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 some MSP lectures are archived for viewing in our Media Gallery.

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September 2018

Expansive Realities: A Longer History of the “Virtual” in Art, Architecture, and Visual Culture

September 29 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
U-M Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Keynote speaker: Kristina Kleutghen, David. W. Mesker Associate Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Chinese Art and Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis The History of Art Department at the University of Michigan presents graduate student presentations for its biannual Graduate Symposium, Expansive Realities:…

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EIHS Symposium: Museum Stories: The Ethics of Collecting

September 14 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Tisch Hall, 435 State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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What constitutes rightful ownership of cultural objects? The unprecedented looting of modern wars as well as various protest movements have spawned international regulations, declarations, and efforts that offer guidance in this regard. The extant framework, however, falls short of exhausting the ethical problems raised…

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May 2018

Curator Talk – Excavating Archaeology at UM: 1817 – 2017

May 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 434 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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Join the curators of "Excavating Archaeology @ UM: 1817-2017," Terry Wilfong and Carla Sinopoli, for a public tour of the exhibition at the University of Michigan's Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. This exhibition explores the history of archaeology and museums at the University of Michigan…

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American History Workshop – Constructing America: Identities, Infrastructure and Institutions

May 5 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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In whose image is America constructed? What does "America" mean? In what ways has the world constructed America, just as America has shaped itself? The American History Workshop invites you to join us in considering these and other questions at our annual graduate student…

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American History Workshop – Constructing America: Identities, Infrastructure and Institutions

May 4 @ 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
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In whose image is America constructed? What does "America" mean? In what ways has the world constructed America, just as America has shaped itself? The American History Workshop invites you to join us in considering these and other questions at our annual graduate student…

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April 2018

MSP17 Student Capstone Presentations

April 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Haven Hall, Eldersveld Room, 505 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, 48109
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Presentations for this evening are as follows: 6:00 pm "Applewood Estate and North Flint: Historic Preservation and Community Revitalization" Presented by Onyx Henry, Christopher Mulvey, Katie Stadtmiller Host institution:  Applewood Estate Project challenge:  Creating a resource guide to assist Applewood Estate in taking the…

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MSP17 Student Capstone Presentations

April 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Haven Hall, Eldersveld Room, 505 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, 48109
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Presentations for this evening are as follows: 6:00 pm "Building Bridges: Diversifying Audience at the Mott-Warsh Collection" Presented by Stephanie Brown, Isabelle Gillet, and Colin Walker Host institution:  Mott-Warsh Collection Project challenge:  Finding ways to help a contemporary African American art gallery to reach…

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March 2018

What Do Curators Know?

March 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Michigan League Ann Arbor, MI, + Google Map

Tuesday, March 27 at 6:30 pm Michigan League (Michigan Room) Presentation by Steven Lubar Professor of American Studies, History of Art and Architecture, and History, Brown University and Museum Studies Program Visiting Scholar Curators are experts on an astonishing range of topics. But what else…

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The Challenges and Opportunities of Exhibiting Asian Art in the 21st Century: A View from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

March 22 @ 2:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Michigan Union, 530 S. State Streeet
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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The Challenges and Opportunities of Exhibiting Asian Art in the 21st Century: A View from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Presented by Anna Slaczka, Curator of Asian Art, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. March 22 at 2:30, Michigan Union, Wolverine Room. Presented by the UM History of Art, and co-sponsored by the…

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February 2018

Historic House Museums workshop

February 16 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Michigan League Ann Arbor, MI, + Google Map

The morning session of this workshop is free and open to the public.  The afternoon visit to Fair Lane Estate, however, is limited to 40 people and is fully registered. House museums have been a mainstay of the American museum landscape for generations.  The…

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