Thursday, December 4, 2014

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Contemporary Slavery: Legislating, Litigating, and Organizing to Combat Slavery and Human Trafficking

The University of Michigan Institution for the Humanities Presents a Jen Davis Exhibition, "Eleven Years."

Eleven Years
An Exhibition by Jen Davis

November 24 - January 9; Gallery hours: M-F 9am-5pm
Artist Talk: Tuesday, December 2, 12:30pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 4, 5pm
Body and Image: A discussion with Jen DavisDecember 5, 3pm (2435 North Quad)
Self-Portraiture in a Digital Age: Curator's conversation with the artist and guests, December 9, 12:30pm

All events held at Institute for the Humanities Gallery, 202 S. Thayer, Ann Arbor, unless otherwise noted.

This exhibition represents a series of self-portraits, created over eleven years, chronicling the artist’s relationship to her body and weight, reconsidering ideas of body image, particularly as they related to societal standards of beauty, and how these standards affected her life. The process of making the photographs allowed her to explore these issues by putting herself in front of the camera …as a way to connect, to figure out what and how to communicate, to engage more fully, and move forward.

Jen Davis is a New York based photographer. She received an MFA from Yale University in 2008, and BFA from Columbia College Chicago in 2002. Davis’ work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. She is a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in 2013. Her first monograph titled Eleven Years, published by Kehrer Verlag (Germany) was released in the Spring of 2014 accompanied by her first solo show in New York City at ClampArt. Davis is represented by Lee Marks Fine Art, Shelbyville, IN and ClampArt, New York, NY.

Invitation to Partner with UMMA on Exploring Identities Project

To Whom it May Concern at the Global Scholars Program,

I hope the semester is going well, and that you are staying warm in all this snow. I am writing on behalf of the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) in hopes of partnering up on a creative student project focused on representations of identity in photography.

In February, UMMA will present HE: The Hergott Shepard Photography Collection, an exhibition of images exploring Western representations of masculinity and sexuality today. In conjunction with this exhibition, UMMA will facilitate a participatory project for U-M students, titled Exploring Identities, that will invite students to create photographs and videos in response to ideas around identity, including but not limited to, intersections of gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, and coming of age as expressed through contemporary visual culture.

Students will submit their own photographs and reflections for inclusion in an online exhibitionVisitors will be able to connect with the student work both through the UMMA website as well as on-site digital display in the UMMA Commons.

If you are interested in joining us (i.e. in connecting programming or participating in outreach), I would be happy to schedule an informal sit-down at your convenience to discuss this project further. If there are others at the Global Scholars Program we should contact, please let us know.

Please see the attached document for more information on the HE: The Hergott Shepard Photography Collection exhibition (on view at UMMA February 14 – June 14, 2015).


Rachel Chamberlain
University of Michigan Museum of Art
Student Engagement Assistant

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Engineering Global Leadership Honors Program Presents: Global Bonanza!

Apply to GSP for the 2015 - 2016

Global Scholars Program is happy to announce we are now accepting applications for Winter 2015 and Academic Year 2015-2016.  Please help us spread the word by forwarding this email on to your students.

Global Scholars Program is now accepting applications for Winter 2015 and academic year 2015-2016.  Please review the following requirements for the program:

We will be hosting two information sessions:

Friday,   11/21 @ 6:00 pm-7:00 pm-North Quad 2155
Monday,11/24 @ 5:00 pm-6:00 pm-North Quad 2435

1.) Sophomore standing or above. (Undergraduates only)
2.) North Quad Residency during first year of program
3.) Enrollment in the GSP Academic Course UC270 for Winter 2015, Fridays 4:00-5:30 pm;  2015-2016, Fridays 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
4.) Participation in a weekly Collaborative Group (meeting day will be assigned at the start of the program, based on your availability Monday through Thursday.  Sessions are from7:00 - 8:30 pm)

Applications are due Friday, December 12th @ 3 pm
For Winter'15 applicants, preference will be given to applicants who apply by December 5th @ 12 (noon). 
Applicants will be notified of their status no later than Tuesday, December 23rd @ 5 pm.
Students extended offers to join GSP are asked to confirm their acceptance by Wednesday, January 7th @ 12 (noon).

Please contact the GSP Office @ to indicate interest in attending one of the information sessions or if you have any additional questions.

We look forward to reviewing your application. 


