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Great Lakes Theme Semester

LSA’s research takes place all around the world, but important learning and discovery also happens close to home. The Great Lakes Theme Semester offers opportunities for students, faculty, and the public to join conversations about issues both critical to our region and relevant to national and international contexts.

Through courses, films, panels, exhibits, field trips, and other events, "Lake Effects" will encourage interdisciplinary exploration of how the environmental, political, and social issues facing our region have long been shaped by the Great Lakes, and how human activities continue to impact them in turn.

Featured Courses

Explore courses from different departments across campus. Below are some featured courses, but be sure to explore the full course offerings before you register.

Upcoming Event


Great Lakes Days @ UM Museum of Natural History

Join the museum’s first ever Great Lakes Days event! Celebrate the amazing natural history of Michigan and the Great Lakes by participating in a weekend full of hands-on demonstrations and activities. Come learn about watersheds, talk to scientists about current Great Lakes research, meet the museum's live sturgeon, and attend a presentation by Jeremy Guc about the work of St. Clair-Detroit River Sturgeon for Tomorrow. Author Deb Pilutti will also be reading her new children’s book, Old Rock (is not boring).

Saturday January 25th & Sunday January 26th

10am - 4pm

UM Museum of Natural History


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We strive to support the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts on the front lines of learning and research; to steward our planet, our community, our campus. To do this, LSA needs your support.