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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February 2019

Dealing with Africa and African Things at the Ethnografiska Museet, Stockholm

February 15 @ 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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Date:  Friday, February 15 Time:  12:00 pm Location:  UM Museum of Art, Multi-Purpose Room (125) Presenter:  James Munene (PhD, Anthropology) Dealing with Africa and African Things at the Ethnografiska Museet, Stockholm The Ethnografiska Museet (Museum of Ethnography), Stockholm became part of the Swedish Museums of World…

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Career discussion luncheon

February 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Haven Hall, Eldersveld Room, 505 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, 48109
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Current students might be interested in attending the upcoming "How Did You Get Here?" Career Discussion Luncheon on Monday, February 11 from 12-1pm in Elderveld (5th Floor Heaven). This session will feature Dr. Heather Ann Thompson (History, DAAS, & Residential College) and Dr. Joseph Cialdella (Rackham Program for Public Scholarship and…

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Reception for prospective students – Feb 6

February 6 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Museum Studies Program invites students enrolled in any graduate program at the University of Michigan to apply for admission starting in Fall 2019. This multidisciplinary graduate certificate program draws on ideas from the arts, humanities, natural and social sciences, and technology and provides…

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January 2019

Student Late Night: Art in the Age of the Internet

January 24 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Thursday, January 24 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm UM Museum of Art   Organized by U-M students for U-M students, and inspired by the exhibition Art in the Age of the Internet, the 10th annual Student Late Night event at UMMA will be a fun-filled creative…

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Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series: Consolation, JuYeon Kim

January 23 @ 5:30 pm - January 24 @ 7:00 pm

Born in Seoul, South Korea, JuYeon Kim works and lives in New York. She has shown in both solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally including New York, Washington, DC, Shanghai, and Seoul. Additionally, Kim has been awarded several residencies such as MacDowell Colony, Kohler Arts…

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December 2018

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

December 7, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 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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