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Undergraduate Engagement Group

The Institute for the Humanities has a long history at the University of Michigan as a place where students, faculty, and community members can learn about and discuss issues of relevance to all of us. The Undergraduate Advisory Group collectively suggests speakers and courses for the Institute to sponsor, and helps to promote events of interest to communities and friends affiliated with our campus. Students meet regularly throughout the semester at the Institute, while also periodically gathering opinions and thoughts from student peers.

For information about joining the group in 2017-18, contact Kush Patel at

2017-18 Undergraduate Engagement Group

Fatima Al-Rasool

Fatima Al-Rasool is a freshman student at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, majoring in architecture. She is extremely interested in history, philosophy, anthropology, the visual arts and their intersections with activism. Fatima is excited to share her appreciation for the humanities with the Institute and fellow undergrad peers.

Hui Yuan Neo

Hui Yuan Neo is a junior majoring in Political Science with a minor in History. She believes that the humanities can help create paradigm shifts and provide practical wisdom for navigating today’s world. Raised in Southeast Asia, she is also particularly interested in the colonial legacies, cultural dynamics and politics of the region. She is looking forward to help promote empathy and equality in the university through increasing an appreciation for the humanities.

Evan Binkley

Evan Binkley is a sophomore studying Art History and Museum Studies. He is currently working on a cultural heritage website and a National Museum exhibition in Ghana with the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. He is a Circulation Desk Assistant at the Shapiro Undergraduate Library and was a Public Programs and Curatorial Intern at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries this summer. Evan is excited to share his love of the humanities with others through exciting events..

Maria Mikhailova

Maria Mikhailova is a sophomore studying Screen Arts and Cultures and is currently planning on pursuing a minor in Business. She’s an associate producer with M-Agination Films, which is a student film production organization on campus. She is interested in psychology, sociology, as well as culture and politics.

Julia Wang

Julia Wang is a sophomore majoring in art history with a minor in museum studies. Having learned French since her high school years in Toronto, she is interested in both Chinese and French language, culture, and art history, the impact of social media on what constitutes as “art”, and the global components of art and humanities. She looks forward to planning and promoting exciting events at the Institute of Humanities.