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creative:impact - Shaping The Future Of EMU's College Of Arts And Sciences

Oct 23, 2018

Dr. Dana Heller, dean of Eastern Michigan University's College of Arts and Sciences joins WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich in this week's "creative:impact."
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Eastern Michigan University continues to bundle the arts and sciences in its program offerings.  Many colleges across the country have separated the disciplines.  The committment to maintain the marriage of arts and sciences is what led Dr. Dana Heller to EMU.  Heller is the recently-appointed Dean of Arts and Sciences.  In this week's "creative:impact,"  Dr. Heller discusses her passion for, and the importance of, this kind of education.  


Deb Polich, President and CEO of the Arts Alliance

Creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy.  In the weeks and months to come, 89.1 WEMU's David Fair and co-host Deb Polich, the President and CEO of The Arts Alliance, explore the myriad of contributors that make up the creative sector in Washtenaw County.

Background on Dr. Dana Heller

Eastern Michigan University appointed Dana Heller as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences on May 2, 2018.

Heller received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theater from Goddard College, in Plainfield, Vt., a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Columbia University, and a Doctorate in English from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  Heller’s appointment is effective July 16, 2018.

  • Was the cultural correspondent for a local NPR talk show in Hampton Roads, "Hearsay"
  • Specialties: Cultural Studies, Film & Television Studies, Comparative Popular Culture(s), American Studies, Gender Studies, Russian Studies, Gay & Lesbian Studies.
  • In March 2018, the Popular Culture Association established a new annual award, The Dana Heller and John R. Leo Award, for best book in LGBTQ studies.

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