President Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States Wednesday afternoon, taking office at a moment of deep-rooted political polarization in America following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol Building.
The Ann Arbor City Council met for the second time in 2021 on Tuesday to discuss resolutions regarding the Gelman plume cleanup project. Councilmembers also talked about a legal memo for public release detailing the legal rules and procedures of public city council meetings, following several meetings with tense interactions between council and public commenters.
Students at the University of Michigan, following the news closely after President Donald Trump’s second impeachment, are weighing in on the merits of impeachment and Trump’s legacy on American democracy.
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the University of Michigan hosted a lecture titled “Race, Protest & Politics: Where Do We Go From Here?” featuring University alum Dr. Mary Frances Berry. The talk, which hosted nearly 300 people, was held virtually over Zoom.
As part of the University of Michigan’s Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Symposium, the Ford School of Public Policy hosted a talk Monday afternoon to discuss the national debate over confederate statues and their place on American soil. The event was live streamed on Youtube to an audience of more than 500.
American culture professor Kristin Hass; Mitch Landrieu, former Mayor of New Orleans; and Earl Lewis, founding director of the University’s Center for Social Solutions, were among the speakers at the event.
In anticipation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the nonprofit organization Survivors Speak hosted an online workshop Saturday afternoon to discuss the continual fight for justice and how to build momentum for a cause.
Since taking office on Jan. 1, Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit has implemented multiple changes to the prosecutor’s office, including rescinding zero-tolerance policies, reforming the cash bail system and prioritizing treatment and rehabilitation — all promises made throughout his campaign.
The Ann Arbor City Council met Monday evening over Zoom for their final meeting of the year to discuss increasing water rates, restricting locations for short-term rentals and amending the City Council Rules.
The University of Michigan released its 2020 winter commencement videos Saturday, celebrating the new graduates and applauding their achievements.
The ceremony, which was held virtually due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, featured many visual components, including online messages from University President Mark Schlissel. The commencement page also incorporated words from Provost Susan Collins and the deans.