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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September 2017

Growing Protocols: Documenting the Collaborative Process within the Heritage Seeds for Sustainable Lifeways Project

September 29 @ 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 Elspeth Geiger, PhD candidate, Anthropology Friday, September 29 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, UM Museum of Art auditorium   Growing Protocols: Documenting the Collaborative Process within the Heritage Seeds for Sustainable Lifeways Project Collaboration between museums and Native American communities has…

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October 2017

Exhibition – Excavating Archaeology at U-M: 1817‐2017

October 18, 2017 @ 9:00 am - May 27, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 434 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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This exhibition explores the history of archaeology and museums at the University of Michigan for the past 200 years and looks forward to the future of archaeology and museums at Michigan in the coming century. The exhibition relies on carefully chosen objects, archival documents…

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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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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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November 2017

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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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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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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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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Abstract coming soon! Museum conversation between: Robert Grese - Director, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum; Professor and Theodore Roosevelt Chair in Ecosystem Management, School for Environment and Sustainability Kathleen Socolofsky - Director, University of California, Davis, Arboretum and Public Garden; Assistant Vice Chancellor,…

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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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December 2017

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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Abstract coming soon! Museum conversation between: Amy Harris - Director, University of Michigan Museum of Natural History Julie Stein - Executive Director, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, and Professor of Anthropology, University of Washington   Co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Bicentennial

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