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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December 2017

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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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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A 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   University natural history collections were central to the scientific enterprise in the 19th century. Today, these collections…

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November 2017

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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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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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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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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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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October 2017

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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The Museum Further Afield: Conservation, Art, and Archaeology

October 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
U-M Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Presentation by Suzanne Davis, Associate Curator, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. Friday, October 20 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, UM Museum of Art auditorium   The Museum Further Afield: Conservation, Art, and Archaeology When we think and talk about museums, we are often focused…

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Curatorial Dilemmas: Representing Africa at UMMA with Mary (Polly) Nooter-Roberts

October 19 @ 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. Mary (Polly) Nooter-Roberts, Professor of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA, will…

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