The learning opportunities are modeled after the historic U-M teach-ins, which started in 1965 in response to military action in Vietnam. Instead of protesting, faculty brought together experts for a marathon educational event on campus.
The teach-outs, similar in their focus on current topics, use modern technology and just-in-time learning strategies to deliver the content.
Margo Schlanger, the Henry M. Butzel Professor of Law, is presenting the teach-out on civil rights. She said the session is representative of the work she has done throughout her career as a civil rights lawyer, and relates to her decade-long project, the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse.
In the proposal Schlanger wrote about the relevance of the topic, asking why President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration is seen as a civil rights issue but a Republican move to repeal the Affordable Care Act is not.
“I hope participants will learn a new perspective on civil rights claims — that American conceptions of civil rights have varied over time, changing as they are contested and molded by public movements. I particularly want to counter the conception of civil rights as a 1960s movement that is over and done, and highlight the current contests and how they have evolved,” Schlanger said.
“I hope the audience will be people involved in or seeking to understand current civil rights movements and contests. And we’ll also have some special activities and curricular materials for high school teachers who teach about government, law, or civil rights history.”
Joining her in the teach-out are faculty from law, political science and sociology at U-M, and one history professor from Grand Valley State University.
“Powerful faculty collaboration across disciplines increases our ability to elevate public awareness and discourse around timely topics of widespread interest,” DeVaney said.
In addition to those represented in the civil rights teach-out, others are from the departments of Physics and History in LSA, the Medical School and the School of Information.