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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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    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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