Dingell, UM-Dearborn announce partnership with campus


Former U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell and UM-Dearborn have announced a partnership that will bring Dingell to campus to inspire the next generation of civic leaders.

The partnership will provide the campus’ faculty and students with unparalleled opportunities to work with Dingell to understand, document and share his legacy as the longest-serving member in the history of the U.S. Congress.

“UM-Dearborn’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters is honored Mr. Dingell has agreed to engage with our campus and students,” said CASL Dean Martin Hershock. “To have a man of Mr. Dingell’s importance in shaping U.S. policies and laws share his experience with our students and the Dearborn community is invaluable.

Dingell will discuss his experiences with students in conjunction with regularly scheduled courses in CASL. Course topics include labor, environmental and health policies as well as topics related to civil rights and urban agendas.

Dingell will have an office on campus. Faculty and students also will have the opportunity to conduct research related to the issues Dingell confronted during his nearly six decades in the House of Representatives.

“I have always been impressed by the academic excellence and quality of students from the University of Michigan, both Dearborn and Ann Arbor,” Dingell said. “I look forward to sharing my experiences with UM-Dearborn students in hopes of providing a better understanding of the complexities of government and inspiring future leaders in politics.”

Additionally, Dingell will work with CASL’s Department of Social Sciences to promote its longstanding Washington D.C.-based internship program. While in office, Dingell, a staunch supporter of internships on Capitol Hill, often met with students to talk about the legislative process.

Community members also will benefit from the partnership with the establishment of the John D. Dingell Speaker Series with notable speakers on key policy or political topics. These events will be open to the general public. Dingell will be on campus starting July 1.

Discussions also are underway with the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at U-M’s Ann Arbor campus for Dingell’s engagement opportunities with students and faculty.

Dingell, a Democrat, represented parts of southeast Michigan in the House from Dec. 13, 1955, to Jan. 3, 2015. During his tenure, he wrote some of the best-known laws protecting health and the environment, as well as the rights of workers and consumers.

Dingell joins several members of the judicial branch who recently began serving UM-Dearborn. Upon his retirement from the bench, Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge Donald Shelton became associate professor and director of the university’s criminal justice program. Michigan Supreme Court Justice Brian Zahra and former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District Jeffrey Collins have since begun teaching in the program.



  1. susan rowe
    on May 7, 2015 at 4:41 am

    fantastic opportunity for faculty, students and staff of UMD!

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