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Ana María León on contested spaces, summer reading, and more

"There’s this wonderful quote by Grace Lee Boggs, 'History is a story, not only of the past, but of the future.'"

Exploring Buddhist Visual Culture On-Site: Chun Wa Chan in Japan

" It was extremely rewarding to observe the icons in situ, which gives me a better sense of how they operated in relation to light and different architectural spaces in ancient times."

One of the three largest departments of art history in North America with specialists covering every major continent, Michigan has ranked among the top art history doctoral programs nationally. The department traces its origins to 1910, and has been home to some of the most distinguished scholars in the field. In keeping with this long tradition, we encourage interdisciplinary work to take advantage of the University’s great strengths across fields, including anthropology, archaeology, philosophy, film studies, women’s studies, area studies, and law.  

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