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    Sweetland Write-in for the Dream

    01/01/2013 to 01/31/2013
    Location: https://www.lsa.umich.edu/sweetland

    In keeping with this year’s MLK Symposium theme of “(R)Evolution of the Dream,” during the month of January the Sweetland Center for Writing will host a virtual “write-in” on its website where we invite you to narrate your sense of how Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream has been (r)evolutionary for you.

    Tell us about a moment where you experienced citizenship or civic engagement. What do these ideas mean to you today?

    Or, post an original image that exemplifies King’s dream for you, and use your caption to explain the connection.

    Visit https://www.lsa.umich.edu/sweetland during the month of January to “write in” for the dream!

    NOTE: This event runs from January 1 to January 31.

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    IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas A traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution

    01/09/2013 to 01/31/2013
    Location: Duderstadt Center Gallery, 2281 Bonisteel Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 .

    January 9-31, 2013, Monday-Friday 12pm-6pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm

    Within the fabric of American identity is woven a story that has long been invisible—the lives and experiences of people who share African American and Native American ancestry.

    African and Native peoples came together in the Americas. Over centuries, African Americans and Native Americans created shared histories, communities, families, and ways of life. Prejudice, laws, and twists of history have often divided them from others, yet African-Native American people were united in the struggle against slavery and dispossession, and then for self-determination and freedom.

    For African-Native Americans, their double heritage is truly indivisible.

    A website to support teaching with the exhibit is available at:


    IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas is presented as part of LSA’s Winter 2013 Understanding Race Theme Semester and is co-sponsored by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, U-M Museum of Natural History, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Native American Studies Program Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach, and Department of English.

    The exhibition IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas is a collaboration between the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service (SITES).

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    Annual MLK March

    01/13/2013 2:00 pm
    Location: Washtenaw County Court House
    Speaker: U.S. Representative John Lewis

    Participants are invited to attend the Second Baptist Church 10:45 Sunday service. Program theme”Moving The Dream Forward.” U.S. Representative John Lewis is the speaker. Transportation will be provided to the Court house, or participants can meet at the Court House to march to the church. The march begins at 2:00 pm. Light refreshments and fellowship following the march.

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    UMS Night School: Jazz in Hill Auditorium

    01/14/2013 7:00 pm
    Location: Ann Arbor District Library
    Speaker: Marc Clague

    In this session, students will learn about the history of jazz in Hill Auditorium, setting the stage for the MLK-day concert, “From Cass Corridor to the World: A Tribute to Detroit’s Musical Golden Age.”

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    The Making of the Dream: MLK, Detroit, and UM

    01/15/2013 4:00 pm
    Location: 4701 Haven Hall
    Speaker: Dr. Stephen Ward and the DAAS community

    This event will explore the ties that bind the city of Detroit and the University of Michigan to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    Stephen Ward (DAAS/Residential College) will moderate a discussion of Dr. King’s participation in the Great March to Freedom in Detroit of June 23, 1963 where the “Dream” speech was first presented. Dr. King’s visit to U-M in 1962 and the memorial held in his honor at Hill Auditorium following his assassination in 1968 will also be discussed.

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    La Fuerza: The Influence of Latinos in American Culture & Politics – The Legacy of Cesar Chavez and the Evolution of Martin Luther King’s Dream

    01/16/2013 4:00 pm
    Location: Rackham Amphitheatre, fourth floor of the Rackham Building
    Speaker: Christine Chavez

    Over the past 50 years, Dr. King’s dream has evolved as others shared in it. The narrative of the speech shifted from “I Have A Dream” to “We Have A Dream,” as individuals and organizations worked to bring fruition to his vision. The goals of the 1963 March on Washington have evolved to include demands for health care for all and for equal rights for gays and lesbians. Though Dr. King’s speech centered on the African American population, it is now echoed by Native Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, the poor, the disabled and all groups that are systematically excluded from the American Dream. The dream has evolved from equality to equity, from representation to valuing diversity, from tolerance to appreciation and from the right to vote to governing as the head of state.

    Join us as Christine Chavez, granddaughter of Cesar Chavez and political rights activist, talks with a panel of experts about the changing demographics of American Politics and Culture, and how the growing Latino population is helping to shape the evolution of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream.

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    This is My Michigan: Making the University Personal

    01/17/2013 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Location: North Quad, Room 2435

    Have you made your mark on campus through your involvement in a student organization? Have you created your own community? How has Michigan’s culture impacted you? Please join the Center for Global and Intercultural Study, Global Scholars Program and the North Quad Multicultural Council in a campus-wide discussion with students on what their Michigan experience means to them. How do these experiences relate to your race, culture and identity? Through interactive discussion and dialogue we will be able to discuss this theme further.

    We are looking for submissions from student artists, writers, poets or performers whose work express what “This is My Michigan” means to them. Send a video of your performance, written work, photo of your art or example of your work to the attention of: This is My Michigan at cgis@umich.edu by Friday, January 4, 2013.

    Sponsored by: Center for Global and Intercultural Study, North Quad Multicultural Council & Global Scholars Program

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    Exhibit Opening: Claiming Citizenship: African Americans in New Deal Photography

    01/17/2013 4:00 pm
    Location: 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State St.
    Speaker: "New Deal Visualities: Figures of Difference in Photographic Claims to Citizenship," a panel discussion featuring UM faculty members Sara Blair and Joshua Miller.

    An exhibition of photographs illustrating how African Americans took opportunities opened up by government programs in the 1930s to claim their status as dignified persons and citizens, in some respects laying foundations for the Civil Rights Movement.

