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Jan 21, 2022 8:00 pmVirtual

Penny Stamps Speaker Series

We’re starting the Winter 2022 series virtually with a selection of favorite presentations from the archives. This Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series event originally took place on September 11, 2014.

This archival presentation of content never before shared online will be available for a 4‑week limited period, from Friday, January 21 — Friday, February 17, 2022 as part of the 2022 U‑M MLK Symposium and the Democracy & Debate 2021-‘22 programming.

An award-winning actress, playwright, and teacher, Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to highlight issues of community, character, and diversity in America. Based on her recent one-woman show Let Me Down Easy, this lecture/​performance will combine stories of her creative journey with insights into the fragility and resilience of the human body and spirit.

Jan 19, 2022 7:00 pmVirtual

CLOSUP LECTURE SERIES, POLICY TALKS @ THE FORD SCHOOL

Michigan has brand new electoral maps designed through an innovative new process, and the state’s politics will never be the same. This webinar will analyze and evaluate Michigan’s new redistricting approach and new maps. The discussion will offer a national perspective, comparing Michigan’s new approach of an independent citizens redistricting commission with approaches in other states. Will Michigan’s new model inspire reform in other states?

Jan 17, 2022 12:00 pmVirtual

U-M Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium Event

In honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., join us for an important discussion between University of Michigan Ford School Dean Michael Barr and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves on working to revive the economy while combating the racist systems embedded within it. Associate Dean Celeste Watkins-Hayes, director of the Center for Racial Justice, will give welcoming remarks.

Jan 12, 2022 12:00 PMVirtual

Public Policy and Institutional Discrimination Series

Facilitated by faculty discussant Bill Bynum this session focuses on the role of policy to advance economic opportunity for disenfranchised populations. Come join us to help foster dialogue on important issues of U.S. public policy. Sessions are facilitated by faculty discussants. This is an opportunity for students to hear from faculty outside of the classroom. Students are encouraged, though not required, to attend as many sessions as possible.

Jan 6, 2022 8:00 pmVirtual: View this event at https://www.dptv.org/

January 6, 2022, marks the one-year anniversary of the assault on the U.S. Capitol by those protesting the results of the presidential election.

To examine the events surrounding the election and to consider its long-term consequences, Detroit Public TV is presenting a one-hour special that evening at 8 pm Eastern, “Election 20/20: Detroit to D.C.” The centerpiece of the program is a video created in collaboration with the Detroit Free Press focusing on election night and the vote count over the next few days, as the nation’s eyes turned on Detroit and weary poll workers faced angry protestors pounding on windows of the city’s major convention center trying to disrupt the process.

It was a scene with rare precedent in American history, and it set the stage in many ways for the violence of January 6. During the election count, Detroit Free reporters and video journalists provided unparalleled coverage of these events, and they tell a harrowing, startling story in this video of democracy on the verge of chaos.

The DPTV special also includes interviews with Rep. Brenda Lawrence and Rep. Fred Upton, who were both inside the Capitol that day and who provide their own eyewitness account of events.

Finally, Dean Michael Barr of the U-M Ford School of Public Policy and Detroit Free Press Editor and Vice President Peter Bhatia provide a thoughtful analysis of the issues posed by the election and its aftermath – the rampant spread of misinformation, the ongoing attacks on the credibility of the electoral system, the importance of a trusted media to a healthy democracy and what this all means to our nation going forward.

Moderated by Christy McDonald, the managing editor and anchor of DPTV’s “One Detroit” news team.

Dec 9, 2021 12:00 PMVirtual

This expert panel will help us to understand how systems of racism and sexism support and maintain each other, discuss recent efforts to grapple with these issues at Michigan, frame them within a broader theoretical and political context and then provide suggestions on how to move from intention to action and how to enact structural change that is transformational and sustainable.

Panelists:
- Elizabeth Cole, Faculty Associate Director, National Center for Institutional Diversity; Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Psychology, and Afroamerican and African Studies
- Elizabeth González, Education & Training Program Manager, Spectrum Center
- SaraEllen Strongman, Assistant Professor, Afroamerican and African Studies
- Ruby C. Tapia, Chair, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; Associate Professor, English Language & Literature and Women’s and Gender Studies

Moderator: Anna Kirkland, Director, Institute for Research on Women and Gender; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies; Political Science, Sociology, and Health Management & Policy (by courtesy)

Dec 9, 2021 12:00 PMVirtual

EJ Lunchtime Lecture Series

Georgia State University School of Public Health professor Dr. Christina Hempfill Fuller will present a lecture titled, “Seeing the forest and the trees: Rectifying air pollution injustice with green infrastructure.”

Dec 8, 2021 4:00 PM1120 Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium

This in-person event is open to current University of Michigan students, faculty, and staff. Doors open at 3:30 pm, registration and check-in is required. U-M COVID related health policies will be followed including wearing masks and checking of the ResponsiBLUE app.

Location:

1120 Weill Hall, Anneberg Auditorium

735 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The Weiser Diplomacy Center at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the American Academy of Diplomacy will co-host a discussion on China and the challenges facing the U.S.-China relationship. These challenges include managing disputes in areas such as the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea; addressing developments in Hong Kong and Xinjiang; and navigating tensions over economic issues related to cybersecurity, intellectual property, and transparency in trade. Bilateral relations also occur in a shifting geostrategic landscape as China strengthens its continental linkages through the Belt and Road Initiative while the United States refocuses on its vision for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific. 

An expert panel will explore elements of this relationship:

Speakers

  • David Shear, Senior adviser at McLarty Associates, a global strategic advisory firm. Chairman of the National Association of Japan-America Societies
  • Craig Allen, sixth President of the United States-China Business Council (USCBC), a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing over 200 American companies doing business with China
  • Ambassador Sylvia Stanfield, U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam from 1999-2002 and a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service
  • Moderator Ambassador Gerald Feierstein, Retired 41- year career U.S. Foreign Service, current Senior Vice President of the Middle East Institute
Dec 7, 2021 4:00 PMVirtual

Please join us for this panel discussion about the profound effects of COVID-19 on the state of education in Michigan. Research from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University has looked at shifts in enrollment numbers, indicators of student achievement, and qualitative effects on students and families. Eighteen months into the pandemic, what measurable effects have we seen, what are the long-term implications, and what lessons can be learned from this unique set of challenges?

Speakers

  • Delsa Chapman, Michigan Department of Education Deputy Superintendent of Educator, Student, and School Support
  • Sarah Lenhoff, WSU Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Kevin Stange, U-M Professor of Public Policy
  • Katharine Strunk, MSU Professor of Education

Moderator Ron French, Bridge Michigan Senior Writer and Associate Editor

Dec 6, 2021 Virtual

Join us for a talk on global vaccine equity and health justice with Fatima Hassan, human rights lawyer, social justice activist, and the founder of the Health Justice Initiative in South Africa; and Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Towsley Policymaker in Residence at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Postponed

The growing use of algorithms is increasing concerns that they may discriminate, but mitigating bias requires designers to take account of protected characteristics. If they do so, are those efforts a form of discrimination? Put concretely, if model builders take race into account to prevent bias against blacks, have they engaged in discrimination against whites? Some scholars assume so, and seek to justify those practices as valid forms of affirmative action. This Article argues that they are starting the analysis in the wrong place. Rather than assuming disparate treatment has occurred, we should first ask whether race-aware strategies constitute discrimination at all. Despite rhetoric about colorblindness, some forms of race-consciousness are widely accepted as lawful. Because creating an algorithm is a complex, multi-step process involving many choices, tradeoffs and judgment calls, designers might take race into account in many different ways, not all of which entail disparate treatment against whites. Only if a strategy constitutes disparate treatment is it necessary to consider whether it is justifiable under affirmative action doctrine. This difference in approach matters, because affirmative action programs bear a heavy burden of justification. Treating all race-aware algorithms as forms of disparate treatment reinforces the false notion that leveling the playing field for disadvantaged groups disrupts the entitlements of a previously-advantaged group. It also mistakenly suggests that, prior to considering race, algorithms are neutral processes that uncover objective truth about merit or desert, rather than properly understanding them as human constructs reflecting the choices of their creators.

