RCIDIV 350 - Special Topics
Fall 2019, Section 003 - Detroiters Speak
Instruction Mode: Section 003 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: RC Interdivisional (RCIDIV)
Department: LSA Residential College
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Mandatory credit/no credit.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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In this 8-week course, Detroiters Speak, students will learn about the city’s history and culture from its people. A free university shuttle will bring students to the Cass Corridor Commons, where they will attend public discussions with Detroiters moderated by University of Michigan faculty.

The theme for the fall 2019 series is Healing Justice - a continuation of a workshop series that took place last fall. Past participants in Detroiters Speak should note that this fall's sessions will be quite different from past Detroiters Speak classes. The workshops this fall, coordinated by Semester in Detroit faculty member Diana Copeland, center cultural organizing and healing justice as themes and strategies for resistance (see below for descriptions of cultural organizing and healing justice.) Past workshops have included topics such as: "Intro to Tarot card reading and using intuition for selfcare"; "Beat back the oppressors! (with smooth Beats): electronic recording, learning, and sharing session with Sacramento Knoxx"; "Herbs and Ceremony - how ritual can be used for personal and activist self care"; and "Healing Arts through Movement and Native Dance".

Cultural organizing places culture at the center of an organizing strategy. It can be done to unite people through the humanity of culture and the democracy of participation. This series explored the ways in which healing justice; creativity and arts enhance cultural organizing through a series of unique workshops led by Detroiters that are at the forefront of this movement. This type of creative organizing empowers communities to come together in celebration of culture while developing valuable skills that challenge power and oppression.

Healing Justice is woven through each of the workshops. Dr. Page of the Kindred Healing Justice Collective (often attributed with coining the phrase) describes Healing Justice as identifying how we can holistically respond to and intervene on generational trauma and violence, and to bring collective practices that can impact and transform the consequences of oppression on our bodies, hearts and minds.”

This course will meet on the following dates: October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 & November 7.

*This course meets in Detroit. Please note that the bus will leave from CCTC by 5:50 pm to arrive in Detroit by 7pm. You can expect to return to campus by 10pm.*

Light dinner is provided before every class.


RCIDIV 350 - Special Topics
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002 (LEC)
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003 (LEC)
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