CANCELED-25th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners

The Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners is one of the largest exhibitions of art by incarcerated artists in the country. Each year, faculty, staff and students from the University of Michigan travel to correctional facilities across Michigan and select work for the exhibition while providing feedback and critique that strengthens artist’s work and builds community around art making inside prisons.

March 18-April 1, 2020
Art sales begin: March 18, 6pm
Opening reception program: March 18, 7pm

Gallery hours:
Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-7pm
Sunday-Monday: 12pm-6pm
April 1, 2020: 10am-5pm

Conversations on Europe. What’s Left of the Yellow Vest Movement

Anne-Claire Defossez, visiting researcher, Institute for Advanced Study; Didier Fassin, professor of social science, Institute for Advanced Study

The emergence of the yellow vests movement, its rapid extension, its endurance, and its popularity have been a source of surprise and confusion among politicians as well as commentators. Whereas it was initially viewed as a mere reaction to an increase in fuel tax, it soon appeared to be a broader protest against the policies led by Emmanuel Macron regarded as deepening economic inequalities. Instead of responding to the claim to more social justice, the government first expressed contempt but soon used repression, the violence of which caused hundreds of severely wounded. Characterized by a unique repertoire of action, an unusual combination of social groups and a grassroots organization without clear leaders, the mobilization challenged traditional forms of democratic representation. While it is too early to assess its long-term signification, it has however revealed the resistance of the “classes populaires” to authoritarian neoliberalism.

Didier Fassin is professor of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. A physician, sociologist, and anthropologist, he has conducted research in various countries on issues related to inequality and immigration. His recent works are ethnographies of the police, the justice system and the prison institution as well as on the idea of crisis.

Anne-Claire Defossez is researcher in social sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. A sociologist, she was previously a public manager heading the administration of two large cities in the Paris region. Her current work is about women’s participation in local politics and about the crisis of democratic representation in France.

A World Beyond

Re-Imagining Activism Through Performance

A World Beyond is a showcase of original choreography by current undergraduate dance majors. The theme of the evening is “world-making,” a powerful tool used in arts activism that encourages people to imagine and hope for a better reality. Featured works address topics ranging from queer community-building to the visibility of labor.

The performance will include an intermission.

This event is supported in part by the Meta Weiser EXCEL Fund, Center for World Performance Studies, the SMTD Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs.

Dia De Los Muertos

You are cordially invited to this year’s “Dia de Los Muertos” event taking place on November 1st from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM in the School of Public Health’s Community Room 1680. MENA (Middle Eastern and North African) Public Health, La Salud, and PHSAD (Public Health Students of African Descent) have partnered to present a Dia de Los Muertos event which is meant to commemorate all the lives lost to any discrimination or racism in the U.S. and internationally.

Dia de Los Muertos stems from Mexican traditions and originates from Aztec practices. We use this day to celebrate, not mourn, the lives of our beloved departed and rejoice by sharing ofrendas that remember the individual as they were in life. Although this festive occasion is meant to welcome our loved ones, there are many lives that were forgotten both in life and death. These lives were victimized, racialized, and prosecuted during life as a result of structural racism and exclusion. This year, we hope to raise awareness for the lives that were silenced and empower future practitioners to advocate for these communities and prevent future injustices.
We celebrate in community to provide space for the living and dead, and invite you to join us for an evening of activities, dialogue, food and performances! 

CEW+ Advocacy Symposium: Redefining Leadership

Join CEW+ for its annual fall symposium focused on redefining leadership. The 2019 Symposium includes a diverse group of scholars, community practitioners and international activists who embody leadership in varied ways as they advocate for change. This year Joy DeGruy and Stephanie Land will kick off the Symposium during the Mullin Welch Lecture where they will discuss how nontraditional leadership strategies can enhance advocacy work with a focus on self-care, resilience, and systemic change.

This working symposium is free and open to all activists, advocates, and allies from all U-M campuses (students, staff, faculty) as well as the local community.

The CEW+ Advocacy Symposium is organized in partnership with Barger Leadership Institute, Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, and Nicola’s Books with funding from CEW+’s Frances & Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund and the CEW+ Mullin Welch Fund. 

Register Here!

NI19: Widening the Lens

When was the last time you gathered under one roof with 1,500 people who care just as deeply as you do about social impact?

At NI19, you will:

  • Connect to changemakers, innovators, sustainability leaders, activists, influencers, students and companies.

  • Be inspired to tackle today’s biggest challenges.

  • Learn how to make an impact from where you are.

Register Here!

Spectrum Center- Allyhood Development Training

The Spectrum Center’s LGBTQ Allyhood Development Training Program, started in 2005, seeks to support an individual or organization’s process of development as it relates to LGBTQ inclusivity and advocacy. Allyhood Development Training (ADT) uses a social justice framework to illustrate the lived experiences of LGBTQ identified people to workshop participants.

Through active engagement in the training, participants will:
Grow in their personal awareness, knowledge, skills, and actions as it relates to their engagement in doing ally work.

Through active engagement in the training, participants will grow in their personal awareness, knowledge, skills, and actions as it relates to their engagement in doing ally work. The purpose of having the Allyhood Development Training is to promote a campus community in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity. 


Healing Justice As Building Cultural Resilience

How to build community through active story sharing and movement

Our Healing Justice as Building Cultural Resistance workshop series is back! Last fall, SiD faculty member Diana Seales coordinated 5 workshops for students and community members to learn about, discuss, and practice healing justice. This time, the series is back with some updates and an additional workshop.

All workshops are free and open to the public and include a light dinner.

If you are coming from Ann Arbor as a registered student or someone who wants to drop in for one or more workshops, please email Craig Regester ( to confirm your transportation.