• Event Calendar

    January 2015
    S M T W T F S
  • Upcoming Events

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Architecture of Social Justice

    01/26/2015 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Location: Rackham Assembly Hall, 4th Floor Rackham Bldg
    Speaker: Dr. James A. Chaffers

    The Rackham Graduate School and Graduate Student Success (GSS) present an evening lecture and discussion with Dr. James A. Chaffers, renowned architect and Professor Emeritus. Professor Chaffers was the first professional doctorate of architecture in the United States (D.Arch. 1971, U-M) and retired from faculty of the University of Michigan in where he held faculty appointments and taught in both the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LS&A) from 1973-2008. The focus of his work has been on the exploration of design links between spatial quality and human spirituality. Dr. Chaffers served as the Senior Design Juror and urban design consultant for the “living memorial” in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1997 until it was erected on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. His talk and the ensuing discussion will explore Dr. Chaffers’ unique insights into Dr. King’s life and legacy, the design, philosophy, and collective process behind the King National Memorial, and principles for an “Architecture of Social Justice” if we are to build an inclusive, sustainable, and harmonious future within the Graduate School, the University of Michigan community, and the wider global society we all must share. We invite you to join us for an exciting afternoon.

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    Refusing To Be Enemies: The Zeitouna Story

    01/26/2015 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Location: Michigan League Ballroom, 911 N. University Avenue
    Speaker: Zeitouna

    The Center for the Education of Women (CEW) and The Minerva Project are excited to present a
    screening of “Refusing to be Enemies: The Zeitouna Story”. The film and subsequent panel discussion will take place on Monday, January 26, from 4-6pm in the Michigan League Ballroom.
    The documentary chronicles Zeitouna (the Arab word for “olive tree”), a group of six Arab and six Jewish women from extremely diverse backgrounds. Their ages span 40 years. Some are American born while others are survivors of the Holocaust and Nakbah’s terror, but they were all brought together by the idea that dialogue is the basis from which peace can be achieved. They share their stories of sisterhood and personal transformation as a testament to the power of open discourse. While they cannot offer answers to the crisis facing the Middle East, they can provide resources to those who strive for peace through dialogue.

    The film will be followed by a panel presentation from Zeitouna members. They will discuss their
    personal experiences with peacemaking as well as tools for others to implement in their own lives. The screening will begin at 4pm followed by the panel at 5pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

    This event is part of a series of events for The University of Michigan’s 29th Annual MLK Symposium. Please register at www.cew.umich.edu

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    American Denial

    01/26/2015 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Location: Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium
    Speaker: Llewellyn Smith, Martha S. Jones, and Joy Rohde

    The Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy presents a screening of American Denial, followed by a discussion with producer/director Llewellyn Smith, Martha Jones (link is external), and moderated by the Ford School’s own Joy Rohde.

    The film will begin promptly at 5:00pm and runs approx. 55 minutes. The discussion will begin at 6:00pm.

    About the film:
    American Denial follows the story of foreign researcher and Nobel Laureate Gunnar Myrdal whose study, An American Dilemma (1944), provided a provocative inquiry into the dissonance between stated beliefs as a society and what is perpetuated and allowed in the name of those beliefs. His inquiry into the United States’ racial psyche becomes a lens for modern inquiry into how denial, cognitive dissonance, and unrecognized, unconscious attitudes continue to dominate racial dynamics in American life. The film’s unusual narrative sheds a unique light on the unconscious political and moral world of modern Americans. Archival footage, newsreels, nightly news reports, and rare southern home movies from the ’30s and ’40s thread through the story, as well as psychological testing into racial attitudes from research footage, websites, and YouTube films.

    Hear from experts — historians, psychologists, sociologists and Myrdal’s daughters — all filmed directly to camera. Witnesses work to exhume unconscious feelings Americans have about themselves and others — fascinated by the Myrdal question, and by how much true thinking and feeling unfolds in social contexts in an unconscious mode. What are the implications for individual responsibility and social justice in democracies like America’s?

    Read more about American Denial here: http://itvs.org/films/american-denial (link is external)

    From Llewellyn Smith’s bio:
    Llewellyn M. Smith served as Story Editor for PBS’ American Experience from 1987 to 1995, where he helped originate, develop and acquire more than 70 programs. From 1995 to 1997, he was Project Director for the Peabody and Emmy award-winning series Africans in America and producer of the final episode, Judgment Day. Mr. Smith has also produced episodes of such PBS series as Eyes On The Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years (1985), From Jumpstreet, A Story Of Black Music (1980), and Jazz: An American Classic (1979). Smith was Senior Producer for Eye on Education, a WGBH-Boston Globe multimedia look at state education reform, and is currently senior producer for the forthcoming American Experience series, Reconstruction.

