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.
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…Find out more »
War, climate change, globalization, and economic development pose significant threats to the world’s natural and cultural heritage. Societies around the world share many of the same concerns, even as specific regions, countries, and communities face unique challenges. The symposium seeks to establish a dialogue…Find out more »
Alison Byrnes, a member of the 2006 MSP cohort, recently returned from seven years teaching in India, where she initiated a new Museum Studies Program. She will discuss museums in India through the lens of visuality. There is a mismatch between the cultural signals…Find out more »
The Museum Studies Program is proud to co-sponsor the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures 21st Charles F. Fraker conference. The two-day conference, The Image Reframed: Visions of Instability, will run from Friday, February 10 to Saturday, February 11. The conference will take place in the Michigan…Find out more »
The Museum Studies Program is proud to support a conference co-sponsored by the Departments of German and History of Art. The two-day conference, “Vagaries of Objectivity / Launen der Sachlichkeit” will run from Friday, January 27 to Saturday, January 28. The conference will take…Find out more »
The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience was founded in 1999 with the radical idea that historic sites had an obligation to draw a connection between the history of their sites and their contemporary implications. Today, we are more than 200 museums, historic sites,…Find out more »
Specimen Backlogs in the Age of Digitization: Strategies for Shedding Light on “Dark Data” before They Become Black Holes
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…Find out more »
Location: University of Michigan Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium As museums strive to serve broad, ever-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…Find out more »
This brown bag will examine my practicum experience working with the Documents Project at 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,…Find out more »
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…Find out more »