Evelyn Alsultany, Director of Arab and Muslim American Studies, interviews Jack Shaheen about his experiences researching representations of Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. over the last four decades, tapping into his long experience in documenting media images and their connections to anti-Arab and anti-Muslim policies and perceptions. Shaheen is renowned worldwide for his lectures and published work, which illustrate the damaging consequences of stereotyping of Arabs and Muslims. Over the last four decades, Shaheen has collected and analyzed materials that depict Arabs and Muslims as the “godless cultural other.”
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A panel discusses mental health in athletics. The conversation addresses mental health and stigma among college athletes, mitigating the effects of mental health related to sports, the challenges and successes of addressing mental health, and advocating for the integration of mental health and sports. Panelists include: Barb Hanson, LMSW, U-M Athletic Counselor Tom George, U-M Assistant Professor, Sport Psychology Will Heininger, Program Director of Athletes Connected and Former U-M Football Player Kent Bernard, Olympic Medalist and Former U-M Athlete/Track Coach
Joseph Loewenstein, Washington University professor and a specialist in Renaissance Literature and Culture, unearths the constitutional politics of Shakespearean comedy and considers Shakespeare’s meditation on publicness in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He says, "For all their remarkable achievements in fine arts, literature, astronomy, philology, mathematics, and engineering, Renaissance Europeans had few successes as political theorists. Or so we are told. But if we look in odd places—in the comedies of Shakespeare, and in one or two of his tragedies—we may find that a few concepts crucial to modern political theory receive sustained attention. This lecture will consider two of them briefly, and one at length."
Steven Mullaney, U-M professor of English, talks about his recent book, The Reformation of Emotions in the Age of Shakespeare, with Douglas Trevor, U-M associate professor of Renaissance literature and creative writing. The crises of faith that fractured Reformation Europe also caused crises of individual and collective identity. Structures of feeling as well as structures of belief were transformed; there was a reformation of social emotions as well as a Reformation of faith. Mullaney shows that Elizabethan popular drama played a significant role in confronting the uncertainties and unresolved traumas of Elizabethan Protestant England. Shakespeare and his contemporaries—audiences as well as playwrights—reshaped popular drama into a new form of embodied social, critical, and affective thought. Examining a variety of works, from revenge plays to Shakespeare’s first history tetralogy and beyond, Mullaney explores how post-Reformation drama not only exposed these faultlines of society on stage but also provoked playgoers in the audience to acknowledge their shared differences. He demonstrates that our most lasting works of culture remain powerful largely because of their deep roots in the emotional landscape of their times.
Hilde De Weerdt, Professor of Chinese History at Leiden University, reviews recent efforts to connect text databases, biographical databases, geographic information systems, and tools generated from within the humanities community. She argues that connecting databases and tools, open access as well as commercial, is an important mission for researchers and librarians in Chinese Studies and one that has been ignored for too long. De Weerdt says, "In the first part of the presentation I will briefly discuss the limitations of well-known textual databases in pre-twentieth century and modern Chinese Studies with regard to search functionality, data discovery, exportability, and accessibility. Next I will demonstrate how customized humanities tools can help overcome many of these limitations, using as an example the basic and new functionality of the MARKUS platform. I will conclude that the generation of humanities-specific platforms and tools is necessary for the development of Chinese Studies and compatible with the goals and premises of philological inquiry. I will also emphasize that the realization of resources and tools that conform with academic standards and research flows requires far more engagement from within the Chinese Studies community and closer collaboration between librarians, computer scientists, and humanities researchers and teachers."
Students from the Student Engagement Program discuss project work and how working at the library has deepened their perspective on academic life at the University of Michigan.
Join us for any or all of the sessions that are part of the Library Engagement Symposium.
Maria Buczkowski, BA '16 Political Science and History
Engagement Collaborative, Social Media Outreach Team Leader
The Engagement Collaborative is a unique leadership opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to actively engage the campus community. Team members collaborate with librarians, staff, and students to increase outreach and awareness using social media and to design and implement new library event programming tailored for students, by students.
Mena Hermiz, BA '16 International Studies
MPortfolio Peer Leader
. Through one-on-one and small group advising, the undergraduate MPortfolio Peer Leader supports fellow students who are developing eportfolios as part of courses, academic and/or co-curricular programs.
