Community Read is a program of the First Year Experience Committee of Faculty Senate (co-chairs Holly Sorscher and Margaret Willard-Traub), modeled after the Big Read of the National Endowment for the Arts. The intent is for students, especially those new to campus, to engage with the topic from several disciplinary perspectives.
The reading chosen for 2022-2023 is All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, an anthology of 60 essays and poems edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine K. Wilkinson (One World 2020). The anthology is part of the All We Can Save Project. Members of the Faculty Senate First Year Experience Committee are planning a variety of events throughout the 2022-2023 academic year related to the climate crisis.
The book selected for 2021-2022 was William D. Lopez's Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid. The book traces wide-ranging economic, social, psychological, heath, and educational fallout from one ICE raid in 2013 in Washtenaw County, Michigan. Dr. Lopez is an assistant professor at the UM School of Public Health. He answered student questions about his work as part of the programming throughout the year, which also included "Books and Brews" events, and a panel discussion. Free copies of this text are still available at the Mardigian Library.
The reading for 2020-2021 was How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi. UM-Dearborn faculty members prepared video presentations on individual book chapters for use in classes or as guides to prepare class presentations. These chapter video commentaries are available on the UM YouTube playlist. The Mardigian Library also has several web pages devoted to Antiracism resources.
With this selection, UM-Dearborn joined thousands of other reading circles using Kendi's books and videos, or similar books and videos, as guides to effecting changes in behavior and policy.
The Faculty Senate encourages all faculty members at UM-Dearborn to consider ways in which All We Can Save, excerpts from the book, similar books, videos, or other resources can be incorporated into classes across the curriculum.
- October 14 and 15th: Join the Wildlife Habitat Council, Friends of the Rouge and National Fish and Wildlife Service for tree-planting workdays
- When: October 14th 9:00-12:00 pm or October 15th 1:30 to 3:30 pm
- Students can sign-up here - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfg2xSFmaPCih6LqP2IBuz6Nbln71Iny2RWitFwUHxQ8wkkWQ/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0. and details will be provided for them.
October 28, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Service Activity: Dearborn-SHINES schoolyard garden project.
- Where: Select Dearborn Public Schools (Specific locations will be emailed to participating students)
- Students can RSVP here - https://forms.gle/VWAu6FsrJSNoWCmG8
- Please RSVP by 5:00 pm on Thursday October 27. School locations will be emailed on Thursday after 5:00 pm
- Activities: Volunteer activities will include: weeding, painting, spreading mulch, topping soil. Tools will be provided, but students should bring their own work gloves if they have them.
Title: In the Land of Palm Oil, Film Screening and Panel Discussion.
Registration form link: https://umdearborn.formstack.com/forms/palm_oil_film
Brief event description: This tri-campus event is organized by Palm to Palm: a student-led, tri-campus initiative dedicated to ending exploitation of humans and wildlife in tropical regions through coalitions to raise awareness and avoid palm oil in foods and other consumer products.
- More information about the film: https://www.eyesoftheworldfilms.com/in-the-land-of-palm-oil.html
- More information about Palm to Palm: https://sites.google.com/view/palmtopalm/home
- To learn about or donate to the Ranu Welum Foundation--an Indonesian NGO purchasing land in the Talekoi Forest of Central Kalimantan, to protect endangered species such as orangutans from palm oil development: https://www.eyesoftheworldfilms.com/
Panelists: Emmanuela Shinta (Indonesian social activist), Denise Dragiewicz (film director), Jocelyn Zuckerman (author, Planet Palm: How Palm Oil Ended Up in Everything―and Endangered the World), Dr. Anne Russon (York U psychologist and primatologist), and Dr. Andrew J Marshall (UM anthropologist and primatologist)
Where: Virtual, Zoom webinar: https://umich.zoom.us/j/93356627511
Virtual panel discussion on the revival of one of the most polluted rivers in the country, the Rouge River
Thursday, 11/17 from 7-8:30 pm.
The discussion is sponsored by the Environmental Interpretive Center and the Friends of the Rouge. Panelists are:
Orin Gelderloos - Professor Emeritus of Biology and Environmental Studies, UM-Dearborn
John Hartig - Visiting Scholar, University of Windsor's Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research
Sally Petrella - Monitoring Manager, Friends of the Rouge
Cyndi Ross - Restoration Manager, Friends of the Rouge
- Fall 2022/Winter 2023: There is a campus grant that can provide funds to support curricular and co-curricular efforts that align with the 2022-2023 Community Read. The grant is made possible by the office of the Dean of Students. Funding requests will be considered by the FYE Committee on a rolling basis, and might be expended on, for example, a field trip for students, guest lecturer, or classroom supplies for a hands-on demonstration or activity. The committee looks forward to hearing about your ideas!
- Co-chair: Katherine LaCommare, Academic Affairs: CASL Biology (Term expires 08/31/2025)
- Co-chair: Kristin Poling, Academic Affairs: CASL History (Term expires 08/31/2025)
- Anne Dempsey, Academic Affairs: Student Engagement Librarian, Mardigian Library (Term expires 08/31/2025)
- Mike MacDonald, Academic Affairs: CASL Composition & Rhetoric (Term expires 08/31/2025)
- Margaret Rathouz: Academic Affairs: CASL Mathematics (Term expires 08/31/2023)
- Natalie Sampson, Academic Affairs: CEHHS Environmental Health (Term expires 08/31/2023)
- Lynda Dioszegi, Student Affairs, Senior Advisor, START, ex officio
- Amy Finley, Student Affairs: Dean of Students, ex officio
- Tyler Guenette, Student Affairs: Director, Student Life & Dearborn Support, ex officio
- Kevin Lewtschanyn, Enrollment Management: Director of EM Communication and Events, ex officio
- Dareena Matti, Student Government Vice-president, ex officio (Term expires 05/2023)