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.

Hopi R2-D2 and the Return of the Force: Star Wars and indigenous art

Haven Hall, Eldersveld Room 505 S. State Street, Ann Arbor

Hopi R2-D2 and the Return of the Force: Star Wars & indigenous art Speakers: Duane Koyawena (Artist, Curator) & Samantha Honanie (Visitor Experience Manager, Museum of Northern Arizona) Friday, February 16 at 12:00 pm Eldersveld Room, 5670 Haven Hall Join the Museum Studies Program...

Know Thyself: The Importance of Vision in Museum Leadership

University of Michigan Museum of Art

Presentation by Neil Barclay, President and CEO, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History February 20, at 5:30 pm, UM Museum of Art As museums grapple with the complexity of a social, political and economic change in the communities they serve, visionary leadership...

Application deadline

Applications for the Fall 2024 cohort are due by February 23, 2024.  Application information can be found here.

Unseen Connections: A Natural History of the Cellphone

Space 2435, School of Information 105 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI

Space 2435, UM North Quad (105 S. State Street) Presentation by Josh Bell, Curator of Globalization at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian and Museum Studies Program 2024 Visiting Scholar What is the role of anthropology in a natural history museum in the...

“Too Jewish or not Jewish Enough” book launch with author Jeffrey Abt

Frankel Center for Judaic Studies 202 S. Thayer Street, Ann Arbor, MI, United States

This is a celebration of Jeff Abt's newly published book "Too Jewish or not Jewish Enough: Ritual Objects and Avant-Garde Art at the Jewish Museum of New York" (2024).  Join the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies for a panel discussion of the new book...

Exhibit tour at UMMA – “A Gathering”

Join MSP for a guided tour of “A Gathering,” currently on display at UMMA. The works on view in this exhibition, all brought into the Museum between 2019 and the present, shows how institutions like UMMA are becoming more permeable to societal challenges, and more...

The Legacy of Art and the Nazis Before and After the Holocaust

Please join SHARE for its final evening of the 2024 Conference, for which we are excited to present University of Michigan History of Art Professor Shelley Perlove. Professor Perlove specializes in Italian and Dutch art of the seventeenth century. Her scholarly interests include art and...

The Museum as Kaleidoscope: On Plantations Past and Present in Louisiana

School of Information 105 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI, United States

3:00 - 4:15 pm Ehrlicher Room (3100 North Quad) and online. What do we see when we look at a museum? Jarrett Martin Drake will attempt a response to this question by carefully considering the Angola Museum outside of the Louisiana State Penitentiary. His...

MSP23 Capstone Presentations

Haven Hall, Eldersveld Room 505 S. State Street, Ann Arbor

Presentations for the evening are as follows: 5:00 pm "Community Neighborhood Preservation in Detroit: Tools and Strategies for Engagement in Walking Tours" Presented by Irma Guzman, Briana Kemmerling, Skyler Leslie, Leopoldo Martinez Challenge statement: To identify best practices for the management of a digital...