Dec 6, 2021 4:00 PMVirtual

MIDAS Seminar Series

The growing use of algorithms is increasing concerns that they may discriminate, but mitigating bias requires designers to take account of protected characteristics. If they do so, are those efforts a form of discrimination? Put concretely, if model builders take race into account to prevent bias against blacks, have they engaged in discrimination against whites? Some scholars assume so, and seek to justify those practices as valid forms of affirmative action. This Article argues that they are starting the analysis in the wrong place. Rather than assuming disparate treatment has occurred, we should first ask whether race-aware strategies constitute discrimination at all. Despite rhetoric about colorblindness, some forms of race-consciousness are widely accepted as lawful. Because creating an algorithm is a complex, multi-step process involving many choices, tradeoffs and judgment calls, designers might take race into account in many different ways, not all of which entail disparate treatment against whites. Only if a strategy constitutes disparate treatment is it necessary to consider whether it is justifiable under affirmative action doctrine. This difference in approach matters, because affirmative action programs bear a heavy burden of justification. Treating all race-aware algorithms as forms of disparate treatment reinforces the false notion that leveling the playing field for disadvantaged groups disrupts the entitlements of a previously-advantaged group. It also mistakenly suggests that, prior to considering race, algorithms are neutral processes that uncover objective truth about merit or desert, rather than properly understanding them as human constructs reflecting the choices of their creators.

Nov 18, 2021 8:00 pmVirtual

Penny Stamps Speaker Series

The debate about resti­tu­tion and the ethics of West­ern muse­ums’ own­ing African art­works col­lected dur­ing the era of col­o­niza­tion has never been more in the pub­lic eye. Most well-known, per­haps, are the ​“Benin bronzes,” artis­tic and royal heir­looms made since the 13th cen­tury by highly spe­cial­ized met­al­work­ers in the King­dom of Benin (now south­ern Nige­ria). In 1897, British forces sacked the cap­i­tal of this pros­per­ous king­dom. They tore sculp­tures and plaques from the palace walls, and took them back to Europe, where the looted trea­sures were sold to muse­ums and pri­vate col­lec­tors. The royal court of Benin, Niger­ian offi­cials, and high-pro­file schol­ars such as Pro­fes­sor Chika Okeke-Agulu (Prince­ton) have been demand­ing their return for decades. Increas­ingly, muse­ums based in the Global North have been lis­ten­ing to these calls for repa­tri­a­tion, and some have pledged to return works from their col­lec­tions. To pro­vide a new home for the repa­tri­ated works, plans for a new Edo Museum of West African Art (EMOWAA), are cur­rently in devel­op­ment with world renowned archi­tect Sir David Adjaye lead­ing the build­ing design project.

On the occa­sion of Wish You Were Here: African Art & Resti­tu­tion, a pub­lic inves­ti­ga­tion into our own col­lec­tion at the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan Museum of Art (UMMA), Sir David Adjaye and Pro­fes­sor Chika Okeke-Agulu will dis­cuss their cur­rent and recent projects that address how works of art may re-enter the soci­eties they were torn away from. Laura De Becker, Interim Chief Cura­tor and the Hel­mut and Can­dis Stern Cura­tor of African Art at UMMA, will intro­duce the event.

Nov 18, 2021 10:00 amMichigan League Ballroom (2nd floor)

CLOSUP Lecture Series

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission will be meeting on University of Michigan’s campus during the expected final 45-day period for public comment before they vote to adopt final district maps in Michigan.

Plan to attend and have your say which maps you want them to adopt!

Nov 17, 2021 3:00 PMVirtaul

College and Beyond II: The Outcomes of Liberal Education Colloquium Series

The Discussion Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research teaches instructors how to design and implement high quality discussion in their university classrooms. The speakers will explain the features of the course, why and how they created it, and the research that has informed the process. They will explain why students must “learn to discuss”—learn the skills of discussion—and “discuss to learn”—engage in discussion to learn key concepts and grapple with important issues.

Speakers:
Diana Hess, Dean and Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lynn Glueck, Program Director, The Discussion Project, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Timothy McKay (Moderator), Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Physics, Astronomy, Education, University of Michigan

In 2021-22 the College and Beyond II Public Colloquium Series will explore the links between liberal education and its outcomes, with a particular focus on democratic engagement. This fall, researchers and leaders of projects focused on better understanding and increasing civic and political engagement will discuss ongoing efforts and new initiatives. In winter 2022, seminars will feature research on the enduring impact of liberal education conducted with the College and Beyond II dataset, which contains rich data about students’ experiences in and beyond college and will open to researchers in June 2022.

Visit the College and Beyond II: Outcomes of a Liberal Arts Education Colloquium Series website for more information on this and all upcoming events: https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/liberalarts

Nov 10, 2021 12:00 PMVirtual

Public Policy and Institutional Discrimination Series

Facilitated by faculty discussant Abdul El-Sayed, a Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence at the Ford School, this session focuses on health equity, why it matters, and the role of policy in creating equitable outcomes.

Nov 9, 2021 4:00 pmVirtual

Racial Foundations of Public Policy Series

Join Jennifer Lee, the Julian Clarence Levi Professor of Social Sciences at Columbia University, in conversation with the Director of the Center for Racial Justice at the Ford School of Public Policy, Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes.

Jennifer Lee is the Julian Clarence Levi Professor of Social Sciences at Columbia University, and Past President of the Eastern Sociological Society. An award-winning author of four books, most recently of The Asian American Achievement Paradox, she is this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to the Field Award from the American Sociological Association’s Asia and Asian American Section. Her wide-ranging research addresses morally urgent questions about the implications of contemporary U.S. immigration—particularly Asian immigration—on the native-born population. She has studied this from a variety of analytical lenses, including immigrant entrepreneurship and ethnic conflict, intermarriage and multiracial identification, educational opportunities and outcomes, and, most recently, affirmative action and the rise in anti-Asian hate. She is a Board Member of the Obama Presidency Oral History, a Trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation, and a Senior Researcher at AAPI Data, which recently received a $10 million grant to study anti-Asian discrimination and hate. Committed to public engagement, she is a Contributor for The Brookings Institution, and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and a variety of other outlets. Earlier this year, she was invited by the Biden-Harris Administration to present her research on xenophobia, discrimination and anti-Asian hate to COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.Learn more about Dr. Lee here.

Nov 3, 2021 1:00 pmVirtual

ISR Insights Speaker Series

Social media have been repeatedly shown to harbor white supremacist networks, enabling far-right extremists to find one another, recruit and radicalize new members, and normalize their hate. In order to address the problem of white supremacist speech on social media, platforms must first be able to identify it.

In this talk, Libby Hemphill will present research to understand what white supremacist speech looks like, especially how it’s different from general or commonplace speech, and to determine whether white supremacists try to adapt to avoid detection from social media platforms’ current content moderation systems.

Oct 28, 2021 2:00 pmVirtual

College and Beyond II: The Outcomes of Liberal Education Colloquium Series

The 2020 election saw record-breaking turnout, and college and university students were no exception. In this session, Nancy Thomas, director of Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, will discuss findings from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), as well as the conflicting forces at play in 2020—pandemic-driven social distancing, a backlash against President Trump, a national reckoning over racial injustice, defiance around voter access, new efforts by institutional leaders and faculty, and effective student organizing—and what it all means for democratic learning across disciplines, healthy political campus climates, and planning for the 2022 election and beyond.

Zoom – Registration Required: https://umich.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_f5XhPfX4RdOCsvvEUD3MBw

Opening Event Speakers:

Nancy Thomas, Director, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University

Vincent Hutchings (discussant), Diversity and Social Transformation Professor; Hanes Walton, Jr. Collegiate Professor of Political Science and Afroamerican and African Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Research Professor, Institute for Social Research; University of Michigan

Dave Waterhouse (discussant), Interim Co-Director, The Edward Ginsberg Center, University of Michigan

Susan Jekielek (moderator), Associate Research Scientist, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, University of Michigan

In 2021-22 the College and Beyond II Public Colloquium Series will explore the links between liberal education and its outcomes, with a particular focus on democratic engagement. This fall, researchers and leaders of projects focused on better understanding and increasing civic and political engagement will discuss ongoing efforts and new initiatives. In winter 2022, seminars will feature research on the enduring impact of liberal education conducted with the College and Beyond II dataset, which contains rich data about students’ experiences in and beyond college and will open to researchers in June 2022.

