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Lecture to kick off ISR speaker series

Hebrew University psychologist Shalom Schwartz will discuss "The Value of Values: Theory, Measurement, and Applications," at noon April 26 in the inaugural event of a new speaker series on Americans' evolving values at the Institute for Social Research (ISR).

The series is designed to engage the academic community in a developing research initiative organized by ISR Director James S. Jackson. The initiative, entitled America's Evolving Values, is aimed at understanding the basic values and beliefs of Americans, tracking how these values have evolved during the last few decades, identifying future trends, and showing how basic values are linked with political, sexual, economic and religious behavior.

"We live in a time when there is more debate than ever about what being an American means," Jackson says. "America seems to be a dangerously polarized nation, fractured into multiple versions of two opposing camps. Red states vs. blue states. Immigrants vs. citizens. Young vs. old. Rich vs. poor. Black vs. white. But is it really true? Or do we agree, despite our differences, on many underlying principles and values. My hope is that this project will help create a new understanding of our common values and approaches to critical issues."

The lectures will be held in Room 6050 of the ISR building.

"Many Ways of Seeing"

The "Many Ways of Seeing," exhibition at Work, 306 S. State St., from May 5-June 4, will highlight the particular expressive power of people who are differently abled, including those with visual or physical disabilities.
The exhibition, "Many Ways of Seeing," will be on display May 5-June 4 at Work, 306 S. State St. (Photo courtesy School Of Art & Design)

Drawn from works produced in a School of Art & Design collaborative course with the Washtenaw County Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled, taught by A&D Associate Professor Sadashi Inuzuka, the exhibition explores the use of clay as a medium through which persons who are blind or have visual or physical disabilities can express themselves and their understanding of the world around them.

During the winter 2006 semester, the A&D course engaged U-M students and 15 users of the Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled, ranging in ages from 14-80, in working together to produce ceramic sculptures.

The resulting exhibit is intended as a celebration of the efforts of the students and participants in the course. It also serves to broaden awareness of the visually impaired community and further explore the potential of art to bridge the different worlds in which we live.

An opening reception will be 6-9 p.m. May 5 at Work.

17 graduates to receive Gurin certificate

Seventeen graduating seniors will receive the Patricia Gurin Certificate of Merit in Intergroup Relations during a 2 p.m. ceremony April 27 in the Vandenberg Room of the Michigan League.

The annual award recognizes Gurin's commitment to the Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR), which was founded in 1998.

It is given annually to students who have demonstrated academic mastery in intergroup relations. Gurin is the Nancy Cantor Distinguished University Professor emerita.

The recipients are: Rudolph Becker, Raymond Chai, Jaehyun Cho, Paul Conlin, Mary Ellen Farrell, Lynsey Fruchter, Joslyn Gaines, Sarah Gebeyehu, Tamar Shoshana Goldenberg, Zeke Joubert, Natalie Lau, Elizabeth Mayers, Koyonne Mims, Johnny Parker II, Ben Rattner, Brandon Sammut and Reed Swier.

Gurin's work as an expert witness in defense of affirmative action in the landmark Supreme Court cases of summer 2003 exemplifies her lifetime of commitment to intergroup relations through research, scholarship, practice and advocacy.

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