Building Community Through Civility & Compassion

Building Community Through Civility & Compassion

A series of programs designed to engage the public in contemplation and discussion of the importance of civility and compassion in their daily lives.

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University of Michigan Museum of Natural History 2013 Family Reading & Science Workshops   Pre-register
Each year the Museum partners with public libraries to present a series of three fun, family workshops about science. These workshops are designed for children ages 6-11, accompanied by an adult. (Pre-registration required, call 517.546.0720 x107)

Just Like Me? Exploring Culture, Biology, and Diversity
All of us seem so different from the outside, but is that really true? In a series of 3 hands-on family workshops we will explore how biology, anthropology and physics all play a part in race and culture.
Workshop 1: What makes us different? What makes us the same?
Saturday, January 19, 2013 10:30-11:30 am
There is no biological marker for race, so why do we look so different on the outside? Families will learn about the biological reasons behind skin color, hair texture and explore other inherited genetic traits like the ability to taste certain compounds. Families will also get to perform a DNA extraction.

Workshop 2: Everybody cooks.
Saturday, February 16, 2013 10:30-11:30 am
Every country has a cuisine but why do the same ingredients or types of food pop up all over the place? Families will learn how geology relates to food, what cultural transmission is and they will also get to make their very own bread starter.

Workshop 3: Can you feel the beat?
Saturday, March 16, 2013 10:30-11:30 am
They say music is the universal language, but why? Families will learn what makes some instruments more common than others and why some sounds creep us out or get us excited. We will explore how cultural transmission influences music and families will get to make their own instruments.


Leading with Compassion Drop-In  Ross School of Business
Wednesday February 6 at 7:00 pm.
Presenter Jane Dutton, PhD
What difference does compassion make for an organization – for its employees, its customers, and the organization as a whole? Jane Dutton will share her “passion for compassion” and the healing force it brings to businesses, organizations, and individuals. Business owners and employees alike will learn how to unleash compassion and discover the difference it can make as they maximize their capabilities.

Jane Dutton is the Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor for Business and Psychology at the University of Michigan. Her research and expertise lies at the intersection of strategy, management and organizations, and psychology. It focuses on processes that build capabilities and strengths of employees in organizations. This research is part of a growing domain of expertise at the University of Michigan called The Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship. 

If you believe organizational compassion could be the missing ingredient in your game plan, join us! Bring your friends and colleagues!


Arab World    Arab American National Museum
Thursday, April 4, 7:00-9:00 pm. 
Presenter: David A Serio

An in-depth look at Arab Americans focusing on Arab culture, the countries of origin for Arab Americans, immigration patterns and cultural characteristics. David Serio is an educator at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, MI. With a bachelor's degree and master's coursework in Middle Eastern Studies, David has done presentations throughout the Midwest.


Book Discussion: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks     
Date TBA
When a rare book expert discovers a series of tiny artifacts in the ancient binding of a famous book, she begins to unlock the book's mysteries. Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is at once a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity. For more about the book and the author click here.

"Even more compelling than the detective plot is the novel's portrayal of the harrowing lives of its historical characters. Brooks is a compassionate writer...a powerful account of individual resistance to intolerance and the precious value of history. It is also a gripping story."   - Jennifer Wallace, Times Literary Supplement


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