Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Week of October 26th - November 1st

There are 8 new posts in this update!


Malcolm Clarke, a filmmaker who won an Oscar in this year’s Academy Awards, will screen and discuss two of his award-winning documentaries--Prisoner of Paradise and The Lady in Number 6--on Monday, November 10, 2014, in the Keene Theater, East Quad, 701 East University Avenue, at 5 pm (Prisoner) and 8 pm (Lady).  There will be a reception at 7:15 pm.  Admission is free to screenings and reception.  Both films are scheduled to coincide with the anniversary of Kristallnact, the 1938 November Pogrom, and both concern the complex roles of art in complicity and resistance during the Holocaust.   For information contact Henry Greenspan at
At 5:00 pm, Clarke will screen and discuss Prisoner of Paradise, which tells the story of Kurt Gerron, a German Jewish cabaret star whose credits include singing the original “Mack the Knife” in Brecht’s Three Penny Opera and co-starring with Marlene Dietrich in “The Blue Angel.”  Gerron was eventually imprisoned in Theresienstadt and "commissioned" to direct the infamous Nazi propaganda film depicting the camp as a "Jewish paradise.”
At 8:00 p.m, Clarke will screen and discuss The Lady in Number 6, which features Alice Herz-Sommer, a concert pianist who was able to perform throughout her own imprisonment in Theresienstadt—a fact to which she attributes her survival.  She died at age 109, just before Lady won the 2014 Oscar for best short documentary.
Sponsors include The Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, The Sheldon Cohn Fund in U-M Department of Screen Arts & Cultures, U-M Department of History, U-M Department of German Languages and Literatures, U-M School of Music, Theater and Dance and U-M Residential College

Summer Internship Opportunity!

There is an exciting summer opportunity for undergraduate students. Several Michigan hospitals and other health care organizations in the Detroit and Ann Arbor area have agreed to provide paid summer internships in health administration and policy to qualified undergraduate students who are interested in eliminating racial/ethnic health inequalities. These internships are part of the University of Michigan’s Summer Enrichment Program in Health Management & Policy (UM SEP). UM SEP is a comprehensive internship program that includes lecture series, weekly site visits, a GRE prep course and much more. Please see the attached flyer for further details about the program components. A recent article about UM SEP is also attached to this email.

If you have a specific interest in the health fields, administration, or any career, which will enable you to use your skills in a socially meaningful way, and if you will be entering your junior or senior year in the fall of 2015, I encourage you to apply to the program. Students can apply for the program at our website: The application deadline is January 30, 2015. May we speak to the group about the program? Please contact the UM SEP staff with any questions

Gopal Prasad, Raoul Bott Collegiate Professor of Mathematics - Inaugural Lecture

The University of Michigan, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts is pleased to announce the
Raoul Bott Collegiate Professorship in Mathematics Inaugural Lecture:
Arithmetic in Geometry
Given by
Gopal Prasad
Professor of Mathematics

Lecture and reception open to the public.
About the lecture:
In this talk, after some historical remarks about the role played by geometry in the development of mathematics (arithmetic in particular), inevitability of certain mathematical developments, and speculation about whether our mathematics is unique, I will describe how arithmetic has played an important role in my recent work on construction and classification of certain very interesting algebraic surfaces and in the study and solution of Mark Kac’s famous question “Can one hear the shape of a drum?” in differential geometry. My work uses algebraic, analytic, and transcendental number theory.

UGED Climate Group Meeting Agenda

SPH Etiquette Dinner

Good Morning!

Due to our surplus of etiquette dinner tickets we are opening up sales to non-SPH friends and family.

PHSA will be selling tickets today in the SPH1 front lobby until 1pm.

Communication Studies 2014 Entertainment Media Career Forum

The department of Communication Studies and the Michigan Association of Communication Studies (MACS) present: 

2014 Entertainment Media Career Forum
Friday, November 14, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Rackham Amphitheatre (4th floor)

RSVP by November 11, 2014 at:

2014 Alumni Panelists:
Erwin Burns, Associate Producer, Harpo Studies, Chicago.
Jon Hein, Host/Producer, The Howard Stern Show-Sirius XM Radio, New York.
Dana Narens, Executive Asst to Head of Management, Mosaic Media Group, Los Angeles.
Tony Pachella, Executive Asst to President of Production, Vertigo Entertainment, Los Angeles.
Jacquelyn Ryan, Production Coordinator, Horizon Scripted Television, Los Angeles.
Rachel Sparr, Executive Assistant, ABC Studies Comedy Development, Los Angeles.