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    Penny Stamps Speaker Series

    01/17/2013 5:10 pm
    Location: Michigan Theater 603 East Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
    Speaker: Sur un air de Charleston: Black & White

    A short film directed by Renoir in the late twenties, right after he had
    discovered jazz, Sur un air de Charleston is a little masterpiece, albeit
    unknown, of the silent movie period. In 2028 Paris, a mysterious African
    explorer lands with his aeronef on Terra Incognita. There, he meets a beautiful
    young Parisian dancer, who eventually initiates him to the pleasures of
    An essay in reverse anthropology, a burlesque and surrealist vaudeville, Sur un
    air de Charleston is a singular piece of art. A product of the roaring twenties, it
    can be construed as a critique of France’s racial context, then at the height of
    its colonial Empire. But it also has to be considered on the much broader scale
    of transatlantic cultural exchanges. Thus, we start to envision some of the
    unsuspected links that irrigate and reconfigure the seemingly neat cartography
    of Western modernism.
    Two musicians, Olivier Thémines and Guillaume Hazebrouck, invite you with scholar and author
    Brent Edward Hayes to discover this astonishing film with a
    « ciné-concert/conference ». The movie, accompanied by a live original music,
    will be followed by a lecture and discussion on the question of race within the
    artistic context.
    Brent Hayes Edwards is a Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He taught at Rutgers University before joining the Columbia faculty as the Louis Armstrong Visiting Professor of Jazz Studies in Spring of 2007. He is the author of The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism (Harvard UP, 2003), which was awarded the John Hope Franklin Prize of the American Studies Association and the Gilbert Chinard Prize of the Society for French Historical Studies. With Robert G. O’Meally and Farah Jasmine Griffin, he co-edited Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies (Columbia UP, 2004). In 2002, he and Professor Griffin co-edited a special issue of Callaloo (Vol. 25 No. 1) on “Jazz Poetics,” which was the runner-up for the Best Special Issue Award of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Edwards is co-editor of the journal Social Text, and serves on the editorial boards of Transition and Callaloo. He is currently working on two book projects: a study of the interplay between jazz and literature in African American culture; and a cultural history of “loft jazz” in downtown New York in the 1970s. He began research on the latter project as a Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library in 2005-2006.

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    Places for the Spirit – Traditional African American Gardens

    01/18/2013 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
    Location: University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105

    A photography exhibition featuring images of African American gardens in the southern United States and their creators captured by photographer Vaughn Sills. In the spirit of “outsider” and folk art traditions, these gardens conjure their own unique aesthetic and cultural significance while reminding us of the rhythms of nature and the presence of the divine in everyday life. Gardens from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina are represented. Exhibition runs January 18 through March 10. Free admission. Matthaei Botanical Gardens is open 7 days a week, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; until 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

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    Linguistics Department MLK Colloquium

    01/18/2013 4:00 pm
    Location: 340 West Hall
    Speaker: Anne Charity Hudley

    Organized Dissemination of Knowledge about African-American Language & Culture:
    Gaps in educational opportunities due to racial and linguistic segregation are an outstanding challenge that the grandchildren of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement must address. Following the challenge set forth by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Anne Charity Hudley calls for educators to “put their houses in order” by working to systematically disseminate linguistic information about African-American language and culture that addresses the specific needs of students within our local schools and communities.
    In order to work towards such a comprehensive model of integrative linguistic and social justice, Charity Hudley shares findings from her work that combines sociolinguistic praxis with governmental education policy. She draws from her work with the Virginia Senior English Academy, The Middle Grades Partnership, and her National Science Foundation grant “Collaborative Research: Assessing the Results of Sociolinguistic Engagement with K-12 STEM Education in Maryland and Virginia Public and Independent Schools.” Such initiatives reveal how researchers, educators, students, and policy makers can dedicate themselves to creating a framework for the state-by-state, city-by-city, and block-by-block sharing of linguistic information so that it reaches those who need it most.

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    SAAN 2013 Social Justice Conference Day 1

    01/18/2013 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
    Location: Michigan League and Rackham
    Speaker: Various speakers

    Founded in 2002, SAAN organizes an annual social justice conference–currently the largest South Asian undergraduate conference in the nation. The event invites prominent individuals from across the country for a weekend of workshops, keynote speeches and panels.

    During the conference, participants attend a series of thematically connected workshops as part of a small group. Some of the issues discussed include women’s rights, arts and activism, public health, and education. The conference also includes a T-shirt, 4 meals throughout the weekend, and a formal dinner on Saturday evening of the conference.

    Registration is open now @ http://umsaan.org

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    SAAN 2013 Social Justice Conference Day 2

    Location: Michigan League and Rackham
    Speaker: Various speakers

    Founded in 2002, SAAN organizes an annual social justice conference–currently the largest South Asian undergraduate conference in the nation. The event–entitled Ethos: Progressing from a mindset of stigma to solidarity–invites prominent individuals from across the country for a weekend of workshops, keynote speeches and panels.

    During the conference, participants attend a series of thematically connected workshops as part of a small group. Some of the issues discussed include women’s rights, arts activism, public health, and technology. The conference price ($35 for undergraduates and $45 for everyone else) includes a T-shirt, 4 meals throughout the weekend, and a formal dinner on Saturday evening of the conference.

    Registration is open now @ http://umsaan.org/

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    Annual MLK Children & Youth Day

    01/21/2013 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
    Location: The Modern Languages Building, 812 E. Washington

    January 21, 2013, will mark the 15th year for the University of Michigan’s MLK Children and Youth Program. Since its beginning in 1998, the MLK Children and Youth Program has attracted approximately 8,000 K-12 student attendees from school communities throughout southeastern Michigan.

    All attendees during these comemorable years have participated in a range of activities filled with fun, creativity, dialogue and entertainment.  These activities included storytelling, guided discussions and group projects, skits, rap poetry, and a range of musical performances.  Once again, the School of Education, School of Social Work, and the Office of Academic and Multicultural Initiatives invite all students throughout the K-12 school-communities to participate in another MLK Children and Youth Day filled with a range of activities planned specifically to celebrate and commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Register at: www.sitemaker.umich.edu/mlk/home

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    Black History 101: Mobile Museum

    01/21/2013 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
    Location: Michigan Union Art Lounge (1st floor)
    Speaker: Khalid el-Hakim

    The Black History 101: Mobile Museum proudly celebrates the 50th anniversary of the “I Have A Dream” speech with an exhibit of over 150 rare artifacts that document the Black experience from slavery to the election of President Barack Obama.

