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Public Engagement

We are commited to serving the public. Michigan History faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students reach beyond the university, undertaking projects that encourage greater historical understanding. Students benefit from the research, writing, presentation, and communication skills that come with public engagement—skills that help prepare them for an incredible range of careers.

Our public engagement efforts are a central component of the department's U-M History in the Public Service initiative. We encourage faculty an students to share scholarship with diverse audience and collaborate with community partners. This aligns with President Mark S. Schlissel’s Engaged Michigan plan, which emphasizes that “public impact and service remain at the core of our mission.” Public engagement programs also students the opportunity to leave Michigan not only with a history degree, but with a portfolio of work that demonstrates they have what it takes to succeed in a twenty-first century economy. 

Our HistoryLabs allow students deploy the cutting-edge research and critical thinking skills they’ve developed in our classrooms to address important contemporary issues. Michigan in the World, a collaboration with the Bentley Historical Library, provides undergraduate students a deep dive into archives to develop public exhibitions about the history of U-M.  

The Department of History believes that enhancing the public dimensions of scholarship and teaching are critical to all facets of the department: faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, research, learning, collaboration, outreach, and programming. Other collaborative and public-facing research projects and community partnerships span an incredible range of geographic, thematic, and temporal fields.