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Pan-African Pulp: A Commission by Meleko Mokgosi
11:00am, Museum of Art
In Pan-African Pulp, Botswana-born artist Meleko Mokgosi explores the history of Pan-Africanism, the global movement to unite ethnic groups of sub-Saharan African descent. His Vertical Gallery installation, which inaugurates a new biennial commission program at UMMA, features large-scale panels inspired by African photo novels of the 1960s and ’70s, a mural examining the complexity of blackness, posters from Pan-African movements from around the world, including those founded in Detroit and Africa in the 1960s, and stories from Setswana literature. Pan-African Pulp vividly connects to Detroit’s deep history of activism, where organizations such as Black Nation of Islam, The Republic of New Afrika, Shrine of the Black Madonna (Black Christian Nationalism), Pan-African Congress, and United Negro Improvement Association were founded. The renewed urgency for diversity and civil rights in Detroit, and the country as a whole, heightens the relevance of Mokgosi’s project and reveals the deep connections between these historical movements and those developing today. Lead support is provided by Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan African Studies Center.
Pride Outside 2019
2:00pm, Palmer Field
Come one, come all! Out in STEM, Spectrum Center, Central Student Government, and the College of Engineering are extremely PROUD to host Pride Outside 2019! Join us for music, free pizza and "Michgian Pride" t-shirts, a drag show, lawn games and tons of cool LGBTQ+ and affirming student organizations and local groups!
Writing a Diversity Statement
12:00pm, Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.)
Increasingly, hiring committees are interested in how prospective faculty job candidates will contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a result, many academic employers have begun to request a “diversity statement” as part of the faculty job application process. In this interactive session, we will discuss best practices for writing diversity statements, examine sample statements, and work through activities designed to help participants start writing their own statement. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Space is limited. For faculty and staff, please contact RackhamEvents@umich.edu to see if we can accommodate your attendance. Registration is required at https://myumi.ch/K44rO. We want to ensure full and equitable participation in our events. If an accommodation would promote your full participation in this event, please follow the registration link to indicate your accommodation requirements. Please let us know as soon as possible in order to have adequate time (one week preferred) to arrange for your requested accommodation(s) or an effective alternative.
Entering, Engaging, and Exiting Communities
12:00pm, Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.)
This workshop will introduce graduate students to principles and practices for thoughtfully engaging with communities, including motivations, impact of social identities, and strategies for engaging in reciprocal, ethical, and respectful ways. Particularly useful for students interested in community engagement, social justice, democratic engagement, advocacy, activism, and philanthropy. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Space is limited. For faculty and staff, please contact RackhamEvents@umich.edu to see if we can accommodate your attendance. Registration is required at https://myumi.ch/qggEv. We want to ensure full and equitable participation in our events. If an accommodation would promote your full participation in this event, please follow the registration link to indicate your accommodation requirements. Please let us know as soon as possible in order to have adequate time (one week preferred) to arrange for your requested accommodation(s) or an effective alternative.
Journey with Contemporary Writers from Around the World
12:00pm, Off Campus Location
In these sessions, participants will take a deeper look at how contemporary award-winning writers from around the world think and what concerns they have in today’s life. Do we, educated Americans, see our world in ways similar or different from the ways those writers see it? Let us look at the world through these perceptive eyes. Let us try to be SINBADS and enjoy a free flight of discovery on the magic these writers have woven for us. Join us and do not be afraid. Our first journey will be in the world of a novel titled "The Moor’s Account" by Laila Lalami. This Study Group led by Adnan Salhi is for those 50 and over and meets Mondays, 12:00–1:30 pm on September 16, October 7, November 4, December 16.
A/PIA Seminar: Gordon H Chang
Gordon H. Chang (Professor of American History, Stanford University) Bio: I am interested in two areas of American life that are often considered separately. The historical connections between race and ethnicity in America, on the one hand, and foreign relations, on the other are in fact profound. I explore these interconnections in my teaching and scholarship. My particular area of focus is trans-Pacific relations, the inter-connections between East Asia and America.I am interested in political, social, and cultural interactions from the earliest days of America to the present.My current research project concerns the recovery and interpretation of the experiences of Chinese railroad workers in North America. Please go to www.chineserailroadworkers.stanford.edu for more information.