Diversity Events Calendar

—updated April 15, 2014

Note: To add your U-M diversity-related events to this site, CONTACT: DiversityMatters@umich.edu.


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On-going Events

  • India in the World: LS&A Theme Semester Winter 2014
    India has emerged on the world scene in new and exciting ways in recent decades:
    • As one of the world's most vibrant economies
    • As a key player in geopolitics; as the world's largest democracy
    • As home to the world's largest "middle class"
    • As the site of one of the world's largest and most vibrant film industries
    • As a contributor to global trends in art and aesthetics
    • As "home" to well-established and significant immigrant communities around the world, including the United States
    The Winter 2014 Theme Semester, India in the World, seeks to underscore this, as well as to emphasize the ways that India is a part of everyday life in our increasingly globalized world.

  • Affecting the Audience: Anthony Discenza, Aurélien Froment, and Dora García
    The three works selected for Affecting the Audience: Anthony Discenza, Aurélien Froment, and Dora García affect the audience directly or psychologically—they emphasize the construction of images and effects as a fundamental experience in the cultural domain: Discenza's A Viewing (The Effect) immerses the visitor in a seductive acoustic environment as he compiles a series of fragments of text found online through a Google search, all of which include the specific phrase "and the effect is," into a single narration read aloud by a professional speaker; Froment's film Pulmo Marina consists of a single shot of a jellyfish in an aquarium, with a voiceover that draws attention to the conditions of display; and García addresses the audience as the subject in Instant Narrative, as performers write a continuous narrative about visitors in real time that is projected within the same space.
    The third season of UMMA's new media exhibitions, guest curated by Rudolf Frieling, Curator of Media Arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, will focus on the notion of performativity in contemporary art. Affecting the Audience: Anthony Discenza, Aurélien Froment, and Dora García is the second of three exhibitions presented in the upcoming season.
    Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment and the University of Michigan Office of the Provost.
    DATES: January 11 - April 27
    LOCATION: University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 South State Street, Ann Arbor

  • India in the World, Winter 2014 Theme Semester Exhibit
    The India Map Exhibit
    DATES: January 16 - April 22
    LOCATION: Clark Library, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, 913 South University Ave.

  • Exhibit: Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art
    DATES: January 25 - May 4, 2014
    TIMES: Admission is free. Galleries open Tuesday through Saturday 11 am to 5 PM; Sunday 12 to 5 PM; closed Mondays. Building open seven days a week, 8 am to 6 PM. Closed July 4, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
    LOCATION: University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 South State Street, Ann Arbor

  • India in the World, Winter 2014 Theme Semester Exhibit
    Snake vs. Dinosaur
    DATES: Opens February 16
    LOCATION: U-M Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Ave.

  • India in the World, Winter 2014 Theme Semester Exhibit
    A Place of One's Own: Exploring America's South Asian Diaspora
    DATES: March 17 - April 21
    LOCATION: Hatcher Graduate Library

  • India in the World, Winter 2014 Theme Semester Exhibit
    An Eye on the Empire: Photographs of Colonial India and Egypt
    The zenith of the British Empire in the later nineteenth century coincided with a unique convergence of cultural, technological, and economic forces. Interest in the diverse lands under British influence led to numerous expeditions to explore and map new regions of the Empire. At the same time, a rising tourism industry began to package trips to well-heeled Victorians hoping to visit societies quite different from their own. Photography, with its ability to capture in precise detail the geography, peoples, and culture of far-flung lands, brought this exotic world home to an eager audience in England, and its commercial potential sent numerous professional photographers to both India and Egypt. Serving as part record of famous monuments and part ethnographic survey, these photographs constituted a vast body of images that shaped colonial conceptions of these lands, while today they preserve an evocative record of Egypt and India from an earlier time. This exhibition includes a selection of works by leading photographers of the era such as Francis Frith and Samuel Bourne.
    This exhibition is offered in conjunction with the University of Michigan's theme semester, India and the World. Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the University of Michigan Health System.
    DATES: March 22 - June 29, 2014
    LOCATION: University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 South State Street, Ann Arbor