Visit the College and Beyond II: Outcomes of a Liberal Arts Education Colloquium Series website for more information on this and all upcoming events: https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/liberalarts

Oct 27, 2021 4:00 pmVirtual

Racial Foundations of Public Policy Series

Dr. Rucker Johnson—a labor economist who specializes in the economics of education—will join Dr. Celeste-Watkins-Hayes in conversation as part of a virtual series on the historical roots and impact of race in shaping public policy.

The Racial Foundations of Public Policy series focuses on the historical roots and impact of race in shaping public policy as both a disciplinary field and as a course of action. The series will bring in renowned scholar-experts from across the country to be in conversation with Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes, director of the Center for Racial Justice at the Ford School of Public Policy. The series is open to all members of the University of Michigan community and the wider public.

Oct 26, 2021 6:00 pmVirtual and In-Person, Locations TBA

Join Student Life for a film screening and discussion of Me, The “Other.” This film reveals the inner and outer lives of people living on the frontlines of prejudice by asking the questions we don’t discuss in classrooms, workplaces and social places. From three colleges in one Michigan county come the narratives of 12 students whose lives are shaped by being the “other” and whose struggles and triumphs reveal the resilience of the human spirit. The students share their personal journeys through mental illness, suicidal thoughts, loss of a loved one, substance abuse, racism, Islamophobia, gender dysphoria, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status differences, sexual assault, physical illness, religion and spirituality, immigration, DACA and deportation. Please join for an in-person or virtual viewing and post-film discussion. Film screening 6-7:30pm and discussion 7:30-8:30pm. REGISTER HERE

Oct 22, 2021 5:00 pmVirtual

Turn Up Turn Out, in collaboration with the Center for Racial Justice, would like to invite you to “Dinner for Democracy.” The virtual event will be a question-and-answer style panel with Eli Savit, Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attorney; Victoria Burton-Harris, Washtenaw County Chief Assistant; Dr. Jeremiah Wade Olsen, professor at UM-Flint; and Alyshia Dyer (MPP/MSW’22), former Washtenaw County Deputy Sheriff.

The members of this panel will contribute to our discussion following Dr. Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve’s conversation on the Racial foundations of criminal justice policy with their own unique expertise on the subject. Throughout this event, students will learn about the intersection between criminal justice and racial discrimination and will walk away with knowledge of how they can impact criminal justice policy that is relevant to our University of Michigan communities.

Oct 22, 2021 12:00 pmVirtual

The Program in Practical Policy Engagement (P3E) invites the University of Michigan Community to learn about Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), which is on the ballot in Ann Arbor in the upcoming November 2nd election. 

The Ann Arbor City Charter Amendment reads: “Shall the Charter be amended to provide that the Mayor and City Council members are to be nominated and elected by a Ranked Choice Voting method when it is authorized by State Law?”

Mandy Mitchell (MPP ‘22), will present her research on the likely impacts of adopting RCV, undertaking as a P3E research fellow with the Michigan Consensus Policy Project. MCCP, a bipartisan working group of former state officials, seeks to identify nonpartisan solutions to the state’s most pressing issues. Register with this link.

Oct 22, 2021 5:00 pmVirtual

Racial segregation pervades the American stage and screen musical from its origins to the present. And while the black-cast musical is usually named as such, the necessary complement on the other side of the color line—the white-cast musical—is typically granted the unmodified moniker “the musical.” (Eliding race in this way is, of course, a classic expression of whiteness.) This talk names the white-cast musical as such by identifying aesthetic, structural, and industrial forms of whiteness in the output of two major figures: Fred Astaire and Stephen Sondheim. Drawing on forthcoming work on both men, Dr. Todd Decker uses a variety of methods to identify and describe Astaire’s and Sondheim’s distinct and particular types of whiteness. Adding precision to this inquiry, he draws on digital humanities methods that quantify the extent to which whiteness dominates the history of the American musical. 

Todd Decker (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2007) is the Paul Tietjens Professor of Music, American Culture Studies, and Film and Media Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

Watch via Zoom (link forthcoming)

Free and open to all - online only

Oct 21, 2021 12:00 pmVirtual

As part of the Public Policy and Institutional Discrimination Series, Ambassador Susan Page and Javed Ali, former senior director of counterterrorism at the National Security Council, facilitate a conversation on the need for diversity in one of the nation’s oldest government agencies. Registration required.

The Public Policy and Institutional Discrimination Series, open to the U-M community, is designed to foster dialogue on important issues of U.S. public policy with practitioners in session facilitated by faculty discussants.

Oct 20, 2021 12:00 pmVirtual

Join the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the School of Public Health for a discussion on global public health and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic response with Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization. Dean F. DuBois Bowman of the School of Public Health will moderate the conversation.

Oct 18, 2021 3:30 pm Virtual

How can you and your students impact the community we live in? Please join City of Ann Arbor staff to learn about ways to engage with the city and play a role in decision-making processes. Staff will share current city engagement practices and opportunities in addition to what is in the works. City staff would also like to hear from you on ways the city might better connect with University employees and students.

This session builds on the Ginsberg Center’s ongoing civic engagement work, by paying special attention to the ways faculty, staff, and students can promote community change through the Policy & Governance Pathway, one of six pathways to civic engagement & community change

Presenters:

  • Kayla Coleman, Interim Solid Waste Manager and Community Engagement Specialist
  • Galen Hardy, Office of Sustainability and Innovations Community Engagement Specialist
  • Heather Seyfarth, AICP, Special Planning Projects Manager and Community Engagement Specialist
Feb 25, 2021 7:00 PMOnline

In 2018 Michigan voters approved a Constitutional amendment to change how redistricting is done in the state, removing the process from the purview of the state legislature and placing it in the hands of a new Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC). The amendment also prescribes priorities the ICRC must address when drawing new district maps, placing the concept of “communities of interest” (COIs) near the top of the list.

While COIs have been a part of redistricting in other states, this is a new concept in Michigan, and is not yet widely understood. This webinar will help educate stakeholders about COIs: what they are, the role they will play in Michigan’s new redistricting process, and how they can strategize and engage effectively in that process.

The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), the Program in Practical Policy Engagement, Detroit Public TV, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and Voters Not Politicians, the citizen-led grassroots organization that spearheaded the effort to pass the amendment.

Jan 29, 2021 8:00 pmVirtual event

January 29 - Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Eric Foner 

In Conversation 

Pausing for a moment of post inaugural reflection, following one of our nation’s most contentious presidential elections, this conversation brings together filmmaker, scholar, journalist and cultural critic, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. with prominent historian Eric Foner to contemplate how a divided nation comes together. The two will discuss Reconstruction, the all-too-brief period following the Civil War when the United States made its first effort to become an interracial democracy.  The period saw the Constitution rewritten to incorporate the ideal of racial equality, but ended as a result of a violent backlash that erased many of the gains that had been made, with consequences we still confront as a nation. The program will also preview Gates most recent project, The Black Church, which will premiere on PBS in February.

 

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. Professor Gates is an author and filmmaker whose work includes Reconstruction: America after the Civil War, winner of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, and the related books, Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow, with Tonya Bolden, and 2019 New York Times Notable Book, Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow. Gates’ groundbreaking genealogy series, Finding Your Roots, is now in its sixth season on PBS and has been called “one of the deepest and wisest series ever on television,” leveraging “the inherent entertainment capacity of the medium to educate millions of Americans about the histories and cultures of our nation and the world.” Gates is the recipient of an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award, an NAACP image award, an MacArthur Foundation “genius award,” and in 1998 he was the first African American to receive the National Humanities Medal. Gates was named to Time’s 25 Most Influential Americans list in 1997, to Ebony’s Power 150 list in 2009, and to Ebony’s Power 100 list in 2010 and 2012. 

 Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University, is one of this country’s most prominent historians. Professor Foner’s publications have concentrated on the intersections of intellectual, political and social history, and the history of American race relations. One of his best-known books includes Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877, winner of the Bancroft Prize, Parkman Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. His latest book is T*he Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution* . Foner has also been the co-curator, with Olivia Mahoney, of two prize-winning exhibitions on American history: A House Divided: America in the Age of Lincoln, which opened at the Chicago Historical Society in 1990, and America’s Reconstruction: People and Politics After the Civil War, which opened at the Virginia Historical Society in 1995 and traveled to several other locations. 

