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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December 2018

Museums as Sites of Healing: Empathy, Repair, and Critical Reflection

December 7 @ 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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What are the ethical responsibilities of university museums when our local communities face profound crises and occasions of injustice? How might we foster compassion and promote conversations that can build enduring community bonds, while honoring our academic commitments to promoting critical analysis and stewardship…

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October 2018

African Art in Museums: Ethical Quandaries

October 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

"Where do you think your ancestors got these?" asks Eric Killmonger in the recent Black Panther film. Join us for a discussion facilitated by African Art Historian Ray Silverman with curators, activists and scholars Nii Quarcoopome (Detroit Institute of Arts), Sylvester Ogbechie (UC Santa Barbara), and Monica Udvardy (University…

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Using Racist Memorabilia to Teach Tolerance and Promote Social Justice: the Case of the Jim Crow Museum

October 23 @ 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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The Jim Crow Museum is the nation’s largest publicly accessible collection of racist artifacts. Located on the campus of Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, the museum houses more than 12,000 objects—primarily, but not exclusively, segregation era artifacts and everyday anti-black caricatured objects.…

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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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August 2018

Beyond Borders: Global Africa

August 11 @ 8:00 am - November 25 @ 5:00 pm

More than ever in the era of globalization, ideas traverse geographic, generational, and cultural boundaries, even as national borders seem to be closing. Beyond Borders: Global Africa reflects on this moment by considering how Africa and its artists have been at the center of complex histories…

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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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