LSA junior Ryan Gillcrist, academic affairs committee chair for LSA Student Government, has taken three Race and Ethnicity classes before this semester, but he said the one he is enrolled in right now feels a little different than the others.
“When I took classes first year and second year … I mainly thought about issues of racism and intolerance in the context of the courses themselves,” Gillcrist said. “But I think that, especially in this political climate, I’ve started to think of the classes more in the context of the present.”
On Feb. 28, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order demanding a review of the controversial Waters of the United States rule. The act, signed in during Barack Obama’s presidency, allows for the regulation and protection of smaller bodies of water in the country. Reports were also leaked regarding a 97 percent funding cut for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Last Monday morning, Ann Arbor’s Jewish Community Center was evacuated after the Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor, located within the center, received a call claiming a bomb was hidden inside a backpack in the school.
The school administration and Ann Arbor police determined there was no bomb after a thorough search of the school and community center, and the 200 students were allowed back into the building two hours after the bomb threat was made.
Next semester, a new one-credit class titled "Fake News, Lies, and Propaganda: How to Sort Fact from Fiction" will be offered to undergraduate students by the University of Michigan library system. The class will be aimed at dispelling biases about the news and teaching students how to look at media with a more critical eye.
The University of Michigan Department of Communication Studies announced via email to students last week that it will be making changes to its undergraduate major requirements, effective fall 2017.
Currently, students who wish to declare a communications studies major must complete Communications 101, 102, 121 and 122 as prerequisite classes. Beginning next fall, only 101 and 102 will be required for the major.
Author, historian and activist Rebecca Solnit drew a full crowd to Rackham Auditorium on Monday evening in her “Hope and Emergency” lecture as she discussed the importance of maintaining hope in current political climate and of using stories to affect change.
The lecture was a part of the Jill S. Harris Memorial Lecture series, honoring the memory of Jill Harris who was an undergraduate student at the University in the 1980s. Each year, as part of the series, the University brings a distinguished visitor who will appeal to undergraduates interested in the humanities.
An audience of about 50 Rackham students and community members gathered Friday evening at the Walgreen Drama Center for a panel discussion on the effects of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel and immigration from seven different Muslim-majority countries to the United States.
The panel, sponsored by the Engineering Office of Graduate Education and tailored toward graduate students, aimed to clarify questions surrounding the legality and status of the executive order.
The Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs met with University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel and the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Search Advisory Committee Monday afternoon to discuss the selection of the new provost.