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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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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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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