard their stories. Lempert put that research into a new book, Women Doing Life: Gender, Punishment, and the Struggle for Identity (NYU Press, 2016).
Martha Guth is one of Michigan's best-kept-secrets of singing. Raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, she moved to Michigan in recent years to be close to family, bringing with her a wealth of performing experience. From the tenderest of art songs to the most thundering oratorios, she has won admiration internationally for her performances. Guth previewed her upcoming Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck recitals with Cara Lieurance, revealing how she discovered the scope of her voice, and why she prefers to perform an evening of art song over a role in an opera.