Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 12:11pm

In Hebrew, the word for “to love” has the same root as the word “to give.” I’ve always admired the way an ancient language is woven together with purpose, the way the words hang on to each other, collide, twist into webs of meaning that say more together than any word could alone. 

To love and to give. This is what it looks like:

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 12:49pm

I remember the exact moment in sixth grade when I realized an essay didn’t need to be five paragraphs: Intro, body, body, body and conclusion. It didn’t need to have topic sentences and transitions. I was always taught an essay should be concise and clean. It must be easy on the eye and straightforward — beautiful, even. Those were the rules, but I remember when I realized I was allowed to break them. I think this was one of the moments that made me want to be a writer.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 5:31pm

I’ve never written about sex before. It’s always felt like a breach of some invisible social contract, like a taboo topic tiptoed around euphemistically because we can’t talk about the details: It’s too personal, too vulnerable, too awkward for your grandmother to hear you wrote an article about hooking up. I’ve always thrown sex into the category of things beyond my scope of personal, opinionated expertise, like foreign policy or Major League Baseball or classical music.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 9:06pm
 U-M Alumna Shayna Brown speaks during a panel titled Examining the Effects on Gentrification at the Institute for Social Research as part of the U-M MLK Symposium event Wednesday.

To mark the beginning of the University of Michigan’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Symposium, the Institute for Social Research held a panel Wednesday afternoon discussing the various effects of gentrification in Detroit and across the United States.

The University’s theme for this year’s MLK symposium is “The Fierce Urgency of Now,” which Dory Knight-Ingram, a senior editor for the Institute of Social Research, explained relates deeply to the topic of gentrification.

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 10:54pm

In fifth-grade art class, we learned about Jackson Pollock, an artist known for abstract expressionism. He became famous for dripping paint onto canvases, flicking and throwing and pouring colors all over the place in the name of art. Some of my classmates were skeptical, because, after all, to our 10-year-old selves, the Pollock replications we’d just stained our clothes painting looked eerily similar to the famous ones in the museums. I, on the other hand, was sold.