Lecture Series

 “Take on Hate: Silence is Not an Option” on Feb. 2

Rashida Tlaib

Rashida Tlaib

Rashida Tlaib (pronounced ta-LEEB), the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature, will deliver the next MCC 2016-17 Lecture Series talk, entitled “Take on Hate: Silence is Not an Option,” on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. in Stevenson Center Room 1100. The event is free and open to the public.

Tlaib is an advisor to the Campaign to TAKE ON HATE, a racial justice movement to prevent the increase of hate crimes. Led by the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), a project of ACCESS, TAKE ON HATE challenges our country’s growing and accepted discrimination against Arab and Muslim Americans by inspiring a positive perception of Arab and Muslim Americans, including Arab and Muslim refugees, creating systematic policy changes at the national and local levels, and building greater capacity for this community as a whole.

Currently, Tlaib is the community partnerships and development director at the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice.

In 2009, she became the first Muslim-American woman to serve in the Michigan Legislature and only the second Muslim woman in history to be elected to any state legislature in America. Politically, her legacy is largely her accomplishments fighting budget battles and shaping legislation on numerous social justice issues. For Tlaib’s constituents, her legacy centers on her creation of a neighborhood service center, which provided direct advocacy on issues and anti-poverty services to thousands of people.

The first to attend college in her family, Tlaib received her bachelor’s in political science from Wayne State University and her law degree from Thomas Cooley Law School. She lives in Southwest Detroit with her family.

For more information on the event, contact Andy Wible, MCC philosophy instructor and coordinator of the MCC Lecture Series, at (231) 777-0626.

2016-17 Lectures

“Mindfulness: Practice and Benefits”
Dat Pham, PharmD, CDM
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m.
Stevenson Center Room 1100

“Indian Children in American History”
Matthew Fletcher
Thursday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.
Stevenson Center Room 1100

A Look Back at 2015-16 Lecture Series Talks:

Ancient Rome and Human Sacrifice: Dr. Celia Schultz. A University of Michigan faculty member since 2010 after teaching at Johns Hopkins and Yale University, Schulz spoke on Jan. 28 about her primary research and teaching interests – Roman religion and the history and literature of the Roman Republic. She has written two books, co-authored two volumes, and co-edits a monograph series on the subject areas.

The Importance of Myth: A Panel Discussion The MCC 2015-16 Lecture Series kicked off with “The Importance of Myth” on Thursday, Oct. 29,  in Stevenson Center Room 1100. The group explored various areas. What is myth? Why is it used? When is it used best? Should it be avoided?

The panelists were: Andy Wible, Instructor of Philosophy at MCC; Michael Johnson, Instructor of English (Teaches a mythology course); Alfredo Hernandez, Instructor of World Religions; and Bill Utrecht, Pastor at First Evangelical Lutheran Church.