Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Latin Tinge
On a recent day in East Hall, students sat in the dark, watching an old, silent film. As subtitles put words to exaggerated facial expressions, Rudolph Valentino — the Johnny Depp of his day — and a handsome woman swirled through a sultry dance. Students are studying the tango in a course that examines the origins, effects, life cycle and even stars of Latin music—and uses the music as a springboard to explore history and culture.

Regents honor five with Thurnau professorships
Five faculty members have been honored for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education as this year's recipients of Arthur F. Thurnau professorships. They are: Charles Bright, August Evrard, Andrei Markovits, James Walsh and Margaret Wooldridge.

Health System estimates community benefit of more than $320 million
What’s a health system worth? The U-M Health System reports that through its charity care and contributions to community health plans it provides a community benefit estimated at $323 million. The greatest share is providing $170 million in uncompensated direct patient care.

New doctoral program approved for U-M-Dearborn
A new doctorate in education degree program at U-M-Dearborn has been designed “to provide the citizens of southeastern Michigan with a program that is well-matched to the economic, social and political challenges that face our region.” The program is targeted at school teachers and community college faculty members looking to broaden their skills and advance their careers.

The Michigan Difference

Literacies in the 21st Century
Students today might be texting on cell phones, receiving and sending photos and videos, reading blogs, listening to podcasts, googling, consulting Wikipedia, visiting social networking sites, and checking movie times or the weather. But contrary to some notions, adolescents in the twenty-first century do read and write.