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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October 2017

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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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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Bicentennial book launch/panel discussion

September 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The book Object Lessons and the Formation of Knowledge: The University of Michigan Museums, Libraries, and Collections 1817–2017 presents a full color journey through the treasures of the University’s collections. A panel discussion with a focus on items from library collections will occur on Sept 26…

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Book Signing: Object Lessons and the Formation of Knowledge

September 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 434 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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Authors and UM professors Kerstin Barndt and Carla Sinopoli will be at the Kelsey Museum signing copies of their new book, 'Object Lessons & the Formation of Knowledge.' Learn about the dynamic history of the museums at the University of Michigan as part of the…

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April 2017

MSP16 Student Capstone Presentations – April 17

April 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Haven Hall, Eldersveld Room, 505 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, 48109
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Presentations at 6:00 and 7:00. Haven Hall, Eldersveld Room   Presentations for this evening are as follows: 6:00 pm:  Beyond the Stars: Re-imagining Space at MSU’s Abrams Planetarium Presented by Carolyn Clayton, Christina DiFabio, Rebecca Kon Host institution:  Abrams Planetarium (Michigan State University)  …

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MSP16 Student Capstone Presentations – April 12

April 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Haven Hall, Eldersveld Room, 505 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, 48109
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Haven Hall, Eldersveld Room Presentations for this evening are as follows: 6:00 pm:  Home Galleries and Dialogue: Re-contextualizing West African Art in the Toledo Museum of Art Presented by Timothy Hart, Mariane Stanev, Felix Zamora-Gomez Host institution:  Toledo Museum of Art   7:00 pm:…

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March 2017

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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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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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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