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Public Engagement

Students and members of the public line up outside the State Theater for the History Department's special screening of the movie "Selma," January 2015. (Photo by Anne Berg)

U-M History is committed to engagement with the campus community, the Southeastern Michigan region, and beyond. Most of our events—including scores of lectures, symposia, and workshops each term—are open to the public.

History faculty are frequently consulted to share their expertise in print, online, and broadcast media, and a number of faculty and graduate students bring their expertise to bear on public and scholarly issues through social media, whether by blogging, tweeting, or developing websites for a broad audience.

On this page, explore a small sampling of our commitment to sharing the importance of historical understanding with the broader public.

Collections

U-M Historical Health Films is a collection created and curated by Professor Martin Pernick.

Websites

Arabella Chapman Project:  A multi-year initiative that utilizes Chapman’s photo albums to explore the role of visual culture, especially photography, as a critical dimension of the everyday life and politics of black Americans at the end of the nineteenth century. Coordinated by undergraduate students in a DAAS-History-Women’s Studies course taught by Professor Martha S. Jones. 

Divestment for Humanity: The Anti-Apartheid Movement at the University of Michigan: Part of the Michigan in the World project, an undergraduate public history program exploring the history of U-M and its relationships with the wider world. This effort was led by Professor Matthew Lassiter.

Ending the Business of Injustice: Anti-Sweatshop Activism at the University of Michigan, 1999-2007: Part of the Michigan in the World project, an undergraduate public history program exploring the history of U-M and its relationships with the wider world. This effort was led by Professor Matthew Lassiter.

Mapping Slavery in Detroit: A Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) project to develop and explore the history of slavery in Detroit and its effect on the modern-day city. Coordinated by Professor Tiya Miles.

Reframing the Color Line: Race and the Visual Culture of the Atlantic World: This exhibit examines early constructions of race in visual culture and asks “what were the origins of racism’s visual vocabulary?” Co-curated by Proefssor Martha S. Jones and Clayton Lewis (Clements Library).

Resistance and Revolution: Anti-Vietnam War Activism at the University of Michigan, 1965-1972: Part of the Michigan in the World project, an undergraduate public history program exploring the history of U-M and its relationships with the wider world. This effort was led by Professor Matthew Lassiter.

The University of Michigan and The Great War: Part of the Michigan in the World project, an undergraduate public history program exploring the history of U-M and its relationships with the wider world. This effort was led by Professor Melanie Tanielian.

Blogs and Twitter Feeds

Juan Cole

Paul N. Edwards

Hussein Fancy

Martha S. Jones

Ellen Muehlberger

Nursing Clio

Science, Technology and Society (STS) Program