  • Exhibit: Maps and Mapmaking in India
    Maps of India are presented in conjunction with the winter 2014 LSA theme semester "India in the World."
    DATES: April 16 - April 22, 2014
    LOCATION: Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library - Clark Library, 2nd floor Hatcher

  • 4,000 Years for Choice: A Graphic Guide to Reproductive Justice
    Heather Ault is a visual artist, pro-choice activist, and independent scholar creating artwork to shift conversations about reproductive rights and justice.
    DATES: April 16 - May 29, 2014
    LOCATION: Lane Hall - Lane Hall Gallery

  • Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 / Contemporary Native North American Art from the Northeast and Southeast
    The exhibit explores the work of contemporary artists of indigenous origin working in both traditional and new media, acknowledging their long and diverse cultural legacies while overtly and simultaneously exploring, and often confronting, the many ongoing issues inherent to their cultural heritage. Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3 is the culmination of a decade-long investigation and exploration into fine art created by Indigenous artists from North America, defined by their regional origins. This concluding exhibition of the three-part series presents new work by Native American, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists and designers from the Northeastern and Southeastern regions of the United States and Canada. Curated by Ellen Taubman, this Changing Hands presentation is the third in a series of exhibitions organized by the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. The exhibit was organized by the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, and made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibition catalogue is made possible in part with the support of the Smithsonian Institution’s Indigenous Contemporary Arts Program. Lead support for UMMA’s installation is provided by the University of Michigan Health System, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the University of Michigan Office of the Provost. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Native American Studies Program, and the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund.
    DATES: May 24 - September 14, 2014
    LOCATION: UMMA, 525 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI
    Admission is free. Galleries open Tuesday through Saturday 11 am to 5 pm; Sunday 12 to 5 pm; closed Mondays. Building open seven days a week, 8 am to 6 pm. Closed July 4, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

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Recurring Events

  • International Student Conversation Hour
    Drop-In Workshop; No Appointment Needed
    DATES: 1st & 3rd Monday of the Month 1/21, 2/11, 2/25, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15
    TIME: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
    LOCATION: International Center (Conference Room), 603 E. Madison
    SPONSORS: Counseling and Psychological Services and the International Center
    CONTACT: Junichi Shimaoka, Psy.D, shimaoka@umich.edu
  • My Brothers Lunch Series
    Lunch Series for Self-Identified Men of Color. Join us for a free catered lunch and discussions that address the unique needs and experiences of men of color at the University of Michigan in a safe, open space.
    DATES: Tuesdays during Fall and Winter semester: September 19, October 10, November 14, December 5, January 16, February 13, March 13, April 10
    TIME: 11:30 am - 1:00 PM
    LOCATION: Michigan Union, Parker Room (2nd floor)
    SPONSOR: MESA/Trotter
  • Nourish Lunch Series
    Join us for a free catered lunch and discussions that address the unique needs and experiences of women of color at the University of Michigan in a safe, open space.
    DATES: Thursdays during Fall and Winter semester: September 19, October 10, November 14, December 5, January 16, February 13, March 13, April 10
    TIME: 11:30 am - 1:00 PM
    LOCATION: Michigan Union, Parker Room (2nd floor)
    SPONSOR: MESA/Trotter

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India in the World, the Winter 2014 Theme Semester in LSA, will explore India's role in the daily life of the world through music, art, films, lectures and courses across a range of disciplines.


1974-2014: Celebrating 40 Years! | Services for Students with Disabilities. 2014 marks the 40th year SSD has been serving students with disabilities on campus. To commemorate this historic occasion, SSD will host a series of events throughout the year on a disability issue as it relates to the University community. All events are free and open to the public.


April is Arab Heritage Month.


