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How Do We Begin: A Historical Reckoning with Anti-Black Racism at U-M

Wednesday, April 13, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT

Written by guest playwright and U-M alumn Jordan Harris, this short series of plays illuminates U-M’s complicated relationship with elitism and racial inequity. Using Matthew Johnson’s book Undermining Racial Justice (a historical analysis of the admissions processes at U-M) as an entry point, the play examines how American colleges and universities—and U-M specifically—have perpetuated anti-Blackness while simultaneously benefiting from their association with inclusive values. Through a series of facilitated discussion and activities, participants will wrestle with a central question: with an understanding of our inequitable past and present, how will we imagine and pursue a racially just future?

This workshop is designed for University of Michigan master’s students, doctoral students, and postdoctoral fellows. For faculty and staff, please contact to see if we can accommodate your attendance.

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Wednesday, April 13
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
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