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Birthing Reproductive Justice Exhibit is Online!


Did you happen to miss this Birthing Reproductive Justice exhibit that was housed in the Hatcher Graduate Library? Well, you’re in luck! The exhibit is available to view online here.

Reproductive Justice — the right to have children, not to have children, and to parent children in healthy and safe environments — is a movement and perspective that arose in the 1990s as a broader alternative to reproductive rights advocacy focused on limited debates around abortion and pro-life/pro-choice issues. Articulated and led by women of color with a more encompassing social vision, reproductive justice usually incorporates both a framework of human rights and an awareness of the intersectionality of women’s identities and struggles against sexism, racism, homophobia, and economic marginalization.

This exhibit provides a visual narrative of the emergence and antecedents of reproductive justice. Given that women’s lives have never been reducible to one dimension of their reproductive health, this exhibit traces a longer history of reproductive justice, illustrating many experiences, debates, and policies related to pregnancy, birth, contraception, and raising children. Birthing Reproductive Justice also explores the question of who has produced and controlled knowledge about women’s reproductive health and decisions.

This exhibit showcases materials from the rich and extensive holdings at the Bentley Historical Library, Joseph A. Labadie Collection, Hatcher Graduate Library Special Collections, Taubman Health Sciences Library, and the Law Library. Produced and curated by an inter-campus exhibit team, Birthing Reproductive Justice illustrates the stakes — of physical health, mental health, human dignity, and community empowerment — associated with reproductive justice and suggests that research and advocacy can work together.

Check out this fantastic exhibit online today and learn more about the history of reproductive justice!

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Mayor’s Green Fair

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What: The 13th annual Mayor’s Green Fair will be open to pedestrians for free entertainment and over 150 exhibits with local environmental information and  hands-on activities for youth.

When: Friday, June 14th from 6-9 PM

Where: Downtown Ann Arbor, Main Street

Who: Over 150 exhibitors with resources on green commuting, clean energy, and other environmental concerns will be at the fair to share information! Plus, there will be activities for kids! Click here for a full list of the exhibitors.

Why: Learn more about living green while in Ann Arbor and have an educational and fun night out on the town!

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Take a Hike! No, Really!

Spring Break officially starts tomorrow for University of Michigan students. Yes-siree. Spring BREAK.

So ready to sleep in on Saturday morning, right?By: uncle.capung

So ready to sleep in on Saturday morning, right?
By: uncle.capung

But, just because you are on break doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stay active! For those of you staying in Michigan, check out some of the awesome activities listed below:

Staying in Ann Arbor?

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Michigan-wide fun?

  • Find Michigan Parks and Trails to travel on the Michigan DNR Website
  • Pop on some skis and enjoy either downhill fun or cross-country trails!
  • Pick up some produce and Michigan goods at one of the many state-wide farmer’s markets!

Enjoy your break!

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5 W Wednesday: Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Guide


By: Fort Wainwright Public Affairs Office

What: The Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Guide for Fall/Winter 2012-2013 is the one stop shop to find out about parks and recreation opportunities in Ann Arbor. Volunteer opportunities, ice rinks, parks, golf courses, local pools, special events, farmer’s markets and the Leslie Science Center are just a few of the resources that are covered in the guide. The guide covers activities for all ages that will be happening in the fall and winter of 2012/2013.

Why: As the weather gets colder, it is important to find ways to stay active. The Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Guide provides information on a variety of opportunities to get active, give back to the community and enjoy the outdoors!

Where: This map has the locations and contact information of just a few of the wonderful resources the guide offers

Who: The guide is created by the Parks and Recreation Service Unit of the City of Ann Arbor. You can follow them on Twitter or Facebook or visit their website to sign up for mailing updates.

When: Make a plan with family and friends today to go visit one (or more!) of the wonderful parks resources!

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5W Wednesday: Yoga for Breast Cancer

Our 5W Wednesday series highlights a variety of health care organizations, professionals and programs that keep our community healthy.

What is the new program?
The Cancer Support Community is pleased to announce a new weekly yoga program designed specifically for women affected by breast cancer.

Why is CSC offering this program?
Studies have shown that yoga in women with breast cancer:

  • Prevents and manages fatigue and insomnia related to cancer treatment.
  • Decreases anxiety and depression and improves mood.
  • Builds muscle tone and mass.
  • Boosts the immune system.

Who is this class for?
This class is for all breast cancer survivors. No experience needed. All equipment provided.  Join anytime by calling 734-975-2500.

When are the classes?
Monday evenings from 5-6 pm at our center in Ann Arbor for this free ongoing class. The first class will be held 5/7/12.

Where are the classes?
All classes are held at the Cancer Support Community located at 2010 Hogback Road, Suite 3, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. (Map.) For more information visit www.cancersupportannarbor.org.

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5W Wednesday: Depression on College Campuses

What is the Depression on College Campuses Conference?
The 10th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference (DoCC) is presented by the U-M Depression Center, in partnership with schools and colleges of the University of Michigan. The theme of this year’s conference, is “Depression on College Campuses: Integrating Prevention, Resilience, and Positive Mental Health,” and asks how campus mental health missions can be reframed to include prevention of depression through a focus on student strengths. The conference will review recent research and practical advances in understanding of depressive illnesses in young adults in order to provide conference attendees with best practices for prevention and intervention methods to address depressive illnesses among college students, knowledge of effective prevention and wellness maintenance strategies for college students, and outreach models to reach students with or at risk of developing a depressive illness.

