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Earl Lewis

Thomas C. Holt Distinguished University Professor of History, Afroamerican and African Studies, and Public Policy; Director, Center for Social Solutions
Earl Lewis is the Thomas C. Holt Distinguished University Professor of History, Afroamerican and African Studies, and Public Policy, and the founding director of the U-M Center for Social Solutions. From March 2013-2018, he served as president of The…
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Ford school faculty available to weigh in on 2024 elections

Jan 28, 2024
The University of Michigan has published an experts guide to the 2024 elections. Ford School faculty are available to offer insights on relevant issues impacting the elections, including the following:  Economics Betsey Stevenson, professor of...
State & Hill

Faculty news, fall 2023

Dec 12, 2023
Axelrod's adventures Robert Axelrod, William D. Hamilton Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, writes about the difficulties and rewards of interdisciplinary collaboration in his new autobiography, A Passion for Cooperation: Adventures...
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Lewis on the future of climate resilience in “haven” cities

Nov 2, 2023
Ann Arbor and other cities across the Midwest and Northeast have been referred to by climate specialists as “climate havens,” natural areas of refuge that are relatively safe from extreme weather events such as intense heat and tropical storms. Many...
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Lewis featured in PBS series, Making Black America

Jul 13, 2023
Dr. Earl Lewis, founding director of the Center for Social Solutions and Ford School professor, was featured in the PBS series, Making Black America: Through the Grapevine, directed by Stacey L. Holman.  This four-hour series, hosted by Henry...
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Next steps for U-M’s Inclusive History Project

Jul 12, 2023
Six foundational values and commitments — independence, collaboration, broad engagement, community relationships, inclusion of all three University of Michigan campuses and Michigan Medicine and material change — will guide the future work of the...
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Greetings from the Dean - The Briefing, May 2023

May 10, 2023
Dear friends, Our talented faculty and students continue to land awards and recognition for their accomplishments! In March, Earl Lewis, the Thomas C. Holt Distinguished University Professor of History, Afroamerican and African Studies, and...
State & Hill

Faculty News, spring 2023

May 3, 2023
Dominique Adams-Santos, Celeste Watkins-Hayes, and PhD candidate Kayonne Christy contributed a chapter, "Narratives in Context: Locating Racism and Sexism in Black Women's Health Experiences," to The Routledge Companion to...
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U-M’s Earl Lewis to receive National Humanities Medal

Mar 20, 2023
University of Michigan professor Earl Lewis, founding director of the Center for Social Solutions and Ford School faculty, will be awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Joe Biden during a White House ceremony March 21. The National...
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Lewis addresses scholars on Inclusive History Project

Feb 13, 2023
A growing number of universities are working to critically engage with the uncomfortable truths of their institutions’ histories, including entanglements with slavery and racial discrimination. At the University of Michigan, historians, scholars...
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Lewis to co-lead University's Inclusive History Project

Jun 8, 2022
The University of Michigan is set to begin a multifaceted, years-long project to study, document and better understand the university’s history with respect to diversity, equity and inclusion — with the history of race and racism at U-M as its first...
State & Hill

Faculty News, spring 2022

May 31, 2022
Arun Agrawal was selected as co-chair on the Intergovernmental Transformative Change Assessment, sponsored by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Javed Ali provided his expertise on national security to numerous...
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Lewis reflects on spirituality in African-American history

Feb 14, 2022 MLive
Earl Lewis, Thomas C. Holt Distinguished University Professor of History, Afroamerican and African Studies, and Public Policy, recently provided historical context for an MLive story.  “On plantations, African Americans would gather beyond a...
In the Media

Lewis says new Census data catching up to reality

Nov 9, 2021 MLive
Earl Lewis recently spoke to MLive about the growing number of participants identifying as ‘multiracial’ in the 2020 Census.  “In a lot of ways, the current Census data are catching up with human behavior that went unnoticed in previous...
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Lewis reflects on year of reparations research

Oct 13, 2021 MLive
In an interview with MLive, Earl Lewis reflected on the past year of his research project, "Crafting Democratic Futures: Situating Colleges and University in Community-based Reparations Solutions." “We hope that this is indeed replicable and...
In the Media

Lewis calls for reparations

Jun 16, 2021 AP News
Earl Lewis, Thomas C. Holt Distinguished University Professor of History, Afroamerican and African Studies, and Public Policy and director of the Center for Social Solutions, recently sat down with AP News to discuss reparations and other related...
State & Hill

Faculty News spring 2021

Jun 10, 2021
Javed Ali has appeared recently in outlets such as 60 Minutes, ABC News, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, NPR’s Morning Edition, and the Los Angeles Times. He’ll become an associate professor of practice at the Ford School this...
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Look beyond bare numbers on racial diversity, Lewis urges

Feb 3, 2021 The Conversation
Lewis was asked by The Conversation to comment on how numbers and statistics matter when examining institutional racism, the Capitol riot and Black Lives Matter. "The twisting of data to draw a false equivalency between the assault on the Capitol...
In the Media

Lewis comments on restoring integrity in science and research

Jan 31, 2021 Voice of America
In an article about the Biden administration's moves to reaffirm a national commitment to integrity in scholarship and research, Lewis commented to Voice of America, said he addresses suspicions about higher education by asking skeptics if they...
In the Media

Lewis co-chairs task force to examine campus public safety procedures

Jan 15, 2021 MLive
MLive reports, "A 20-person University of Michigan task force will examine what’s working and what improvements need to be made with the university’s Division of Public Safety and Security. The "Advancing Public Safety at the University of Michigan...