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.

Museums and their Communities: Curatorial Practices in Germany and the US

Online via Zoom

Museums and their Communities: Curatorial Practices in Germany and the US Panelists: Angela Jannelli, Historical Museum of Frankfurt Adam Levine, Toledo Museum of Art Samir Meghelli, Smithsonian Institution, Anacostia Community Museum How do museums engage with local communities? This panel offers first-hand experience with...

Accessibility and Museums: Creating Inclusive Experiences

Online via Zoom

Over the past decade, the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) has promoted accessible methods in museum operations from collections management to exhibition design.  The UM Museum Studies Program is pleased to share in this important conversation regarding audience engagement with this session on accessibility...

MSP Student Engagement Board kick-off meeting

Online via Zoom

As we navigate the start of this new academic year, we are excited to share an important new initiative here at the Museum Studies Program. We are launching an MSP student engagement board (name TBD!)! Run by students and for students, we imagine the...

Nji Kchi-Nshinaabe’baniik Gdish-Chigemi Wi (We Do This for the Ancestors): The Basics of NAGPRA

Online via Zoom

When:  Friday, April 16th at 1:00pm Who:  Panelists: William Johnson - Ziibiwing Center of AnishinaabeCulture & Lifeways, Interim Director Veronica Pasfield - Bay Mills Indian Community NAGPRA Designee Amadeaus Scott - UMMAA NAGPRA Collections Manager Where:  Register/Webinar link can be found at:   The Native American Graves Protection...

Reforming Remembrance

Online via Zoom

Tuesday, April 13th 2021 at 1:00pm EST.  Zoom link: Dutch artist Hans van Houwelingen will reflect on his ongoing research on commemorative monuments. Apart from the hardware of monuments, he explores how to reform the practice of commemoration itself. Van Houwelingen and the Indonesian artist Iswanto...

MSP20 Capstone Presentations

Online via Zoom

MSP20 students will share their capstone project experiences with this year's host sites.  Presentations for this evening are as follows:   6:00 pm - The Belle Isle Aquarium: A Site of Living Detroit History Presented by Richard Bachmann, Barbara Caballero, Heidi Hilliker Host site: ...

Terribly Close: Polish Vernacular Artists Face the Holocaust

Online via Zoom

Presentation by Erica Lehrer, Concordia University Can inanimate objects store and communicate traumatic memory that cannot be directly expressed? This talk examines 'folk art' made by non-professional Polish artists – many of them village laborers – documenting the German Nazi occupation of Poland and...

Colonial Archives and Decolonial Museology – Panel 1

Online via Zoom

In this series of two webinars, we inquire into the University of Michigan’s archives, museums, visual and living collections to ask how they are implicated in the violent histories of settler colonialism in the United States and US colonialist rule over the Philippines. How...