    From Martha S. Jones’ bio:
    Martha S. Jones is Associate Professor of History and Afroamerican Studies, and Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Jones holds a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University (2001) and a J.D. from the CUNY School of Law (1987). She currently serves as a 2008 Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the National Constitution Center. Jones has been a fellow with the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, a recipient of the AHAs Littleton-Griswold research grant (2002), and a visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, in Paris (2006 and 2007). She directs the Law and Slavery and Freedom Project, an international research collaborative with Rebecca J. Scott (Michigan) and Jean Hébrard (EHESS) and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Women’s History. Jones is the author of All Bound Up Together: The Woman Question in African American Public Culture, 1830-1900 (2007), which examines nineteenth-century debates over the rights of women. Her current work includes two book projects: Overturning Dred Scott: Everyday Life at the Intersection of Race and Law in an Antebellum City and Riding the Atlantic World Circuit: One Household’s Journey Through the Law of Slavery and Freedom, a comparative study of slavery and law in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century French Caribbean and United States.

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    The New Black film screening and discussion

    01/26/2015 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Location: 2435 North Quad
    Speaker: Discussion will be facilitated by UM Staff following the screening.

    The College of Literature, Science and the Arts is sponsoring this screening which will be followed by a discussion facilitated by UM staff members. This event is organized in collaboration with the visit of the filmmaker Yoruba Richen, who will give a talk the following evening The New Black: The Intersection of Race, LGBT Rights, and the Fight for Equality.

    Registration is requested, but not required:


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    Management Leadership for Tomorrow Career Prep – Info Session

    01/26/2015 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
    Location: room 1220 @ the Ross School of Business
    Speaker: Jessica Covarrubias, Katie Chapman, Chiedozie Okafor

    In an effort to increase the number of minority undergrads to pursue careers within business, we are partnering with the Black Business Undergraduate Society (BBUS), Association for Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA), Distinguished and members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity to host a Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) Career Prep Info session. This session will provide undergrads tips and insights for landing internships, inform them of the benefits of MLT’s Career Prep Program and encourage Sophomores to apply to MLT. Although this session highlights MLT, it also includes other components of the internship career search process. We encourage all CGSM members to attend.

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    The New Black: The Intersection of Race, LGBTQ Rights, and the Fight for Equality

    01/27/2015 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Location: Mendelssohn Theater
    Speaker: Yoruba Richen

    As the College of Literature, Science, and the Art’s featured speaker in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, award-winning documentary filmmaker Yoruba Richen will draw on elements from her latest film, The New Black, to help our community engage matters of race, sexuality, gender, and marginalization as they have been raised by the discourse around #BBUM and in light of tragic events–most recently in Ferguson and New York–that continue to shape all our of lives.

    This event is hosted by the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, with co-sponsorship from the following units:

    Afroamerican and African Studies
    American Culture
    Center for Campus Involvement
    Center for Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL)
    Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP)
    Health Science Scholars Program (HSSP)
    Honors Program
    Intergroup Relations (IGR)
    Language Resource Center (LRC)
    Lloyd Hall Scholars Program (LHSP)
    The LSA Undergraduate Education Climate Committee
    Michigan Community Scholars Program (MCSP)
    Michigan Research Community (MRC)
    Natural History Museum
    Newnan Advising Center
    Residential College (RP)
    Science Learning Center (SLC)
    Screen Arts and Culture
    Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
    Women in Science and Engineering Residence Program (WISE RP)
    Women’s Studies

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    Credible messengers, critical trust: Community health empowerment

    01/28/2015 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
    Location: Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium
    Speaker: Ruth Browne (MPP/MPH '83), CEO of the Arthur Ashe Institute

    Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

    This event will be live webstreamed. Please visit this page on the day of the event for viewing access.

    Join the conversation on Twitter: #policytalks

    From the speaker’s bio:

    Dr. Ruth C. Browne (MPP/MPH ’83) is CEO of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Center of Health Care Strategies and served as a member of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR) for four years. She is an active member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) Manhattan Chapter. Dr. Browne received her doctorate from the School of Public Health at Harvard University and a Masters in Public Health and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan. She received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and pursued lower undergraduate studies at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.

    This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Gilbert S. Omenn and Martha A. Darling Health Policy Fund.

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    Supporting the Academic Success of Men of Color: A Strength Based Approach

    01/28/2015 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
    Location: Rackham Graduate School, Assembly Hall (4th Floor), 915 E. Washington St.
    Speaker: Frank Harris III, Ph.D., and Victor Saenz, Ph.D.

    Participate in this dialogue between scholars, practitioners and students focused on ways to create a culture that supports and sustains the academic and personal success of men of color on college campuses with a panel of scholars, practitioners and students. Featured presenters at this event are Frank Harris III, co-director of the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) at San Diego State University and Victor B. Saenz, executive director of the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color at the University of Texas at Austin.


