The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene awakens us to the physical and social effects of the Anthropocene, a much-debated term used to define a new geological epoch shaped by human activity. Structured around ecological issues, the exhibition presents photography, video, and sculpture that address subjects and themes related to raw materials, disasters, consumption, loss, and justice. More than thirty-five international artists, including Sammy Baloji, Liu Bolin, Dana Levy, Mary Mattingly, Pedro Neves Marques, Gabriel Orozco, Trevor Paglen, and Thomas Struth, respond to dire global and local circumstances with resistance and imagination—sustaining an openness, wonder, and curiosity about the world to come.  

Artist Residency with Mary Mattingly in conjunction with The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene

UMMA and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival welcome artist Mary Mattingly to Ann Arbor for a 3-day residency, June 27–June 30. Mattingly, whose photograph Life of Objects (pictured to the right) is featured in UMMA’s exhibition The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Antrhopocene, is deeply concerned with our relationships to objects—where they come from, where they go, their implications for humans, and their impact on the environment. Join the artist for a variety of interactive workshops and discussion-based programs during her residency. 

Roundtable and Q&A with Hilton Als and Aisha Sabatini Sloan

Hilton Als and Aisha Sabatini SloanPlease join us in the Hopwood Room for a discussion between essayists Hilton Als and Aisha Sabatini Sloan. This lunchtime event will be catered; food will be available at 11:30, and the discussion will start at noon.

Hilton Als began contributing to The New Yorker in 1989, writing pieces for ‘The Talk of the Town,’ he became a staff writer in 1994, theatre critic in 2002, and lead theater critic in 2012. Week after week, he brings to the magazine a rigorous, sharp, and lyrical perspective on acting, playwriting, and directing. With his deep knowledge of the history of performance—not only in theatre but in dance, music, and visual art—he shows us how to view a production and how to place its director, its author, and its performers in the ongoing continuum of dramatic art. His reviews are not simply reviews; they are provocative contributions to the discourse on theatre, race, class, sexuality, and identity in America. Als is an associate professor of writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and has taught at Yale University, Wesleyan, and Smith College. He lives in New York City.

Aisha Sabatini Sloan was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her writing about race and current events is often coupled with analysis of art, film and pop culture. She studied English Literature at Carleton College and went on to earn an MA in Cultural Studies and Studio Art from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Arizona. Her essay collection, The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White was published by the University of Iowa Press in 2013. Her most recent essay collection, Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit, was just chosen by Maggie Nelson as the winner of the 1913 Open Prose Contest and will be published in 2017. She is currently a Helen Zell Visiting Professor in Creative Nonfiction at the University of Michigan.

2019 Robert F. Berkhofer Jr. Lecture: An Evening With Mary Kathryn Nagle

“Native Theater in the 21st Century: Piercing the Invisibility and Restoring Our Humanity,” by Mary Kathryn Nagle

PictureNative American Studies at the University of Michigan presents the 2019 Robert F. Berkhofer Jr. Lecture: An Evening With Mary Kathryn Nagle
“Native Theater in the 21st Century: Piercing the Invisibility and Restoring Our Humanity”

This event is free and open to the public. There will be a catered reception to follow the lecture.

Mary Kathryn Nagle is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program. She is also a partner at Pipestem Law, P.C., where she works to protect tribal sovereignty and the inherent right of Indian Nations to protect their women and children from domestic violence and sexual assault. Nagle has authored numerous briefs in federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Nagle studied theater and social justice at Georgetown University as an undergraduate student, and received her J.D. from Tulane Law School where she graduated summe cum laude and received the John Minor Wisdom Award. She is a frequent speaker at law schools and symposia across the country. Her articles have been published in law review journals including the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, Yale Law Journal (online forum), Tulsa Law Review, and Tulane Law Review, among others.

Nagle is an alumn of the 2012 PUBLIC THEATER Emerging Writers Group, where she developed her play “Manahatta” in PUBLIC STUDIO (May 2014). Productions include “Miss Lead” (Amerinda, 59E59, January 2014), and “Fairly Traceable” (Native Voices at the Autry, March 2017), “Sovereignty” (Arena Stage), “Manahatta” (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), and Return to Niobrara (Rose Theater). In 2019, Portland Center Stage will produce the world premiere of “Crossing Mnisose.”

Nagle has received commissions from Arena Stage (“Sovereignty”), the Rose Theater (“Return to Niobrara,” Omaha, Nebraska), Portland Center Stage (“Mnisose”), Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Yale Repertory Theatre (“A Pipe for February”), and Round House Theater. 

