U-M town hall to blend STEMM, humanities

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U-M will host a town hall meeting starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 28, at the Michigan League. The daylong event will be focused on ways in which the arts and humanities might be integrated into the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine.

The town hall will be led by the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).

A report, “The Integration of the Humanities of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education: Branches from the Same Tree,” released in May 2018 serves as the catalyst for this meeting. The two-year study found “that interdisciplinary integration leads to positive student outcomes,” Maryrose Flanigan, executive director at a2ru said.

The town hall will include an overview of the 2018 report given by Tom Rudin, NASEM’s director of the board on higher education and workforce, and discussion among the attendees.