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 “brown bag” 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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August 2016

Less than Perfect exhibition

August 26, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology,
434 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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Location:  Kelsey Museum of Archaeology In our society, we are taught to strive for and expect perfection. Yet throughout our lives, we learn as much or more from our flaws and failures as we do from our successes. Less Than Perfect celebrates failure and the lessons…

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October 2016

Taking a Look in the Mirror: Transformative Change within Museums

October 4 @ 6:30 pm
U-M Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium,
525 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Location:  University of Michigan Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium Museums do not exist in a vacuum. The external environment around museums is in a state of constant change. Yet, it seems as though museums continue to approach diversity and inclusion work through community…

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Tactics for the Anthropocene: Not an Alternative

October 13 @ 5:10 pm
Michigan Theater,
603 E. Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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Location:  Michigan Theater (603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor) Not An Alternative is a NY-based collective that works at the intersection of art, activism, and critical theory. Its mission is to affect popular understandings of histories, symbols, and institutions through the occupation…

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Supporting Youth through Environmental Education: Teaching, Learning, and Design at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens

October 21 @ 12:00 pm
University of Michigan Museum of Art, First Floor, Multi-Purpose Room,
525 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Efforts to enhance the scientific capacity of youth often target schools and focus on reforming the existing science curriculum. An often overlooked and underestimated venue for science teaching, learning, and design are out-of-school settings. Everyday experiences in these settings can support science learning for…

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November 2016

What if? Demand the Impossible. On Museums and the Struggle for Social Justice

November 1 @ 6:30 pm
U-M Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium,
525 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Location:  University of Michigan Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium Lisa Yun Lee will give a presentation as part of our Museums and Social Justice series.  Lisa is the Director at the School of Art and Art History and Visiting Curator at the Hull…

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FAILURE:LAB

November 3 @ 5:30 pm
U-M Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium,
525 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Location:  University of Michigan Museum of Art, Apse FAILURE:LAB provides a great opportunity to come together with members of your community and crush the stigma of failure. FAILURE:LAB is filled with storytellers and entertainers recounting their most memorable brush with failure. The audience is…

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Access and the Archive: The Role of Documents Projects in a Digital Age

November 18 @ 12:00 pm
University of Michigan Museum of Art, First Floor, Multi-Purpose Room,
525 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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This brown bag will examine my practicum experience working with the Documents Projectat the International Center for Art of the Americas (ICAA) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The ICAA is the research institute arm of the Latin American Art Curatorial Department, headed…

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December 2016

Inclusion Requires Fracturing

December 6 @ 6:30 pm
U-M Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium,
525 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Location:  University of Michigan Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium As museums strive to serve broad, every-diversifying publics, it is no longer possible to deny the ways museums mirror and reinforce racial, cultural, and class inequities of the broader society. Skillful racial and cultural…

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Specimen Backlogs in the Age of Digitization: Strategies for Shedding Light on “Dark Data” Before They Become Black Holes

December 9 @ 12:00 pm

Millions of specimens and their associated data are housed in museum collections, but only a small fraction of these are readily accessible through electronic means. These are now being referred to as “dark data” after a  term coined in the business/IT community  for the…

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