    A few prominent pieces in the collection’s archives include a rare slave bill of sale and documents signed by Fredrick Douglas, Booker T. Washington, Ralph Bunche, Rosa Parks, The Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X, Shirley Chisholm, Dr. Dorothy Height, Coretta Scott King, Carter G. Woodson and President Obama. The center pieces of the exhibit include rare memorabilia of Angela Davis, one of the MLK Symposium Speakers, rare photos of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the original program from Dr. King’s 1963 Cobo Hall speech where he first gave the “I Have A Dream” speech.

    In 2011, Khalid el-Hakim, the museum’s founder and curator, celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the BH101MM. Inspired by Dr. David Pilgrim, his former Ferris State University professor, el-Hakim stands on the shoulder’s of the great archivist of Black culture and history such as Arthur Schomburg, Dr. Margaret Burroughs and Dr. Charles Wright. Khalid has been called “the Schomburg of the Hip Hop generation.”

    “My mission is to raise the consciousness of the human family by sharing artifacts that celebrate the contributions, achievements, and experiences of African Americans,” states Khalid el-Hakim. “I want people to walk away as inspired as I’ve been as a collector and student of this history.”

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    Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Symposium Keynote Memorial Lecture

    01/21/2013 10:00 am
    Location: Hill Auditorium
    Speaker: Morris Dees

    Morris Dees was born in 1936 at Shorter, Alabama, the son of cotton farmers.  As a young boy he worked the fields with blacks, witnessing first-hand social and economic depravation and Jim Crow treatment at its worse.

    While at the University of Alabama Law School, he met Millard Fuller.  The two formed a highly successful publishing company during their time in law school.  After graduation, they moved the business to Montgomery, Alabama.  Fuller left the company in 1965 and later founded Habitat for Humanity.  Mr. Dees continued the business and also began taking controversial civil rights cases.

    Mr. Dees sold his publishing company to a major national firm in 1970 and formed the Southern Poverty Law Center, along with Julian Bond and Joseph Levin.  Early Center cases included integrating the Alabama State Troopers and desegregating the Montgomery YMCA.  The Center, funded by donations from over 300,000 citizens across the nation, quickly grew into one of America’s most successful and innovative public interest law firms.

    In 1980, the Center founded the Intelligence Project in response to resurgence in organized racist activity.  The project monitors hate groups and develops legal strategies for protecting citizens from violence-prone groups.  A made-for-television movie about Mr. Dees aired on NBC.  Line of Fire describes his successful fight against the Ku Klux Klan.  It included the $7 million precedent-setting judgment against the United Klans of America on behalf of the mother of Michael Donald, a young black man lynched by the Klan in Mobile, Alabama.  Wayne Rogers portrayed him in the feature film, Ghosts of Mississippi, about the murder of civil rights worker Medgar Evers.

    Other victories against hate groups include a $6 million judgment that bankrupted the Aryan Nations, a $12.5 million jury verdict against the California-based White Aryan Resistance for the death of a black student and a $26 million verdict against the Carolina Klan for burning black churches.

    Klansmen burned the Center offices in1983.  The arsonists were convicted but not before their leader plotted to kill Mr. Dees.  More than thirty men have since been imprisoned for plots to harm him or destroy Center property.  This threat requires a high degree of security during public appearances.

    To promote acceptance and tolerance, the Center founded Teaching Tolerance in 1990.  Over 80,000 schools use the project’s free videos and teaching materials and over 400,000 teachers receive the award winning Teaching Tolerance magazine.  The Center has won two Oscars for its tolerance education films and received five Oscar nominations.  Mr. Dees believes that it is important to teach tolerance in the classroom as well as fight hate in the courtroom.

    Mr. Dees has received numerous awards in conjunction with his work.  The U.S. Jaycees chose him as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of America for his early business success.  Trial Lawyers for Public Justice named him Trial Lawyer of the Year in 1987.  In 2009, he was inducted into the Trial Lawyers’ Hall of Fame by the American Trial Lawyers’ Association.  The American Bar Association honored him this year (2012) with the ABA Medal, the ABA’s highest honor.

    Mr. Dees is the author of three books, A Lawyers Journey, his autobiography, Hate on Trial and Gathering Storm, America’s Militia Threat. He remains actively engaged litigation.  He and his wife live in Montgomery, Alabama.

    Simulcast of MLK Symposium Keynote Memorial Lecture at University of Michigan Detroit Center 3663 Woodward Avenue, Suite 150, Detroit, MI 48076.

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    MLK Children’s Activity – MLK Puppets

    01/21/2013 10:00 am to 11:30 am
    Location: Matrix Theatre, University of Michigan Detroit Center, 3663 Woodward Avenue, Suite 150, Detroit, MI 48076

    In a workshop conducted by Matrix Theatre, children will learn about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while making a keepsake puppet of the acclaimed civil rights leader.

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    Culturally-Tailored Interventions: Lessons Learned from the Black Panther Party’s Survival Programs

    01/21/2013 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
    Location: 1755 SPH I
    Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Hasson, PhD

    Dr. Hasson is Movement Science Professor in the School of Kinesiology whose areas of interests are the causes and consequences of childhood obesity in multiethnic populations. At the MLK Symposium Dr. Hasson will share insight on the this years theme, “Culturally-Tailored Interventions: Lessons Learned from the Black Panther Party’s Survival Programs”. Following the keynote speaker a short question and answer session will be held. Please contact ksgovexec@umich.edu for more information or questions.

