Friday, October 17, 2014

International Open Access Week


During International Open Access Week (Oct. 20-26, 2014) the University of Michigan Library will be hosting many events promoting the theme Generation Open. Open Access (http://www.lib.umich.edu/open-access) makes scholarly literature freely accessible to a broad audience, and the theme highlights the generation of students, citizen scientists, future scholars and early-career researchers who have grown up learning on the open web.

Events include a keynote by Jack Andraka, a high school student and winner of the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Gordon Moore Award and the 2012 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award, a Wikipedia-edit-a-thon, and an editors' panel on Open Access publishing. We invite you to join us in exploring how Open Access can help the academic community connect with Generation Open.

For the full calendar of Open Access Week events, see: http://www.lib.umich.edu/events/all/all/34799

Questions about Open Access Week should be directed to Jean Song (jeansong@umich.edu)

Week of October 12

There are 3 new posts in this update!

Students Helping Honduras Mass Meeting

The new student chapter of Students Helping Honduras on campus is holding a general meeting on Tuesday, October 21 at 8pm in room B852 of East Quad. The mission of SHH is to fight extreme gang violence and poverty in Honduras through education and youth empowerment. More information can be found on their website at ceciskids.org. The organization will be holding a public event in Space 2435 in the end of November through the support of the North Quad Programming Student Event grant. 


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North Quad Programming Coordinator
105 S. State Street, Ann Arbor MI 48109

Learning from the Community: "Finding the 'You' in Community Service"

The Ginsberg Center's
LEARNING from
the COMMUNITY
2014-15 Workshop Series


October Workshop:
"Finding the 'You' in Community Service"
Tuesday, October 28, 5:30-7pm
Ginsberg Center, 1024 Hill St.


Workshop Description: Maybe you're just starting to think about getting involved in your community, or maybe you're a seasoned pro----but have you thought about the skills and knowledge you can gain from those activities?  Can you gauge your level of engagement with the community?  Can you envision the level of engagement you want to have in the future?

Join other students and Ginsberg Center staff to explore the answers to these questions at the first Learning From the Community workshop, "Finding the 'You' in Community Service."  Through an exercise in "Generative Listening" you'll discover what your volunteer experiences can tell you about the knowledge and skills you possess (which is helpful for your future involvement, and your future professional life!). Through discussion with other volunteers you'll deepen your understanding of what meaningful community service looks like.  Come learn about the different roles you can play when volunteering one-time or on an ongoing basis, and how you can do that with the Ginsberg Center.

Light refreshments will be served.  Click here to RSVP!


The Learning from the Community Workshop Series supports students who are interested in community service, advocacy, activism, and social justice.  Participants gain knowledge of the root causes behind social issues, and the skills to work with others across social and cultural differences to support positive social change.  Participants have the chance to learn from professionals from local community organizations and from their fellow U-M student leaders.  Learn more here.

GSP Book Club!

Hi GSP!
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 prgupta@umich.edu 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

Lisa Nakamura, Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professorship Inaugural Lecture

The University of Michigan, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts is pleased to announce the
Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professorship in American Culture
and Screen Arts and Cultures Inaugural Lecture
:
Digitizing Race and Gender
Given by
Lisa Nakamura
Professor of American Culture, Screen Arts and Cultures,
Women’s Studies, and English Language and Literature

4:10 P.M. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2014 | ALUMNI CENTER, FOUNDERS ROOM
Lecture and reception open to the public.
About the lecture:
The early days of the Internet were accompanied by high hopes that this new technology would eliminate racism and sexism by concealing users' bodies. Instead, new forms of race and gender representation emerged in digital space. This talk will trace twenty years of Internet research on racism and sexism in video games, chatrooms, and social media. In recent years digital media studies has taken a turn towards the material, and this talk will conclude with new media archaeological research on the role of indigenous people as both labor and cultural resource employed by Fairchild Semiconductor, one of the first Silicon Valley companies.
For questions, contact Anne Hart at annehart@umich.edu or 734.615.6449

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 (https://ridemdcc.umich.edu/).  It will bring you back to Ann Arbor by 9:30pm.  


GIEU Info. Sessions

From India to Peru

Our line-up of faculty-led summer programs awesome!

Next summer, CGIS faculty will be taking students to 5 field sites all around the world. We're bringing back our highly-acclaimed 2014 programs such as Food Sustainability and Disability Issues - and we are debuting  all-new programs in Detroit and Oaxaca, Mexico!

GIEU (Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates) students meet with their cohort and faculty leader throughout the year, then collaborate with a community in a service learning project.

Join us at one of the info sessions held in the CGIS Office located in room G155 Angell Hall:
Thursday, October 9 from 6pm to 7pm
or
Friday, October 24 from noon to 1pm

Program Advisor Ebony Ellis (enellis@umich.edu) and past program participants will be available to answer any of our questions.

Applications will be due on November 5. 

Travel will occur in Spring/Summer
Program Fee: $1,950
All Pell Grant recipients will automatically receive a $1,950 scholarship.
LSA students may be eligible to receive up to $3,000 in scholarships.

