The College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts (LSA) Semester Theme for Winter 2013 is Understanding Race at the University of Michigan.
Few subjects provoke as strong a visceral response as the topic of
race. One-hundred-and-fifty years after the United States was nearly
fractured by the battle over slavery and more than a half-century since
the modern Civil Rights Movement emerged, the University of Michigan is
launching the Understanding Race Project.
From January through April, an extensive range of public exhibits,
performances, lectures, symposia and more than 130 courses in several
disciplines will explore the concept of race and its impacts. The
historical, cultural, psychological and legal interpretations of race
will be examined from both national and global perspectives.
Highlights of the project include the "Race: Are We So Different?"
exhibit developed by the American Anthropological Association and the
Science Museum of Minnesota and "IndiVisible: African-Native American
Lives in the Americas," a Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit.
Click here for more information about the Understanding Race Project.
The goals of the Understanding Race Project include an exploration of
the idea of race as a social construct that has no biological basis, and
as an idea that grows in meaning when examined at the intersections of
other identities, such as gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status, and
religion. The Understanding Race Project offers myriad opportunities for
conversations about race, emphasizing student engagement, highlighting
local experience and expertise, and looking beyond the black/white
dichotomy. (College of Literature, Science, and the Arts)