    Sponsored by the Center for Educational Outreach, Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs,
    National Center for Institutional Diversity, and the Office of Academic Multicultural

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    U of M Department of Dermatology Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Lecturer

    01/29/2015 8:00 am to 10:30 am
    Location: 1910 Taubman Center
    Speaker: Shauna Ryder-Diggs, MD

    Dr. Shauna Ryder Diggs is a dermatologist in solo private practice. Dr. Diggs is on staff at St. John Medical Center, Sinai-Grace Hospital and Beaumont-Grosse Pointe Hospital, where she teaches internal medicine and family practice residents during rotations and in their lecture series. An active professional leader, Dr. Diggs is Chair of the Board of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, which supports research and programs to improve the health of Michigan residents. In addition she is a member of the Blue Care Network Board of Directors, serving as Chair of the Health Care Quality and Service Improvement Committee. In 2012, Dr. Diggs was elected as a Regent of the University of Michigan for an eight year term, and is currently vice chair of the U-M Board of Regents.


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    Hal Korn “Final Friday” Series on College Student Mental Health

    01/30/2015 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
    Location: Michigan Union, Kuenzel Room
    Speaker: Jacqueline Mattis, Ph.D.

    “Faith Matters: Exploring Spirituality and Religiosity in the Lives of African Americans”

    Research demonstrates quite consistently that religion and spirituality are cornerstones of African American life. African American children, adolescents and adults are disproportionately likely to attend religious services, and are disproportionately likely to report that religion is somewhat to very important in their lives. This talk will explore 1) the definitions and varied manifestations of religion and spirituality among African Americans; 2) the functions of religion and spirituality with regard to coping; and 3) strategies for incorporating and addressing matters of faith in counseling with African American clients.

    Continuing Education credits for Social Workers are available; light refreshments will be provided.

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    Inaugural William Monroe Trotter Lecture

    02/10/2015 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Location: Rogel Ball Room Michigan Union
    Speaker: Cheryl Clarke

    Cheryl Clarke, a Black lesbian feminist poet activist, will reflect on her involvement in liberation struggles across the black, feminist, and gay liberation movements in the United States.

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    A LOVE SUPREME at 50: John Coltrane, Malcolm x, and the Sounds of ’65

    02/19/2015 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Location: G648 Haven Hall (GalleryDAAS)
    Speaker: DAAS Faculty and Community

    Join us for a discussion of John Coltrane’s seminal classic “A Love Supreme”​ which was released in February 1965​. Music enthusiasts will gather to explore this important work of jazz and the ​period​ ​of​ American history​ that​ ​impacted its creation​.

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    Health Disparities in the Management of HIV-AIDS & Ebola: A Dialogue on And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic

    02/26/2015 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Location: University of Michigan Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library - Gallery
    Speaker: Book Dialogue

    Written by journalist Randy Shilts in 1987, And the Band Played On details the emergence of HIV / AIDS with a special focus on the lack of urgency and response by US government officials and others to a disease that was perceived to be specific to the homosexual population. Shilts contends that incompetence and indifference toward those initially affected caused the spread of the disease to become much worse. The book will be discussed in the context of the current Ebola crisis plaguing West Africa. Experts in the health professions will facilitate an engaging discussion on this book.

    A supplemental video – The Ebola Hot Zone – 60 Minutes (Season 47 / Epidsode 8) is recommended: http://tinyurl.com/knbmjdq

    This event is co-sponsored by the 2015 MLK Health Sciences Planning Committee and the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library.

    2015 MLK Health Sciences Planning Committee: School of Dentistry, Medical School, College of Pharmacy, School of Public Health, School of Nursing, School of Social Work, Michigan Institute for Clinical Health Research, Office for Health Equity and Inclusion, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers – Human Resources and University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers – Service Excellence

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    Michigan Phenom Show (Postponed)

    03/14/2015 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Location: Mendelssohn Theatre
    Speaker: Khris Sanchez

    The Michigan Phenom Show will display several acts that displays different cultural backgrounds within our campus that ranges from A cappella groups, dance teams, Greek Life, poetry, musical theatre, hip-hop, opera, a light show, etc. The event will also include several quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King and the work he has done to bring communities closer and accept diversity in our society.

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    25th Annual SCOR Diversity & Social Justice Symposium

    03/27/2015 12:00 am to 4:30 pm
    Location: Rackham Graduate School
    Speaker: Dr. Freeman Hrawbowski.

    Join us for our annual diversity and social justice symposium.

    Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was recently named by President Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the recent report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads.

    Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), he also received TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award (2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the “Human Condition.” UMBC has been recognized as a model for academic innovation and inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which the past six years ranked UMBC the #1 “Up and Coming” university in the nation.

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