Keynote presentations include “Love is Louder: Building Connectedness and Resiliency on College Campuses,” presented by Brittany Snow, Actress and Founder of Love is Louder and Courtney Knowles, Director, Love is Louder, The Jed Foundation. Conference sessions include (but are not limited to) topics related to the unique needs of service members and veterans on campus, students with bipolar disorder, and students in the arts; online courses that promote personal wellness, stigma and service utilization, and transforming residence halls into supportive communities; as well as promoting resilience and strengths, the specific needs of first-year students, and engaging parents to support student resilience. Click here to see the full conference agenda.
Why is this conference topic important?
Depressive illnesses amongst college students is an urgent public health problem, and emphasis must be placed on early detection, intervention, and prevention in order to prevent the progression, chronicity, recurrence, and burden of depression. The American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment, a nationwide survey of college students, found in 2009 that nearly 30% of college students reported feeling “so depressed that it was difficult to function” at some time in the past year. Depression has serious implications for college students. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression can affect academic performance. Depressed college students are more likely to smoke than non-depressed college students. Although research has shown depressed students do not necessarily drink alcohol more heavily than non-depressed students, those with depression are more likely to get drunk and experience problems related to alcohol abuse. Students with depression may self-medicate with street drugs, and depression is a major risk factor for suicide.
*Information on depression in college students was taken from the National Institute for Mental Health.
Who should attend?
The conference is targeted to a broad audience including psychologists, physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, counselors, university leaders, administrators, faculty, resident advisors and other students, educational specialists, and parents. Conference registration is FREE for students from any campus. Registration fee for non-students is $130 before February 1, 2012 and $145 after February 1.
Click here for information about Continuing Education Credits available for variety of health professionals, including physicians, psychologists, social workers, certified counselors, and certified health education specialists.
Call for proposals. Proposals for scientific or artistic posters about a research study or model program at your university related to the conference theme, “Depression on College Campuses: Integrating Prevention, Resilience, and Positive Mental Health,” are welcome until February 3, 2012. For more information visit “Sharing Best Practices: Call for Proposals.”
Where is DoCC?
The conference will take place at the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School at 915 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI. (Map.)
When is the conference?
The Depression on College Campuses conference will be held on March 7-8, 2011. The conference agenda runs from 12:30pm to 6:15pm on Wednesday March 7 and from 8:30am to 4:00pm on Thursday March 8.
Questions about the conference?
Contact Trish Meyer, Depression Center Program Manager for Outreach & Education, at 734.763.7495 or meyerpa@umich.edu.

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5W Wednesday: Exhibit – EPIDEMIC: TB in the Global Community

Our 5W Wednesday series highlights a variety of health care organizations, professionals and programs that keep our community healthy.

What is the exhibit?
EPIDEMIC: TB in the Global Community is a photography exhibit that shows how tuberculosis affects people’s lives. The photographs focus on South Africa’s gold mining population; the slums of Mumbia, India; and Moldova’s prison population – all areas of particularly high TB incidence. This interactive WHO map shows the incidence of TB around the globe.

The photography and multimedia reports have been developed into a free online education program, accessible at www.tbepidemic.org. This interactive website functions as a stand alone teaching tool for anyone who wants to learn more about TB, the challenges it presents to individuals and communities, and the potential solutions to those challenges. The website has downloadable lesson plans for a variety of high school level classes. This project is a joint collaboration between photographer David Rochkind and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and is supported by the Lilly Multi Drug Resistant-TB Partnership.

Who is the artist?
David Rochkind is an award winning photographer who has traveled the world to document tuberculosis in the communities that are most affected by the disease. Mr. Rochkind is an alum of U-M! He graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A in Sociology and speaks fluent Spanish. His work has been honored by numerous organizations, including Photo District News‘ “30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch,” Images to Stop TB Award 2009, Magenta Foundation, NPPA Best of Photography and the Anthropographia Award for Human Rights and Photography.

Why do folks need to know about TB?
Facts about TB:

  • TB is a Worldwide pandemic
  • One third of the World’s population is infected with the microbes that cause TB
  • 9 million people become ill with TB every year
  • TB can be cured with medication, but untreated it can kill
  • Typical treatment takes six months and can cost as little as $20
  • 2 million people die from TB every year; 3 people every minute
  • TB is the number four cause of death of women worldwide
  • TB is a leading killer of people with HIV
  • Visit MedlinePlus to learn more!

Where is the exhibit displayed?
You can see EPIDEMIC: TB in the Global Community in the Art Lounge at the Michigan Union. The Michigan Union is located at 530 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI. The Art Lounge is located on the first floor of the Union, on the south side of the building, adjacent to the Campus Information Center.

When will it be there?
The exhibit is on display currently and will remain on display through December 9, 2011. The Art Lounge is open Monday – Saturday 7:00am to 2:00am and Sunday 9:00am to 2:00am. Admission is FREE and open to the public!

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