The Berkhofer Lecture series (named for a former U-M professor and founder of the field of Native American studies) was established in 2014 by an alumni gift from the Dan and Carmen Brenner family of Seattle, Washington. In close consultation with the Brenners, Native American Studies decided to create a public lecture series featuring prominent, marquee speakers who would draw audiences from different communities (faculty and students, Ann Arbor and Detroit, and Michigan tribal communities as well as writers and readers of all persuasions). Native American students at U-M have consistently expressed their desire to make Native Americans more visible both on campus and off, and we believe that this lecture takes a meaningful step in that direction. Additionally, because of the statewide publicity it generates, we think it is already becoming another recruitment incentive for Native American students. It goes without saying that the speakers we are inviting provide tremendous value to the mission and work of Native American Studies at U-M.

African Women Film Series – Notre Étrangère (The Place in Between) Film Screening

Film series flyerThe University of Michigan’s CEW+, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, and African Studies Center are pleased to present the 2018-2019 African Women Film Series. These exciting films celebrate women’s voices through rich, dynamic, and intimate visual portrayals.

All films will screen in the Michigan Theater Screening Room at 603 E. Liberty St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

Register here.

Cultural Racism & American Social Structure

Presented by the University of Michigan RacismLab

A winter 2019 interdisciplinary speaker series sponsored by the
Institute for Social Research Survey Research Center and Rackham Graduate School

All talks are held at the Institute for Social Research (426 Thompson Street)
Room 1430 at 9:00-10:30 am

Historical trauma: Racial dispossession & Native populations
Monday, March 25
Joseph Gone, Professor
Dept of Global Health & Social Medicine, Harvard University

RacismLab Speaker Series 2019

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Twitter: @racismlab

AMAS Film Screening: “Muslimah’s Guide to Marriage”

Professor Amina Bakeer Abdul-Jabbaar



Short Synopsis of the Film:
Muslimah Muhammad, a twenty-something African-American orthodox Muslim Woman who lives in Inglewood, CA, has seven days and fourteen hours left in her Iddah (Muslim separation) before she will officially be divorced from her cheating husband. Knowing that the divorce would upset her religious father and the local Muslim community, Muslimah works diligently to try to fix her broken marriage before it is too late. 

Director’s Intro: Aminah Bakeer Abdul-Jabbaar


Director’s Bio:
Writer/Producer/Director/Professor in the Pan African Studies Department at California State University, Los Angeles. Aminah is from South Central LA. She holds a B.A. from USC in Cinema TV and an M.F.A. in Directing from UCLA’s Film & TV Department. Aminah participated in IFP/FIND’s Project Involve and IFP/FIND’S Screenwriter’s Lab. Her short, PERSONAL TOUCH, which deals with her mother’s death from breast cancer, won the Liddel Art Award from the Ann Arbor Film Festival and screened on PBS. She also wrote and directed DORSEY, a Multi-Camera TV Pilot about colorism in the Black Community (starring: Christy Knowings, Wesley Jonathan, and Wesley Jonathan), which got Aminah a Directing Internship at THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and she was featured on ET. Next, Aminah won the Visionary Award at the Pan African Film Festival for BILALIAN, a feature-length documentary about African-American Muslims in America and in Africa, and received glowing reviews in several publications including “Variety” and was broadcast on BET. After, Aminah co-wrote, produced, and directed the web series BedRest (starring: Pratima Anae and Tiffany Haddish), a comedy about a woman trapped on Bed Rest and played on Blip.TV. Aminah is represented by 3 Arts Entertainment and UTA. 

Cultural Racism & American Social Structure

Presented by the University of Michigan RacismLab

Event flyerA winter 2019 interdisciplinary speaker series sponsored by the
Institute for Social Research Survey Research Center and Rackham Graduate School

All talks are held at the Institute for Social Research (426 Thompson Street)
Room 1430 at 9:00-10:30 am

Racial liberalism & environmental racism in Flint, Michigan
By Malini Ranganathan, Assistant Professor
School of International Service, American University

RacismLab Speaker Series 2019

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Twitter: @racismlab


Learning in Community Series: Entering, Engaging & Exiting Communities

Logo for Learning in Community (buildings on top of C)This interactive workshop introduces principles and practices for thoughtfully engaging with communities, including motivations, impact of social identities, and strategies for engaging in reciprocal, ethical, and respectful ways.