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    Your Role in Social Change

    01/21/2013 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
    Location: Michigan League: Koessler Room

    Directly following the keynote address, the LSA Honors Program presents “Your Role in Social Change,” an interactive dialogue event that brings together a diverse group from the U of M and greater Ann Arbor community. Attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on the keynote address, the state of social justice in our society, and what we can all do to foster continued social change. The event promises to be an enriching supplement to the keynote address. Light refreshments will be served.

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    Martin Luther King Day March & Rally

    01/21/2013 11:30 am
    Location: Corner of South University and South Forest

    Victory March & Rally for Affirmative Action
    Restore Affirmative Action Now!
    Double Underrepresented Minority Student Enrollment for 2013-2014!
    Create Campus-Based Dream Scholarships, full Access to Financial Aid & In-state Tuition for Undocumented Students!
    Build the New Civil Rights/Immigrant Rights Movement!

    Affirmative action is now legal in Michigan!
    On November 15th the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the case brought by BAMN and struck down Michigan’s Proposal 2, which banned the use of affirmative action in college admissions in 2006. This is a great victory for the new civil rights and immigrant rights movement! Now we must seize the moment and act, as Dr. King said, with the “fierce urgency of now” to make our victory real.

    This Martin Luther King Day, we are marching to call on all the University of Michigan and all of Michigan’s universities act immediately on the Sixth Circuit decision and reinstate their affirmative action policies in this admissions cycle, and to create Dream Scholarships, and offer full and equal access to financial aid and in-state tuition to undocumented students.

    We will Gather and March at 11:30am from S. University and S. Forest, and Rally at 12:30pm on the Diag

    For more information and upcoming events, contact bamn@umich.edu

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    Unequal Burdens and Unparalleled Opportunities: Achieving the Dream for Health and Pain Care

    01/21/2013 11:45 am
    Location: Towsley Center/Dow Auditorium
    Speaker: Dr. Carmen Green, Professor of Anesthesiology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Health Management and Policy Professor of Health Management & Policy, School of Public Health and Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics, ISR

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    Proclaiming Emancipation Gallery Talks

    01/21/2013 12:00 pm to 1:45 pm 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Location: Gallery in Room 100, Hatcher Graduate Library
    Speaker: Martha Jones, Clayton Lewis, and student curators

    In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the MLibrary Gallery will host Gallery Talks featuring Proclaiming Emancipation exhibit curators, Martha Jones and Clayton Lewis, as well as student curators.

    Marking the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, “Proclaiming Emancipation”
    examines the history and memory of Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. The
    Proclamation accelerated a massive human migration toward freedom, opened the door to the enlistment of black men in the Union Army,
    and marked a significant shift in executive power. Today it remains a powerful, near sacred
    artifact in our collective memory. Proclaiming Emancipation offers an opportunity to further critical understanding of this complex moment in the history of slavery, emancipation, and freedom in the United States and in the world.

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    PCAP Presents: Mental Health and Incarceration

    01/21/2013 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
    Location: Anderson Room of the Michigan Union
    Speaker: PCAP Sponsored Panelists

    Please join The Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) for a panel discussion on the mental health needs of incarcerated and returned citizens. Management of mental health care is both a crucial part of re-entry and an underestimated necessity within prisons. The issue is not just of concern for clinicians and correction officers, but social workers, policy and law makers, family members, and communities. With the input of several esteemed panelists, including UC Berkeley Social Work Lecturer and CDCR mental health clinical case manager Beth Kita, Georgetown Law Adjunct Professor and staff attorney for the DC Prisoners Project Deborah Golden, and Program Director for the American Friends Service Committee’s Criminal Justice Program Natalie Holbrook , along with other expert panelists, we’ll cover the breadth of issues regarding mental health and incarceration. Our panel will be held from 1-3 pm in the Pendleton Room of The Michigan Union.

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    Business & Finance MLK Convocation – Imagine the Possibilities. What if… ?

    01/21/2013 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Location: Rackham Auditorium
    Speaker: Dr. Steve L. Robbins

    Business & Finance Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation is featuring a presentation by Dr. Steve L. Robbins

    Dr. Steve L. Robbins is a powerful storyteller with a powerful story to tell. Born in Vietnam, Dr. Robbins immigrated to the United States when he was five years old.  He and his mother faced many challenges as Vietnamese immigrants in a new land, during a time when there was much anti-war and anti-Vietnamese sentiment. Working through and rising out of the challenges of poverty, discrimination and the tough streets of Los Angeles, Dr. Robbins now brings insightful perspectives on issues of leadership, inclusion & innovation, and the power of caring. His unique concept of “Unintentional Intolerance” has captured wide acclaim from numerous audiences and organizations across the United States. An approach that does NOT blame or point fingers, it challenges individuals and organizations to be more open-minded, mindful and intentional about inclusion and valuing people for their unique gifts, abilities and experiences. Drawing upon a compelling life journey, his talks are filled with intriguing stories, laugh-out-loud humor and a keen understanding of human behavior. Please join us for an inspiring event that will challenge the way you think.

    A reception follows this event at 3:15pm in the Rackham lobby.  We hope to see you there!

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    50 Years Later: A New March to The Dream

    01/21/2013 2:00 pm
    Location: The Power Center for Performing Art

    Reflections and Musical Presentations by The School of Music,Theatre & Dance Faculty and Students

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    Circle of Unity

    01/21/2013 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Location: Central Campus Diag

    Student’s, staff, and faculty of MCSP and the wider university community stand in a circle on the Diag for one hour on MLK’s Birthday and participate in performances, speakers, and other activities to remind us of MLK’s dream, where society has come since the Civil Rights Movement, and what still needs to be done in terms of equality and social justice.

