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

From the Great Lakes to the Global Water Crisis: Writers on Water

Join us for an evening of poetry and prose dedicated to water in Michigan and beyond.

A part of the semester-long campus-wide conversation about the Great Lakes, the evening will include readings from Great Lakes area writers and Michigan Quarterly Review (MQR) contributors Donovan Hohn, Anna Clark, Keith Taylor, and Margaret Noodin. The event will celebrate MQR’s Summer 2011 issue “The Great Lakes: Love Song and Lament,” guest edited by poet and retired University of Michigan writing professor Keith Taylor (featuring writing from Margaret Noodin), and introduce the Spring 2020 issue “Not One Without: A Special Issue on Water,” guest edited by environmental journalist and author Anna Clark (U-M, 2003).

As we take a semester to consider the global implications, challenges, and transformative opportunities of the Great Lakes, we are making space for the literature of the lakes which helps shape their future.

This event is hosted in conjunction with the Winter 2020 Great Lakes Theme Semester: Lake Effects, the Michigan Quarterly Review, flagship literary journal of the University of Michigan, and the Hopwood Program.

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Gender Violence, Immigrant Vulnerability, and the State: A Symposium


Ruby Robinson
Managing Attorney, Michigan Immigrant Rights Center and Winter Faculty, U-M Law

Adriana Mancillas
Counseling and Advocacy Services Coordinator, SafeHouse

Debotri Dhar
Faculty, Women’s Studies

While globalization is understood as a contemporary moment marked by an unprecedented volume of travel – goods, capital, labor, images, ideas, knowledge – what is perhaps unprecedented is not so much the travel itself, but that “world travelers” were historically white and male. With an increase in postcolonial migrations – whether forced, voluntary, or in between – of individuals and communities from the Global South to the Global North, has colonialism’s unidirectional plunder under the guise of a “civilizing mission” now given way to immigrants of color being framed as invaders, pollutants, and burdens on the state in order to maintain discursive hierarchies of race, social class, and nation? In this post/colonial era, what, then, is the relationship between immigrant vulnerability and gender violence?

In the United States, a plethora of individuals and institutions have advocated for the rights of vulnerable immigrants, resulting in Acts such as VAWA and related remedial measures for low income victims of gender-based violence (including domestic violence and sexual assault.) What are some of the strengths and challenges of these legal mechanisms? With many citizen female victims of violence already ending up as defendants in the criminal justice system, where does it leave vulnerable immigrant women, especially in cases where the perpetrators are not “their” men but members of an elite white citizenry? What about the immigrant men of color, who are already framed as violent in the nation’s political imagination? And transgender and queer immigrants – even more marginalized, seldom talked about? In other words, can the gender, race, social class, and immigration status of victims and perpetrators of gender-based violence have an impact on legal outcomes? As the nation debates its immigration policies, what services can local and national organizations for survivors of gender violence offer, in more practical terms, to immigrants and vulnerable others?

The 3 panelists of this small 2-hour symposium will address the above interdisciplinary themes in their presentations. The discussion will be followed by audience Q+&A and an Indian dinner. The event will be free and open to the public.

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Queer Students Abroad

Queer students who have travelled out of the US will share their experiences living, traveling and/or working abroad. Learn about how their identities impacted their experience, as well as helpful resources to plan your own experience abroad. This event is a partnership between the International Center, the Spectrum Center, and the Center for Global and Intercultural Studies (CGIS). Register using the ticket link!

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The Spectrum Center is dedicated to working towards offering equitable access to all of the events we organize. If you have an accessibility need you feel may not be automatically met at this event, fill out our Event Accessibility Form, found at http://bit.ly/SCaccess You do not need to have a registered disability with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) or identify as disabled to submit. Advance notice is necessary for some accommodations to be fully implemented, and we will always attempt to dismantle barriers as they are brought up to us. Any questions about accessibility at Spectrum Center events can be directed to spectrumcenter@umich.edu.

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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! 

Rethinking the University: On Discipline, Excellence, and Solidarity

We are excited to invite you to the Global Theories of Critique’s second event of the academic year, with our theme for this year being “On the Failed and Marginal,” focusing on the excluded and undermined from and in Euro-American histories. Challenging these histories or going against and beyond them demands an interrogation of the space from which we think, write, and act: the university and its various arms. Following this thinking, our second event will be a workshop on “Rethinking the University: On Discipline, Excellence, and Solidarity” with Professor Reginald Jackson, to be held on Thursday, Oct. 31st, 4-6 pm, room 1014 Tisch Hall, dinner included.