Event highlights include panelist presentations, lunch, Q&A and networking opportunities.
This exciting program is free of charge, but space is limited. 

WCEE Student Presentations

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dia de los Muertos in North Quad

Día de los Muertos
Saturday, November 1, 1-5pm
Space 2435, North Quad 

Sugar skull decorating

Live music by Mariachi Cristal
Theatrical exploration by MOSAIC
Community altar by the Spanish Club
"Mue®tos™: Locating the Dead" digital exhibition co-curated by Colin Gunckel and Orquidea Morales
Catering by TMAZ Taqueria

"Mue®tos™: Locating the Dead" exhibition roundtable discussion on Thursday, October 30 from 12-1:30pm.

Event organized by North Quad Programming

Friday, October 17, 2014

GSP Book Club!

Your community facilitators would like to start GSP's first ever official book club! Every month we will all come together to decide on a book to read, and we will meet regularly to discuss. If you love reading great books, talking with friends, and getting to know other GSP members in a fun and low-stress atmosphere then this is for you!

Please email if you are interested and we will send out more details and polls about our first book shortly. 

We hope that you all will join!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Detroiters Speak

Please consider attending one or all of the Detroiters Speak Public Forums at the UM Detroit Center beginning next week Thursday, October 9th.  They are open to the general public - from Ann Arbor to Detroit and all parts in between.  

To be clear: this is a mini-course for students (29 are enrolled) AND, simultaneously, a public forum series held in Detroit every Thursday night from October 9th through November 20th.  We have a GREAT range of topics to explore as you'll see below.

ALSO - You can take the MDetroit Center Connector Bus - so you don't have to drive! Just reserve your seat on the Thursday 5:40pm bus that leaves the CC Little Bus Stop (  It will bring you back to Ann Arbor by 9:30pm.  

Register Now to Attend the Alice Walker Lecture

In order to attend the DAAS Zora Neale Hurston Lecture with Alice Walker, please register! Free to the public!

The U-M Department of Afro American and African Studies (DAAS) and the U-M Center for the Education of Women (CEW) and are pleased to announce that internationally celebrated author and activist Alice Walker will be delivering the biennial Zora Neale Hurston Lecture on November 5th from 5:30-7:00 pm at Hill Auditorium on the U-M Campus in Ann Arbor.

The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of The Color Purple will explore social justice issues from her unique womanist and black feminist perspective, reflecting on the complementary missions of DAAS and CEW.

In addition to her writing, Ms. Walker is a passionate activist and defender of human rights. After meeting Martin Luther King Jr. in the early 1960s, she was compelled to return to the south after college and join the struggle against segregation. Her involvement in the civil rights movement and subsequent activism helped to shape her poetry and novels, and she emerged as a leading voice of the literary and feminist community in the 1980s.

Her experiences growing up in the Jim Crow South, in addition to African American woman writers such as Zora Neale Hurston, heavily influenced her writing. She was inspired to write The Color Purple to convey the largely untold story of women of color in the south in the early 20th century. She is the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, though (in her opinion) not the first African American woman to deserve it.

Healthy Minds Network Interested in Recruiting International Students for Film!

The Healthy Minds Network often partakes in various creative outlets with the intended result of spreading mental health awareness to college campuses across the nation.

Keeping in mind that North Quad houses the Global Scholars program, we thought it fit to gage the interest of students in the program to participate in an international-themed film that features people from different backgrounds who speak different languages (Hindi, Mandarin, Spanish, etc.). We are still in the process of developing the script, but we wish to show different perspectives of how people cope with certain mental health issues from different cultures or backgrounds.

We are looking for international students who particularly speak Mandarin, Hindi, or Spanish. We will of course take others if they are interested as well!

We would like to do a brief screening meeting within the next two weeks to make sure the interested students are a good fit, and to help get feedback and insight into what the script will look like.

