Matthew Countryman Will Speak at the University of Iowa’s Obermann Center for Advanced Studies


Reposted from the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies’ news feed. Panel Discussion: Monday, March 10 4:00-5:30pm, 304 EPB A recent New York Times Opinion piece by Nicholas Kristof—“Professors, We Need You!” inspired national debate about the status of “public intellectuals.” The Obermann Center continues the conversation on March 10, 2014 with the next two speakers […]

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Archaeological Education and Community Stewardship in Yancey County, North Carolina

community volunteers at the dry screens

University of Michigan doctoral student Ashley Schubert collaborated with the Yancey History Association in North Carolina to further engage local residents in the area’s prehistory and illustrate how responsible archaeological stewardship can occur. By encouraging widespread involvement in archaeological survey and excavation, this project opened up the research process and explored how a Cherokee village […]

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Magnolia Cemetery Association


Through a series of events, this project aims to bring public attention to the history of Magnolia Cemetery, renewing local involvement in the site’s preservation and promoting it as a significant resource for the community. Located in Helena, Arkansas, the cemetery is an important African American burial ground that illuminates both the history of a […]

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Event, From Martin Luther King to Tupac Shakur


From Martin Luther King to Tupac Shakur: Implications of hip hop for graduate education, engaged pedagogy and public scholarship Derrick P. Alridge, Professor of Social Foundations of Education, University of Virginia, will explore ways of infusing hip hop into the classroom and the scholarship of graduate students as a means of developing justice-oriented citizens who […]

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2012 Arts of Citizenship grantees, Jesse Carr and Hannah Rosen, report on their research trip to Helena, Arkansas


Earlier this month, Dr. Hannah Rosen (Director of the Program in Race, Gender, and History at IRWG), and Jesse Carr (PhD student in American Culture) travelled to Arkansas to conduct research on Magnolia Cemetery, an historic African American burial ground located in the town of Helena in rural Phillips County. Magnolia was originally part of […]

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2013 Fellowships


2013 Summer Fellows Caitlin Townsend Caitlin Townsend is a doctoral student in History and current participant in the Museum Studies Program. She worked at the Detroit Institute of Arts, where she developed educational programs in the Learning and Interpretation department to encourage K-12 students to use art as a learning tool. After completing research on […]

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Helping students find their place in the world [linked article]


Danielle Allen, leading political theorist and board member at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, argues that we must help students find their way by marrying the cultivation of self-knowledge to a capacity to see practical opportunities through curricula that unite the liberal arts and vocational elements at all levels of education. Full Washington Post article […]

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Engaging for Success: Strategies for Effective Arts Community Engagement

Building Communities Not Audiences

Date: Friday, September 14, 2012 Time: 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. Location: Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids REGISTER HERE Engaging for Success: Strategies for Effective Arts Community Engagement Engagement is in the air; engagement is everywhere. Some hold that the survival of arts organizations hinges on their ability to engage effectively with their communities. But […]

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Interning at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Part 1

By Steve Arionus, U-M doctoral student in History The mission of the Charles H. Wright Museum is to provide great aesthetic, interpretive and intellectual experiences, and learning opportunities that can inspire and serve diverse audiences for a lifetime. To that end, they produce culturally rich, socially relevant, exhibitions, which explore multiple facets of the African […]

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Interning at the U-M Museum of Natural History


By Abigail Celis, Romance Languages and Literatures French Ph.D. student For my summer internship with Arts of Citizenship, I am developing a community-based exhibit for the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History (UMMNH). The springboard for this project was that the UMMNH wanted to create a local exhibit to complement the visiting exhibit, Race: […]

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