Activism in Detroit: Engage and Explore


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.

Screening of "There's Corn in our Hair ..." and Talk by the Filmmakers

Thursday, Oct 16
Multimedia Presentation: There's Corn in our Hair..." with "King Corn" filmmakers Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis
5:00pm
Michigan Theater (603 E. Liberty)

International Studies Orientation and Q&A Session


Journey to the East: An Adventure in Theatre

Wednesday, 10/22, 12 pm 
Noon Lecture @Vandenberg Room, Michigan League
Journey to the East: An Adventure in Theatre

by Jonathan Man, Theatre Director 

In the West, we are somewhat familiar with Chinese opera and acrobatic troupes. But what about contemporary Chinese theatre and its makers? How do we access the plays that entertain and touch audiences in the East? And how can we develop further cultural dialogue? 
This talk will start with an outline of theatre in London and how this has engaged with China. Then the speaker will present a snapshot of the major theatrical centers in mainland China, in Beijing and Shanghai, how they have embraced Western forms, and yet how each city differs in approach. There will also be a look at the theatre of Hong Kong, which is very much a hybrid of East meets West. 
To aid our understanding, we can explore how the theatre being produced in the East is (and is not) comparable to Broadway, Off-Broadway and the fringe theatre of the West. We will then examine the barriers and opportunities for creating work in China, from cultural contexts to issues of translation, as well as the potential to be able to bring exciting, canonical, modern Chinese plays to the West.

 


About the guest speaker: 
Theatre director Jonathan Man, of Hong Kong Chinese descent and born & bred in the U.K., has been working on projects in China and Hong Kong the past three years, and will be sharing his creative journey. He has directed a variety of shows on different scales, including "Monkey!" - based on the classic novel "Journey to the West", and "wAve" - a Korean American re-imagining of the "Medea" myth. He is the first British director to have been programmed for the Beijing International Fringe Festival, and he has worked on two Shakespeare productions in Shanghai.
 
       

Growing Allies Fall Retreat - Apply Now to be a Participant!



The retreat will be held on November 1st-2nd at the Trotter Multicultural Center. Attendance to the retreat is FREE

Growing Allies strives to build a community of social justice allies committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment at the University of Michigan and beyond. We envision a community where allies work together and support each other. The retreat is one of the key places where this process begins! 

Retreat attendees will participate in experiential exercises, team-building, and dialogue around the topics of affirming identity, building community and being a change agent. Growing Allies views allyhood as a process and recognizes great value in connecting people who are engaged in that process. This retreat focuses on engaging both those who are already involved in social justice and ally development, as well as those who are new to thinking about their role in social justice. All are welcome. Please note that this is not an overnight retreat. 

Participant applications are available here and are due October 18th.

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 <doshisd@umich.edu>. 

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


Requirements:
  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 undergraddiversityscholars@umich.edu.

Oil, Conservation and the Amazon Rainforest

Tree frogs, monkeys, 100% humidity, mud,  poisonous spiders, venomous pit vipers.  15 UofM students lived in very challenging conditions this summer to better understand conservation, oil, and the Amazon Rainforest.   They will share their experiences on October 18, 2014. Please pass along to students, faculty and staff. Thank you, in advance!

"We lose one hundred thousand species for every hectare deforested." 
                                ~Kelly Swing

Tiputini Biodiversity Station (TBS)​
, located in the Amazon basin of eastern Ecuador, 
​is one of the most biodiverse regions of the world.   
The region also sits on top of Ecuador's second largest oil deposit. 
 
​In July 2014, fifteen University of Michigan students on a GIEU study abroad 
program​
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 spen
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 21 days
​ living and​
 working at T
BS. Their encounters with nature gave them a first-hand understanding of the ​
​intense struggle to 
balance sustainability with conservation efforts.  ​Join them on October 18, 2014 as Founding TBS Director, Dr. Kelly Swing,  speaks from 1-2pm with a student exhibition following from 2-4pm.  


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 the Director of TBS, Dr. Kelly Swing is a professor of Environmental Science at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and serves as Director for Boston University's Ecuador Tropical Ecology Program.  He has acted as a consultant involved in analyzing industrial and construction impact specializing in waterways, habitat quality, integrity, species composition and abundance.  

His perspective on environmental pressures has been featured in  numerous places including The Guardian, National Geographic, NPR, CNN, and the BBC.  

Dr. Swing sees education as crucial and essential for conservation efforts.  Please join us for this rare opportunity to hear Dr Swing share his experience, insight, and suggestions for preserving one of the most biodiverse places on the earth.  

Translate-a-thon 2014 Registration!

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for more information, see our website: https://www.lrc.lsa.umich.edu/translate-a-thon/

Sweetland Minor in Writing: Applications due Oct. 27th for Winter cohort!



INFORMATION SESSION:
Thur., Oct. 16th, 5:00-6:30PM, Michigan Union, Parker Room, 2nd Floor
(free pizza!)

APPLICATIONS DUE:
Mon., Oct. 27th, 12:00 noon 

Learn more about Sweetland's Minor in Writing:

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: aiesecmichigan@gmail.com

For more information:

Transfer Connections: Halloween Party!