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    A Tribute to MLK: Poetry Slam & Art Expression

    01/21/2013 3:00 pm
    Location: Stamps Auditorium

    In an effort to pay homage to the memory of Brother Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it is our desire to construct and implement a program that seeks to “recapture” the dream that Dr. King once envisioned. A Tribute to MLK: Poetry Slam & Art Expression will consist of artist of various forms using their talents to show appreciation for the vision of Brother Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Performers will range from local and campus artist of numerous cultures, showing that the vision of Dr. King reached far beyond just African-Americans. The event will conclude with our headline poet.

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    “50 Years Later: Oral Health and Dental Education in the U.S.”

    01/21/2013 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    Location: Sindecuse Atrium, School of Dentistry
    Speaker: Dean Polverini, Dr. Bonita Neighbors, Dr. Wilhelm Piskorowski, Dr. Marilyn Woolfolk

    Fifty years after Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, jr., gave his important “I have a dream” speech, oral health disparities and access to dental care issues for patients from socioeconomically disadvantaged and/or minority backgrounds are still prevalent in the U.S. In addition, black and Hispanic students are still significantly underrepresented in health profession schools and health care providers from minority backgrounds are “Missing in the health professions” – as the famous Sullivan report pointed out. A panel discussion with Dr. Bonita Neighbors, Director of the Community Dental Center, Dr. Marilyn Woolfolk, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the dental school, and Dr. Wilhelm Piskorowski, Assistant Dean for Community-Based Dental Education, will provide information about the history of dental care and dental education in the U.S. and the current state of affairs, and will focus on solutions and best practices that should be implemented in the future. A reception will follow.

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    Linguistics Department MLK Colloquium

    01/21/2013 4:00 pm
    Location: 340 West Hall
    Speaker: Anne Charity Hudley

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    MLK/Inauguration Day: Implications for an Inclusive Politics

    01/21/2013 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm
    Location: Educational Conference Center (ECC) School of Social Work - 1080 S. University
    Speaker: Faculty and Student Panel Discussion

    Shortly before this event, President Barack Obama will be sworn in for a second term. Given the theme of the MLK Symposium for this year, a panel of faculty who have fought on multiple levels for diversity and inclusion in universities and American society team with a panel of social work students with equally amazing records of social justice freedom fighting to discuss current and future implications for diversity, intersectionality and social justice for the profession and practice of social work in the United States and abroad. All are welcome for an exciting evening of discussion, community, and light refreshments

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    The Influence of Dr. King’s Legacy on South Africa’s Vision to Create a Society that Respects Fundamental Human Rights

    01/21/2013 4:00 pm
    Location: 250 Hutchins Hall
    Speaker: Prof. Karthy Govender

    Just as Martin Luther King was influenced in the American civil rights movement by people working for peaceful change in far-off corners of the globe, King’s teaching has infused ongoing human rights struggles around the world since his death.
    Michigan Law’s 2013 celebration of MLK Day will feature Prof. Karthy Govender, a law professor at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa.
    Govender’s will focus on “The Influence of Dr. King’s Legacy on South Africa’s Vision to Create a Society that Respects Fundamental Human Rights.”
    Govender, who teaches the course “Constitutionalism in South Africa” at Michigan Law each winter, served two terms as a commissioner on the South Africa Human Rights Commission and has argued and served as an acting judge on South Africa’s High Court.
    A reception with light refreshments will follow the program.

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    Annual MLK Lecture at SNRE

    01/21/2013 5:00 pm
    Location: Room 1040, Dana Building
    Speaker: Dorceta Taylor

    Dorceta Taylor is delivering the annual MLK Lecture at the School of Natural Resources and Environment as part of the school’s Dean’s Speaker Series.

    Taylor is a professor of Environmental Justice at SNRE. She also is founder and director of the Multicultural Environmental Leadership Development Initiative, which aims to increase diversity in environmental organizations as well as the broader environmental movement. It also promotes greater diversity in leadership in the environmental field.

    Her lecture is titled “Race, Poverty, and Access to Food in America: Resistance, Survival, and Sustainability.” It begins at 5 p.m. in Room 1040, Dana Building.

    The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session and is open to the public.

    Her research interests include urban agriculture and food security; green jobs; social movement analysis; environmental justice; leisure and natural resource use; poverty; and race, gender, and ethnic relations.

    Taylor is the principal investigator on a five-year, $4 million study of disparities in access to healthy food across the state. The researchers will interview residents and study data in 18 small to mid-sized cities to better understand the factors affecting “food security,” a socioeconomic term that defines easy access to safe and healthy food.

    And because urban agriculture is seen as part of the solution to food insecurity in cities, the researchers will study how locally grown food can more easily get to the poor, traditionally minority, populations most at risk.

    “The study will give us an opportunity to get an in-depth understanding of several types of food systems in the state,” Taylor said. “The study is unique in that we will examine aspects of the food system that are necessary to connect food to consumers more efficiently.”

    Other recent research activities have included an analysis of the green jobs sector and four national studies of racial and gender diversity in the environmental field. Her 2009 book, “The Environment and the People in American Cities,” is an award-winning urban environmental history book. In 2010, she completed an edited volume titled, “Environment and Social Justice: An International Perspective.”

    And she just completed a book to be published in 2013 titled, “Why Don’t They Move? Race, Space, Residential Mobility, and Environmental Hazards.” She also has another completed manuscript under review titled, “Power, Privilege, and Environmental Protection: Social Inequality and the Rise of the American Conservation Movement.”

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    Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation

    01/21/2013 6:00 pm
    Location: Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Blau Auditorium
    Speaker: Clarence B. Jones, Advisor and Speechwriter for Martin Luther King Jr.

