LSA Course Guide Search Results: ALL, Winter 2013, Other Req/Grp = Theme_Sem (all)


Race plays a huge, and sometimes unseen, part in our lives. It often explains where Americans live and attend school, their likeliness of being detained, arrested and incarcerated, life expectancies, career opportunities, wealth and more. Race takes on additional meanings when it intersects with other identities, including religion, sexuality, immigration status, gender, class, ethnicity, politics, and other dimensions.

These are some of the issues that students and faculty will explore together from a broad range of disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and international perspectives during a theme semester on Understanding Race, sponsored by the College of Literature, Science and the Arts in the winter of 2013 and coordinated by the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Ginsberg Center, Museum of Natural History, Program on Intergroup Relations, and School of Social Work.

The Theme Semester is part of the larger Understanding Race Project, inspired by the February 9 to May 27, 2013 visit of the traveling exhibit, RACE: Are we so different?, to the Museum of Natural History. Schools, community organizations, and residents across Washtenaw County are also taking part. For more information about the Understanding Race Project, visit the website at

Highlights of the Understanding Race Theme Semester will include:

  • IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas, traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution
  • MLK Keynote speaker Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Conversation with Dr. Yolanda Moses and Senior Vice Provost Lester Monts
  • Multi-media performance by damali ayo, “We Can End Racism”
  • Peer-led dialogues at the RACE: Are we so different? exhibit
  • Student-organized events and performances
  • New courses