I’m happy to give extra credit to students who can attend this event and write a reflection -


Tuesday, March 13th, 6:00 p.m.

Gallery Room, Hatcher Graduate Library

This event is free and open to the public.
Food will be provided.


Interested in Participating? 

Email Nick at 


Join us for a student speech event to raise awareness around disability, mental health, and other differences on campus.

Appropos of our discussion today...

Here’s the show I mentioned, which is partially a riff on what we were talking about today (hello, Irigary!) and partially a satire of shows like Serial.

Good Hair

This film came up in our discussion on Wednesday. Marlee mentioned shaving down (and growing out body hair) for swimming, and I was reminded of a quote later in this film. A woman says something like “how incredible is it that me letting my hair just grow out of my head is a revolutionary act.”

Trans Health in Detroit

Friday, January 26
2:10 PM
Michigan League
(2nd Floor, Vandenberg Room)

Trans Health Activism in Detroit: Moving Forward Together
Amara Marley
  • Brandi Smith
  • Lance Hicks, MSW
  • Tyffanie Walton, EIS
  • Moderator: Maureen D. Connolly, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Henry Ford Health System
  • Detroit transgender and gender nonconforming communities are leading a movement to demand safety, opportunity, and access to health and wellness services.  This panel will discuss the work being done as part of that movement at the Ruth Ellis Center, a youth social services agency that serves LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness and residential instability.  Speakers will include leaders from the Ruth Ellis community, as well as members of the medical and behavioral health teams.

    Another great opportunity for extra credit:

    Labors of Love and Loss
    Thursday, February 22, 2018
    2239 Lane Hall - 4:00 PM 
    204 S. State Street

    Marianetta Porter
    Professor, Stamps School of Art and Design

    Lisa Olson

    Each semester the Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Department of Women’s Studies present an art exhibition in the lobby of Lane Hall. This winter we are pleased to host Labors of Love and Loss, a mixed media exhibit by Marianetta Porter and Lisa Olson, exploring themes of race and gender.
    Labors of Love and Loss considers the intertwined lives of caregivers, their dependents and charges. Historically, in both southern African American life and in the tenuous strivings of the 19th century working underclass, the primary care and comfort of others fell to women. Beyond impersonal household chores, these responsibilities entwined with sweetness and hope, heartache and loss, assured the wellbeing of those around them. How did they balance the tangle of necessity and demand against their own emotional involvements and aspirations? Labors of Love and Loss is a tribute to the resolve, commitment and fortitude of women’s love and labor.
    An artist talk will take place in Lane Hall (Room 2239) on Thursday, February 22 at 4:00pm. Each artist will speak individually about her work with time for audience questions. Following the talk, there will be an opening reception in Lane Hall Gallery (1st Floor) to enjoy the artwork and light refreshments. 
    Exhibition Opening & Artist Talk

    Our Love is Beyond Your Imagination

    I’m happy to give extra credit to anyone who attends and writes a reflection.

    Please join SAPAC's Consent, Outreach, and Relationship Education (CORE) Volunteer Program in welcoming Alex and Effee to campus for a talk about the intersection of queer, trans, and PoC identity and healthy relationships. Following the event, there will be a QTPOC safe space and refreshments will be served. We will be in the Anderson Room of the Michigan Union!

    Interested in learning more about our speakers? Please visit 

    Cosponsored by the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI), University of Michigan Spectrum Center, and Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA). Thank you!


    Artwork by: Wang Zhao

    Halfway Hijabi

    Another wonder extra credit opportunity!

