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.

Less than Perfect exhibition

Kelsey Museum of Archaeology 434 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI

Location:  Kelsey Museum of Archaeology In our society, we are taught to strive for and expect perfection. Yet throughout our lives, we learn as much or more from our flaws and failures as we do from our successes. Less Than Perfect celebrates failure and the lessons...


U-M Museum of Art, Helmut Stern Auditorium 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI, United States

Location:  University of Michigan Museum of Art, Apse FAILURE:LAB provides a great opportunity to come together with members of your community and crush the stigma of failure. FAILURE:LAB is filled with storytellers and entertainers recounting their most memorable brush with failure. The audience is...

“Ancient Color” exhibit reception and opening lecture

Kelsey Museum of Archaeology 434 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI

Join us in a discussion about the study of pigments and dyes in the ancient world with archaeologist Hilary Becker (State University of New York), conservation scientist Greg Smith (Indianapolis Museum of Art), art historian Mark Abbe (Lamar Dodd School of Art @ University...

Kelsey Museum Flash Talk – In Search of Hamzeh Carr

Online via Zoom

In 1925, the University of Michigan's archaeological expedition to Egypt commissioned artist Hamzeh Carr to make facsimiles of the colorful murals they were discovering, and these images have been widely reproduced ever since. But who was Hamzeh Carr? In preparation for a future exhibition...