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.

Community Action and Social Change Info Session

Interested in learning more about the Community Action and Social Change minor? Join an info session to learn more about the CASC community, requirements for the minor, course offerings, the MSW prefered admissions program, and other opportunities to get involved in programs and events.

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FellowSpeak. “How did you get fat anyway?”: Black Women’s Diet and Exercise in the Mid-Twentieth Century

Ava Purkiss

Eating for Health
Assistant Professor of American Culture and Women’s Studies, and 2018-19 Institute for the Humanities Charles P. Brauer Faculty Fellow Ava Purkiss gives a 30-minute talk followed by Q & A.

In 1959, black fashion and marketing expert Elsie Archer published Let’s Face It: A Guide to Good Grooming for Negro Girls in which she offered health and beauty advice to young black women. Before suggesting diet plans and exercise programs, she asked her readers: “How did you get fat anyway?” Archer added that avoiding fatness through diet and exercise would enable young black women to discover their feminine charms, enhance their appearances, and achieve a body that will “fit in.” My talk will examine how black women like Archer used nutrition advice, diet and exercise promotion, and fat shaming tactics to literally shape the fit black female body in the mid-twentieth century.

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 

Please contact abeattie@umich.edu with any questions​ or if you need any accommodations to attend this event.​

By the Book: Apartheid and the Illicit Lives of International Libraries

By Stephanie Robolin (Rutgers)

In this talk, Stephane Robolin will explore the role of libraries as institutions central to the circulation of banned literature in apartheid South Africa, as part of a larger inquiry into the clandestine lives of public organizations. The primary focus will be the U.S. Information Service Library in Johannesburg, one of a global network of libraries funded by the United States to wage the Cold War through film, literature, and journalism. This talk will consider how a library designed to disseminate propaganda by the U.S. government in a white minority-governed country could simultaneously serve and transgress the missions of both states. What was the function of African American literature in its stacks? What role could, say, The Autobiography of Malcolm X play in downtown Johannesburg? And what does it tell us about how the careful curation of culture works (and doesn’t) in contexts of political resistance? And what, if anything, does it reveal about the nature of cultural institutions?

Critical Visualities 3

2019 Conference of the Visual Culture Workshop

The Visual Culture Workshop (VCW) convenes the third annual Critical Visualities Conference in order to ask the timely questions: “What are the political dimensions of the affective charge between art and its audience? Between the critic and the art she engages? How does it feel to look ‘critically’ now?” 

Now in its third year, Critical Visualities has grown into a major national conference, drawing top faculty from across the country in the fields of American studies, African American studies, visual culture studies, performance studies, media studies, and literary studies. Designed to offer the University of Michigan community an unparalleled opportunity to engage with these scholars in an unusually intimate setting, Critical Visualities incites new insights, new questions, and new collaborations for presenters and audience members alike.

As always, Critical Visualities is particularly attune to the ways in which our interdisciplinary work enables us to engage with current events marked by feelings of shock and urgency about ongoing racial injustice and gendered violence.

Speakers include: Sarah Bay-Cheng (Bowdoin); Kimberly Juanita Brown (Mt. Holyoke); Zahid Chaudhry (Princeton); Laurie Gries (University of Colorado); Nicole Fleetwood (Rutgers); and UM’s Sara Blair (English), Vera Grant (Deputy Director, Curatorial Affairs, UMMA), Joan Kee (History of Art), and Lisa Nakamura (American Culture).


Thursday, March 28 [All events in Angell 3222] 10am: Welcoming Remarks
10:15am-12:15pm: Faculty Panel 1 
1:30pm-3:30pm: Faculty Panel 2
3:45-5:15pm: Graduate Student Roundtable

Humanities & Environments Faculty Panel: “Criminal Justice and the Built Environment”

Claire Zimmerman / Heather Thompson / David Thatcher

During our 2018-19 Year of Humanities and Environments, we’ve organized faculty panels to explore contributions of humanistic inquiry around specific environmental subjects. Today: “Criminal Justice and the Built Environment” with:

Claire Zimmerman (architecture, history of art)
Heather Thompson (history, Residential College)
David Thatcher (architecture, public policy)

Humanities & Environments Faculty Panel: “Criminal Justice and the Built Environment”

During our 2018-19 Year of Humanities and Environments, we’ve organized faculty panels to explore contributions of humanistic inquiry around specific environmental subjects. Today: “Criminal Justice and the Built Environment” with:

Claire Zimmerman (architecture, history of art)
Heather Thompson (history, Residential College)
David Thatcher (architecture, public policy)