CREATING A COMMUNITY
ENGAGEMENT CONSORTIUM

What is the Third Century Initiative?
As U-M prepares to celebrate its bicentennial in 2017, the Third Century Initiative has been established to inspire innovative programs that enhance the student learning experience and develop creative approaches to the world’s greatest challenges.
THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

COMMON READING EXPERIENCE

What is the Third Century Initiative?
As U-M prepares to celebrate its bicentennial in 2017, the Third Century Initiative has been established to inspire innovative programs that enhance the student learning experience and develop creative approaches to the world’s greatest challenges.
TRANSFORMING VIOLENCE AND CONFLICT INTO

HOPE AND INNOVATION

What is the Third Century Initiative?
As U-M prepares to celebrate its bicentennial in 2017, the Third Century Initiative has been established to inspire innovative programs that enhance the student learning experience and develop creative approaches to the world’s greatest challenges.
THE LIBERATING LENS

JEWISH PHOTOGRAPHERS
PICTURE THE MODERN WORLD

What is the Third Century Initiative?
As U-M prepares to celebrate its bicentennial in 2017, the Third Century Initiative has been established to inspire innovative programs that enhance the student learning experience and develop creative approaches to the world’s greatest challenges.
What is the Third Century Initiative?
As U-M prepares to celebrate its bicentennial in 2017, the Third Century Initiative has been established to inspire and fund innovative programs that intensify learning experiences while addressing global challenges into our third century.

TAKING ON GLOBAL CHALLENGES

Many of the most pressing problems facing our region, nation and world are highly complicated and require expertise from multiple perspectives. Given the university’s long-standing commitment to the public good, combined with our breadth and depth of expertise across the institution, faculty and students are uniquely positioned to collaboratively take on these challenges. Our goal is to have a lasting and positive impact on the world. Funded Projects

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INTENSIFYING LEARNING EXPERIENCES

In order to prepare our students for the ever-changing world of the future, the university must enhance its traditional strength in educating students so that they have broad knowledge, specialized training in at least one field, critical thinking skills, appreciation of the arts and humanities, understanding of the scientific method and the role of science, and quantitative reasoning and numeracy. Our goal is to intensify action-based and innovative educational experiences that expose students to the complexity and volatility that they will face when they leave the university. Funded Projects

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CREATING A COMMUNITY
ENGAGEMENT CONSORTIUM

TRANSFORMING STUDENT LEARNING

Each year thousands of students, staff and faculty from Michigan universities conduct research, provide expertise and supply person power to partner with community organizations throughout the state. In doing so they tackle such issues as poverty, unemployment, educational quality, health disparities and sustainability.

The wins from these relationships: Students gain valuable research and educational experience. Faculty conduct interesting research that could lead to important answers for solving societal problems. Organizations are helped to fulfill their core missions of improving community life for residents. MORE

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THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING
COMMON READING EXPERIENCE

TRANSFORMING STUDENT LEARNING

Through a Transforming Learning for a Third Century Quick Wins grant, the University of Michigan College of Engineering (CoE) was able to start a Common Reading Experience for all incoming firstyear engineering students during the 201314 academic year. This initiative is contributing to the integration of the Michigan Engineering Plus philosophy at the college by emphasizing engaged learning experiences for students. It is also providing an important opportunity to facilitate meaningful discussions about the role of engineers in the 21st Century. MORE

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TRANSFORMING VIOLENCE AND
CONFLICT INTO HOPE AND INNOVATION

TAKING ON GLOBAL CHALLENGES

It all started when U-M Wallenberg Medal winner Dr. Denis Mukwege gave his lecture in fall 2010. Dr. Mukwege, who has treated tens of thousands of rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), challenged members of the university community to help end the ongoing, brutal and systematic use of rape as a tool of war in the DRC and worldwide, and to apply its collective expertise to develop interventions for the medical, psychological and social needs of survivors in post-conflict environments. MORE

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THE LIBERATING LENS:
JEWISH PHOTOGRAPHERS PICTURE THE MODERN WORLD

TRANSFORMING STUDENT LEARNING

This project introduces students to transmedia storytelling—telling a single story across multiple platforms to create synchronized content—on Jewish photographers and their transformative visions of American society. It incorporates new media production-based learning into an interactive, experiential and thematically driven course: The Liberating Lens: Jewish Photographers Picture the Modern World. MORE