President’s Bicentennial Colloquium:
The Future University Community
Who will be the University’s future students, faculty, staff and alumni, and how will they engage in the work of the university? As an institution long committed to the idea that diversity is fundamental to learning and the advancement of knowledge, how should we think of diversity in our third century and what will be the challenges to sustaining it? Furthermore, how will we constitute an academic community across a diverse spectrum of ideas, experience, and points of view? How will we take up the challenge of learning that extends over a lifetime?
The Future University Community, the first in a series of three bicentennial colloquiums, examined these questions through two special events spearheaded by Presidential Bicentennial Professor Martha S. Jones:
A discussion at Hill Auditorium on Jan. 30, 2017, with two of the world’s most prominent judges, Justice Susanne Baer of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany and Justice Sonia Sotomayor — the first Latina appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court — moderated by award-winning journalist Michele Norris, former host of NPR’s All Things Considered.
Exploring our aspirations for a diverse campus community means also understanding challenges from U-M’s past. The Future University Community featured some of these moments the week of April 3-8, 2017, with “Stumbling Blocks,” a series of pop-up art installations on the Central, Medical and North campuses.