1. Democracy & Debate Theme Semester: John Lewis: The Legacy of a Life Lived in Good Trouble

    Mark Rivett posted October 22, 2020

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    Troy, Alabama. Selma. Nashville. Washington, DC. John Lewis’ journey bore witness to the trials and tribulations of the civil rights movement. Please join us for an important conversation on the biographic documentary about the life of this legendary civil rights pioneer, activist, and congressman, John Lewis: Good Trouble. Moderated by Robert M. Sellers, Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, the panel includes Jim Burnstein, Director of of the Screenwriting Program; Sydney Carr, graduate student in Public Policy and Political Science and president of Students of Color of Rackham; Edie Goldenberg, Professor of Public Policy and Political Science and founder of the voting advocacy group Turn Up Turnout; and Riana Anderson, Assistant Professor of Public Health and founder of EMBRace (Engaging, Managing, and Bonding through Race).

    Sponsored by: The Democracy & Debate Theme Semester and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, The University of Michigan.

    If you are having trouble registering for this event please contact rivett@umich.edu

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  2. University of Michigan Road Scholars Learn About St. Ignace, Offer Observations

    Mark Rivett posted June 19, 2018
    MRS St. Ignace

    2018 Michigan Road Scholars visit St. Ignace

    Read full article at The St. Ignace News

    A group of faculty, researchers, students, and staff from the University of Michigan stopped in St. Ignace for the 2018 Michigan Road Scholar Program, which is offered through the University’s Office of Government Relations. The group from the Ann Arbor, Flint, and Dearborn campuses included people from a wide range of academic disciplines, including medicine, information sciences, international languages, design, communication, urban planning, gender studies, humanities, environmental studies, and law.

    View the complete 2018 Road Scholars itinerary here and view the 2018 list of participants here.

    For Additional Information Contact:

    Associate Director Dana Sitzler

    Dana Sitzler

    Associate Director of State Outreach

    dds@umich.edu | 734-763-5554

    Dana's areas of outreach include the west side of Michigan, northern, Tribal Connections and Project Manager for Michigan Road Scholars Tour.


  3. Anishinaabe Theatre Exchange Offers an Evening of Performance and Dialogue

    Mark Rivett posted June 4, 2018
    50 Cents a Pound

    Jim LeBlanc in 50 Cents a Pound
    -Photo by John Diehl

    Read More at For Sugar Island: Anishinaabe Theatre Exchange

    On June 1, 2018 Lake Superior State University hosted the Anishinaabe Theatre Exchange performance of 50 Cents a Pound and The Frybread Queen. The Evening of Performance and Dialogue was produced and coordinated by University of Michigan Professor Anita Gonzalez and LSSU Assistant Professor Spencer Christensen.

    The Frybread Queen

    Colleen Medicine (left) and Rebecca Parish (right) in The Frybread Queen.
    -Photo by John Diehl

    50 Cents a Pound was directed by UofM Assistant Professor Malcolm Tulip and incorporated writing and choreography from the ensemble into an original script by Rebecca Parish. Local fishermen involved in the Bay Mills “Fish Wars” spoke about their struggle to survive through gill net fishing on the Great Lakes. Tom Malloy Sr. and Jim LeBlanc described their resistance against “sporties” and others who were determined to stop them from exercising their rights under the 1836 Ceded Territory Treaty. Movement sequences which captured sensations of waterways and ships and being tossed were woven into the fishermen’s accounts. Bay Mills Community College student Joe Medicine delivered text describing the history of fishing rights.

    Excerpt performances from the The Frybread Queeen by Native American playwright Carolyn Dunn, were directed by Sara Rademacher and examines suicide in a Navajo reservation. Performers Colleen Medicine, Rebecca Parish, Tomantha Sylvester and Micaela Ironshell-Domiguez, played characters coming together and sharing recipes after tragedy. Performers mixed Frybread while performing and spoke with audience members about domestic violence and suicide within Native communities after the event.

    Professor Anita Gonzalez

    Professor of Theatre and Drama Anita Gonzalez

    “The biggest thing about the Anishnaabe Theatre Exchange is that we hope to continue to develop performance events which speak to social concerns and histories of the Anishnaabe people. I plan to have performers from this exchange come to Michigan in January or February to present their stories and explain their process at the University of Michigan. I would like to continue to develop work with the community for performances at Bay Mills, Kewadin and LSSU.”
    Students Perform 50 Cents a Pound

    From left to right, students Wazhinguda Eli Horinek, Michael Oakes, Magdelyn Miller, Zach Kolodzeij, Tomantha Sylvester, and Shaunie Lewis perform in 50 Cents a Pound
    -Photo by John Diehl

    ATE was formed in May 2018 to support the community’s desire to tell stories through performing arts. The Cultural Department of the Chippewa Sault Ste. Marie Tribe, LSSU, UofM and the Bay Mills community collaborated to build upon 2015 activities originated through the Third Century Initiative grant program.

    For more information on the Anishinaabe Theatre Exchange contact Anita Gonzalez at amanjo@umich.edu or 845- 380-1499.


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