The GSP Team

2014 GSP Cultural Show

Sport and the University Video Contest

The UM Library is extending their Sport and the University Video Contest for a few more days--deadline is now 11/24! Cash prizes! 

North Quad Multicultural Council’s T-Shirt contest!

Love to sketch, doodle, or draw?  Want to show off your creative streak?  

Send us a submission for the North Quad Multicultural Council’s T-Shirt contest!  This year we are focusing around the theme of International Impact, multiculturalism, and a global community.  We will accept submissions to the until December 1st.

Call for Applicants: North Quad Programming Committee

Applications for the North Quad Programming Student Advisory Committee are due on Monday, November 24, 2014. Please click the link below to apply. If you have any questions please contact Emilia White ( 
The North Quad Programming Student Advisory Committee is a group of motivated and creative students who are passionate about engaging their local campus through extracurricular activities and initiatives. The group will meet once a month to brainstorm, plan, organize and execute events at University of Michigan North Quad. The group itself will be comprised of approximately 6 students, with a diverse number of concentrations, experiences, and perspectives. Sample activities include:
  • Plan and coordinate student-driven events such as film screenings, performances, digital exhibitions, workshops, game nights and celebrations.
  • Reach out to other student groups on campus to collaborate.
  • Engage the student population via social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Flikr.
  • Be present at select programmed events to assist with event set-up and clean-up.
  • Act as a facilitator at programmed events, engaging attendees and sharing information about upcoming events.
  • Other activities could include event documentation, graphic design and video editing depending on experience.
The Committee will have one meeting in December before Winter break. During the Winter 2015 semester, meetings will take place once a month, with an additional amount of hours required when hosting an event. Due to the nature of programmed events, this will require some evening and weekend hours.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Week of November 16 - 22

There are 12 new posts in this update!!!

The Global Impact of Microbes: Fieldwork 2015 Fieldsite: Zambia

Crusade, Jihad and the Multi-sectarian State

UM Biological Station Information Session

invites you to 

-earn up to 15 credits and
-gain valuable research experience
-with field classes in Northern Michigan

Tuesday, November 18
12-1 p.m.
2024 Dana Building

[free bagels!]

Prof. Stephen West Presents "Demonic Soundscapes: Sound and Community in Ming Court Plays on Erlang and Nacha"

Undergraduate Courses in Public Health

Lunar New Year Celebration: Call for Collaborators

Bonderman Travel Fellowship Info Session

Bonderman Info Session

The Bonderman Travel Fellowship offers 4 graduating LSA seniors the chance for an 8-month international trek. Each spring, 4 fellows will receive $20,000 to travel to at least 6 countries in 2 regions of the world where they'll immerse themselves in independent and enriching explorations.

Want to learn more? Come to the following info sessions:
Friday, December 5, 3–4pm

The session will take place in the Michigan Union Kuenzel Room.

Learn more on M-Compass. Or email for more information.

The application deadline for the Bonderman Travel Fellowship is Wednesday, January 14 at 11:59pm.

"What is Community?" - Art and Writing Contest

IGR CommonGround Workshops and Positions

Advocate for social justice. Design workshop curriculum. Facilitate workshops. Build relationships. 
**This opportunity is open to all U-M students, including undergraduate and graduate students.
IGR CommonGround is part of the Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) developed for students to learn about social inequalities and social justice through short, requested based workshops. Requested workshops are designed and conducted by trained workshop facilitators. In order to sustain our program, student coordinators develop our marketing and recruitment and ensure that students involved feel like they are part of a community.

The Workshop Facilitator Position
CommonGround thrives through the dedication and commitment of the 20-30 active volunteer workshop facilitators every semester.  We offer an opportunity for all graduate and undergraduate students to develop as facilitators while also building a community of social justice educators on campus. Incoming Workshop Facilitators undergo an intensive training, facilitate workshops, and attend monthly meetings.  The average time commitment for Workshop Facilitators is about 4-7 hours per month.
Basic knowledge about social justice concepts such as social identity, power, privilege, and oppression is required and some prior facilitation experience (not necessarily with IGR) is preferred.