    My name is Alyiah Al-Bonijim and I am a student at the University. Last year, my roommate and I created an event called “Halfway Hijabi: Hijabi Monologues” after the presidential elections in response to the escalation of hate crimes towards Muslim women who wear the head veil, or “hijab”. This year, Ayah Kutmah and I will be holding this event again. Similar to “Vagina Monologues” or “Mental Health Monologues”, the event will consist of a series of hijabi speakers who share their experiences through some sort of monologue piece (i.e. poetry, speech, music, etc). The direct visibility of being Muslim often means that hijabi women face the harsher brunt of Islamophobia and xenophobia. Additionally, within the controversial discussions of the hijab and Islam, the viewpoints and opinions of the Muslim women who wear the are rarely taken into account. Rather, we are spoken over, about, or for by those who do not understand the reasons behind and experiences of wearing the hijab.
    Like every marginalized identity, there also comes an assumption of a homogenous and standard experience every hijabi endures. Muslim women who wear the hijab come from different walks of life, varying in race, ethnicity, sexuality, economic status, political ideologies, and so on. Ergo, this event was created in an effort to reclaim our voices within these narratives and discourses, as well as stress the intersectionality between other portions of our identities and the hijab. It was also created for others who do not understand those experiences, to have an opportunity to learn more about what wearing the hijab entails or means to us. With that being said, we cordially invite you to attend the event on February 16th, 2017, from 7-10PM in the Amphitheatre Auditorium in Rackham. Entry is free and refreshments will be served following the monologues.
    Additionally, we kindly ask for your staff and student support (financial and/or otherwise) in promoting and sponsoring this event. We hope that, through this event, we can bridge the gap in understanding as well as create a comfortable space for those of any and all backgrounds. I have attached below a flyer, as well as the link for the Facebook event page, for advertising purposes for this event, if you are able to share it to others in your respective departments. Thank you in advance for taking the time and consideration in reading this invite, as well as for any type of support you choose to offer. Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, and we hope to see you there!
    Facebook Event Page Link:


    Alyiah (alyiaha@umich.edu) and Ayah (akutmah@umich.edu)

    Lavendar Scare

    Another wonderful extra credit opportunity!

    I'd like to let you all know about an exciting event oSTEM is hosting next week!

    LGBTQ+ History Seminar
    On Monday, you are invited to
     The Lavendar Scare: a seminar on the history of LGBTQ+ people in national defense positions, presented by Chris LaFleur of Sandia National Labs.

    The seminar will be held Monday, January 22 from 7:00 to 8:00pm in the Vandenberg Room of the Michigan League. Light snacks will be provided.

    Well Wishes,
    The oSTEM Board

    Another great extra credit opportunity:


    Care as Labor, Care as Ethics: Feminism and the Documentaries of Kamanaka Hitomi

    Margherita Long  

    Associate Professor, East Asian Language & Literature, UC Irvine 

    Thursday, January 18, 2018
    11:30 am-1 pm
    Weiser Hall Room 110
    This talk introduces two post-Fukushima films by Kamanaka Hitomi (1958-): "Living Through Internal Radiation" (2012), and "Little Voices of Fukushima" (2015). In interviews, Kamanaka explains that the aim of both was to increase radiation literacy by conveying the truth fully and accurately. Yet regardless of high radiation readings, she emphasizes that neither her films, nor the community discussion spaces she cultivates in trademark local screening events, will ever judge exposed people for evacuating or not. How do we resolve the contradiction? This talk expands the insights of a biopolitical reading with an eco-materialist focus on affective labor and nuclear carework. 

    Margherita Long teaches Japanese literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Irvine. Her talk today is from an in-process book manuscript titled "On Being Worthy of the Event: Thinking Care, Affect and Origin after Fukushima"

    High Stakes Culture 1/23

    1. Happy to give extra credit for this event, too:
    High Stakes Culture
    A new series that brings humanities perspectives to bear on current debates.

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    High Stakes Culture: What Does It Mean to Take a Knee?
    A conversation about protest and sports prompted by the hyper-public shaming of black athletes protesting during the national anthem.
    Tuesday, January 23, 5:30-7pm
    Space 2435, North Quad

    Join the conversation as humanities scholars Angela Dillard (Afroamerican and African studies and Residential College), Matthew Countryman (history and American culture), Mark Clague (music), and Kristin Hass (American culture) tackle these questions and others you might have about high stakes culture now.
    When did sports and patriotism become so deeply linked?
  • Has the flag always been viewed as sacred and purely a symbol of the armed forces?
  • Where did the national anthem come from, and have people always stood when it is played?
  • Who gets to decide what symbols deserve respect and what counts as a gesture of respect?
  • About High Stakes Culture: In the last few months a series of “culture wars” have been ignited across the country. Activists from all points of the political spectrum, even the President of the United States himself, are turning to beloved cultural objects to stake a claim for their differing beliefs in a politically fraught moment. Black athletes are taking a knee. Anti-immigration voters are rallying for a wall. Long-standing Confederate monuments are coming down.

