Join Us to Explore U-M History

The public is welcome to attend a new lecture series exploring the history of the University of Michigan.

The Bentley Historical Library is pleased to announce a new lecture series exploring the history of the University of Michigan, and we invite you to join us for these talks. There is an exciting line-up of speakers and topics for the 2019-20 year. The schedule is below.

The talks will take place at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, 1000 Beal Avenue, on U-M’s North Campus. Free parking will be available in the Ford Library lot or in the U-M lot across the street.

We hope you will be able to attend these celebrations, investigations, and reflections on U-M’s remarkable history.

Thursday, December 12, 2019; 7:00 pm

“We must work off our surplus animal spirits”: 19th-century Origins of Athletic Competition at the University of Michigan

Gregory T. Kinney, Athletics Archivist, Bentley Historical Library
Brian Williams, Assistant Director and Archivist for University History, Bentley Historical Library

Location: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, 1000 Beal Avenue, on U-M’s North Campus.

Thursday, January 23; 2020; 7:00 pm

Telling the Truth About the Liberal Arts: Histories and Futures

Terrence J. McDonald, Director, Bentley Historical Library; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Professor of History, College of Literature, Science & the Arts

Location: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, 1000 Beal Avenue, on U-M’s North Campus.

Thursday, February 13, 2020; 7:00 pm

Coeducation for Democracy: The Changing Moral Vision for Educating the Sexes at the University of Michigan, 1870–1920
(recognizing the 150th anniversary of women’s admission to U-M)

Andrea L. Turpin, Associate Professor of History, Baylor University, and author of A New Moral Vision: Gender, Religion, and the Changing Purposes of American Higher Education, 1837-1917

Location: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, 1000 Beal Avenue, on U-M’s North Campus.

Thursday, March 19, 2020; 7:00 pm

“Hail!”—Harmony and Dissonance in the University of Michigan’s Campus Songs

Mark A. Clague, Associate Professor of Music and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Location: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, 1000 Beal Avenue, on U-M’s North Campus.

Thursday, April 9, 2020; 7:00 pm

“Schools and the Means of Education” (Remixed): The Black Action Movement and the Origins of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Black Action Movement)

Stephen M. Ward, Associate Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies and Associate Professor in the Residential College, College of Literature, Science, & the Arts

Location: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, 1000 Beal Avenue, on U-M’s North Campus.

Please contact Gary Krenz with any questions at gdkrenz@umich.edu or 734.764.3639.