This workshop is open to all students, including ones in classes of less than eight students or student organizations.

CLIFF 2019: Cartographies of Silence, 23rd Annual Comparative Literature Intra-student Faculty Forum

Keynote: Professor Irena Klepfisz


Cartographies of Silence: A Conference for Readers and Writers
23rd Annual CLIFF Conference
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
March 15-16, 2019
Keynote Speaker: Professor Irena Klepfisz

It was an old theme even for me:Language cannot do everything– — Adrienne Rich, “Cartographies of Silence”

Silence is not an absence, but is charged with meaning and action. To speak of silence means to speak of a multitude of paradoxes, as well as to enter an exciting avenue for literature, activism and interdisciplinary scholarship. Our conference interrogates what it means to plumb silences in the archive in search of unheard voices, and invites scholars to investigate the meanings of silence as a critical category. In particular, this conference is interested in mapping – across scholarly and creative disciplines – questions of translating silences in the archive, in the text, in the subject, and in activism. What are the possible ways of translating silence when events and experiences resist such translation? What challenges and possibilities does silence offer translators and scholars, who are tasked with making meaning of both the enunciated and the unsaid or untranslatable? How can we engage with knowledge that does not yield itself to current academic frameworks? In what ways can a focus on silence help to transform knowledge itself?

Professor Irena Klepfisz received her doctorate from the University of Chicago in Victorian literature, and later did post-doctoral work in Yiddish at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. In addition to teaching in numerous universities around the country, Klepfisz taught for ten years in the college program at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, a women’s maximum security prison. Last year, she retired after 22 years of teaching Jewish Women’s Studies at Barnard College. Klepfisz immigrated to the U.S. at age 8 and was raised among Yiddish-speaking, Jewish Labor Bundist (socialist) Holocaust survivors in the Bronx, where she attended public schools, a Yiddish shule, and mitlshul. She was an activist during the Second Wave, particularly in the lesbian/feminist movement, and addressed issues of anti-Semitism, Israeli/Palestinian peace, Jewish identity, and veltlekhe yidishkayt/secular Yiddish culture. 

Klepfisz’s extensive publishing and performance record includes founding and co-editing Conditions magazine, serving as the Yiddish editor of the Jewish feminist Bridges, contributing to Nice Jewish Girls: A Lesbian Anthology, and co-editing The Tribe of Dina: A Jewish Women’s Anthology. She authored two performance pieces commissioned by the Jewish Museum (NY): Bread and Candy: Songs of the Holocaust and Zeyre eygene verter: In their own words (Yiddish women writers). She is the author of A Few Words in the Mother Tongue (poems) and Dreams of an Insomniac (essays), and most recently co-edited The Stars Bear Witness: The Jewish Labor Bund 1897-2017 and Koved zeyer ondenk: Honor to Their Memory (for the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising).


9 am – 9.30 am Breakfast 
9.30 am – 11 am 
Panel 4: Sounding Queer Desire
Respondent: Shira Schwartz
Panel Papers:
Benjamin Hollenbach: “Silent Faith: Mainline Protestants, LGBTQ Inclusion, and Religious Devotion”
Lars Stoltzfus-Brown: “Why White People Love the Amish: Settler Colonialism, Violence, and White Heteronostalgia”
Amanda Kubic: “‘Neither honey nor the bee for me:’ Silence and Desire in Fragment 113”
11 am – 11.15 am Coffee Break
11.15 am – 12.45 pm
Panel 5: Poetics 
Respondent: Yopie Prins 
Panel Papers:
Lisa Levin: Notes on Notes on Speechlessness
Jasmine An: “‘the model minority disability disability creation’ – a mixed media experiment in digital storytelling”
Sara Deniz Akant: “One Sea Leads to Another: Approaching Memory and the Unsayable in Meena Alexander’s Atmospheric Embroidery”
12.45 pm – 2 pm Lunch 
2 pm – 3 pm A Reading and Conversation with Irena Klepfisz 
3.15 pm – 4.45 pm 
Panel 6: Silence, Address, Redress
Respondent: Liz Wingrove
Nathaniel Harrington: “Cànan a’ bhreithneachaidh (The language of criticism)”
Luiza Caetano: Contradiction as strategy: Germaine de Staël’s “Three Novellas”
Grace Zanotti: “Reading Through the Lacuna: Anne Carson’s Pinplay and Euripides’ Bacchae”
4.45 pm – 5 pm Closing Remarks
7.30 pm – 9 pm Student Creative Reading at Literati Bookstore