The Student Coordinator Position
We seek between 4-6 volunteer student coordinators to start in the Winter 2015 term. This team is the primary source of innovation and feedback for the program’s growth and direction. They assist the Programming Team with marketing workshops, recruiting facilitators, developing facilitator trainings, and implementing community building events. This position requires a commitment of about 3-6 hours per week.  No prior experience with CommonGround or IGR is necessary.
This is a great opportunity for those who are interested in the programmatic aspects of social justice education, connecting with other student leaders who are passionate about social justice, and developing skills in marketing, recruitment, training, and community building.
The applications for workshop facilitators are due by Wednesday, November 26th at 5PM. If you have any questions or concerns, email CommonGround at

If you're interested in requesting a workshop for your organization, here is the request form, which can also be found on our website.

Cuban Culture and Society Study Abroad Experience

Don't miss a truly one-of-a-kind experience—

Cuba Info Session
Wednesday, November 19, 2–3pm
Modern Languages Building B113

Learn more about this 6-week, 6-credit, faculty-led program that will introduce you to Cuban culture and society. Live with local host families and take courses taught in English by U-M and local instructors. All majors are welcome to apply. Spanish majors/minors may be able to earn up to 6 credits toward their degree requirements.

“Filming Cuba and the Culture of Revolution” is taught by the University of Michigan’s Professor Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola. In this course, study the Cuban Revolution’s cultural history from 1959 onward through an exploration of the state-run film institute ICAIC (Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficos), the main film producer on the island. Travel to current and past film sites in and around Havana. Visit the ICAIC, the Center for Film Animation, and the Foundation for New Latin American Cinema to interact with on-site scriptwriters and filmmakers.

LSA students on this program may be eligible for up to $10,000 in scholarships.
The application deadline for this program is January 15, 2015.

Learn more on M-Compass or by emailing CGIS program advisor Rebecca Griffin or faculty leader Professor Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola.

Polish Jazz in the Modern Era Mini-Course

Night at the Museum Scavenger Hunt

Night at the Museum Scavenger Hunt for U-M Students
Friday, November 21 @ 6:00
​ pm​

Come in a team (no more than 5) or join one at the Museum! 
Doors open at 5:30 
, hunt begins at 6
​:00 pm
U-M students or students at other universities welcome (must have Mcard or other student ID)
For more information contact Brittany Burgess,

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

GCC in Ecuador and India Info Sessions!

It's time to start thinking about which courses you’ll take during winter term. Consider a Global Course Connections (GCC) program in Ecuador or India, where you take classes on campus during winter term, then continue your learning in either Quito or New Delhi with your professor and peers. The application deadline for both programs described below is Monday, December 15, 2014.

LSA students may be eligible for up to $4000 in scholarships.
Non-nursing students are welcome to apply to both programs.

GCC Ecuador
Perspectives in Global Health—N421/N456, Quito
Learn about the Ecuadorian public health system at a local clinic.

Learn about health and health care in Ecuador through placements at clinics where you will observe health care and health promotion activities as well as design a health education presentation. Tour specialty and basic hospitals and spend time in the Northern Sierra learning about the health practices and beliefs of local indigenous and Afro-Ecuadoran communities.
Off-campus datesJune 16–July 4, 2015
Program fee$1,105
Credits: 4 or 8 credits 
Info session: Wednesday, Nov 5 from 4–5pm
Modern Language Bldg B


Email CGIS program advisor Rebecca Griffin or faculty leader Professor Megan Eagle for more information about GCC Ecuador.

GCC India
Perspectives in Global Health—N421/N456, New Delhi
Clinical observation and community outreach with Salokaya College of Nursing students.
On this faculty-led experience based at Salokaya College of Nursing, partner with local students for clinical observation and community outreach, including educational interventions at rural clinics, schools, and NGOs in and around New Delhi. Through guided discussion, compare aspects of health care delivery in India and the United States.
Off-campus dates: August 10–29, 2015 (tent.)
Program fee: $925
Credits4 or 8 credits 
Info session: Wednesday, Nov 5 from 4–5pm
Modern Language Bldg B117
I'm writing to let you know about the Elie Wiesel Foundation's Essay Contest.  Juniors and Seniors are invited to submit 3,000-4,000 word essays that articulate and analyze an ethical topic of importance in their fields.  

A flyer with submission instructions and selection criteria is attached to this message.  Or students can find detailed information and a sample essay at the Elie Wiesel Foundation's website.  

The contest does not require official U-M endorsement, but each student is required to ask a faculty member to read her/his essay and fill out a brief verification form online.  More detailed faculty instructions are also available on the flyer and online.

The deadline for essays and faculty forms is Monday, December 8th by 5 PM PST.