Lynette Clemetson is the Director of Wallace House, Knight-Wallace Fellowships and the Livingston Awards at the University of Michigan. A longtime journalist, she was a correspondent for Newsweek magazine in the U.S. and Asia, a national correspondent for The New York Times, and senior director of strategy and new initiatives at NPR. Wallace House works to sustain and elevate the careers of journalists, foster civic engagement, and uphold the role of a free press in democratic society.

 This event is part of the Democracy & Debate theme semester with support from Wallace House and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. It is also part of the 2021 U-M Reverend Martin Luther King Junior Symposium.

Jan 25, 2021 12:00 pmVirtual Event

Join us for an interdisciplinary group of U-M experts in conversation on our new Vice-President, Kamala Harris. This discussion, one of the final events of the Democracy & Debate Theme Semester, marks the historic results of the 2020 election season. As the Theme Semester concludes, a new administration will take office under extraordinary circumstances. While this election season has wrought charges of voter suppression, claims of irregularities, and violence in the service of vastly unproven assertions of fraud, for this event we place our primary focus on Kamala Harris, who will make history on Inauguration Day, January 20th. She has broken barriers in American politics and will serve in office during a moment marked by a global pandemic and economic hardship, as well as by an upswing in nativist sentiments, racism, and a politics of exclusion. Harris brings a wealth of experience — as a former US Senator and state’s attorney general — and a cluster of identities — as a Black woman and a woman of South Asian descent, a daughter of immigrants, a graduate of a historically Black university, a mother within a blended family — to a role that she will inevitably reframe in the years to come. With an introduction by Provost Susan Collins, Edward M. Gramlich Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, professor of economics, and former dean of the Ford School (2007-17), the panel will feature: Annette Joseph-Gabriel, Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies and Editor of the Global Black History section of Public Books; Ian Shin, Assistant Professor of History and American Culture (Asian/Pacfic Islander Studies); Angela X. Ocampo, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies and Latina/o Studies; Michelle May-Curry, PhD Candidate, American Culture; and closing remarks by Jasmine Williams, a senior in the Ross School of Business and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Beta Eta (UM) chapter. Ruby C. Tapia, Department Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies and Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and English Language and Literature, will moderate. This panel promises a rich discussion on the diverse histories that intersect in this moment, as well as its meanings for the communities Harris embodies and for the nation as a whole.

Sponsored by the Democracy & Debate Theme Semester; Departments of Women’s & Gender Studies and Afroamerican & African Studies in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; the Institute for Research on Women and Gender; the National Pan Hellenic Council - University of Michigan Chapter; and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated- Beta Eta Chapter.

Jan 18, 2021 1:00 pmVirtual

Public monuments, public spaces, and museums shape the shared understanding of our nation’s history. From the removal of Jim Crow-era statues of Confederate leaders in cities across the country to the opening of the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, AL, a dramatic shift in our perceptions and ideas about  the complex heritage of our monuments and museums has occurred over the last five years. More recently, the country has considered the role of monuments and the narratives they perpetuate with much greater focus and intensity in light of the protest movements for social justice and against systemic racism that swept the nation in summer of 2020.  In honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, join us for an important discussion with four national experts on the power that monuments and public spaces assert in creating our nation’s stories. Mitch Landrieu, former Mayor of New Orleans; Earl Lewis, founding director of University of Michigan’s Center for Social Solutions; and Kristin Hass, Associate Professor of American Culture, will discuss the crucial role practice and policy play today in shaping our nation’s legacies, in a conversation moderated by Christina Olsen, director of the University of Michigan’s Museum of Art.

Dec 10, 2020 5:30 PMZoom

President-elect Biden’s first announcements of nominations for his cabinet – Janet Yellen as Secretary of Treasury, Anthony Blinken as Secretary of State, Jake Sullivan as National Security Advisor – signal the incoming administration’s immediate focus on economic and foreign policy. What is the significance of Biden’s choice of nominees and what does their selection tell us about the direction his administration might take? Join Linda Tesar, Professor of Economics, and Ambassador Susan D. Page, Professor of Practice in International Diplomacy at the Ford School and Professor of Practice at the Law School, for a lively, wide-ranging discussion on the upcoming challenges in economic and foreign policy in the domestic and international sphere.

View the video HERE

Dec 3, 2020 12:00 PMOnline

Senator Mitt Romney recently signaled that a likely candidate for bipartisan agreement with a Biden Administration could be an expanded and fully refundable child tax credit. What would this mean for families, especially those with low income? In this talk Professor Shaefer will chart the journey of recent calls to expand the child tax credit and the rising popularity of the child allowance among poverty scholars, in Congress, and in the Biden Administration. Professor Shaefer will discuss the questions of principle and practicality in this journey, as well as the expected impacts on child poverty were it to become law.

Click HERE to read an article in the Wall Street Journal for context.

Dec 2, 2020 Online

Using dance, drag, drama, and documentary elements, A Beautiful Country chronicles 150 years of Asian-American immigration history. Miss Visa Denied, a transgender drag queen and performer, is the narrator who guides the audience through the turbulent history of Chinese, Filipino, and Japanese people coming to America. Heartfelt testimonials and the dramatization of some highly vibrant and egregious pieces of propaganda showcase the provocative events that have shaped this history. Addressing issues of race, gender, and appropriation, this play examines the fundamental questions surrounding the immigrant experience, including what it
means to be an American.

This production was filmed over two weeks in the Arthur Miller Theatre and various remote locations according to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance’s approved safety plan. All safety protocols for the performing arts to prevent the spread of Covid 19 were observed. The production will receive its premiere on Facebook and be available for one week on YouTube beginning on Wednesday, December 2nd.

View the video HERE

Dec 2, 2020 4:00 PMOnline

The Weiser Diplomacy Center is partnering with the American Academy of Diplomacy to bring seasoned U.S. diplomats to Ford School and discuss the future of U.S. foreign policy after the presidential election 2020. We invite students and the community to join us in conversation with Ambassador Ron Neumann, program moderator, with Ambassador Dawn Liberi, Ambassador Hugo Llorens, and Ambassador Alexander Vershbow.

View the video HERE

Dec 1, 2020 5:30 PMZoom

The event will feature speaker Javed Ali, former Senior Director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council and Towsley Policymaker in Residence, and our very own Ravi Pendse, U-M Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, as the event moderator. Join us for an insightful discussion centered on the intersection of cybersecurity, technology, and government and its role within the campus community, presidential elections, and more. Our guests will also be sharing about their unique career paths into their respective fields.

View the video HERE

Nov 19, 2020 Online

Associate Dean Luke Shaefer will moderate a conversation with Ford School faculty members Shobita Parthasarathy, John Ciorciari, and Justin Wolfers about the 2020 Presidential election and policy priorities of the next presidential term. This event is sponsored by the Ford School and co-sponsored in conjunction with the University of Michigan Club of Washington, D.C. It is also part of the Alumni Association’s Going Global Virtual Event Series.

View the video HERE

Nov 19, 2020 11:00 AMZoom

Please join us on November 19th to discuss the cross-section of climate change and social justice. Like COVID-19, climate change will hit communities of color and the poor the hardest. UM has a societal responsibility to be responsive to this issue. Please join us as Lieutenant Governor Gilchrist and other panelists discuss this pivotal issue.

View the video HERE

Nov 18, 2020 12:00 PMOnline

Free and open to the public.

Join us for a discussion on election campaigns, both in 2020 and beyond. The discussion will include Katie Packer Beeson, former deputy campaign manager for the Romney/Ryan campaign in 2012 and founding partner of Burning Glass Consulting, and Greg Schultz, general election strategist and senior advisor for the 2020 Biden campaign. Broderick Johnson, current Towsley Policymaker in Residence and former assistant to the President and cabinet secretary during the Obama Administration, will moderate the discussion.

View the video HERE

Nov 18, 2020 11:30 AMOnline

Women make up over 50% of the state’s population, but just 16% of Michigan’s local chief administrative officers. The Michigan Municipal League’s 16/50 Project is transforming this leadership gap – we’re getting more women seated in the municipal top spot in Michigan communities.

Join the 16/50 Project for an interactive panel experience to meet the force of women leading communities in Michigan, engage with local government challenges, and learn more about the municipal management profession.

Learn more HERE

View the video HERE

Nov 18, 2020 5:30 PMZoom

The presidential transition is currently dominating the news cycle. What exactly is the role and function of a presidential transition team? How are transition teams selected? How do they determine the policy of a new incoming administration? How can the public have a voice in the process? Join Kenneth Lowande, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, and Chantelle Renn, Special Advisor, Transition and Management at the Center for Presidential Transition, for an informative conversation about this process crucial to the foundation of an incoming administration.