    What is at stake in the ways we understand culture and cultural conflict? High Stakes Culture is a series that brings humanities perspectives to bear on current debates.
    Join us as we ask: How and why does culture matter so much now?

    Presented by the U-M Institute for the Humanities and the Humanities Collaboratory.

    King Day Events

    As I said in class, I’m happy to give extra credit to anyone who attends an event and writes a reflection about it.

    Chandani sends in information about the many events scheduled for Martin Luther King day:

    Keynote-specific info:
    MLK Day (jan 15th)
    Hill Auditorium, starts at 10am (doors open at 9:30am and it will fill up quickly)
    Keynote Speaker: Hill Harper
    See website for more info: 

    Add'l info:

    Finding events to go to:

    • Most events are free, open to the public, and have free food!
    • Be sure to check if the event needs an RSVP or ticket ahead of time

    Getting your student org involved:
    1. Host a watch party on MLK Day (Jan. 15th) and discuss the keynote with peers: http://oami.umich.edu/um-mlk-symposium/watch-party-toolkit/
    2. Attend events together as a group (event page)
    3. Submit an event to be posted on our website: http://oami.umich.edu/um-mlk-symposium/events/submit-an-event/
      1. Consider collaborating with other organizations to increase your outreach!
    1. Structuring your event - idea sheet
    2. Funding opportunities and possible locations for your event sheet
    If you look on our website, you’ll see that events are happening as late as March -- even if this isn’t something you’ve considered until now, I encourage you to plan an event for this year and take advantage of the funding opportunities and free publicity we provide!

    Getting involved as an individual:
      • Monthly meetings on Thursdays in Trotter (1443 Washtenaw Ave): 12-1pm
      • FREE lunch!
      • Give your input on the Symposium’s theme and booklet and plan for the upcoming Symposium
    • Download the FREE app to get event reminders, stream the keynote lecture and more!
    Android and iOS users:
    1. Tap the "Download" button to download the free Guidebook app
    2. Open Guidebook and you can find our "University of Michigan 2018 Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Symposium" guide

    Emergent Strategy 1/24

    I’m happy to give extra credit to anyone who attends this event and writes a reflection about it.

    adrienne maree brown  

    Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds

    The School of Social Work invites the community to a lecture by adrienne maree brown, inspired by her most recent publication, "Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds".

    January 24th, 12:00 - 2:00PM
    SSWB Educational Conference Center (1840)

    Emergent Strategy
    presents a visionary tapestry of grassroots organizing practices, principles, and tools that advance transformational growth through interdependent human interactions. Inspired by the collaborative possibilities evident in diverse and complex environmental ecosystems, her lecture will explore ways in which social justice advocates, organizers, activists and facilitators can embrace iterative pathways toward liberation, that are harnessed by intentional adaptations, and relational models of change.

    adrienne maree brown is author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She is a writer, social justice facilitator, pleasure activist, healer and doula living in Detroit. She attended the Clarion Sci Fi Writers Workshop and the Hedgebrook Writers Residency in 2015, and Voices of Our Nation in 2014 as part of the inaugural Speculative Fiction Workshop. She was a 2013 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow and a 2013 and 2015 Knights Arts Challenge winner, writing and generating science fiction in and about Detroit. She was the Ursula Le Guin Feminist Sci Fi Fellow, and a Sundance/Time Warner
     2016 Artist Grant Recipient.
    Lecture: 12:00 - 2PM January 24th, Educational Conference Center
  • Book signing will be hosted 1:30 - 2:00PM.
  • Book purchase will be available from 12:00 - 2:00PM
  • Co-sponsored by: The School of Social Work Community Action Research Learning Community, The Community Action and Social Change Undergraduate Minor, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Allied Media Projects, and Literati Bookstore

    Drag Show 1/19

    Please talk with Mari for more information:


    First Extra Credit Opportunities

    I’d be happy to give extra credit to anyone who attends these events and writes a reflection about them.