Should anyone be interested in participating, or for more information, please feel free to contact Sonia Doshi - one of the program coordinators - at <>. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Undergraduate Diversity Scholars Network

The Undergraduate Diversity Scholars Network 
a support system for students involved in research related to issues of social justice and diversity

[Extended Deadline] Applications Due Wednesday, October 29th

The purpose of the network is to create a community of emerging scholars with similar research interests; offer resources for personal, professional, and academic growth through a social justice lens; and connect students to prominent local and national professionals.

if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us:
For more information, visit our website

The Undergraduate Diversity Scholars Network 

What You Will Gain:
  • Build relationships with other undergraduate students pursuing innovative scholarship
  • Connect with prominent local and national diversity professionals
  • Strengthen research skills through a social justice lens
  • Engage in critical discussions around topics of multiculturalism, inclusion, and social change.
  • Enrich a commitment to diversity-related research and future careers

  1. A statement explaining how your research project aligns with NCID’s mission (500 word limit).
The National Center for Institutional Diversity supports research associated with the recruitment and selection of diverse students and faculty, assuring campus climates that promote success, preparing and inspiring leaders for diversity, and reframing the complicated conversations that surrounds institutional diversity in a changing, politically charged national landscape.
  1. Your resume
  2. Two letters of recommendation that speak to your commitment to diversity scholarship. At least one letter must be from a faculty member; the second can come from a staff person, faculty member, or student leader. Letters must be emailed to

AIESEC Information

Looking for a chance to travel? 
Want to be a global leader? 
Come talk to us!

AIESEC is the world's largest student-run organization present in over 124 countries. We help college students find volunteer and internship opportunities all over the world. We have 60+ years of experience and 20,000+ opportunities in our database!

If you are interested, email:

For more information:

Need Help with Clearing Snow this Winter


How would you like to perform an act of basic social justice and get paid for it?  University Housing is looking to hire a small cadre of students to clear curb cuts during snow emergencies this winter.  Given the timing of snow events in Ann Arbor it sometime occurs that the curb cuts around East Quad and North Quad become impassable for student's with mobility impairments and they are unable to access central campus.  During those few times that this happens  we would like some students to remove the snow from a couple of curb cuts and salt them; thereby assuring the accessibility of campus.  If you are interested or want more information please contact Vicky Hueter at   Thank you!  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Center for Chinese Studies - Lecture Series

Noon Lecture Series    Fall Term 2014 
Tuesdays ~ 12:00 noon to 1:00pm ~ Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University ~ Ann Arbor, Michigan ~ Free and open to the public

Tuesday, November 4:
Beijing Brainwashing:  Cold War Maoism and the Minds of the Masses

Aminda Smith, Associate Professor of History, Michigan State University 

In the early 1950s, numerous eyewitness reports, in multiple languages began describing the efforts of the Chinese Communists to transform the minds of ordinary people, from workers in Shanghai factories to POWs in Korean camps.  Called "thought reform" (思想改造 sixiang gaizao) in China and "brainwashing" in the U.S., the reeducation project may or may not have turned individuals into communists.  There is no doubt, however, that the project, as envisioned by its orchestrators and their critics led many people, in China and elsewhere, to radically rethink the nature and potential violability of their innermost thoughts.  This talk uses formerly classified and newly available archival materials on the reeducation project as it was carried out in multiple places - institutions for the lumpen proletariat, prisons for intellectuals, and POW camps - to delve into what this project meant to those who participated in it, as reeducators and reeducatees.

Aminda Smith is Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University. The author of Thought Reform and the Dangerous Classes:  Reeducation, Resistance, and the People (Rowman and Littlefield, 2013) she has a particular interest in the social and cultural history of Chinese communism. She is the co-founder and advisory board member for the PRC History Group (, which fosters collaboration and primary-source sharing within a global network of scholars interested in the history of the People's Republic of China.

Tuesday, November 11:
Deng Xiaoping and His Legacy
Ezra Vogel, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus, Harvard University

Deng Xiaoping was an extraordinary leader who set China on its current path, including opening, economic growth, and tight control over ideas.

Ezra F. Vogel is the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus at Harvard University. After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan in 1950 and serving two years in the U.S. Army, he studied sociology in the Department of Social Relations at Harvard, receiving his Ph.D. in 1958.  He then went to Japan for two years to study the Japanese language and conduct research interviews with middle-class families.  From 1961-1964 he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard, studying Chinese language and history. He remained at Harvard, becoming lecturer in 1964 and, in 1967, professor.  He retired from teaching in 2000.