View the video HERE

Nov 16, 2020 4:00 PMOnline

Join us for a virtual conversation co-hosted by the Gulf International Forum featuring Dr. Dania Thafer, Executive Director of the Gulf International Forum (GIF), Abbas Khadim, Director of Iraq Initiative at the Atlantic Council and General Anthony C. Zinni, former United States Marine Corps general in conversation with Ambassador Patrick Theros.

View the video HERE

Nov 16, 2020 11:00 AMZoom

There is much talk, especially in recent years, about the urban-rural divide: the idea that people from urban and rural places think fundamentally differently about a whole range of policy issues, and about governance itself. This semester, Ford School students have been analyzing data from previous iterations of the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS), a survey of Michigan local government officials conducted annually since 2008 by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP), to identify where there are and—importantly—are not differences along the urban-rural continuum.

View the video HERE

Nov 12, 2020 12:00 PMOnline

The Ford School of Public Policy is proud to announce the Public Policy and Institutional Discrimination Discussion Series. The series, open to U-M students, faculty, and staff, is designed to foster dialogue on important issues of U.S. public policy. Sessions are facilitated by faculty discussants. Students are encouraged, though not required, to attend as many sessions as possible.

This discussion will be with Mara Cecilia Ostfeld, assistant professor of political science, assistant professor of public policy by courtesy.

View the video HERE

Nov 12, 2020 6:00 PMZoom

In this virtual non-partisan space, students will have the opportunity to collectively reflect on their U.S. Presidential Election experiences with staff across Student Life. We warmly welcome all students and their political perspectives. During this time, students will have the opportunity to engage in large and small groups. Small breakout groups will focus on several topics such as self-care, being an International Student in a U.S. Presidential Election, how to remain civically engaged, and more.

There is no video available for this event.

Nov 12, 2020 11:30 AMZoom

Presenters: Co-editors Jessica Namakkal (Duke), Mark Bray (Rutgers), Eric Roubinek (UNC Asheville) and Giulia Riccò (University of Michigan)
Respondents: Federico Finchelstein (The New School); Victoria de Grazia (Columbia University)

Contributors to this issue of Radical History Review study histories of fascism and antifascism after 1945 to show how fascist ideology continues to circulate and be opposed transnationally despite its supposed death at the end of World War II.
The essays cover the use of fascism in the 1970s construction of the Latinx Left, the connection between antifascism and anti-imperialism in 1960s Italian Communist internationalism, post-dictatorship Argentina and the transhistorical alliance between Las Madres and travestí activism, cultures of antifascism in contemporary Japan, and the British radical right’s attempted alliance with Qathafi’s Libya. The issue also includes a discussion about teaching fascism through fiction in the age of Trump, a reflection on the practices of archiving and displaying antifascist objects to various publics, and reviews of recent works on antifascism, punk music, and the Rock Against Racism movement. Please RSVP to ? for the Zoom link and password. This event is sponsored by the Democracy and Debate Theme Semester.

There is no video available for this event.

Nov 11, 2020 5:15 PMOnline

How will the post-election season impact your student organization? Spend time with Ginsberg Center team to process your own reactions to the election, and develop strategies to lead your student organization in inclusive and supportive ways. This drop-in session will take place twice in the weeks following the November 3rd election.

There is no video available for this event.

Nov 11, 2020 1:00 PMZoom

Please join the Voices for Carbon Neutrality (VCN) on November 11 to learn about successful public private partnerships in the past two years for funding carbon neutrality at the University of Michigan. While carbon neutrality is often framed as competing with other priorities for resources, proven financing models can provide resources to UM to both fund carbon neutrality and other priorities at the same time.

View the video HERE

Nov 11, 2020 5:30 PMZoom

With Professors Vincent Hutchings, University of Michigan Political Science and
Afroamerican and African Studies, and Margo Schlanger, University of Michigan Law School

As the democratic process of the 2020 election continues to unfold across the country, all eyes are on the state of Georgia. Due to the narrow margin of votes between the two presidential candidates, on Friday, November 6, Georgia’s Secretary of State declared a recount would be necessary. Moreover, Georgia’s mandate that a candidate cannot be declared victor without winning 50% of the vote has resulted in both of the races for the U.S. Senate being subject to a run-off between the two candidates that received the most votes. First-term Senator David Perdue (R-GA) will face Democrat challenger Jon Ossoff, and Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), appointed to the Senate last year, will run against Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock. The events in Georgia are garnering national attention, as the balance and control of the United States Senate hinge on the results of these two races. Please join two U-M experts for a lively conversation as they discuss the historic elections in Georgia and answer questions you might have about their implications on the national level.

View the video HERE

Nov 10, 2020 4:00 PMZoom

This expert panel will examine the many facets of presidential power in both democracies and autocracies, with speakers offering diverse perspectives on American and comparative cases.

Moderator: Allen Hicken, Professor of Political Science, U-M

Panelists: Julia Azari, Associate Professor of Political Science, Marquette University; William Howell, Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics, University of Chicago; Kenneth Lowande, Assistant Professor of Political Science, U-M; Anne Meng, Assistant Professor of Politics, University of Virginia; Ken Opalo, Assistant Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

View the video HERE

Nov 10, 2020 3:00 PMOnline

Join the Center for Campus Involvement to learn about free speech and your student organization. Joined by Kelly Cruz, Associate General Counsel & Jack Bernard, Associate General Counsel, you will learn about the tenants of free speech specifically connected to your student organization as well as resources across campus.

There is no video available for this event.

Nov 9, 2020 6:00 PMOnline

This workshop will explore the intersections of health & well-being and activism & social justice for student organizations. You will learn strategies and tools to care for yourself and your organization while working for social change.

There is no video available for this event.

Nov 9, 2020 6:00 PMZoom

Please join us for a post-election discussion on the impact of the next administration’s policy plans and their business impact on trade and immigration. Edward Alden, Senior Fellow on the Council of Foreign Relations, along with Norm Bishara, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, will discuss changes to immigration policy and how that is impacting certain business sectors and what we can expect regarding post-election trade policy.

Learn more about Norm Bishara and Edward Alden HERE

Join this event via Zoom HERE

Nov 6, 2020 3:00 PMOnline

How will the post-election season impact your student organization? Spend time with Ginsberg Center team to process your own reactions to the election, and develop strategies to lead your student organization in inclusive and supportive ways. This drop-in session will take place twice in the weeks following the November 3rd election.

There is no video available for this event.

Nov 5, 2020 12:00 PMZoom

This webinar is an opportunity to hear from in-house LSA experts about what happened on election day, where things stand in the days immediately following, and what the longer-term impacts might be.
The panel discussion will be moderated by Matthew Countryman, Chair of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Associate Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, American Culture, and History, and faculty panelists include:

Jenna Bednar
Professor of Political Science and Public Policy
Edie N. Goldenberg Endowed Director of the Michigan in Washington Program

Deborah Beim
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Angela Dillard
Richard A. Meisler Collegiate Professor of Afroamerican & African Studies, History, and in the Residential College

Vincent Hutchings
Diversity and Social Transformation Professor; Hanes Walton, Jr. Collegiate Professor of Political Science and Afroamerican and African Studies

There is no video available for this event.

Nov 5, 2020 9:00 AMOnline

Holding a civil, productive conversation with individuals who may not agree with you is always a challenge. This year, it seems to be an even bigger challenge, but it is still an important skill to continuously improve. Political or personal values conversations are an important part of civil discourse, especially if each party is willing to listen and connect with mutual respect and a goal to seek common ground. This session will provide a framework for better conversations around very complicated and potentially emotional topics.

There is no video available for this event.

Nov 4, 2020 6:00 PMZoom

Historically, election results were not declared on the night of Election Day. Indeed, it’s only been in the last 40 years, with the advent of television news, that organizations have “called” the election on the night of voting, and that “call” is not an official result. All votes have to be counted, the Electoral College process needs to unfold, and, at times, as we saw in 2000, the results might be contested in the courts.

What does it mean to contest the results of a presidential election in the courts? How could such a process end up in the Supreme Court, and what are the implications of such a possibility with the new composition of the Supreme Court? Join two experts in the litigation of election results – Law Professors Samuel Bagenstos and Ellen Katz – for a lively discussion that will provide background and context to such an outcome in presidential elections.