    Cosponsored MLK Event
    Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color

    Thursday, January 18
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery
    (Room 100)

    Andrea J. Ritchie
    Researcher in Residence, Barnard Center for Research on Women

    Drawing from her recent book, Andrea Ritchie examines how Black women, Indigenous women, and women of color experience racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement. Placing stories of individual women—such as Sandra Bland, Rekia Boyd, Dajerria Becton, Monica Jones, and Mya Hall—in the broader context of the twin epidemics of police violence and mass incarceration, Ritchie documents the evolution of movements centering women’s experiences of policing and demands a radical rethinking of our visions of safety—and the means we devote to achieving it.

    This event is part of the university's annual MLK Symposium. Presented with the Departments of Political Science and Women's Studies.

    Cosponsored Event
    The Other America: Still Separate.
    Still Unequal.

    Friday, January 19
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Michigan Union
    (First Floor, Kuenzel Room)


    This interdisciplinary, day-long event will focus on racial inequality as it manifests in relation to the lived experiences of Black Americans. Throughout the day, panelists will discuss the criminal justice system and state violence against Black people, economic inequality and immobility, inequities in healthcare and education, and issues pertaining to race and the environment. The event is free, open to the public.

    Co-sponsored by the College of LSA, Poverty Solutions, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research, Political Scientists of Color, Rackham Graduate School, School of Public Health, and Departments of Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and History. 

    IRWG Event
    Raised Right: Fatherhood in Modern American Conservatism

    Tuesday, January 23
    3:10 PM
    Lane Hall
    (Room 2239)

    Jeffrey R. Dudas
    Associate Professor of Political Science, Affiliate Faculty of American Studies, University of Connecticut

    How has the modern conservative movement thrived in spite of the lack of harmony among its constituent members? What, and who, holds together its large corporate interests, small-government libertarians, social and racial traditionalists, and evangelical Christians?

    In his new book, Raised Right: Fatherhood in Modern American Conservatism (Stanford University Press, 2017), Jeffrey R. Dudas, pursues these questions through a cultural study of three iconic conservative figures: National Review editor William F. Buckley, Jr., President Ronald Reagan, and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Examining their papers, writings, and rhetoric, Dudas identifies what he terms a "paternal rights discourse"—the arguments about fatherhood and rights that permeate their personal lives and political visions.

    Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Department of Women's Studies, and History Department. 

    Cosponsored MLK Event
    Trans Health Activism in Detroit: Moving Forward Together

    Friday, January 26
    2:10 PM
    Michigan League
    (2nd Floor, Vandenberg Room)

    Amara Marley
  • Brandi Smith
  • Lance Hicks, MSW
  • Tyffanie Walton, EIS
  • Moderator: Maureen D. Connolly, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Henry Ford Health System
  • Detroit transgender and gender nonconforming communities are leading a movement to demand safety, opportunity, and access to health and wellness services.  This panel will discuss the work being done as part of that movement at the Ruth Ellis Center, a youth social services agency that serves LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness and residential instability.  Speakers will include leaders from the Ruth Ellis community, as well as members of the medical and behavioral health teams.

    This event is part of the university's annual MLK Symposium. Co-sponsored by the Department of Women’s Studies, Child and Adolescent Gender Clinic at Mott Children’s Hospital, the Spectrum Center, the Center for the Education of Women, and the College of Pharmacy.


    Rebecca Solnit: If I were a Man

    Growing up, the author joked she was the perfect son: intelligent, ambitious, independent. How different might her life have been?

    From The Guardian, August 2017.

