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Project 60/50 is Michigan State University‘s yearlong conversation about civil and human rights. 2014 is the 60th anniversary of the dismantling of segregation of public schools in 1954 and the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibiting discrimination in vital areas of life in America. The project links academic exploration and study with public remembrance.

“The goal of this project is to open the door to anyone who has an interest in discussing these issues who has a particular view,” MSU’s director of the Office of Inclusion Paulette Granberry Russell tells Jennifer Orlando on MSU Today. “People should be able to express their views and raise important issues in a way that’s respected, even where we may disagree.

“And if we’re really going to impact the lingering issues of civil or human rights, it will be through conversations.”

Granberry Russell believes MSU has tapped into a need for people to discuss these issues “in a way that allows them to speak their mind in a way and in a space that’s respected where you can say what’s on your mind without being judged and shut down. And we’re going to find a way to sustain these conversations.”

Project 60/50 has no political agenda. It advocates only for the equal exchange of ideas and offers opportunities that are inclusive, showcasing MSU’s many intellectual talents in respectful ways.

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