In Conversation: The World to Come: Art in a Changing Climate

What role do artists play in visualizing the Anthropocene, our current epoch of rapid and often-destructive ecological change? Using photography, video, drawing, and sculpture, the forty-five international artists in The World to Come respond to the impact of climate change around the globe. Join UMMA Assistant Curator of Photography Jennifer Friess for a discussion about how the artists on view reimagine humanity’s relationships with each other and the environment in the world today and to come.  

The World to Come: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene is organized by the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida and curated by Kerry Oliver-Smith, Harn Museum of Art Curator of Contemporary Art. Support for the exhibition is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation  for  the Visual Arts, UF Office of the Provost, National Endowment for the Arts, C. Frederick and Aase B. Thompson Foundation, Ken and Laura Berns, Daniel and Kathleen Hayman, Ken and Linda  McGurn,  Susan Milbrath, an anonymous foundation, UF Center for Humanities and the Public Sphere, UF Office of Research and Robert and Carolyn Thoburn, with additional support from a group  of  environmentally-minded supporters, the Robert C. and Nancy Magoon Contemporary Exhibition and Publication Endowment,  Harn Program Endowment, and the Harn Annual Fund.

Lead support for the local presentation of this exhibition is provided by Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Michigan Medicine, Tom Porter in honor of the Michigan Climate Action Network, the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment, and the University of Michigan Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design and School for Environment and Sustainability.

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. 

MUSE Workshop: Discussion: ethics, big data, and our response to climate change

Tom Logan (Industrial and Operations Engineering)

MUSE workshopThe MUSE workshop is a Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop that brings together sustainability researchers from across the university to discuss ideas and promote interdisciplinary connections and collaborations.
The workshops are informal gatherings with a facilitator who leads an often wide-ranging discussion.
Workshops occur at least biweekly (with special workshops arising for hot topics). Check out the line up of further speakers

Detroit School Series. Dream City: Creation, Destruction, and Reinvention in Downtown Detroit

The Detroit School Series seeks to stimulate an interdisciplinary conversation on how research on Detroit—a city often seen as an extreme outlier of decline—can produce knowledge that is original and important.

Image result for Dream City: Creation, Destruction, and Reinvention in Downtown DetroitJoin the Detroit School Series for a book talk with Conrad Kickert – Assistant Professor of Urban Design, University of Cincinnati – to celebrate the upcoming release of Dream City: Creation, Destruction, and Reinvention in Downtown Detroit. In Dream City, Kickert explores how the history of downtown Detroit has differed from the familiar decline of the city’s neighborhoods: downtown grew faster, declined differently, and has been forced to reinvent itself time and again while battling the influential forces of the automobile and the suburbs. Introducing a varied cast of downtown power players and original morphological maps, the book traces downtown’s rise, fall, and rebirth. Throughout, Kickert examines the paradoxes of Detroit’s landscape of extremes, arguing that the current reinvention of downtown is the materialized expression of two centuries of Detroiters’ conflicting hopes and dreams.

Retaking Rationality: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environment and Our Health

Please join us for the latest installment of the Environmental Law & Policy Program Lecture Series, featuring Professor Richard Revesz from NYU Law. 

This event is free and open to the public. 

Richard Revesz is one of the nation’s leading voices in the fields of environmental and regulatory law and policy. His work focuses on the use of cost-benefit analysis in administrative regulation, federalism and environmental regulation, design of liability regimes for environmental protection, and positive political economy analysis of environmental regulation. His book Retaking Rationality: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environment and Our Health (with Michael Livermore ’06, 2008) contends that the economic analysis of law can be used to support a more protective approach to environmental and health policy. In 2008, Revesz co-founded the Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law to advocate for regulatory reform before courts, legislatures, and agencies, and to contribute original scholarly research in the environmental and health-and-safety areas. Revesz received a BS summa cum laude from Princeton University, an MS in civil engineering from MIT, and a JD from Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. After judicial clerkships with Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the US Supreme Court, Revesz joined the NYU School of Law faculty in 1985 and served as dean from 2002 to 2013. Revesz is the director of the American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a senior fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States.

The United States vs. Jackie Robinson

Robinson posterThe U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and the University of Michigan Law School Present “The United States vs. Jackie Robinson”

In August 1944, Second Lieutenant Jack R. Robinson faced a court-martial at Camp Hood, Texas, related to two charges of insubordination of a superior officer following an incident on a bus in which he refused to obey Jim Crow-era laws.

Recently, Army historians have discovered the identity of an unheralded defense attorney who was instrumental in Jackie Robinson’s acquittal. This attorney, Captain Robert H. Johnson, was a graduate of the University of Michigan and Michigan Law. The presentation will detail the African-American experience in WWII, analyze the court-martial, and discuss its effects on this American icon.

Beyond the Carceral State

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This roundtable is part of the Carceral State Project, a year of dialogue about criminal justice, policing, imprisonment, inequality, and what we can do about it.

Presented by the U-M Carceral State Project with support from the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, the Department of History, the Residential College, the Crime and Justice Minor, the Social Theory and Practice Major, the Prison Creative Arts Project, the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, the Institute for the Humanities, the Department of Political Science, and the Department of Sociology

For more information about the Carceral State Project visit

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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.

ISR Expo

flyerYou are invited to the Institute for Social Research EXPO:

Enjoy a variety of ​fun food​!​ (while supplies last) 

Xplore the rich portfolio of ISR social science research projects​!​

Probe into a variety of training programs for students, postdocs and faculty​!​

Observe the many opportunities for involvement​ and ​engage​!​

Come learn more about the many exciting projects and programs housed within ISR. 

Our featured programs and projects include: 

Michigan Program in Survey Methodology AND Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques | Michigan Retirement Research Center | Detroit Metro Area Communities Study (DMACS) | IRIS | M-CARES (Michigan Contraceptive Access, Research, and Evaluation Study) | PSC Training Programs | LIFE-M (Longitudinal, Intergenerational Family Electronic Micro-Database | U-M HomeLab | Poverty Solutions | Panel Study of Income Dynamics | Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS)/ Program in Society, Population and Environment (SPE) | DACCD & Perspectives | ICPSR | ICPSR Summer Program | Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) | Program for Research on Black Americans (PRBA) and the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR) ​| Health and Retirement Study | American National Election Studies | Racism Lab | Staples Staff Development Fund 

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Destigmatizing Mental Health: Panel & Discussion

This panel discussion will feature faculty, staff and students sharing their expert knowledge & personal experiences surrounding the intersection of mental health & diversity. Participants will be given an opportunity to engage with the content of the panel discussion in small groups following the panel.

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