Professor Jackson is an Associate Professor of Pre-modern Japanese Literature at U of M’s department of Asian Languages and Cultures, and has been long committed to thinking and practicing knowledge production in relation to solidarity with the marginalized and forgotten, within both the university’s own space and its many outsides. As such, ahead of this event, we recommend reading Professor Jackson’s recently published article, titled “Solidarity’s Indiscipline: Regarding Miyoshi’s Pedagogical Legacy,” along with two theoretical pieces he is in engaging with. All readings are available here, and we recommend reading them in this order:

Readings, “The Idea of Excellence”
Jackson, “Solidarity’s Indiscipline: Regarding Miyoshi’s Pedagogical Legacy”
Moten and Harney, “The University and the Undercommons” (optional)

If you plan on attending this event, please RSVP here

Queer/Cuir/Feminist (Q/C/F) Américas Working Group Symposium

This is a public symposium of the Queer/Cuir/Feminist (Q/C/F) Group of the Americas to be held in Ann Arbor on September 20, 2019, to advance the publication of two scholarly journal special issues that will appear in the United States (in English) and in Brazil (in Spanish and Portuguese). We aspire to create a public space at the University of Michigan for the discussion of LGBTQ Latinx, Indigenous, and Afro- diasporic gender and sexuality through this one-day public event. Our interdisciplinary, transnational, action-based, Latinx queer feminist scholarly group includes university-based scholars and independent scholars and activists that are involved in diverse educational initiatives in several Latin American countries and U.S. Latinx communities. We will host a panel discussion, a keynote speaker, and a reception.


Join SEAS at Earthfest for free food, entertainment, activities and a chance to learn new things about sustainability at U-M that you didn’t already know. The event is organized around the four themes of our Campus Sustainability Goals: Climate Action, Waste Prevention, Healthy Environments and Community Awareness.

Every fall since 1996 University of Michigan has held an event to celebrate all of the environmental and energy initiatives throughout the University and the Ann Arbor community. The event originated as Energy Fest but since 2010 has been known as EarthFest: Party for the Planet!

Come browse dozens of booths with information on how to get involved in sustainability on campus and beyond. Enjoy free healthy food, chef demos, live entertainment, and sustainability-related games with prizes! You’ll also have the chance to make a photo pledge to sustainability, and an opportunity to win sustainable foods basket by sharing your photo on Planet Blue Facebook or Twitter.

For more information, visit http://sustainability.umich.edu/earthfest.

A/PIA Seminar: Gordon H Chang

Gordon H. Chang (Professor of American History, Stanford University)

I am interested in two areas of American life that are often considered separately. The historical connections between race and ethnicity in America, on the one hand, and foreign relations, on the other are in fact profound. I explore these interconnections in my teaching and scholarship. My particular area of focus is trans-Pacific relations, the inter-connections between East Asia and America.I am interested in political, social, and cultural interactions from the earliest days of America to the present.My current research project concerns the recovery and interpretation of the experiences of Chinese railroad workers in North America. Please go to www.chineserailroadworkers.stanford.edu for more information.

UMMA Book Club: Art, Ideas, & Politics

The Art, Ideas, & Politics Book Club is a partnership between UMMA and Literati Bookstore in connection with UMMA’s exhibition Abstraction, Color, and Politics in the Early 1970s. Surrounded by the large-scale artworks by Sam Gilliam, Helen Frankenthaler, Al Loving, and Louise Nevelson, we will read and discuss bold and critical voices—both fiction and nonfiction—guided by Literati Bookstore’s Creative Programs Manager, Gina Balibrera Amyx. Books will explore visions and critiques relevant to abstract art as well as the immense social changes of the period, and include Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power (Jan 10), Art on My Mind, Visual Politics by bell hooks (March 14), Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel (May 9), Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner (July 11), and How We Get Free, edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Sept 12).

Gina Balibrera Amyx is the Creative Program Manager at Literati Bookstore, and a graduate of Zell MFA Program. Her writing has been featured in the Boston Review, Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Wandering Song, an anthology of the Central American diaspora.

The Art, Ideas, & Politics Book Club will meet on the second Thursday of the month, 12-1 p.m. in the exhibition gallery. Pick and choose or come to all of them. Books will be available for sale at Literati Bookstore as well as after book club meetings at UMMA, at a 15% book club discount.

UMMA gratefully acknowledges the following donors for their generous support of this exhibition:

Lead Exhibition Sponsors: University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Michigan Medicine, and College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Exhibition Endowment Donors:  Richard and Rosann Noel Endowment Fund, Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment, and Robert and Janet Miller Fund

University of Michigan Funding Partners: Institute for Research on Women and Gender, School of Social Work, Department of Political Science, and Department of Women’s Studies