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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March 2017

Aspiration/Obligation?  Imagining Intellectual Freedom in Museums

March 17 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Rackham Graduate School,
915 E. Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Aspiration/Obligation?  Imagining Intellectual Freedom in Museums How Do Museums Respond to Public Challenges to Their Exhibitions? What Would a National “Bill of Rights” for Museum Visitors Look Like? Should Museums Limit Access to Potentially Controversial Materials? Since the 1930s, American libraries have organized their…

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Art for Sale? Public Trust, Public Debt: The Detroit Institute of Arts and the City of Detroit Bankruptcy

March 21 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In the two years since the City of Detroit came out of bankruptcy, it has not been uncommon to read in mainstream media and the blogosphere “how close the city of Detroit came to selling its art collection.”  Such was never the case and,…

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The Smithsonian Institution and the Making of the American Nonprofit Sector

March 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

When Englishman James Smithson left $500,000 to the United States of America to establish the Smithsonian Institution in 1829, he improbably forced the United States Congress to design America's first national benevolent institution. This talk will address how Congress came to a decision about…

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Detroit 67: Looking Back to Move Forward – Community Engagement at the Detroit Historical Society

March 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 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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  In 2015, Detroit Historical Society began a multi-year community engagement project to commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the civil unrest of July 1967. Called Detroit 67: Looking Back to Move Forward, the project’s purpose is to bring together diverse voices and communities…

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