Beatriz Lozano, BFA '16, Art
Student MiniGrant Recipient
At Leesta, we help children develop empathy and cultural competence by bringing women to the forefront of U.S. history education. Our team designs digital games for 3rd - 5th graders that engage them in new narratives of U.S. history — ones that are inspired by women.
Brandon Patterson, MA '16 Higher Education, MSI '17 Human-Computer Interaction and Learning Technologies
MPortfolio Program Assistant (Graduate Student Intern)
The program assistant works closely with library professionals to coordinate student engagement initiatives, facilitate workshops, manage communications and events, and provide peer-to-peer mentoring.
Maria-Carolina Simao, PhD '17 Resource Ecology Management
Engagement Fellow, Wolverine Podcast Project Manager
Wolverine Podcast Fellows will produce a series of short audio narratives (podcasts) comprising interviews and stories about students’ experiences during their first year at the University of Michigan. The fellows will use storytelling and audio engineering to craft compelling narratives from all across campus and share them with a broad audience.
Jennifer Nutefall, University Librarian at Santa Clara University, highlights connections between universities and their communities, the role of engaged learning, and the importance of research and partnerships with librarians. She says,
"As questions of the value and importance of higher education continue to be raised by the media, politicians, parents, and students how can universities and libraries respond? One response is to become more engaged with their communities and supporting research and activities that directly benefit their town, city, and state."
Student Panel, Engagement Fellows
Library Engagement Fellows discuss their leadership roles and projects that explore the intersection of libraries, engaged learning, and the experiences of students and instructors.
iTeam — Exploring Integrative Tools for Engagement at Michigan Celia Ettinger (BA '16 Sociology & Women's Studies) Mengjie (Jenny) Yang (MS '16 Environmental Education)
iTeam Fellows are conducting qualitative campus research to learn how Michigan students are preparing for and debriefing from their engaged learning experiences and how digital tools could help. Based on these findings — gleaned primarily through personal interviews — they are developing a digital toolkit that supports student engagement through reflection, integration, experimentation, and application of knowledge in real-world settings.
Wolverine Podcast — Telling Stories About First Experiences at Michigan Erica Lignell (BA '16 Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies) Maria-Carolina Simao (PhD '17 Resource Ecology Management) Elizabeth Vana (BA '16 Communications)
The Wolverine Podcast is a series of short audio narratives comprising interviews and stories about students' experiences during their first year at Michigan and beyond. Wolverine Podcast Fellows use storytelling and audio engineering to craft compelling narratives from around campus and share them with a broad audience. It is increasingly important to hear and understand different perspectives so that we can all grow together.
Robert Farris Thompson, Colonel John Trumbull Professor of the History of Art at Yale University, lived in the Yoruba region of southwest Nigeria for many years while he conducted research of Yoruba arts history. He's one of America's most prominent scholars of African art. The talk, 4-5:30 pm, will be followed by a reception, 5:30-7:30 pm. Beginning with an article on Afro-Cuban dance and music (published in 1958), Thompson has dedicated his life to the study of art history of the Afro-Atlantic world. His first book was Black Gods and Kings, which was a close reading of the art history of the Yoruba people. The Zora Neale Hurston Lecture at the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies honors Hurston, the most prolific African-American woman writer of her time, who brought to life the power, richness and complexity of black cultures for many readers.
Silke-Maria Weineck, chair of Comparative Literature and professor of German Studies and Comparative Literature at U-M, talks about her recent book, The Tragedy of Fatherhood: King Laius and the Politics of Paternity in the West, and is then joined in conversation by Jonathan Freedman, U-M professor of English, American and Jewish Studies.
If tragedy is the violent eruption of a necessary conflict between competing, legitimate claims, Weineck argues that fatherhood is an essentially tragic structure. A long history of fatherhood in literature, philosophy, and political thought, The Tragedy of Fatherhoodweaves together figures as seemingly disparate as Aristotle, Freud, Kafka, and Kleist, to produce a stunning reappraisal of the nature of power in the Western tradition.
Each year, we dedicate an ePortfolio Special Interest Group gathering to sharing the great work of our campus community. To this end, we invite very brief mini-talks by faculty, staff, and student leaders on any topic related to eportfolios, reflection, assessment, badges, and integrative and engaged learning. Past topics have included critical reflection, visual thinking strategies, and eportfolios for international students. The event is a great way to learn a lot and connect with new colleagues in a short amount of time.