View the Conversation HERE

Nov 2, 2020 9:00 PMZoom

The night before the 2020 General Election, let’s gather for a virtual dance party with music, PSAs and special guest appearances to celebrate democratic engagement across the partisan divide. Featuring performances by local favorite Sabbatical Bob, Kektus, Nova Zaii with Kultur Grenade, and the legendary Detroit-based techno-wizards Inner City.

For those that voted early and for those headed to the polls on November 3rd – push your furniture aside, keep socially-distanced, and remember we’re all Wolverines on the virtual dance floor.

Sponsors include Democracy & Debate Theme Semester, the Residential College, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, UMMA, the Ginsberg Center, and MUSIC Matters.

This event is free and open to all members of the U-M community and the general public. Check out myumi.ch/O4DVE for the band schedule a week before the show and for the YouTube Live event stream on November 2, 9:00pm to midnight.

View the dance party HERE

Nov 1, 2020 8:00 PMZoom

At 8 pm EDT on Sunday, November 1st, WeListen will be hosting an interactive primer on the upcoming Election Night. It will include discussion and activities in predictions, close races around the country, polls, vote-by-mail, and more. We hope to see you there to talk all things Election Night!

Oct 30, 2020 8:00 PM https://stamps.umich.edu/stamps

Nusrat Durrani is a pioneering media executive and award-winning creative renowned for cutting-edge work in television, film, digital and social media. For two decades, Nusrat kept MTV at the forefront of the cultural conversation by boldly tackling themes related to pop culture, race, color, gender, sexual identity, and representation in programming he produced in provocative new formats. Nusrat’s ground-breaking documentary series “Rebel Music” about young activists around the world fighting oppression won accolades with the Obama White House, and preempted the current Black Lives Matter movement. “Madly,” his electrifying omnibus of unusual love stories by leading directors, won a best actress award at the Tribeca Film Festival. His latest work in film and photography explores the loss, disconnection, challenges and pleasures experienced by small town folks around the world and in the American heartland.

This Penny Stamps Speaker Series event includes a screening of Durrani’s newest film, An American Prayer. The film chronicles the magic, loss, and reincarnation of the American Dream told through the stories and incantations of its citizens.

View the video HERE

Oct 30, 2020 12:00 PMZoom

The Martin Luther King-led Birmingham and Selma campaigns resulted in iconic photographic images that to this day signify “the civil rights movement”: typically those images feature empowered, active whites and victimized, powerless blacks. The events of August 11th and 12th during Charlottesville’s “Summer of Hate” have also produced a group of iconic images that the mass media relies on to signify the violent and emboldened racist hatred of the “Unite the Right” rally and its aftermath. In analyzing and comparing the most frequently circulated photographs, I want to suggest a similarity in the narrative that these frequently circulated photos tend to tell about the struggle for racial justice. A photo of the terrorist car attack that killed Heather Heyer won the Pulitzer Prize. Why? What is this horrifically chaotic, violent, almost visually incomprehensible photo communicating? Why is this image reproduced over and over again? How is it thematically and visually similar to iconic images from the civil rights era? How and why does it matter that our photographic record encourages us to remember key events around race and white supremacy in particular ways?

Event Landing Page HERE

There is no video available for this event.

Oct 29, 2020 6:00 PMZoom

Join us for a panel discussion featuring Jack Kalavritinos of APCO and Storme Sixeas of Deloitte Tax LLP. Moderated by Norm Bishara, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs at the Ross School of Business.

Learn more about our moderator and panelists here

There is no video available for this event.

Oct 29, 2020 5:30 PMZoom

With Election Day quickly approaching, Trotter Multicultural Center is beyond excited to present Civic Engagement & the Power of Speechwriting: Reflections from Former Presidential Speechwriters, a continuation of our beloved Trotter Distinguished Leadership Series, on October 29th (Thursday) from 5:30-7:00 PM. Hear from speechwriters, Sarah Hurwitz and John McConnell, as they discuss their experiences speechwriting for the Bush and Obama administration, as well as the role of speechwriting within civic engagement. The event will be moderated by Aaron Kall, U-M Director of Debate.

View the video HERE

Oct 28, 2020 5:30 PMZoom

With the election almost upon us, two sets of issues are foremost on voters’ minds – counting votes and how and results – or contested results – might be determined and covered by the media. Join four U-M Experts for a lightning round of conversation, followed by individual breakout rooms with a chance to ask your questions. Edie Goldenberg, Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, and founder of Turn up Turnout will discuss absentee ballots and voter fraud; Rob Mickey, Associate Professor of Political Science will address voter suppression; Jenna Bednar, Professor of Public Policy and Political Science will give a quick primer on the Electoral College and implications for election 2020, and Robert Yoon, Associate Director of Wallace House and lecturer in the Department of Communication and Media, will share his expertise on media covering elections.

Oct 28, 2020 3:00 PMOnline

Join composer Lisa Bielawa as she unveils her new, broadly participatory musical work Voters’ Broadcast in its entirety for the first time onlinein this virtual event hosted by University Musical Society President Matthew VanBesien, and co-presented by University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Kaufman Music Center in New York.

Oct 26, 2020 4:00 PMZoom

What’s on your playlist? How does music change us and the world around us? In the last five decades, popular music has played a prominent role in social change, protest, and the demand for equality for all. From Jimi Hendrix “Star Spangled Banner” at Woodstock, Marvin Gaye’s seminal “What’s Going On,” Bruce Springstein’s “Born in the USA,” and Childish Gambino’s “This is America,” artists for years have used music to shine light on disparities in our country. While these calls, at times misunderstood, have seeped into the national consciousness, the use of this music – from the homogonzied industry itself and pop culture – has often not addressed the very social issues that drove its creation. Join us for a discussion about music and social justice with four extraordinary people who have dedicated their careers to the power of music to make change. Ken Fischer, President Emeritus of the University Musical Society, will introduce Ismael Ahmed, founder of the Concert of Colors; Brandon Victor Dixon, Broadway performer whose roles include Aaron Burr; Mike Ellison, Detroit musician; and Louise Toppin, Professor of Voice in the School of Music, Dance, and Theatre and vocal artist. Detroit notable and WDET music host, Ann Delisi will moderate the conversation, discussing music, playlists, and social change.

Special feature – students, suggest your contributions to a playlist for social change! We’re compiling the Democracy & Debate Social Justice playlist on Spotify, and we want your voice to be heard! Enter your suggestions here.

View the video HERE

Oct 26, 2020 10:00 AMOnline

The virtual DEI Summit provides an opportunity for the University to highlight the progress we’ve made over the previous year, the changes we’re experiencing across campus, and the opportunities of continued engagement with our community.

This year’s theme, Arts+Social Change: Building an Anti-Racist World through the Arts, provides a time and space for the campus community to come together to demonstrate a collective commitment to anti-racism that this moment in our history compels. During the fall term Democracy & Debate theme semester, the DEI Summit will focus on the arts as a vehicle for social change and provides an opportunity for curricular integration and connection. Both the theme semester and the Summit confirm our civic engagement values and demonstrate the power of each voice – both at the ballot box and through creative expression.

View the recorded video HERE

Oct 23, 2020 2:30 PMOnline

Dr. Martha Jones will discuss the role of Black women in the civil rights and voting rights movements and the ongoing struggle for voting rights for different populations, in an event that kicks off theIn Vanguard, acclaimed historian Martha S. Jones offers a new history of African American women’s political lives in America. She recounts how they defied both racism and sexism to fight for the ballot, and how they wielded political power to secure the equality and dignity of all persons CEW+ Advocacy Symposium (“Creating Change Through Introspection, Dialogue & Action”).

View the video HERE

Oct 22, 2020 10:30 PMZoom

The Ford School and the Weiser Diplomacy Center invite all University of Michigan students to join us for an event entitled Foreign Policy and the Presidential Election with Ambassador Susan Page and Associate Professor John Ciorciari directly following the Presidential Debate on October 22 at 10:30pm.

There is no video available for this event.

