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Intergroup Relations honors Professor Chesler


The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) is naming its library collection at 3000 Michigan Union the Mark Chesler Library on Intergroup Relations, in honor of the professor emeritus of sociology.
More information at http://www.igr.umich.edu.

Chesler was one of the founders of IGR, and he continues to teach and consult with the program in his retirement. The citation prepared for the naming of the library says Chesler is someone "who helped create IGR, and whose professional and personal life exemplifies its mission 'to pursue social justice through education.'"

The Chesler Library contains more than 600 books, videos, journals and other materials covering a wide range of subjects related to social diversity. All students, faculty and staff on campus are invited to use the resources. Information about holdings may be found at http://www.igr.umich.edu.

The naming of the collection was announced Oct. 8 at a Homecoming Reception during which an IGR Alumni Association also was formed. The IGR alumni group represents former students and facilitators of IGR. The association was created under the leadership of J. Patrick Howe, class of '02, a three-time facilitator of intergroup dialogues while a student at U-M who now attends the University of Detroit Law School.

IGR is a social justice education program that is a joint venture of LSA and the
Division of Student Affairs. IGR works to promote understanding of intergroup relations inside and outside of the classroom. Multidisciplinary courses offered by IGR are distinguished by their experiential focus, innovative teaching philosophy and incorporation of dialogical models of communication.

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