April 17, 2014 - Thursday

  • ISIS-Interdisciplinary Seminar on Islamic Studies:
    Localizing Islam through Transnational Influences
    Jessica Winegar, associate professor of anthropology, Northwestern University
    DATE: Thursday, April 17th
    TIME: 4:00 - 6:00 PM
    LOCATION: International Institute, Room 1644
  • Performance: Neo Latinidad: La Fuerza Imparable
    Latin@ Culture Show
    COST: General: $7 in advance, $8 at the door; Children under 7: Free
    DATE: Saturday, April 19th
    TIME: 7:00 PM
    LOCATION: Mendelssohn Theatre
    SPONSOR: Michigan Union Ticket Office (MUTO)
  • Arab Heritage Month: "Yallah N3eesh (Let Live): Sustaining the Arab Diaspora in the U.S."
    Closing Event: Open Mic & Poetry Showcase
    DATE: Saturday, April 17th
    TIME: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
    LOCATION: North Quad, Room 2435

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April 18, 2014 - Friday

  • Conference: Soseki's Diversity
    For three days in April, scholars from three continents will gather at the University of Michigan to reflect on the legacy of Natsume Soseki (1867-1916), Japan's most widely read and intensively studied modern novelist.
    The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
    DATES: Friday - Sunday, April 18 - 20
    TIME: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    LOCATION: Forum Fall, Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue
    SPONSOR: Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

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April 19, 2014 - Saturday

  • Conference: Soseki's Diversity
    For three days in April, scholars from three continents will gather at the University of Michigan to reflect on the legacy of Natsume Soseki (1867-1916), Japan's most widely read and intensively studied modern novelist.
    The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
    DATES: Friday - Sunday, April 18 - 20
    TIME: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    LOCATION: Forum Fall, Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue
    SPONSOR: Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

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April 20, 2014 - Sunday

  • Conference: Soseki's Diversity
    For three days in April, scholars from three continents will gather at the University of Michigan to reflect on the legacy of Natsume Soseki (1867-1916), Japan's most widely read and intensively studied modern novelist.
    The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
    DATES: Friday - Sunday, April 18 - 20
    TIME: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    LOCATION: Forum Fall, Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue
    SPONSOR: Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

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April 23, 2014 - Wednesday

  • Orientation and Q&A: International Studies
    If you are considering a major or minor in international studies you should attend an orientation and Q&A session. See link for more information.
    DATE: Wednesday, April 23rd
    TIME: 12 Noon - 1:00 PM
    LOCATION: SSWB/International Institute-Room 1644
    SPONSOR: Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS)

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April 25, 2014 - Friday

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May 1, 2014 - Thursday

  • PICS Graduation Ceremony (Invitation Only)
    See link for more information.
    DATE: Thursday, May 1st
    TIME: 5:00 - 7:30 PM
    LOCATION: Michigan Theatre, 603 E. Liberty Street
    SPONSOR: Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS)

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May 14, 2014 - Wednesday

  • Women’s Economic Security and Mobility Conference
    This 2½-day interdisciplinary, multisector conference will feature a theory-to-practice focus on identifying and combating barriers that women living in poverty face as they seek economic security and mobility. National researchers and practitioners will join U-M faculty, bringing multiple perspectives to this complex concern with policy recommendations as the expected outcome.
    Registration require. See link above.
    DATES: Wednesday-Friday, May 14-16
    LOCATION: Rackham Building
    SPONSOR: Center for the Education of Women (CEW)

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May 15, 2014 - Thursday

  • Women’s Economic Security and Mobility Conference
    This 2½-day interdisciplinary, multisector conference will feature a theory-to-practice focus on identifying and combating barriers that women living in poverty face as they seek economic security and mobility. National researchers and practitioners will join U-M faculty, bringing multiple perspectives to this complex concern with policy recommendations as the expected outcome.
    Registration require. See link above.
    DATES: Wednesday-Friday, May 14-16
    LOCATION: Rackham Building
    SPONSOR: Center for the Education of Women (CEW)

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May 16, 2014 - Friday

  • Women’s Economic Security and Mobility Conference
    This 2½-day interdisciplinary, multisector conference will feature a theory-to-practice focus on identifying and combating barriers that women living in poverty face as they seek economic security and mobility. National researchers and practitioners will join U-M faculty, bringing multiple perspectives to this complex concern with policy recommendations as the expected outcome.
    Registration require. See link above.
    DATES: Wednesday-Friday, May 14-16
    LOCATION: Rackham Building
    SPONSOR: Center for the Education of Women (CEW)

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June 12, 2014 - Thursday

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July 14, 2014 - Monday

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August 15, 2014 - Friday

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September 15, 2014 - Monday

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October 17, 2014 - Monday

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November 6, 2014 - Thursday

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November 7, 2014 - Friday

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