On March 7, civil rights lawyer and criminal justice reform advocate, Bryan Stevenson, received the 25th Wallenberg Medal from the University of Michigan. The Wallenberg Medal recognizes individuals for their humanitarian work. Elie Wiesel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Congressman John Lewis are included among past recipients. During the award ceremony, Stevenson was commended for his […]
In response to racist and anti-Semitic emails sent to College of Engineering students last week, Students4Justice, a student organization at the University of Michigan, coordinated a sit-in at the Michigan Union on February 9. The sit-in sought to bring attention to the organization’s list of demands for the University, which criticizes the school’s “dedication to […]
There is an understandable and righteous desire to execute Dylann Roof, especially after he was convicted of such a vile and horrific crime. Seeking this vindication is a primal instinct—to address the wrong that has been committed, to “balance the scales.” When Hamlet states “Haste me to know’t that I, with wings as swift as […]
On November 16, the Ford School of Public Policy hosted a symposium in honor of Rev. Jesse Jackson, which included a keynote address by the civil rights leader. The talk, titled “What’s next for us: Hope and reflection,” discussed the challenges facing our country following the November 8 election results. One key point of concern […]
On November 15, Central Student Government rejected a resolution that called upon the University to “Divest from Socially Irresponsible Companies that Violate Palestinian Human Rights” in a 34-13 vote. The resolution, which was proposed by the campus organization, Students Allied for Freedom and Equality, stipulated that the University establish an ad-hoc committee that would investigate […]
On October 26th, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Shirin Ebadi, spoke at a lecture hosted by the Islamic Studies Program, discussing the gender and sexuality-based oppression that takes place in Islamic states. Ebadi, who is an internationally recognized human-rights activist, has spent her career as a lawyer and judge fighting for women, children, and other oppressed […]
The University has committed to spend 85 million dollars to fund the strategic plan, in addition to 40 million dollars annually allocated to the staff involved with its development and implementation. On October 6, the University of Michigan revealed its five-year strategic plan to enhance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion on campus. The plan, as laid […]
The frequent prescription for the ills of the U.S. Congress is more bipartisanship, but we have no definitive reason to believe this, according to University of Michigan professor, Dr. Charles Shipan. Many Americans believe that the country’s political landscape is void of bipartisanship due to increasing polarization. It is thought that our congressmen only look […]
As is typical for the U.S. Congress, they have legislated rules and regulations that they themselves are exempt from.
Challenging the accepted way of thinking should not be approached with scornful or condescending disdain, but with a desire to engage and challenge the dissenting opinion.