A lawsuit filed by a member of Beth Israel Congregation, an Ann Arbor synagogue, claims that anti-Israel protesters have harassed worshippers outside the building for over 16 years, and their harassment could be curtailed without violating free-speech protections. The suit, filed on behalf of Beth Israel member Marvin Gerber, names as defendants protester Henry Herskovitz and two organizations that he founded, as well as Ann Arbor city leaders, including Mayor Christopher Taylor. The city claims that no action can be taken against the protesters due to the first amendment. At the same time, Gerber’s lawsuit argues that their particularly provocative harassment could warrant restrictions without violating constitutional protections.
We human beings are a storytelling species. Our social institutions— religious, legal and cultural— are based on narratives that may be fanciful or fact-based or influenced by precedent. But they are also ever-evolving. Throughout the winter and spring of 2020, Courtney McClellan, this year’s Roman J. Witt Artist in Residence at the University of Michigan
Propelling their new season into uncharted waters For many couples, the mere prospect of parenthood is daunting enough without the weight of the world bearing down on our backs. Yet as we take our first tentative steps into 2020, Australia is in flames, the U.K. is split down the middle by Brexit, and the sound
Thirty Years and Counting Jordan Stanton’s Impulse Ann Arbor documentary chronicles the techno music scene via MEMCO (Michigan Electronic Music Collective)— a university-affiliated group of student DJs, promoters, fans, and dancers. This DIY collective has roots that can be traced to 1980s Detroit. It’s a wonder to see how this music has evolved and thrived
Intimate and epic Americana to the Ark The three brothers of Brother Elsey are looking forward to the intimacy within The Ark. Brady, Beau, and Jack Stablein have been recording and performing a rousing blend of Americana and neo-country ballads for several years now, layering songs with evocative sheens of reverb, swelling harmonies, and road