Oct 22, 2020 5:00 PMZoom

Troy, Alabama. Selma. Nashville. Washington, DC. John Lewis’ journey bore witness to the trials and tribulations of the civil rights movement. Please join us for an important conversation on the biographic documentary about the life of this legendary civil rights pioneer, activist, and congressman, John Lewis: Good Trouble. Moderated by Robert M. Sellers, Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, the panel includes Jim Burnstein, Director of of the Screenwriting Program; Sydney Carr, graduate student in Public Policy and Political Science and president of Students of Color of Rackham; Edie Goldenberg, Professor of Public Policy and Political Science and founder of the voting advocacy group Turn Up Turnout; and Riana Anderson, Assistant Professor of Public Health and founder of EMBRace (Engaging, Managing, and Bonding through Race).

Sponsored by: The Democracy & Debate Theme Semester and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, The University of Michigan.

Watch the recording on Zoom HERE

Oct 22, 2020 11:30 AMOnline

Please join us for a virtual seminar with Dr. Babajide Ololajulo, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and Dr. Patrick Cobbinah, Urban Planning Academic in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne, in conversation with Justine M. Davis, LSA Collegiate Fellow in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) at the University of Michigan.

There is no video available for this event.

Oct 21, 2020 5:00 PMOnline

From partisan politics to diversity shortfalls in U.S. newsrooms, what does it mean for the reporters on the ground? Hear from two of America’s most prominent Latinx journalists on the value of representation and objectivity in this hyper-partisan moment. Join our conversation with CBS News contributor, Maria Elena Salinas and Fox News national correspondent, Bryan Llenas.

View the recorded video on Zoom HERE

Oct 20, 2020 8:30 PMOnline

The University Musical Society (UMS), in partnership with the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Democracy & Debate Theme Semester, is thrilled to announce that Daily Show star Trevor Noah will join the U-M community for a casual and interactive conversation on this pivotal moment that reflects both adversity and possibility.

This is a virtual event for the UMS and U-M community

There is no video available for this event.

Oct 19, 2020 7:00 PMZoom

What does it mean to be a citizen of the United States? The Constitution does not define who gets to be a citizen, or what citizenship means. Rather, citizenship has been defined over time, often through struggle and activism by people who were denied the full rights of citizenship. The U-M Clements Library in partnership with the American Academy of Arts & Sciences will host a virtual panel discussion featuring Derrick Spires of Cornell University (author of The Practice of Citizenship: Black Politics and Print Culture in the Early United States) and Martha Jones of Johns Hopkins University (author of Birthright Citizens: A History of Race and Rights in Antebellum America and Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All). The conversation will be moderated by Ben Vinson III, Provost of Case Western Reserve University.

View the video HERE

Oct 17, 2020 TBD by each party hostZoom

Thinking about the upcoming election? Looking for fun (COVID-safe) ways to spend time with friends or make new ones? Host or join one of the many SparkVotes parties that will take place on October 17th - just 17 days before the election. Each party will gather on Zoom to compete in a series of party games - trivia, a song challenge, scavenger hunt, and more. The voting-themed games are non-partisan, fun, and will leave you feeling more prepared for the upcoming election. Plus, all participants will have the chance to win great prizes! Learn more about becoming a party host on our website.

There is no video available for this event.

Oct 16, 2020 8:00 PMhttps://stamps.umich.edu/stamps

Philippa P.B. Hughes is a Social Sculptor and Creative Strategist who produces art-fueled projects that spark humanizing and authentic conversations across political, social, and cultural divides. She is an evangelist for dismantling the polarization industrial complex one conversation at a time. Hughes has designed and produced hundreds of creative activations since 2007 for curious folks to engage with art and one another in unconventional and meaningful ways. She leads CuriosityConnects.us, a partner in Looking For America a national series inviting politically diverse guests to break bread and talk to each other face-to-face using art as a starting point for relationship-building conversations. Hughes has engineered numerous public-private collaborations that have been funded by the Kresge Foundation, New American Economy, Center for Inclusion & Belonging, and the DC Office of Planning. She has served as a commissioner on the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities among numerous other boards throughout Washington, D.C., where she is based. Hughes has spoken at TEDxAmericanUniversity, Creative Placemaking Week 2018 in Amsterdam, Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit, TomTom Festival, Smart Growth America’s Intersections. Her work has been featured by CNN, PBS Newshour, CityLabThe Washington Post, among numerous other media outlets. Her formal training took place at the University of Virginia, which launched her into a six-year legal career that ended with the Washington City Paper declaring 2007 “The Year of Philippa.” Deep curiosity about the world and the people in it provided the education that mattered most.

In partnership with the University of Michigan Museum of Art, this event is part of the Democracy & Debate theme semester.

View the video HERE

Oct 15, 2020 4:00 PMOnline

Join us for a discussion with David Miliband, President of the International Rescue Committee and former Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom. John Ciorciari, Ford School Associate Professor and Director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center, will moderate the discussion.

View the video HERE

Oct 14, 2020 3:00 PMOnline

Join composer Lisa Bielawa as she unveils the second of three parts of her new, broadly participatory musical work Voters’ Broadcast in this virtual event hosted by University Musical Society President Matthew VanBesien, and co-presented by University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Kaufman Music Center in New York.

Oct 12, 2020 4:00 PMZoom

Panel discussion with:

StephanieChang, member of the State House of Representatives and co-founder and past president of Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote-Michigan; Dessa Cosma, Executive Director of Detroit Disability Power; Reverend Wendell Anthony, President of the Detroit Branch of the NAACP and leader of voting rights campaigns, including Take Your Souls to the Polls and Proposal 3; Matthew L.M. Fletcher, law professor and director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center at Michigan State University, as well as an appellate judge for numerous tribal courts. Moderated by Michael Steinberg, Professor from Practice, UM Law School, former legal director, Michigan ACLU.

Organized by Women and Gender Studies, The Ford School, LSA Sponsored by: The entire Suffrage 2020 Collaboration and the Democracy and Debate Theme Semester

View the video HERE

Oct 12, 2020 11:30 AMOnline

Join us for a conversation about covering the campaign trail with two senior political reporters, Jane Coaston of Vox and Daniel Strauss of The Guardian. Paula Lantz, associate dean of the Ford School and James Hudak Professor of Health Policy will moderate the conversation. The panelists will discuss what it’s like to be a political reporter during an election season and what they think are the key political and policy issues at play in the upcoming Presidential election.

View this video HERE

Oct 12, 2020 11:30 AMOnline

This event is open to all University of Michigan students. Please register here.

About the speakers:

Jason Carter is the Chairman of the Carter Center Board of Trustees and a partner at the law firm of Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia, where he represents clients in high stakes business litigation. As the grandson of the Carter Center’s founders, Jason has been involved with the Center’s programs for 20 years, working to advance peace and health across the globe. Prior to becoming Chairman of the Board, he oversaw the Center’s strategic planning and participated in the Center’s programs in Liberia, Egypt, Myanmar, and the West Bank/Gaza. Aside from the Center, he combines a successful litigation practice with a strong commitment to public service. From 2010-2015 he served in the Georgia State Senate. In 2014, Jason was the Democratic Nominee for Governor of Georgia, receiving more than 1.1 million votes in a race that garnered substantial national attention. He previously served for more than two years in the United States Peace Corps in South Africa where he worked in schools to assist with their transition out of Apartheid. Jason has been named to Georgia Trend’s list of the 100 Most Influential Georgians, and has consistently been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in Atlanta Magazine, a listing of the top attorneys in Georgia. Jason has received numerous other awards for his legal work and community service, including the Anti-Defamation League’s Stuart Eizenstat Award. In addition to his work at the Carter Center, Mr. Carter serves on the boards of a number of civic organizations in the Atlanta area, including Hands on Atlanta, and the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence. Jason attended Duke University, and the University of Georgia School of Law. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Kate, and their two sons, Henry and Thomas.

Ms. Fern Narcis Scope is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill and St. Augustine campuses. An Attorney -at-law by profession, Ms. Narcis was admitted to the Bar in 2004. Her wide and varied experience includes positions as Legal Counsel/Corporate Secretary at several State Enterprises and Legal Officer at one of Trinidad and Tobago’s Government Ministries. Ms. Narcis has also lectured extensively in the field of law at the Cipriani College of Labour and Cooperative Studies. Ms. Narcis joined the Elections and Boundaries Commission of Trinidad and Tobago as its Senior Legal Officer and Secretary to the Board of Commissioners in April, 2010. She possesses a comprehensive knowledge of the Laws of Trinidad and Tobago, Public Corporate Governance, Public/ Administrative Law; and Governmental procedures and practices. She is married and has one daughter.