Vogel succeeded John Fairbank to become the second Director of Harvard's East Asian Research Center in 1972, and Chairman of the Council for East Asian Studies in 1977.  He was Chairman of the undergraduate concentration in East Asian Studies from its inception in 1972 until 1991. He served as Director of the Fairbank Center (1995-1999) and the first Director of the Asia Center (1997-1999).  He was Chairman of the Harvard Committee to Welcome President Jiang Zemin in 1998. 

A book based on several years of interviewing and reading materials from China, Canton Under Communism (1969), won the Harvard University Press faculty book of the year award.  He spent eight months in 1987, at the invitation of the Guangdong Provincial Government, studying the economic and social progress as it pioneered economic reform beginning in 1978. The results are reported in One Step Ahead in China:  Guangdong Under Reform (1989).  His Reischauer Lectures were published as The Four Little Dragons: The Spread of Industrialization in East Asia (1991). The Chinese edition of his book on Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China (Harvard U Press 2011) sold over 700,000 copies the first year after publication in China. From fall 1993 to fall 1995, Vogel served as the National Intelligence Officer for East Asia at the National Intelligence Council in Washington.  He directed the American Assembly on China in November 1996 and was Co-director of the Asia Foundation Task Force on East Asian Policy Recommendations for the New Administration (2001).  He lectures frequently in Asia, in both Chinese and Japanese.

Tuesday, November 18:
Pollution, Institution and Street Protest in Urban China

Yang Zhong, Distinguished Changjiang Scholar, School of International and Public Affairs, Shanghai Jiaotong University; Professor of Political Science, University of Tennessee

Street protests have become commonplace in China. Utilizing extensive survey data this study attempts to shed light on the nature of environmental street protests in China.  The key question to be answered in the paper is: why, facing the same issue, some people choose the option of participating in street protest while others do not? Our multivariate analytical findings indicate that our urban residents' willingness in participating in street protest over a hypothetical pollution issue in China is significantly related to their attitudes toward institutions in China. What motivates people to participant in street protest has a lot to do with their trust and support of the political system in China and their perceived government transparency.  In other words, these protests are not just what Lewis Coser calls "realistic conflicts" which primarily involve specific issues and solutions. One implication from our study is that street protests in China may not be as benign and non-regime threatening as some scholars think.

Dr. Yang Zhong is a Distinguished Changjiang Scholar at the School of International and Public Affairs of Shanghai Jiaotong University, and tenured Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  His main research and teaching interests include Chinese political culture and participation and Chinese local government.  He has published over 30 scholarly articles and book chapters, authored two books and co-edited several books. His articles have appeared in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Asian Survey, Communists and Post-Communist Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, and PS:  Political Science and Politics.  His latest book is Political Culture and Participation in Rural China.  Dr. Zhong has served in a number of academic and administrative positions.  He was Associate Head of the Department of Political Science, Director of Asian Studies, Director of the Tennessee in China Initiative, and Director of the Center for International Education, all at the University of Tennessee.

Tuesday, November 25:  NO LECTURE – Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, December 2:
Ritual Substitutions:  Theories of Ritual from Classical China

Michael Puett, Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

One of the more exciting recent developments in the humanities and social sciences has been the attempt to explore the enormous body of theory that has been generated in cultures throughout the world and to bring this body of indigenous theory into conversation with Western theory. This presentation will attempt a small contribution to this larger project by discussing some of the indigenous theories concerning ritual that developed in the classical Chinese tradition.  Professor Puett will argue that these theories from classical China have much to offer contemporary discussions.

Michael Puett is Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations as well as the Chair of the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University. His interests are focused on the inter-relations between anthropology, history, religion, and philosophy. He is the author of The Ambivalence of Creation: Debates Concerning Innovation and Artifice in Early China (Stanford 2001) and To Become a God: Cosmology, Sacrifice, and Self-Divinization in Early China (Harvard Asia Center 2002), as well as the co-author, with Adam Seligman, Robert Weller, and Bennett Simon, of Ritual and its Consequences: An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity (Oxford 2008).

Telluride Program Facilitators Needed for Summer Programs

Telluride's summer programs for rising juniors and seniors are an important part of our mission -- and provide yet another opportunity for experiential learning for housemembers as well!  Factota are the on-site program facilitators for summer programs, with locations here in Ann Arbor, at Cornell in Ithaca NY, and at Indiana University in Bloomington. 

