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The Center for Southeast Asian Studies organizes and sponsors a number of events such as lectures, film screening, workshops, symposia, conferences, exhibits, and performances throughout the year.  Several of these events are in collaboration with other U-M units, and are often free and open to the public. To see what we have planned for this semester, please visit our 2020 Lecture Series page.

II Graduate Student Workshop. DEI Hack: How to Read a Book Strategically

Samer Ali, CMENAS and GISC director
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
1:00-3:00 PM
Please RSVP in advance at

The typical academic reading load is a book per week in graduate seminars, but how does one manage with multiple courses and seminars, along with other life responsibilities?
Join Prof. Samer Ali (CMENAS and GISC Director) and the International Institute in this DEI workshop to learn how to read a book strategically and increase analytical engagement.

We will begin with a hard look at the implicit barriers of bigotry, class, gender, and race that have accrued over centuries of western higher education, which the DEI initiative seeks to redress and dismantle. Samer Ali will present concrete hacks to level the playing field, in accordance with the priorities of Title IV and IX of the U.S. Department of Education. By reading strategically, one can actually read and engage (and write) proactively at a deeper structural level than the passive reader. This is a hands-on workshop; bring a scholarly book for practice.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Link:
Event Type: Workshop / Seminar
Tags: Dei, Graduate, Graduate Students, international institute, Virtual, Workshop, Writing
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