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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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    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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