    From 1960 until April 4th, 1968, Clarence B. Jones was one the closest political and influential confidantes of – as well as an advisor, lawyer, and draft speech writer for – the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today, he is a scholar in residence and visiting professor at the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University and an executive advisor to Marks Paneth & Shron, LLP, an auditing and consulting services firm headquartered in New York. Most recently, he was named the University of San Francisco’s first-ever diversity scholar, for which he will teach an undergraduate course titled “From Slavery to Obama.”
    Jones served a critical role in the Civil Rights Movement via his prodigious fundraising in support of Dr. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He is the recipient of numerous awards and citations, including a White House Letter of Commendation awarded by President William Jefferson Clinton for his work in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963; the Isaiah Award from the American Jewish Congress in 2006; and the Silver Shingle Award for Distinguished Public Service from the Alumni Association of Boston University School of Law.
    Clarence B. Jones is the author of What Would Martin Say? (Harper Collins, 2008) and Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech That Transformed a Nation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). He is a frequently requested guest on television and radio and has been invited to speak by various organizations, universities, and corporations worldwide, including the British Library; Oxford University; book fairs in Bristol and Scotland; the New York Public Library; Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; the US State Department; veterans administrations hospitals; and the California African American Association of School Superintendents, Principals, Administrators, and Local School Board Presidents.

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    From Cass Corridor to the World: A Tribute to Detroit’s Musical Golden Age

    01/21/2013 7:30 pm
    Location: Hill Auditorium

    Featuring D3:
    Geri Allen, music director and piano
    Robert Hurst, bass
    Karriem Riggins, drums
    with Marcus Belgrave, trumpet, and very special Detroit artists to be announced

    On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, UMS and the U-M MLK Day Symposium celebrate the very unique relationship of the city of Detroit to the music it helped create and shape. Beginning with trumpeter and educator Gerald Wilson (a Cass Technical High School graduate) and continuing through the great Detroit artists and mentors who have sustained the music through the second half of the 20th century, Detroit continues to nurture and create international trends in contemporary music-making and songwriting. With world-renowned jazz pianist and Detroit native Geri Allen serving as music director and the D3 trio serving as house band, From Cass Corridor to the World musically narrates this spectacular and unique journey with celebrated Detroit artists.

    A co-presentation with the University of Michigan Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives.

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    Gay Rights: A Civil Rights Success Story?

    01/22/2013 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Location: Michigan Union Ballroom
    Speaker: Samuel Bagenstos, U-M law professor; Johnny L. Jenkins, program director, Affirmations; Judith Bradford, director, Center for Population Research in LGBT Health and Fenway Community Health.

    This panel discussion will evaluate the success of gay Americans’ pursuit of equal rights through the lenses of law, health, and community activism. Speakers will put the relatively rapid change in public opinion on gay rights, President Obama’s support of gay marriage, and recent victories for gay marriage in state elections in the context of the larger civil rights movement in the United States.

    Prof. Samuel Bagestos specializes in civil rights law, particularly as it pertains to the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as constitutional law. Prof. Bagenstos testified before Congress in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, has argued in front of the Supreme Court, and served for two years as the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Justice Department Civil Rights Division.

    Judith Bradford, PhD, is Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute at the Fenway Community Health Center in Boston and Director/PI of the Center for Population Research in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health, funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD. The Center supports 50+ national faculty of scientists in sexual orientation and gender identity research, developed and maintains the PRISM data archive in conjunction with ICPSR, offers an annual Summer Institute in LGBT Population Health for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, and provides a competitive, national mentoring program for doctoral students who aim for a career in this field. Dr. Bradford served as a member of the recent IOM Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Issues and Research Gaps and Opportunities.

    Johnny Jenkins is director of programs for Affirmations, a nonprofit providing wellness and personal growth and development services to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. It is the largest LGBT organization in Michigan, and its programs include advocacy, culture and society, growth and development, health and wellness, and recreation and partnerships.

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    Race and Art: A Case Study from Winslow Homer

    01/22/2013 5:15 pm
    Location: Helmut Stern Auditorium, University of Michigan Museum of Art
    Speaker: Peter H. Wood, emeritus professor of history at Duke University

    In this lecture, Peter H. Wood, emeritus professor of history at Duke University, explores Near Andersonville, an important work by Winslow Homer—one of America’s most famous and admired artists who rose to prominence as a young illustrator during the Civil War. In a 1988 landmark exhibition, Wood and Karen Dalton brought attention to the fact that many of Homer’s most significant works from the Civil War and Reconstruction years focused on African Americans, both enslaved and free. Wood has continued to pursue this theme of Homer’s black images. “For me,” Dr. Wood observes, “Near Andersonville is a revolutionary painting in the world of American art. Only now, a century and half later, are we beginning to understand its significance, its implications, and its ongoing relevance.”

    This program is part of the Understanding Race LSA Theme Semester and is co-sponsored by the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design Witt Visiting Artist Program and the University of Michigan Museum of Art. For more information about the theme semester please visit http://understandingraceproject.org/.

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    All Men Are Created Equal: Some Just Treat Women Different

    01/22/2013 6:00 pm
    Location: Michigan League Ballroom
    Speaker: Alan J. C. Jones

    Sexual assault is normally portrayed as a woman’s issue. My presentation explores the societal issue of sexual assault. We will take a more in depth look into how men are affected by sexual assault and relationship violence. I will specifically delve into the numerous cultures of Greek life as well as men of color; and the negative persona associated with them. We will have open dialogue focused on the stereotypes and barriers these groups face in regards to sexual assault. The education of this program is not only beneficial for these groups but also discusses how all people can stand up and fight against sexual assault.

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    Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell their Tales

    01/22/2013 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Location: 2345 North Quad
    Speaker: E. Patrick Johnson, Northwestern University

    The Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Department of Women’s Studies are pleased to present our 2013 MLK Day speaker, E. Patrick Johnson.

    “Pouring Tea” is a dramatic reading based on the oral histories collected in Johnson’s book, Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South–An Oral History. The oral histories are from black gay men who were born, raised, and continue to live in the South and range in age from 19 to 93. This performance covers the following topics: coming of age in the South, religion, sex, transgenderism, love stories, and coming out. Johnson embodies these and others’ stories in the show.