All programs will have two factota for each seminar, allowing facilitators to work cooperatively in mentoring and management. 

The application process is always very quick to come up in the fall, and so want to encourage you to take a look at the attached document and be in touch if you have any questions.  It would be great to have some of you involved as program leaders, as it's an incredible recruitment tool for the House and for UM.

Find information about the program and the application here!

Video Contest

Sport and the University Video Contest

Do you participate in a sport on campus, either as an athlete or a fan? Maybe you participate in Intramural Battleship, play on the Rugby Team, or are an avid fan of Michigan Quidditch? However you are involved with sports at U-M, we'd like to see a video representing your experience! Cash prizes will be awarded to winning videos. Click here for more information: 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Girls in Engineering-- Former Grad Students sues UM

Check out this triggering piece on females in engineering and read the experiences of Jennifer Dibbern, a woman suing UM for failing to deal with the sexual harrassment she experienced as a grad student in the Engineering department. Dibbern's experience can certainly highlight what's wrong with the patriarchial tech culture in our University settings. As women are consistently growing up with this idea that girls are "bad at math" and are more emotional and less logical than their male counterparts, a self-fulfilling prophecy ensues where women internalize this oppression. Read below!

Arab American Museum Pictures!

Check out the new exhibit from the Arab American Museum in Dearborn, MI entitled "Creative Dissent: Uprisings of the Arab World." The exhibit showcases the art from the recent Arab revolutions (Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya). There were many truly amazing murals and pieces, definitley a MUST SEE!


#BBUM--Being Black at UM

Wondering what's behind #BBUM? Check out the new student movement on Twitter that's capturing the University's attention.

Teaching Racism/Privilege in the Classroom

Check out this submission from GSP's Flavio Fiszman! It's an interesting experiment on teaching racism and privilege in the classroom entitled "The Angry Eye--Brown Eye-Blue Eye Experiment." It's a poignant and intense portrayal of what it feels like to be oppressed in a classroom setting. MUST SEE!

Part 1

Part 2

Monday, November 11, 2013

Zeinab Khalil: The Rise of the Non-Apology

The Daily's Zeinab Khalil writes:

"are you tired of hearing really crappy "apologies" and zero accountability-especially from leaders? here are some suggestions on how we can drop the non-apology and promote a culture where "sorry" isn't looked down at."

Arabic Videos I'm Into!

STUDY BREAK: Below are the Arabic songs I'm currently into, check them out posted with their respective English lyrics!

Nancy Ajram--Mashy Haddy
English lyrics:

Mohammad Assaf--Ya Hal Arab

Myraim Fares--Kifak Enta

Happy listening,

Nora :)

Welcome to the Alumni Network!

Salut Global Scholars!

It’s Munmun here, the fifth year undergrad who still lives on the fourth floor, and who also happens to be the Alumni Coordinator for the Global Scholars Program! 

I want to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Alumni Network of the Global Scholars Program.  Whether you are a visiting student for the semester or your fourth year in the program, you know that once you’re in GSP, GSP never leaves you. The Alumni  Network is comprised of folks who were part of the Global Scholars Family during their undergraduate years. We have Scholars all across the country and the world, with a mix of young professionals, graduate students, travelers, and people ___. Our community elders are real life globally minded social justice advocates. 
The benefit of these elders being in different places and spaces means that they have tons of experiences and advice which they can offer to our current Global Scholars. Some things they can answer:
  • Was GSP worth it?
  • How did you find global internships?
  • How was your transition upon returning to your home university?
  • Did GSP impact your goals/vision in any way? 
  • Have you used GSP during a job interview?
As the Alumni Coordinator, I am a resource who can facilitate a connection to Elders. GSP alums are eager to connect with you! You can fill them in on what’s going on in GSP and also help them relive their glory days!

As someone who has been at the university for five years, had a few internships, and currently in the process to applying to graduate school (public health) - I, too, have some insights to share and an ear to listen. In GSP, I have been a first year student, a peer facilitator, and an advisory council member prior to my current position as Alumni Coordinator. So I also have experienced GSP in different angles.
I am in the GSP Office Wednesdays (1-4) and Fridays (1-5). Please stop by or shoot me an email (  I would love to get to know you better, introduce you to some fabulous Elders, and also talk about ways you can get involved in the Network!