GCC Brazil

It's time to start thinking about which courses you’ll take during winter term. Consider a Global Course Connections (GCC) program in Brazil, where you take classes on campus during winter term, then continue your learning in Rio de Janeiro with your professor and peers. The application deadline for this program is Monday, December 15, 2014.

LSA students may be eligible for up to $4000 in scholarships.

GCC Brazil
Theatre & Incarceration—THTREMUS 399
Rio de Janeiro

Examine performance texts by and about incarcerated populations through workshops with the Prison Creative Arts Project.

Collaborate with Brazilian theatre students and faculty and learn how theatre can support community dialogue and social change. The Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) trains students to facilitate arts workshops in prisons, juvenile detention centers, and community settings, bringing together crime victims, former prisoners, and their families. PCAP began an exchange program in 2013 with theatre faculty and students at the Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UniRio). The nation of Brazil has a long history of using theatre as a vehicle to discuss and promote social justice causes. Travel with UniRio faculty into a variety of off-campus settings to engage in “teatro em communidade."
Off-campus dates: August 5–26, 2015 (tent.)
Program fee: $1,500
Credits: 5 credits total in Winter semester (3 credits for ThtreMus 399 and 2 credits for off-campus component) 

GCC Germany

It's time to start thinking about which courses you’ll take during winter term. Consider a Global Course Connections (GCC) program in Germany, where you take classes on campus during winter term, then continue your learning in Berlin with your professor and peers. The application deadline for this program is Monday, December 15, 2014.

LSA students may be eligible for up to $4000 in scholarships.

GCC Germany
German Theater Play Production—RCHUMS 334

Study and perform German plays and produce a new multimedia ensemble production. German language required.

Learn how to present an idea on stage through exposure to theater tools that will increase your confidence and develop your ability to work within an ensemble. Approaches include image theatre, Brecht’s LehrstĂĽck model, and Boal’s theater of the oppressed exercises. Spend three weeks in Berlin in May going from page to world stage. Study local theater and dance, participate in workshops and a performance at Tanz Tangente, and collaborate with Tanz Tangente performers at a local Berlin elementary school.
Off-campus datesMay 6–27, 2015
Program fee: $1,460
Credits: 5 total credits in winter term (3 credits for RCHUMS 334 and 2 credits for off-campus component)

GCC Netherlands/Germany

It's time to start thinking about which courses you’ll take during winter term. Consider a Global Course Connections (GCC) program in the Netherlands and Germany, where you take classes on campus during winter term, then continue your learning in Amsterdam and Berlin with your professor and peers. The application deadline for this program is Monday, December 15, 2014.

LSA students may be eligible for up to $4000 in scholarships.

International Community Organization—SW716, Amsterdam/Berlin
Compare European policies/services through lenses of civic participation, oppression/privilege, and community involvement.

Analyze and compare the history and outcomes of programs, policies, and services in Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States. During your time in Amsterdam and Berlin, focus on three main topics: prostitution and human trafficking; juvenile justice; and art-based community development with a focus on street art, graffiti, and hip-hop music genres. Coursework focuses on identifying programs and policies that address the above topic areas through discussions with staff services providers and recipients.
Off-campus dates: May 6–23, 2015
Program fee: $1,995
Credits: 5 total credits in winter term (3 credits for SW 716 and 2 credits for off-campus component)  

A Message from CAPS!

We want to share a new 'CAPS staff video'. 

The idea behind this video is to share who we are, what we do, and how we do our work.   These things make a difference to students and can be the difference between a student crossing the threshold to come into CAPS, or not.  It also helps students, and yourselves, to just get to know us, especially with a number of new CAPS staff.  Please take a moment to view, and forward widely within your unit.

Here is the link:
Related to this is our Meet The Staff webpage where we list by names, role, and areas of expertise:

And, hot off the press, is an effort to further engage with the UM student community -- a new Facebook page -- check it out, "like" it, and forward within your area.  The new page is focused on "emotional wellness".  The new Facebook page is in addition to our existing page of Messages of Hope, which continues to promote students taking pictures of tiles across campus:

Messages of Hope Facebook page:

Thanks for your continued support of student mental health for our campus.  

Intergroup Dialogue Course!

Considering Graduate School?

Global Course Connections program in Japan!

It's time to start thinking about which courses you’ll take during winter term. Consider a Global Course Connections (GCC) program in Japan, where you take classes on campus during winter term, then continue your learning in Tokyo with your professor and peers. The application deadline for both Japan programs described below is Monday, December 15, 2014.

