Videos

Can a Plantation Be Fair? Fair Trade and Darjeeling Tea Production

Bookcover of The Darjeeling Distinction
Date: 
January 23, 2014
Running Time: 
69:00
Sarah Besky, author of The Darjeeling Distinction, explores the frictions between fair trade and the plantation system and highlights how, in India, fair trade undermines existing state welfare structures.
 
 
Fair trade, organic, shade grown – on a trip to the supermarket, these labels guide our purchasing and attest to the conditions of production of the products they adorn; conditions that we believe are better as the result of our purchases. “Fair trade plantation” may seem like an oxymoron, as plantation workers are not cooperative farmers – they are industrial laborers who have little capacity to make democratic decisions in the face of the plantation’s structural oppression. In the late 1990s, however, tea plantations in Darjeeling, high up in the Himalayan foothills of Northeast India, became the first plantations in the world to receive fair trade certification. Hope was high among certifying agencies that fair trade would alleviate the inequities of tea production. Despite these hopes, the region’s plantation laborers, who produce some of the world’s most expensive tea, remain some of the tea industry’s worst paid workers.
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War on Poverty Panel

Date: 
January 22, 2014
Running Time: 
83:30

Martin Luther King's final book, "Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community," articulated a critique of the War on Poverty and related programs. Pointing to the inadequacy of funding and the lack of coordination among federal programs aimed at eradicating poverty, he argued for guaranteed income for all Americans. On this 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, we revisit this program and its impact in the context of King's argument.

 

The panel includes Martha Bailey (Economics)—the history of the War on Poverty, Robert Mickey (Political Science)—the legislation from the perspective of race, Mary Corcoran (Political Science, Public Policy)—gender and poverty, and Laura Lein (Social Work, Anthropology)—the effects of welfare reform on women in poverty. Deborah Keller-Cohen (Linguistics, Women's Studies) moderates.

 

This panel discussion is presented by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender with the Department of Women's Studies as part of the annual MLK Symposium.

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UM3D Lab Winter 2014 Open House

Date: 
January 17, 2014
Running Time: 
29:24

Curious about new technologies, or have a project in mind but not sure where to start? The UM3D Lab Winter Open House features demonstrations of Virtual Reality, Rapid Prototyping, Motion Capture, 3D Scanning, Mobile Development, Animations, and more.

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Maps and Mapmaking in India: Exhibit Opening

Date: 
January 16, 2014
Running Time: 
16:00

Maps of India are presented in conjunction with the winter 2014 Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) theme semester “India in the World.”

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Translation for Vulnerable Times: Homer's Iliad and Virgil's Aeneid

Bookcovers: Iliad & Aeneid
Series: 
Author's Forum
Date: 
January 13, 2014
Running Time: 
82:00

Stanley Lombardo, professor of classics at Kansas University, reads from his translation of Homer's Iliad (1997), and Sarah Ruden, poet and translator, reads from her translation of Virgil's Aeneid (Yale 2008). They discuss the creative process of translating classical epic poems from ancient Greek and Latin into English for modern readers. Moderated by U-M Professor Yopie Prins and sponsored by Contexts for Classics at the University of Michigan.

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Emerging Research: On the Future of the Economics Blogosphere

Series: 
Emerging Research
Date: 
December 16, 2013
Running Time: 
98:00

Miles Kimball, professor in the Department of Economics, speaks on the future of the economics blogosphere.

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Exploring Engaged Learning Series: Visions for Global Engagement

Photo credit: GIEU
Series: 
Exploring Engaged Learning
Date: 
December 12, 2013
Running Time: 
51:00

The University Library's Engaged Learning Task Force hosts its final program for the semester with a conversation with James Holloway, Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education, and Amy Conger, Assistant Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education.

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Author's Forum Presents: Anselm Kiefer

Cover art from Anselm Kiefer by Matthew Biro
Series: 
Author's Forum
Date: 
December 4, 2013
Running Time: 
110:00
Matthew Biro, U-M professor of Modern and Contemporary Art and chair of the Department of the History of Art, reads from his book Anselm Kiefer, followed by discussion with Silke Weineck, U-M associate professor of German studies. Books sales are courtesy of Nicola's Books.
Biro, an expert in twentieth-century art, provides insight into the life and works of Anselm Kiefer (b.1945), a prolific contemporary German artist renowned for his diverse body of work in painting, sculpture and installation. Kiefer played a major role in shaping the landscape of post-war German art. His vision encompasses philosophy, history and literature – ranging from intimate books that explore German identity to monumental public sculpture installations.
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Acoustic Songwriting Showcase

Date: 
December 2, 2013
Running Time: 
73:00

Nine songwriters perform new music, written this semester as part of the course Acoustic Songwriting for Beginners. Each student has written between seven and ten songs, many of which have been workshopped with the class, and in this final showcase concert each student plays two songs. A seven-week one-credit course that keeps expanding--eight, nine, ten weeks!--UC 170 Acoustic Songwriting for Beginners takes novice songwriters through techniques that help produce solid lyrics, beautiful harmonic progressions, and winning melodies.

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Emergent Research: Digital Innovations in Writing Studies

Series: 
Emergent Research
Date: 
November 25, 2013
Running Time: 
81:00
Naomi Silver, Sweetland Writing Center Associate Director, and Anne Gere, Professor in the Department of English and Education, give an overview of innovations in digital rhetoric.
Focus is on the Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative community website and born digital publishing collaboration between the Sweetland Center for Writing and the U-M Press/Michigan Publishing, and an eportfolio-based longitudinal study of the development of Sweetland’s Minors in Writing.
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