    Sara Ahmed's Resignation

    Sexual harassment of students by university staff hidden by non-disclosure agreements

    Orientalism and American Media Coverage of Japan

    Because I mentioned this in our first meeting, I wanted to follow up. As I told you, when I talked with this reporter - who was clearly trying to get the story right - I wanted to use the term “orientalism” as a key term to describe my reaction to this (insane and yet totally expectable) Logan Paul story. As we discussed, sometimes theory and theoretical terms help and sometimes - especially when your interlocuteures don’t understand the terms you use - they really don’t. To me, the general American interest in this story is equal parts orientalism and a particular kind of toxic White masculinity via YouTube celebrity.

    Inside Japan's 'suicide forest'
    By Michael Nedelman, CNN

    Updated 2:32 PM ET, Thu January 4, 2018

    But when it comes to the now-viral YouTube video, the story is less about what sets Japan apart and more about how it's often perceived as "other" by Americans, like 22-year-old Paul, according to one anthropologist.
    "His motivation to go to this particular spot is not an accident," said Allison Alexy, a cultural anthropologist at the University of Michigan who specializes in contemporary Japanese culture. "It is part and parcel of a larger American fascination" with Japan.

    Policy on Tablets and E-readers

    Do you know what it feels (and sounds) like to talk on the phone with someone who is watching tv or doing something else? That’s the feeling I’m trying to banish from our classroom. Although I know that people’s minds always wander - and that can be a wonderful thing! - I don’t want our preciously few hours together to have to compete with whatever’s happening on facebook, snapchat, or whatever app the cool kids are into these days.

    Given my sense of the rewards for making our class free of digital technologies, what is my policy on tablets or e-readers (like ipads)? I understand that they can be really helpful although I am still convinced that almost everyone has higher reading comprehension on paper.

    I am trying to avoid a situation in which students are more absorbed in their technology than the conversation or their own thoughts. If you can have an e-book in front of you and not be at all disassociated from the class, you are allowed to use it. However, please know that if I have to ask you to stop messing with whatever technology is near you, I will ask you not to bring it back. Therefore if you think you might have a hard time not using the e-book for anything other than looking up a quote or following along with someone else’s point, I recommend you print the readings on paper.

    Also, please remind yourself that our phones, especially, are now literally being designed to make you never want to let it go, so you might feel some pangs of discomfort or confusion.

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    Policy on Laptops and Cell Phones

    Despite my own use of technology in and out of the classroom, I have a strong restriction against students using laptops or tablets* or phones in class. At the beginning of the semester, I want to explain my reasoning behind this policy.

    I believe that it is incredibly hard not to multi-task when you are sitting in front of a screen, be it a TV or computer screen. And, although multi-tasking might feel good to some people at some moments, every piece of evidence I have ever read or experienced convinces me of the opposite. Multi-tasking hinders listening, thinking, engagement, and learning, all of which we are trying to maximize in the classroom.

    More and more research makes clear that laptops do not help us think or learn in a classroom. Laptops, tablets, and phones are extremely distracting, both to the person using the person using them and, perhaps more importantly, the people around and behind the user.

    Therefore, in my courses, I prohibit the use of laptops, tablets*, and cell phones for all students except those with demonstrable medical needs to use them. If you fall into this latter category, please email me within the first week of class.

    To be clear, I think technology can be a wonderful thing and I have no problem with video games or blogs or cat videos, but only in the right context. I do not believe that having access to the internet’s firehose of information is good while you’re in a (brief) class session trying to think, listen, and share your ideas.

    * I will permit students to buy and read e-versions of course books on a tablet, but if you bring that tablet to class you must only use it for looking up the reading.

    Research that supports this policy:
    Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting.

    From Facebook to Folsom Prison Blues: How Banning Laptops in the Classroom Made Me a Better Law School Teacher.

    Is Google Making Us Stupid?

    Presentation by Amy Sherald

    I found this interesting presentation from Amy Sherald, whose painting is elsewhere on this course website. You might have heard Sherald’s name when Michelle Obama picked her to paint her official portrait.