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What is a Teach-Out?

The Teach-Out series is inspired by historic Teach-Ins of the 1960s and '70s, where people came together with the goal of creating change.
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Today, we face issues that are complex, urgent and diversive. We live in a world that demands you not only to learn, but understand. We can’t understand the issues or each other without talking. It’s time for us to build on a new tradition of conversation, of coming together around society’s biggest issues. But today, we invite you to connect in a new way beyond our university walls in a free, global online event that anyone could attend. University of Michigan teach outs our learning events featuring videos from diverse experts, discussion with other participants, and ideas for actions that you can take in your own community. Experts are ready to start talking, to share what they know and to hear what you think.
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No matter where you stand, we invite you to share your perspectives with others and to listen to them in return. Together we can work to understand the past, question the present, and prepare for the future. A future that you will help define. Let’s get started.

Teach-Outs bring people from around the world together to learn about and address important topics in society. They are free and open online learning events where you’ll learn from diverse experts, discuss and connect with other participants, and consider actions you can take in your own community.

The Backstory

The Teach-Out series is inspired by historic Teach-Ins of the 1960s and ’70s, where people came to learn together and discuss important problems with the goal of creating change. The first Teach-In was in March, 1965. Rather than walking out of class for sit-ins (a form of protest), University of Michigan faculty and students held “Teach-Ins” where people discussed the Vietnam War for one full day and night.

The University of Michigan’s Teach Outs are licensed CC BY-SA, which allows you to freely share, adapt and build on the material as long as the University of Michigan is credited as the original creator of the work and any new uses are licensed under the same license.

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