Theory, practice and the nature of a liberal arts education

Photo by Ruby wallau

When educators plug theory and praxis based learning, they are referring to a traditional pedagogy of concepts, facts, laws, or equations paired with real-world tangible applications of knowledge. Less obvious, however, are the pockets throughout the University where this bi-level coursework resides, not to test a hypothesis or learn skills for a career, but to engage students more deeply with liberal arts material.

On North Campus, a city of driverless vehicles

Just under the cloud-flecked Ann Arbor water tower, a tiny city is being built. Curving asphalt streets are the only hint of the project, but once the asphalt hardens, buildings will be raised, stoplights strung up and simulated pedestrians will be programmed. These 32 acres at the edge of North Campus will be home to the Mobility Transformation Center’s Test Facility, a complex built to develop automated, driverless vehicles.


My First Time: My leg-up on Pheidippides

Illustration by megan mulholland

On a brisk morning, just before 7 a.m., with Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” blasted over the loudspeakers, I crossed the starting line and headed out onto the streets of Detroit in my 26.2-mile quest.

by Mariam sheikh

Famous by Association: We’ll (never) be royal?

It’s so puzzling to me that I, as a proud citizen of this glorious democracy, am just one of the millions of Americans who are oh so very emotionally invested in everything regarding the royals.

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