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Exhibits

Forever Unfinished: Making and Remaking a Public University

September 5-October 27, 2017
Hatcher Library Gallery (Room 100)

The University of Michigan was founded in 1817 as a public institution, a concept for which there were few models. What makes a university public? What should it look like? Whom should it serve? Who should have access to its resources, and where should those resources come from?

This exhibit explores how students, faculty, staff, politicians, and citizens have attempted to answer these questions. These stories invite us to imagine U-M's future as a public university based on what we know about its past. Link for a walk-through video of the exhibit.

Exhibit team: Jonathan Farr, Nora Krinitsky, Michelle McClellan, Gregory Parker, Emily Price, Kate Silbert

From Swing to Hip-Hop: A Photographic History of Music Performance at the University of Michigan

March 4-April 30, 2017
Michigan League Lobby Gallery

Music has always been an integral part of life in Ann Arbor and at the university. This exhibit explores how Wolverines and others have employed music for a range of purposes, from embracing a common creative past to fomenting political or artistic rebellion. The images are drawn from local archives and depict a rich history of musical performance in Ann Arbor and nearby venues. Link for a walk-through video of the exhibit.

Exhibit team: Joshua Mound, Gregory Parker, Jacques Vest

The Leaders and the Rest: Boundaries and Belonging at the University of Michigan

January 4-February 25, 2017
Hatcher Library Gallery (Room 100)

Who belongs at the University of Michigan? Who gets to draw its boundaries? Michigan students have asked and answered these questions for nearly two hundred years. This exhibit showcases key moments of student expression, politics, and culture from the first decades of the university’s existence in Ann Arbor, through the upheavals of world wars, and to the social and cultural turmoil of the late-twentieth century. Link for a walk-through video of the exhibit.

Exhibit team: Jonathan Farr, Nora Krinitsky, Michelle McClellan, Gregory Parker, Emily Price, Kate Silbert

Digital Exhibits

The Making Michigan theme semester includes a variety of research projects by faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students on the following topics in the history of the University of Michigan:

The History Department's Michigan in the World: Local and Global Stories (MITW) initiative features online, public exhibitions of research conducted by undergraduate students about the history of U-M and its relationships with the wider world. These projects lay the foundations for a critical appraisal of the university’s trajectories during the bicentennial comemoration. Projects include: