"De Facto & De Jure Apartheid: A failure in international humanitarian law; A 20 year conversion on South Africa's racialized reconciliation"
Dr. Heidi Grunebaum, Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape
Yazier Henry, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Dr. John D. Ciorciari, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
January 8, 4-5:30 pm, 1644 School of Social Work Building
The system of Apartheid in South Africa was labeled a crime against humanity by the UNO General Assembly on the 16th of December 1966, which was endorsed by the UN Security Council in 1984. In November 1973 the General Assembly adopted the Apartheid Convention declaring systematic oppression of groups of persons as an international crime. The South African state’s political failure to adhere to the moral precepts contained in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights after 1948 was central to causing the civil conflict in South Africa which endured formally until 1994. How has giving up the right to legal accountability during the South African transitional processes impacted the new state’s ability to develop institutional mechanisms that guarantee a system free of human rights abuses? An official promise was made by the state after its inauguration in 1994. Whose voice or which voices are articulated legally, officially and publicly? How are the voices of the actors—the losers and the beneficiaries; the victims, perpetrators and bystanders—experienced politically, legally and socially? Is the official record of human rights violations, abuse and atrocity enough to ensure systemic and administrative change in accordance with human rights claims before and during the settlement process? How are these complex processes related to the growing social and economic tensions that exist in South Africa today?
MLK Spirit Award Ceremony
January 23, 2016
Seventeen undergraduates, including five of the Ford School’s bachelor’s degree students, were recognized at a January 23 MLK Spirit Award ceremony that highlighted the ways in which these students have worked to carry on King’s spirit.
February 1, 4-5:30 pm, Annenberg Auditorium
Broderick Johnson is Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary. He is also Chair of the My Brother's Keeper Task Force. Johnson has held positions in both the public and private sectors. During the Clinton administration, he served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. He also worked in Congress as Chief Democratic Counsel for two House Committees. Johnson was a Vice President at AT&T and Bell South corporations, as well as a partner with a large international law firm, and a co-founder of a strategic consulting business.
SCOR Symposium "Navigating the Maze"
March 17, 2016, 5:30 pm
The goal of this event is to bring minority communities together to support one another on the pathway to the professoriate and beyond, to network with each other and engage in outreach and pipeline building and to identify strategies for institutional transformation through diversity and inclusion.
44th Annual Dance for Mother Earth Powwow
April 2-3, 2016, Skyline High School
Come and observe a Native dance contest with categories like Women's Jingle Dress, Women's Fancy Shawl, Women's Traditional, Men's Grass Dance, Men's Fancy Dance and Men's Traditional. Hear the songs of some of North America's best Native singers and drum groups during our drum contest.
"Remaking a Life, Reversing an Epidemic: HIV/AIDs and the Politics of Transformation"
Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Northwestern University
October 4, 2016, 4-5:30 pm, Weill Hall, Room 3240
Celeste Watkins-Hayes is Associate Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern University and former Chair of the Department of African American Studies. In addition to her faculty appointments, Watkins-Hayes is a Faculty Fellow at Northwestern's Institute for Policy Research and Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health.
Public Policy and the Ongoing Flint Water Crisis: Community Perspectives
October 24, 2016, 4-5:30 pm, Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium
There are many discussions regarding the water crisis affecting our neighbors in Flint. The Ford School is putting together this panel discussion to help the local public engage in policy-focused dialogue from the perspectives of key Flint community members.
50 Years of Civil Rights Leadership: A U-M Symposium in honor of Rev. Jesse Jackson
November 16, 2016, 10:00 am, Rackham Building
For half a century, the Rev. Jesse Jackson has courageously advanced civil rights across racial, gender, and economic boundaries in the United States and around the world. The University of Michigan is honored to have the chance to celebrate the Reverend’s work this fall at a daylong series of events.
Reverend Jackson will deliver the keynote address, with a question & answer period moderated by journalist Bankole Thompson. The event takes place just days after the presidential election: come hear America's foremost civil rights leader reflect on the campaigns—and on the future of the struggle for economic, political, and social justice and peace.