February 9, 2013 to May 27, 2013
Inspired by the RACE: Are we so different? traveling exhibition coming to the U-M Museum of Natural History from February 9 – May 27, 2013, the Understanding Race Project is engaging three overlapping audiences in an exploration of race: campus, community, and K-12 schools.
From January through April, the Winter 2013 Understanding Race LSA Theme Semester will engage the U-M campus in courses, exhibits, discussions, performances, films, and more. Most events will be free and open to the public. Principles and goals include an understanding of race as a social construct and an exploration of the intersections of race with other identities.
Coordinating units (units represented by the five co-chairs) include:
Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Ginsberg Center, Museum of Natural History, Program on Intergroup Relations, and School of Social Work.
Generous funding was provided by:
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs; Museum of Natural History; LSA Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education; MetLife Foundation; Department of Afroamerican and African Studies; Institute for the Humanities; Division of Student Affairs; Center for the Education of Women; Author’s Forum; Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau; Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach; Ginsberg Center; Program on Intergroup Relations; Andrea and David Scott; Department of English; Department of Anthropology; and Department of Sociology.
All ten school districts in Washtenaw County are participating by sending students to see the RACE exhibit, following on a “train the trainer” series to help teacher discuss race with their students before and after their visits.
Generous funding and strategic partnership was provided by the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, National Center for Institutional Diversity, U-M Diversity Council, Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Ann Arbor Public Schools, and James A. & Faith Knight Foundation.
To date, more than 500 people have participated in monthly, facilitated Community Conversations since January 2012. Community Conversations will continue through June 2013.
All are welcome.
The National Center for Institutional Diversity is a major funder and strategic partner.