Public programs facilitate dialogue between academics and professionals, informing scholarship and strengthening practice.

Multiple day conferences, year-long colloquia, individual lectures, “conversations” between individuals, hands-on workshops, and Museums at Noon talks featuring our graduate students all contribute to the remarkable richness of MSP offerings.

Video recordings of many MSP lectures are archived for viewing in our Media Gallery.

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October 2017

Object Lessons: Recollecting Museum Histories at Michigan

October 13 @ 9:00 am - December 30 @ 5:00 pm

Curated by Kerstin Barndt in collaboration with Richard Barnes and Amanda Krugliak, with original commissioned artwork by Richard Barnes The history of the modern research university is unthinkable without collecting. At the University Michigan, the first objects brought to campus in the late 1830s…

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Exhibition – Excavating Archaeology at U-M: 1817‐2017

October 18, 2017 @ 9:00 am - May 27, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 434 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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This exhibition explores the history of archaeology and museums at the University of Michigan for the past 200 years and looks forward to the future of archaeology and museums at Michigan in the coming century. The exhibition relies on carefully chosen objects, archival documents…

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University Natural History Museums: Portals of Discovery in the Anthropocene

October 24 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Rackham Graduate School, 915 E. Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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A conversation between: James Hanken - Director, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University Diarmaid O Foighil - Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, U-M   Many of the world's great universities have natural history museums founded in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.…

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November 2017

Curatorial Dilemmas: Representing Africa at UMMA with Pamela McClusky

November 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
U-M Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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A series of talks by leading curators and thinkers in African art will launch a reimagining process for the forthcoming reinstallation of the University of Michigan Museum of Art’s Robert and Lillian Montalto Bohlen Gallery of African Art. Pamela McClusky, Curator of African and Oceanic Art, Seattle Art Museum, will…

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What Happens When a Museum Is Something Other than a Museum?

November 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presentation by Zachary Kopin, PhD, History Friday, November 3 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, UM Museum of Art auditorium   What Happens When a Museum Is Something Other than a Museum? Constitution Hill was once a notorious prison in colonial and apartheid South…

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Narrative and Nationalism: Islamic Science in American Museum Practice

November 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presentation by Amanda Respess, PhD candidate, Anthropology and History Friday,  November 17 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, UM Museum of Art auditorium   Narrative and Nationalism: Islamic Science in American Museum Practice Artifacts important to the history of science in Islamicate societies occupy…

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Learning by Leading: A New Model for Expanding Museum Impact

November 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
U-M Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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A conversation between: Kathleen Socolofsky - Director, Arboretum and Public Garden, University of California, Davis Bob Grese - Director, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, U-M   During this time of immense and sometimes disorienting change, museums are perfectly positioned to step into new…

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Curatorial Dilemmas: Representing Africa at UMMA with Christa Clarke

November 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A series of talks by leading curators and thinkers in African art will launch a reimagining process for the forthcoming reinstallation of the University of Michigan Museum of Art’s Robert and Lillian Montalto Bohlen Gallery of African Art. Christa Clarke, Senior Curator Arts of Global Africa, Newark Museum, will…

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December 2017

Time to Evolve:  The histories and futures of two university natural history museums 

December 5 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
U-M Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Abstract coming soon! Museum conversation between: Julie Stein - Executive Director, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington Amy Harris - Director, Museum of Natural History, U-M   Co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Bicentennial

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Digital Aspirations: The Design of an Online Exhibit at a Site of Conscience in Nicaragua

December 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presentation by Allan Martell, PhD candidate, Information Friday, December 8 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, UM Museum of Art auditorium   Digital Aspirations: The Design of an Online Exhibit at a Site of Conscience in Nicaragua Sites of conscience serve the public by…

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