October 28, 2020

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Coming Events

  • Oct 26

    Attend at Home — Week of Oct. 26

    Poet Adeeba Shahid Talukder (MFA '15) is an alumna of the U-M Helen Zell Writers' Program. She is one of the eight subjects documented as part of Nasurat Durrani's film, "An American Prayer," which will debut this week as part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

    Each week, U-M’s Arts & Culture website highlights selected virtual events or exhibitions around the university.

    This week includes: UMS Digital Presentation: Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Isata Kanneh-Mason; Empowering the Women’s Vote Exhibition Panel Discussion; Late Antique Ceramic Contexts in an Egyptian Oasis; U-M Museum of Natural History Presents: Halloween @ Home — Science Fun.

  • Oct 29

    Civic Engagement & the Power of Speechwriting

    Reflections from former presidential speechwriters Sarah Hurwitz and John McConnell, 5:30-7 p.m.

  • Oct 30

    Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope

    With Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist and author, noon-1:30 p.m.

  • Oct 30

    The Future of Cybersecurity: Predicting the Unpredictable

    With Ravi Pendse, vice president for information technology and chief information officer, and IT security experts Gee Rittenhouse and Dug Song, noon-1 p.m.

More Events at Happening@Michigan

Faculty/Staff Spotlight

Joe Braun
“I would see a map of a park and see a network of trails, and I would instantly want to see and hike every trail on the map.”

Joe Braun, a senior systems administrator at the Institute for Social Research who has written hiking guides and is an avid photographer

Read more about Joe Braun

This Week in U-M History

On Oct. 31, 1914, the Michigan Marching Band formed a block "M" while performing at Harvard Stadium.

Block ‘M’

On Oct. 31, 1914, the Michigan Marching Band formed a block “M” while performing at Harvard Stadium. Read about some of the other things that happened in U-M history during the week of Oct. 26-Nov. 1.

Read more about U-M in History

Weekly COVID-19 briefing

U-M’s weekly video briefing on issues related to COVID-19 routinely is scheduled for 1 p.m. each Friday. Viewers must log in via the Zoom app using their U-M uniqname and password. The briefing also will be recorded and posted publicly later for those who cannot view it in real time.

View the briefing live via Zoom

Michigan in the news

    • Photo of Melissa Borja

    President Trump is by far the “main source of the rhetoric that stigmatizes Asian and Asian American people,” said Melissa Borja, assistant professor of American culture, whose analysis of tweets from this year’s presidential, vice presidential and U.S. Senate candidates shows that while both parties have criticized China’s initial handling of COVID-19, only Trump and Republicans have actively used scapegoating language.

    • Headshot of Paul Resnick

    As foreign and domestic actors find new ways to spread disinformation ahead of the election, people should be extra cautious of election-related emails, says Paul Resnick, professor of information and director of the Center for Social Media Responsibility: “If you’re thinking, ‘This might be a phishing attack,’ you’re already halfway to safety.”

    The Detroit Free Press
    • W. Carson Byrd

    “A lot of institutions are going to be thinking, we need more students who can pay tuition by going for upper-middle-class students, for example, who are predominantly white. That’s all well and good if you’re thinking from a tuition standpoint, but not from an equity standpoint,” said W. Carson Byrd, scholar in residence at the U-M National Center for Institutional Diversity.

    Inside Higher Ed