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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:

    https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/indivisible-faculty-resources/home

    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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    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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