All the best.


Thursday, October 31, 2013

White Privilege, Halloween, and Hood Ratchet Thursday

The outrage of those in the U-M community following the controversial party proposed by Fraternity Theta Xi "World Star Hip Hop Presents: Hood Ratchet Thursday" could not be masked. LSA Senior Erin Fischer had this to say:

"I can’t take the joke because of the obscene number of times I’ve been asked to “twerk” and “dance” for these white men, because my Black identity obviously tells them I possess the inherent talent and desire to do so. I can’t take the joke because I don't have the luxury to remove the labels of “hood,” “ratchet” or “bad bitch” after the party ends."

Following Fischer's viewpoint, LSA Junior Allen Wu published his response to Fischer in the Daily piece entitled "Viewpoint: Response to 'Hood Ratchet Thursday'"

"Of course, I’m aware of hip-hop’s roots in African-American culture, and I understand why so many are upset at my usage of the words “ratchet,” “twerking,” etc. But let me be clear: in no way was it my intention to appropriate Black culture. I was attempting to emulate the distasteful party culture of hip hop, not as a synonym for Black culture, but rather as the musical genre that is consumed by all races."

The University of Michigan also jumped in with this to say, prompting many to agree that it was more "reactionary than proactive":

Dear U-M students,

We were deeply disappointed to learn that members of a university fraternity had planned an offensive themed party for November. The language of the invitation and theme of the party denigrated all women and African American/black identified people through racial stereotypes and cultural appropriation.

This behavior is offensive, disrespectful and unacceptable at the University of Michigan. It is unhealthy and harms everyone in the community. It is in direct contradiction to the values, policies and expectations of the University and will not be tolerated.

Immediately upon being informed, the Dean of Students, the coordinator of the Bias Response Team, together with the leadership of Greek Life and the Interfraternity Council (fraternity governance body) met with the fraternity chapter president to discuss the issue and begin taking appropriate corrective steps. The event has been cancelled.

We also are working collaboratively with the national fraternity headquarters, which has imposed restrictions on the fraternity until a full investigation occurs. An apology on behalf of the fraternity is forthcoming. Educational interventions with the fraternity will occur as well.

Disturbingly, negative stereotypes and misogynistic behavior are woven into popular culture today. We believe this reinforces the ongoing need to continually pay attention to diversity and engage in thoughtful, challenging conversations about social identities.

It is our expectation that significant learning for the campus community will emerge from these offensive actions. We are in the process of planning educational forums. With this and other measures we expect to repair the harm that has occurred in this situation and prevent its reappearance in the future. There is more work to do.

Please contact us with thoughts or ideas about this work or other educational efforts.


Royster Harper
Vice President, Student Life

Laura Blake Jones
Dean of Students

Mary Beth Seiler
Director of Greek Life

Following this ordeal, it is clear to me that many students/people of privilege have no idea what people of color experience on a daily basis. They consistently appropriate their culture, playing up negative stereotypes and thinking its okay to dress up as "ratchet" "gangster" "the A-rab terrorist" "a Mexican" "Indian", etc. With Halloween upon us I cannot stress how vital it is that you make this campus a safe environment for your fellow students of color. Do NOT culturally appropriate, do NOT tell people of color to "calm down" or "learn to take a joke" when they're offended, and, for Heaven's sake, do NOT do Blackface. Under any circumstances. DON'T. This is all summed up so eloquently in Zeinab Khalil's Daily point of view "This Halloween Don't Be a Fool":

If you're still not sure what "white privilege" means, take a look at this wonderfully broken down Buzzfeed article and learn how those around you are affected by things you take for granted or hardly even notice, that, my friends, is white privilege.

Favorite Statuses of the Week!

Below is a collection of the best statuses I saw this week (funnny and serious). Names have been omitted!

"When people of color are sharing the injustices they live and the oppressions that is their reality, it is NOT a competition of who had it worse. The discomfort that a white person may feel should not be projected by dismissing or minimizing the experiences as "just a rant." This is why people of color have (to create) people of color spaces. In every other space where this voice is uttered, it is either minimized, exoticized, dismissed or met with-wait for it- 'I wish I had a story like yours'."

