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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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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February 2017

Endangered Heritage conference

February 16 @ 4:00 pm - February 17 @ 4:30 pm

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…

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Visual Culture in India and the Museum

February 10 @ 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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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…

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The Image Reframed: Visions of Instability

February 10 @ 8:00 am - February 11 @ 3:00 pm

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…

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January 2017

Vagaries of Objectivity / Launen der Sachlichkeit

January 27 @ 1:00 pm - January 28 @ 6:00 pm
Rackham Graduate School, 915 E. Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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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…

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“History Compels Us to be Daring”: Sites of Conscience in Action Around the World

January 13 @ 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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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,…

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December 2016

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

December 9, 2016 @ 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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Inclusion Requires Fracturing

December 6, 2016 @ 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, 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…

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November 2016

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

November 18, 2016 @ 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 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,…

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FAILURE:LAB

November 3, 2016 @ 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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