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Humanities Week 2020

Due to COVID-19 concerns, all Humanities Week events have been cancelled
effective 3/11/2020.


March 9 - 13, 2020

Humanities Week 2020
Understand Our World

A week of events and activities exploring what it means to be human.
Presented by the Institute for the Humanities Undergrad Student Engagement Group.

All events are free and open to all. Join us!

Keynote Lecture: “Freshwater Stories: Optics, Governance, and Adaptation around the Great Lakes”
March 9, 4PM
Michigan Room, Michigan League

Rachel Havrelock, founder of the Freshwater Lab, on what we can learn from stories about the Great Lakes.

Humanities Course Fair for Non-Humanities Students
March 10, 4PM-5PM
Posting Wall, Haven Hall

Need to fill a humanities requirement? Learn about fall 2020 course options and the best courses based on your needs and interests.

Career Panel: Life & Career with a Humanities Degree
March 11, 4PM-6PM
Institute for the Humanities, S. Thayer Bldg.

Meaningful insights from professionals in a variety of fields.

Living Library: Unjudge Someone
March 12, 6PM-8PM
Institute for the Humanities, S. Thayer Bldg.

A Living Library is a group of individuals, known as Living Books who come together to share stories from their lives with visitors to the event, known as readers. Attend this event and “unjudge someone.”

Grab’n Go Breakfast
March 9-13, 8AM-10AM
Institute for the Humanities, S. Thayer Bldg.

Pop in for free coffee, bagels, muffins, and humanities swag on your way to class.

HH(C)*/An American Interior
Art installation by Valerie Jung Estabrook
All Week, 9am-5pm and during events in the building
Institute for the Humanities, S. Thayer Bldg.

Valery Jung Estabrook re-creates a life size living room sewn by hand, suggestive of the artist’s history growing up in rural southwestern Virginia. The installation includes a custom upholstered recliner embellished with a Confederate Flag motif, and a plush TV emanating country music karaoke sung by the artist. The exhibition challenges the notions of heritage, Southern nationalism and “traditional” American culture, providing a window into the tensions of being a perpetual foreigner in one’s own hometown.

Children's Book Drive
All week at the Institute and during all events
A book drive to benefit Parkman Branch of the Detroit Public Library in collaboration with visiting fellow Sara McDougal.