    E. Patrick Johnson is Professor and Chair in the Department of Performance Studies and Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University. A scholar/artist, Johnson has performed nationally and internationally and has published widely in the area of race, gender, sexuality and performance.

    The IRWG/Women’s Studies MLK Day speaker is presented with support from African and Afroamerican Studies; the IRWG Program area in African Diaspora Sexualities; the Institute for the Humanities; the IRWG Lesbian, Gay, Queer Research Initiative (LGQRI); the Race Theme Semester; School of Social Work; and Center for World Performance Studies.

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    Panel Discussion and Film Screening of “Black and Blue: The Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward, and the 1934 Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game”

    01/23/2013 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Location: Annenberg Auditorium 1120, Weill Hall (Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy)
    Speaker: Former Senator Buzz Thomas (grandson of Willis Ward) and Steven Ford (son of President Gerald R. Ford)

    The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies will host a screening of the documentary titled Black and Blue: The Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward, and the 1934 Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game , followed by a panel discussion featuring former Senator Buzz Thomas (grandson of Willis Ward) and Steven Ford (son of President Gerald R. Ford) on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Day events.

    About the Film “Black and Blue”
    When Georgia Tech came to Michigan in 1934, the Wolverines were forced to bench their best play, Willis Ward, because he was an African-American. The incident infuriated Ward’s best friend on the team, a future president by the name of Jerry Ford, who threatened to quit the team in response. The friendship that began in the Big House lasted all the way to the White House. This is the story of two schools, two friends, and a game that changed everything.

    Visit these links to read more about the documentary
    The Detroit News


    Ann Arbor Journal http://www.heritage.com/articles/2012/01/30/ann_arbor_journal/news/doc4f26a3c6e6898782777808.txt

    Contact: closup@umich.edu

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    Leadership for Truth and Reconciliation in Metropolitan Detroit

    01/24/2013 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Location: Art and Architecture Building (Rm 2104), 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the foremost spokesperson of the U. S. civil rights movement; he helped mobilize people and communities against explicitly racist policies and vocally racist opposition to the cause of equality. Today, we are able to look back and acknowledge that progress has been made. However, the United States has still not fully confronted racial injustice in a meaningful way; the continued concentration of low-income and minority populations – and the injustices they face – in today’s urban centers bears witness to the continued presence of the injustices Dr. King fought against. This symposium, focused primarily on metropolitan Detroit, will explore the possibility of a truth and reconciliation movement, analogous to the process begun by Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu in the wake of South African apartheid. Leaders from the Detroit area will be brought together to discuss what form truth and reconciliation might take in the region. Issues the panel will explore include: Is a truth and reconciliation process necessary? What truths must be exposed? What kind of leadership would such a movement require? How can metropolitan Detroit and other communities begin to make peace with their histories? What would a truly reconciled metropolitan Detroit look like?

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    Art Outta Town trip to Motown Museum & Heidelberg Project

    01/26/2013 12:00 pm
    Location: Bus into Detroit from Ann Arbor campus

    Each year, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we arrange an Art Outta Town trip to an arts venue that addresses themes of racial and ethnic diversity and social justice. This year’s trip will have two stops in Detroit: the Motown Museum and The Heidelberg Project. These are two places with very different histories, but both celebrate art as a tool for community building, and honor the creativity and talents of the various artists who have been part of those respective communities.

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    Affordable Care Act: Evolution of Senior Health

    01/26/2013 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Location: Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
    Speaker: Jacquetta Hinton, MPH

    The idea of senior health has evolved since the creation of Medicare in 1965. The passing of the Affordable Care Act has further changed health care for seniors. This presentation will highlight the portions of the Affordable Care Act that specifically impact seniors. Lunch is provided.

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    2013 Central Campus MLK Spirit Awards

    01/26/2013 4:00 pm
    Location: Ross School of Business, 6th Floor, Colloquium Room, R6430

    The Eighth Annual Central Campus Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Spirit Award program honors undergraduate students from the schools and colleges on Central Campus who best exemplify the leadership and extraordinary vision of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The awards ceremony honors this year’s nominees: Sarah Alsaden, Zachary Baker, Kevin Binder, Christopher Cannon, Evalyn Carter, Andrew Clark, Jenna Dehne, Noel Gordon, Mark Greer II, Alex Kulick, Ka Ying Becky Lau, Donavan McKinney, Sam Morykwas, Amy Navvab, Laura Parkinson, Monica Shattuck, Javier Solorzano Parada, Ashlee Walton, and Michael Williams.

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    Educational Equity 50 Years Since “I Have a Dream” : Progress and Perils

    01/28/2013 3:00 pm
    Location: School of Education, Tribute Room (Rm. 1322)
    Speaker: Dr. Michael Nettles

    Dr. Michael T. Nettles is Senior Vice President and the Edmund W. Gordon Chair of ETS’s Policy Evaluation & Research Center (PERC).

    Nettles has a national reputation as a policy researcher on educational assessment, student performance and achievement, educational equity, and higher education finance policy. His publications reflect his broad interest in public policy, student and faculty access, opportunity, achievement, and assessment at both the K–12 and postsecondary levels.

    His current professional activities include serving as a member of the National Research Council Board on Testing and Assessment (BOTA). Nettles is a member of the Bank Street College of Education Board of Trustees. He also serves on the Board of the National Science Foundation-sponsored Center on Research on Teaching and Learning (CRTL); the Joint Advisory Board for Education Research Centers in the state of Texas; the Board of the Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice (CERPP) at the University of Southern California; the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment (NCIEA), Inc.; the Harvard University Medical School Advisory Committee on Diversity; the International Advisory Panel on Assessment (IAP) for the Human Science Research Council of the Republic of South Africa; and the Advisory Board of the Community Links Foundation. Nettles also served for a decade on the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees and develops policies for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

    A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Nettles earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Tennessee. He went on to receive master’s degrees in political science and higher education, and a Ph.D. in education at Iowa State University.