"can every rotc student at this university please get the hell out of my arab studies classes? it isn't enough for you to aid in/support the colonization, occupation and terrorization our lands, now you wish to learn our culture and our language for your own imperialistic benefits?"

"You can't swing a Fendi purse without knocking over a few haters."

"My host family "talks" to the newborn in Darija and French...and the daughter usually sings Lebanese religious pop songs to the baby, and the mother is currently singing Umm Kulthum with the baby. No wonder Moroccans are so linguistically flexible…"

"things you can do with $24000
1) pay tuition
2) buy guinea pig armor"

"My heart hurts for mankind. And to be honest, I don't know if climbing mountains, sending radio broadcasts in space, or falling faster than the speed of sound makes all of it worth it."

"look for someone who complements you, not someone to complete you. you are complete. know that you are whole first. you do not need someone to give you the world. you are a world all on your own. seek the partner who deepens your sense of self and cares deeply about your four bodies, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. choose someone who understands they are a part of you, yet apart from you, someone whose love is freeing."

"U of M is so draining. Especially as a black student. #keepyaheadup"

“We waste so many days waiting for weekend. So many nights wanting morning. Our lust for future comfort is the biggest thief of life.”
Joshua Glenn Clark

"Some chick took a guy's drink, complained that it wasn't her order, and said I wasn't fast enough. As I plastered on a fake smile and apology, kudos to the guy for telling her, "Hi, I'm Eric. That's my name on the cup you took and you should go leave a tip because your disrespect was not worth $4." Eric, you are crowned Starbucks royalty.#thingsIwishIcouldtellcustomers"

Monday, October 28, 2013

Interesting take on the Palestinian Israeli Conflict entitled "The Bra is a Security Threat"

A 21 year old woman from Berkely, CA describes her experience at Israel's Ben Gurion airport. Her father is a Jordanian Palestinian and her mother, a British Jew.

She writes:

"If we can start anywhere in deconstructing this Occupation, literally taking it apart, we can start by educating ourselves and our communities. I implore those who read this to learn about the history of Palestine, to learn about recent events on the ground, to talk to as many people as they can, to be curious and ask questions, to look at displays of military power and question the motives of those governments who support them.
Throughout all of this, please remember, that this is not a historical issue, it is a human one.
Peace, Justice and Dignity."

Op Ed by The Daily's Harsha Nahata! "The Me, Myself, and I Generation"

Check it out! Thought provoking piece about the slew of critiques aimed at the milennial generation.

"...We are ‘coming of age’ in an increasingly difficult reality. We’re the first generation to be living in a world of approximately seven billion people. That’s bound to cause some problems. We’re growing up in a world of decreasing economic opportunity, increasing income inequality, looming climate change and numerous bloody conflicts. It’s not exactly the most optimistic picture. Not to mention the fact that older generations continue to put off solving some of today’s most pressing problems, leaving them for us to deal with down the road.
And, the fact that we didn’t grow up exactly as our parents did is, in fact, what will prove to be our greatest asset."

Moving Spoken word by Javon Johnson "cuz he's black"

Check out this moving slam poetry performance by spoken word artist Javon Johnson entitled "cuz he's black."

"Jai Ho" Cover by Alaa Wardi & Peter Hollens

Check out this amazing acapella cover of Slumdog Millionaire's "Jai Ho" by Arabic singer Alaa Wardi and American singer Peter Hollens!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Zeinab Khalil: Are we post-emotional?

Excellent social justice piece from the Daily written by the glorious Zeinab Khalil. She states: "wrote this piece to try to break down the idea that some knowledge is strictly logical/good/truth while some is emotional/bad/dubious. and how this logical vs. emotional myth plays out not just in academia but in gender and race relations."

"Binaries are problematic for a lot of reasons. Not only do they leave no room for the grey in-betweenness that most things actually fall into, but they also hierarchize categories. In the case of emotion versus logic, the latter always trumps the former, especially when it comes to knowledge and scholarship. The problem with ranking binaries is that we’re not only ranking concepts, but identities and experiences informed by these concepts. In this case, the logic-emotion binary elevates Eurocentric cultures that emphasize less expressive ideals, while debasing non-western/non-white cultures that may be differently or more emotionally expressive."

--Zeinab Khalil, columnist for the Michigan Daily