Japan Foundation Grant
All admitted students in either program below receive an automatic grant of $1000 from the Japan Foundation Institutional Project Support Program. LSA students may be eligible for up to $4000 in scholarships.

GCC Japan—Environmental History
Doing Environmental History—HISTORY 328, Tokyo
Visit sites of pollution disasters to study environmental history and practice.

Based in Tokyo, you will explore Japan’s iconic natural and built landscapes. Encounter “nature” in gardens, museums, waterfronts, and waste sites to experience firsthand the ecological legacies of historic agricultural and forestry practices, to witness the aftermaths of industrial pollution, and to investigate initiatives for a sustainable future. A link-up with Waseda University will facilitate exchange with local students and scholars working on issues of environmental education, ethics, and sustainability.
Off-campus dates: May 8–27, 2015
Program fee: $2,395
Credits: 5 total credits in winter term (3 credits for History 328 and 2 credits for off-campus component) 
Email CGIS program advisor Rebecca Griffin or faculty leader Professor Leslie Pincus for more information about GCC Japan—Environmental History.

GCC Japan—Literature
Modern Japanese Literature—ASIAN 302, Tokyo
Read contemporary Japanese literature through lenses of modernity, globalization, and more.

In this introduction to the major authors and works of Japan’s modern period, you will examine fiction in its historical contexts to explore how Japanese writers and intellectuals engaged with the changing world of the last 150 years. In Tokyo, focus on understanding contemporary literature in an urban context and in relation to other forms of contemporary culture such as art, film, and animation.
Off-campus dates: May 5–24, 2015 (tent.)
Program fee: $1,620
Credits: 5 total credits in winter term (3 credits for Asian 302 and 2 credits for off-campus component)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Summer Internship Opportunity!

There is an exciting summer opportunity for undergraduate students. Several Michigan hospitals and other health care organizations in the Detroit and Ann Arbor area have agreed to provide paid summer internships in health administration and policy to qualified undergraduate students who are interested in eliminating racial/ethnic health inequalities. These internships are part of the University of Michigan’s Summer Enrichment Program in Health Management & Policy (UM SEP). UM SEP is a comprehensive internship program that includes lecture series, weekly site visits, a GRE prep course and much more. Please see the attached flyer for further details about the program components. A recent article about UM SEP is also attached to this email.

If you have a specific interest in the health fields, administration, or any career, which will enable you to use your skills in a socially meaningful way, and if you will be entering your junior or senior year in the fall of 2015, I encourage you to apply to the program. Students can apply for the program at our website: The application deadline is January 30, 2015. May we speak to the group about the program? Please contact the UM SEP staff with any questions

UGED Climate Group Meeting Agenda

Friday, October 17, 2014

GSP Book Club!

Your community facilitators would like to start GSP's first ever official book club! Every month we will all come together to decide on a book to read, and we will meet regularly to discuss. If you love reading great books, talking with friends, and getting to know other GSP members in a fun and low-stress atmosphere then this is for you!

Please email if you are interested and we will send out more details and polls about our first book shortly. 

We hope that you all will join!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Healthy Minds Network Interested in Recruiting International Students for Film!

The Healthy Minds Network often partakes in various creative outlets with the intended result of spreading mental health awareness to college campuses across the nation.

Keeping in mind that North Quad houses the Global Scholars program, we thought it fit to gage the interest of students in the program to participate in an international-themed film that features people from different backgrounds who speak different languages (Hindi, Mandarin, Spanish, etc.). We are still in the process of developing the script, but we wish to show different perspectives of how people cope with certain mental health issues from different cultures or backgrounds.

We are looking for international students who particularly speak Mandarin, Hindi, or Spanish. We will of course take others if they are interested as well!

We would like to do a brief screening meeting within the next two weeks to make sure the interested students are a good fit, and to help get feedback and insight into what the script will look like.

Should anyone be interested in participating, or for more information, please feel free to contact Sonia Doshi - one of the program coordinators - at <>. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

AIESEC Information

Looking for a chance to travel? 
Want to be a global leader? 
Come talk to us!

AIESEC is the world's largest student-run organization present in over 124 countries. We help college students find volunteer and internship opportunities all over the world. We have 60+ years of experience and 20,000+ opportunities in our database!

If you are interested, email:

For more information: