Museum Studies Program Blog

Oct 23 brown bag – Cell Block Seven Prison Museum

Cell Block Seven operates as a museum within an operating penitentiary and is dedicated to telling the story of the Michigan Department of Corrections.  This presentation will discuss the original goals for the museum, what has been learned in its first year of operation,...

DIA’s former director, Graham Beal, to receive honorary degree from UM

We congratulate Graham Beal, the recently retired director, president and chief executive officer of the Detroit Institute of Arts and currently the Hannah Visiting Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University for the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree that he will be receiving at Winter...

Oct 13 presentation – The “Calculated Frightfulness” of ISIS: Threats to Middle Eastern Cultural Heritage in Historical Perspective

Oct 13 at 6:30 pm, UMMA auditorium.  Geoffrey Emberling (UM Kelsey Museum) will contextualize the horrifying destruction of monuments and looting of sites and museums in the Middle East by the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS). He will discuss western responses to these actions, from government...

MSP faculty and alumni at MMA conference

  The annual Michigan Museums Association annual conference has come to a close, and many of our Museum Studies Program faculty and alumni participated throughout the event. A gallery of photos can be viewed here. A full schedule of events and presentations that took place...