Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

People gather on the Diag to reflect on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream — from where it has come, and what still needs to be done — during the annual Circle of Unity, hosted by the Michigan Community Scholars Program. Click here for photos of other MLK-related events that took place Monday around campus. (Photo by Scott Soderberg, U-M Photo Services)

NPR's Norris describes her personal experience with quiet activism
National Public Radio reporter Michele Norris told hundreds gathered Monday to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that in this time of renewed protest — evidenced by the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement — she also appreciates the effectiveness of quiet activism. Norris gave the keynote for the 26th annual MLK Symposium.

Nominees sought for OVPR research faculty and staff awards
The Office of the Vice President for Research is seeking nominees for three 2012 research faculty awards and two staff recognition awards. The nomination deadline is Feb. 20 and Feb. 25, respectively. It also has extended the deadline for Distinguished University Innovator nominations until Feb. 10.

Ford School's joint doctoral program reaches 10-year mark
The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy's joint doctoral program—in which candidates combine their public policy studies with disciplinary work in political science, economics, or sociology— is marking its 10th year. Founding director Mary Corcoran and others reflect on the program's success.

The Michigan Difference

Educating India’s poor
Pallavi Shukla saw inequality in the education of India’s children and knew she could do something about it. The first year master’s student at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy acquired land and built a school to help make a powerful difference in the lives of India’s poor and underserved children. She hopes to return to India to develop and support policies that will improve the education system for all of the country's children — rich and poor alike.