Events in October: Explore Addiction


Need Help with Clearing Snow this Winter

ATTENTION STUDENTS-JOB OPPORTUNITY:

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 vhueter@umich.edu   Thank you!  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Big Ticket Productions presents: ScHoolBoy Q Concert




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
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Tuesday, October 14:  NO LECTURE – U-M Fall Break


Tuesday, October 21:
Xuanzang's Skull:  Buddhism, Nationalism, and Diplomacy in Modern Asia

Benjamin Brose, Assistant Professor of Chinese Buddhism, University of Michigan

This talk focuses on the recent rediscovery, division and circulation of the medieval Chinese Buddhist monk Xuanzang's skull fragment throughout China, Taiwan, Japan, and India. I will discuss some of the ways that Buddhist relics have been used by modern political regimes to evoke patriotic sentiments at home and to establish diplomatic and economic alliances abroad.

Benjamin Brose is Assistant Professor of Chinese Buddhism in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan. His work has examined the social history of medieval Chinese Buddhism, particularly the history of Chan during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms.  Professor Brose was recently awarded a Fulbright senior scholar fellowship and a Chiang-ching Kuo junior scholar grant to pursue new research on modern representations of the famous Tang dynasty monk, pilgrim and scholar Xuanzang. For the 2013-14 academic year, he was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica in Taipei.


Tuesday, October 28:
Imperial Illusions:  Crossing Pictorial Boundaries in the Qing Palaces

Kristina Kleutghen, Assistant Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Washington University

At the eighteenth-century Chinese court, an unprecedented type of monumental illusionistic painting seemed at first glance to be real spaces occupied by real figures and objects. Produced collaboratively by the best Chinese and Western painters serving the High Qing emperors, these works mounted on walls and ceilings blended native and foreign techniques in works of confounding perspectival deceptiveness, which were nonetheless deeply significant to their patron. Originally widely installed inside various imperial spaces in and around Beijing, today only a few survive, held almost exclusively inside restricted areas of the Forbidden City. In addition to offering new insights into late imperial China's most influential rulers, these little-known paintings provide a new perspective on how Chinese art integrated and rejected foreign concepts during the height of early modern Sino-European exchange.

Kristina Kleutghen is Assistant Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis.  She earned her Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University in 2010.  Focusing on Chinese art of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), her research investigates the imperial court, optical devices, foreign contact, and connections to science and mathematics.  Recent articles have appeared in Archives of Asian Art and Eighteenth-Century Studies, and recent research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Getty Research Institute. Her first book, Imperial Illusions: Crossing Pictorial Boundaries in the Qing Palaces, is forthcoming January 2015 with University of Washington Press.




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 (prchistory.org), 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: 


Remember the Hand: Early Medieval Scribes and the Articulate Codex

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Latin@ Heritage Month


GSP Chai Chatter!


Chai Chatter is an informal weekly event where students can relax, drink delicious tea, hear new stories, and make new friends. 

What's Happening in the RC?


The LRC: Language, Culture and Community

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Did you know that the Language Resource Center offers opportunities to use your second (third or fourth) languages? As the academic year starts out, we would like to get the word out to the U-M community about these opportunities to use your language skills to better our community. Please consider forwarding this announcement to the members of your group, or anyone else who you think would be interested.

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The Language Bank offers a volunteer base of translators who provide, at no charge, translations for local, national and even international community groups. We work with a variety of diverse groups: local schools, the food bank, museums, and international arts and environmental agencies. As a Language Bank volunteer, you provide a valuable service to our “clients”, and get to know our community a little better. For more information, or to sign up now to become a volunteer: http://www.umich.edu/~langres/langbank.html

The Translate-a-thon is a translation marathon where volunteers come together for one weekend to translate projects for community groups/agencies. This is a fun event with great food, great company and for great causes! If you are an undergraduate student, you are also eligible for our grand prize drawing -an Ipad, a Kindle or a $50 gift card! Our next Translate-a-thon is the weekend of October 23, 24, and 25, 2014 at the LRC. For more information see: http://www.lrc.lsa.umich.edu/translate-a-thon/ (registration opens first week of October).

Upcoming Career Fairs!

The career fairs are coming up! Make sure you are prepared.

**Stop in Maggie's (your Peer Academic Success Specialist in North Quad) advising hours to practice your elevator pitch, have your resume reviewed, or to learn general career fair tips!

International Opportunities FairOctober 23, 2014
2pm–6pm 
Michigan Union 2nd floor
International Opportunities Fair Connect with program representatives and employers to explore internship/work abroad programs, volunteer programs, job and internship opportunities and graduate school options.

Maggie's Advising Hours
Monday 8-10PM
Tuesday 7:30-9:30PM
Wednesday 6-8PM
Located in the office in the front of the CLC (3rd floor)

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!

http://www.washtenawwatchdogs.com/former-graduate-student-sues-u-of-m.html

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!

-Nora








#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.

http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2013/11/whats_it_like_to_be_brown_at_t.html