    This program is co-sponsored by the Center for Educational Outreach and the National Center for Institutional Diversity.

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    Not Seen and Not Heard: Addressing Childhood Poverty

    01/29/2013 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
    Location: Michigan Union Ballroom
    Speaker: Sandra Danziger, U-M professor of social work; Jane Zehnder-Merrell, project director, Kids Count in Michigan; J. Lee Kreader, director, Research Connections, National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University; Renée Wilson-Simmons, director, National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University

    According to the United States Census Bureau, 13.8 percent of Michigan residents lived below the poverty line in 2011. For children, however, the figure is much higher. In Michigan, 548,000 children, or 24.4 percent of all children in the state live in households earning less than $18,123 per year (for a family of four). This discussion, featuring researchers and advocates from the University of Michigan, Columbia University, and the Michigan League for Public Policy, will address what is being done to address child poverty, what new approaches should be considered, and the consequences of simply continuing the same policies.

    NOTE: This event will include an informational fair including student and community groups working to alleviate poverty.

    Sandra Danziger is professor of social work and research professor of public policy. Her primary research interests are the effects of public programs and policies on the well-being of disadvantaged families, poverty policy and social service programs, demographic trends in child and family well-being, gender issues across the life course, program evaluation, and qualitative research methods. Her current research examines welfare program approaches to addressing barriers to employment among single mothers.

    Since 1994, Jane Zehnder-Merrell has managed the Kids Count in Michigan project that produces an annual data book on child well-being and conducts an ongoing public information campaign around children’s issues. This collaborative project between the Michigan League for Public Policy and Michigan’s Children participates in a broad national effort supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to monitor and improve the well-being of children.

    Dr. Lee Kreader serves as Deputy Director of the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Dr. Kreader is active in many of NCCP’s research efforts, primarily in collaborative projects focused on child care and early education policy. He is director of the Child Care and Early Education Research Connections project, jointly operated by NCCP in partnership with the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research here at the Institute for Social Research, through a cooperative agreement with the Child Care Bureau and the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For Research Connections, Dr. Kreader has synthesized research on child care subsidy use and infant and toddler child care.

    Renée Wilson-Simmons, DrPH, serves as Director of the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Before joining NCCP in 2012, Dr. Wilson-Simmons served as the senior associate for adolescent health and development the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, where she managed foundation initiatives and related grants and activities focused on reproductive health. She also served as associate director of the Evidence-Based Practice Group, which identifies, develops, and scales up evidence-based interventions for children and families involved with public social service systems.

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    The Roots of Trust

    01/29/2013 2:00 pm 7:00 pm
    Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105
    Speaker: Vaughn Sills

    Hear artist and author Vaughn Sills discuss “The Roots of Trust” at Matthaei Botanical Gardens January 29 at 2 & 7 pm. Sills, an associate professor of photography at Simmons College in Boston, is the photographer and author of Places of the Spirit – Traditional African American Gardens, the photography exhibit at Matthaei showing Jan. 18 through March 10. Sills will discuss the importance of establishing trust with the creators of the gardens in her photographs. This lecture is part of the photo exhibit at Matthaei being shown in conjunction with the U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts winter 2013 “Understanding Race” Theme Semester.

    Lecture times scheduled for 2 and 7 pm at Matthaei. Limited seating available; reserve your place today online at mbgna.umich.edu.

    Sponsored by University of Michigan College of Engineering and University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum.

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    Annual Distinguished Lecture on Europe. “The Denial of Racial Discrimination.”

    01/29/2013 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
    Location: 1636 International Institute/SSWB, 1080 S. University
    Speaker: Didier Fassin, James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Studies; and Director of Studies, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales-Paris.

    Although racial discrimination is an established fact in most contemporary societies, it remains frequently an object of denial both from authorities and individuals. The lecture will address this paradox through two case studies. The first one examines the way in which, in recent years, the French state finally recognized the existence of racial discrimination only to surreptitiously elude it again. The interpretation of this shift will be based on Freud’s distinction between disavowal and negation. The second one explores the debate, among criminologists and sociologists, about the reality of racial discrimination in law enforcement. The analysis of the scientific claim that differential treatment of the public by the police is not what one thinks it is will suggest the necessity to reframe the problem on new grounds. These cases therefore have a wider significance for both an anthropology of denial and a sociology of discrimination


    Didier Fassin is James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study of Princeton and Director of Studies at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Laureate of the Advanced Grant “Ideas” of the European Research Council, he is currently conducting an ethnography of the state, exploring how institutions such as police, justice and prison treat immigrants and minorities in France. His recent publications include: De la Question Sociale à la Question Raciale ? (with Eric Fassin, La Découverte, 2006) and Contemporary States of Emergency (with Mariella Pandolfi, Zone Books, 2010), as editor; When Bodies Remember. Experiences and Politics ofAIDS in South Africa (University of California Press, 2007), Humanitarian Reason. A Moral History of the Present(University of California Press, 2011) and Enforcing Order. An Ethnography of Urban Policing (Polity Press, forthcoming), as author.

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    Shirley Verrett Award Presentation

    01/31/2013 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
    Location: Stamps Auditorium, Walgreen Drama Center

    This award honors the late Shirley Verrett, the James Earl Jones Distinguished University Professor of Voice at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance, a teacher who “would have walked the world over for her students.” An internationally acclaimed opera singer who performed over 40 roles all over the world during the course of her illustrious four decade career, Ms. Verrett was one of the pioneering leaders in the generation of black singers after Marian Anderson’s historical Metropolitan Opera debut in 1955.

    The Shirley Verrett Award recognizes a faculty member whose work, including teaching, performance, scholarship, or service, supports the success of female students or faculty in the arts who come from diverse cultural and racial backgrounds.

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