Bicentennial-Mark-primary-no-taglinePresident’s Bicentennial Colloquium

Reflections on the Future of the University Community

Hill Auditorium
Monday, January 30, 2017

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 colloquium, the first in a series of three bicentennial colloquiums, examined these questions through a discussion 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. Watch the full discussion.

Award-winning journalist Michele Norris, former host of NPR’s All Things Considered, moderated the discussion.


Colloquium Speakers

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the daughter of Puerto Rican-born immigrants and the first in her family to attend college, graduated from Yale Law School in 1979. Thirty years later, President Barack Obama appointed her to the Supreme Court.

Justice Susanne Baer, a 1993 graduate of the U-M Law School, was elected to Germany’s supreme court in 2011 and is the first out lesbian, and the first scholar known as a “radical feminist,” appointed to the position. At the Law School, she is the William W. Cook Global Law Professor. She also is a professor of public law and gender studies at Humboldt University in Berlin.

Moderator Michele Norris is a former National Public Radio host and special correspondent and the founder of The Race Card Project, an initiative created to foster conversations about race in America.