1. Four LSA professors explore how these tumultuous and terrible months could help us create a better world

    From the fields of history, anthropology, and political science, four LSA professors explore post-carceral life, the role of protest in democracy, how race influences our perceptions of police violence, and how these tumultuous and terrible months could help us create a better world.

  2. King’s ‘How long? Not long’ speech encourages change seekers to keep fighting

    This year’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium keynote features two speakers, Gloria House, poet, essayist, educator and human rights activist, and Malik Yakini, co-founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. The 2021 Keynote Memorial Lecture begins on Monday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m.

  3. The financial well-being of Detroit residents: What do we know?

    We are seeking to engage a broad range of stakeholders – frontline staff, agency leaders, academics, financial institutions, policymakers, funders, individuals with lived experience of financial hardship, and general members of the community.

    1. UMS premieres ‘Some Old Black Man’ starring Wendell Pierce this Friday

      Themes of social justice and intergenerational conflict make “Some Old Black Man” a fitting title for our times, when the reality of more togetherness unveils some of the tensions underlying even the closest of relationships. The live theater production airs at UMS Jan. 15-18.

    2. Jan. 12: Libraries, museums host community conversation on environmental justice

      How do you think museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions should support local environmental justice movements?

    3. For those who love the built environment: anxiety of a Black urban planner

      “The voices of Black and Brown planners and our allies will shape the future of this country’s neighborhoods and the world. I intend to be a part of this change, no matter how much my anxiety tells me the time isn’t right or you don’t have all of the “right words” to bring clarity yet.”
      ~ Jermaine Ruffin

    4. Students: Apply now for Semester in Detroit spring/summer and fall

      The first Semester in Detroit took place in Winter 2009 with 14 participants, partnering with organizations such as Alternatives for Girls, Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative, and the Urban League of Southeastern Michigan.

    5. Michigan Minds: Pathways to civic engagement

      In this episode of Michigan Minds, Danyelle Reynolds, assistant director for student learning and leadership at the Ginsberg Center, discusses six ways that members of the community can exercise power…

    6. Q&A: Darin Stockdill talks about the need for Detroit River curriculum in middle school

      “The other thing we want students to learn, and this is central to the work of the historian Tiya Miles, is that slavery is a part of the history of Detroit and Ontario. It’s not just this terrible thing that happened in the U.S. South. Their stories of survival and resistance are important, and we can learn from them and be inspired today, on both sides of the river.”
      ~ Darin Stockdill

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