This event is part of the Seminar Series on Supporting Democracy, organized by the Weiser Diplomacy Center and co-sponsored by the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies for UM’s “Democracy and Debate” theme semester.

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Oct 9, 2020 3:00 PMOnline

This event, sponsored by UMSuffrage2020 & the Ford School of Public Policy, will bring together these two Secretaries in conversation on voter turnout and voter access in Michigan and Ohio:

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Oct 8, 2020 4:00 PMZoom

Poet Reginald Dwayne Betts will read from his most recent collection, Felon, and discuss the ways in which incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people are left out of conversations about Democracy. This event will be an opportunity to consider the intersections between free speech, disenfranchisement, and mass incarceration. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A. Co-sponsored by the Democracy and Debate Theme Semester, the Prison Creative Arts Project, and the Michigan Quarterly Review.

To order the Fall 2020 special issue of the Michigan Quarterly Review guest edited by Reginald Dwayne Betts visit https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/mqr/

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Oct 8, 2020 12:00 PMZoom

This is a monumental year in our political history, with the upcoming election in November having the power to address various human and civil rights issues. Join us for a special virtual discussion sponsored by the Democracy & Debate initiative on the power of your vote, how voting can combat supremacy and hate, the logistics of voting during a pandemic, and voter suppression. This session will feature special guests including Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Inclusion, Equity and Social Responsibility Partner at Honigman LLP and member of the Detroit NAACP, Attorney Khaliah Spencer. This session will be moderated by long-time voting justice advocate and Executive Director of Detroit Action, Branden Snyder. School of Social Work students will also have the ability to ask panelists questions about voting and voting rights.

Attending this session counts for field credit. Please document your attendance and contact your field faculty supervisor for information

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Oct 7, 2020 4:00 PMOnline

The federal deficit has reached historic levels in recent years, even before Congress passed the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) in March 2020. Join us for a conversation with Lawrence H. Summers, former Secretary of the Treasury, and Maya MacGuineas, President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, on whether the growing federal deficit is sustainable for the United States economy. Betsey Stevenson, professor of economics and public policy, will moderate the discussion.

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Oct 5, 2020 4:00 PMZoom

Amongst the list of concerns about elections this November is the impact of foreign influence. The scale and sophistication of Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 elections have been well documented and perhaps its most effective efforts centered on the use of numerous social media platforms to promote then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the expense of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and also to foment and heighten social and political divisions within the United States. Recently, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) warned Russia, China and Iran are all taking measures to influence the November elections, although using a separate set of tactics and techniques and with different goals and aims.

Professor Thomas Rid and former Special Advisor for Cyberspace Advisor Richard Clarke will bring their decades of experience on foreign influence and cyber security to discuss best practices, policies, and approaches to prevent or limit the impact of any such efforts.

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Oct 5, 2020 5:30 PMOnline

Join members of the Department of Afroamerican & African Studies (DAAS) community as they explore the meanings and implications of Wilkerson’s work. This live, virtual conversation will occur as a community engagement opportunity following the Penny Stamps Speakers Series Event Ken Burns & Isbael Wilkerson: In Conversation on Friday, October 2nd at 8pm, more info: pennystampsevents.org.

Panelists:
Earl Lewis (DAAS/History/Center for Social Solutions)
Aliyah Kahn (DAAS/English: Works on Afro-Carribean)
Karyn Lacy (DAAS/Sociology: Works on Black Middle Class)
Magda Zabrowski (DAAS/American Studies)
Damani Partridge (DAAS/Anthro: Works on Afro-Europe. Germany and Ideologies of Diversity)
Renee Pitter (DAAS Alum, Currently Research Program Manager for the Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities, UM School of Nursing.)

Introduction by Matthew Countryman

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Oct 2, 2020 8:00 PMhttps://stamps.umich.edu/stamps

Isabel Wilkerson, a journalist and the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in
journalism, was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama in 2016 “for
championing the stories of an unsung history.” Her book The Warmth of Other Suns won the National
Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and her new book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, has
been chosen for Oprah’s Book Club.

“This work shows that the term racism may be insufficient in our current era. We need new language, a
new framework for understanding our divisions and how we got to where we are. *Caste* gives us this
language. *Caste* allows us to see ourselves through a different lens and the chance to work toward
healing from the wounds of artificial hierarchy. We must first see it to begin to resolve it.” 

Told through intimate personal narratives and deeply researched history, Wilkerson examines the ties
between the American caste system and those in India and Nazi Germany, and points to ways America
can move beyond our artificial and destructive human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity.

Ken Burns has been making documentary films for over forty years. Since the Academy Award
nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and produce some of the most
acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, including The Civil War; Baseball; Jazz; The War;
The National Parks: America’s Best Idea; The Roosevelts: An Intimate History; Jackie Robinson;
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson; The Vietnam War; The Central Park
Five
; and Country Music.

Wynton Marsalis has called Ken “a master of timing, and of knowing the sweet spot of a story, of how to
ask questions to get to the basic human feeling and to draw out the true spirit of a given subject.”
Future film projects include Hemingway, *Muhammad Ali, The Holocaust and the United States, Benjamin
Franklin, The American Buffalo, Leonardo da Vinci, The American Revolution, LBJ & the Great
Society,* and Emancipation to Exodus, among others.

Ken’s films have been honored with dozens of major awards, including sixteen Emmy Awards,
two Grammy Awards and two Oscar nominations; and in September of 2008, at the News &
Documentary Emmy Awards, Ken was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Sep 30, 2020 Online

In a Democracy & Debate Signature Event held on September 30, 2020, this panel brought together U.S. mayors from across the country for a conversation that explored the agency of mayors in matters of national significance. Participants include Mayors Jacob Frey (Minneapolis, MN), Lori Lightfoot (Chicago, IL), Libby Schaaf (Oakland, CA), and Michael Tubbs (Stockton, CA).

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Sep 30, 2020 4:00 PMZoom

Since speaking out about his wrongful arrest and the consequences for academic freedom, Xiaoxing Xi was awarded the 2020 Andrei Sakharov Prize of the American Physical Society, which is awarded biannually to human rights advocates in the physics community.

Hosted by the LSA Physics Department, Indigo: The LSA Asian and Asian-American Faculty Alliance, and the U-M Association of Chinese Professors (ACP).

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Sep 30, 2020 3:00 PMOnline

Join composer Lisa Bielawa as she unveils the first of three parts of her new, broadly participatory musical work Voters’ Broadcast in this virtual event hosted by University Musical Society President Matthew VanBesien, and co-presented by University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Kaufman Music Center in New York. Matt Albert, chair of the Department of Chamber Music at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan; Maria Torres Melgares, saxophonist and student at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan; and Oriana Hawley, violist and student at Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School, will also speak about their experiences participating in Voters’ Broadcast.

Sep 29, 2020 Online

Please join us as we commemorate the passage of the 19th amendment and welcome Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, Anita Earls. Justice Earls is an African-American civil rights attorney, educator, and founder of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ). Her lecture will examine the fight for women’s suffrage in light of her experiences in voting rights mobilization in the South and bridge past and present struggles for voting rights. Organized by Political Science, the Law School, LSA.

Sponsored by: The entire Suffrage 2020 Collaboration and the Democracy and Debate Theme Semester

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Sep 18, 2020 UMMA

The Edward Ginsberg Center, in partnership with University of Michigan Museum of Art, warmly invite you and your colleagues to join us for our biennial event.

The Ginsberg Center’s Dewey Series recognizes the enduring legacy of philosopher and educational reformer John Dewey, who taught at U of M in the 1890’s and, later, went on to found the New School for Social Research. Chief among Dewey’s enduring ideas were that experience is the means through which we come to understand and connect with the world around us and that universal education is the key to democracy.

This year’s theme is inspired by William James’ 1906 Essay, ‘The Moral Equivalent of War.’ While some of James’ assertions are cause for critique, his primary observation that we need to focus on building our shared public life remains more important than ever.

View the Dialogue Deck that we developed for and used during this session available HERE

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Sep 11, 2020 YouTube

Join us for a virtual discussion with Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland, about his new book, Still Standing. Barry Rabe, J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy at the Ford School and Arthur Thurnau Professor of Environmental Policy, will moderate the discussion.

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