• Cover image for student production of Tickled to Death

    No Laughing Matter

    Nearly 100 years before the 2020 coronavirus pandemic would unleash a wave of anti-Asian bias, a smaller but similar prejudice rippled across the Michigan campus with the launch of the 1924 show, "Tickled to Death."

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    Lifting His Voice

    Willis C. Patterson's newly donated papers to the University of Michigan document a tireless fight for African American music to take its rightful place in the vocal cannon.

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  • Total Eclipse of the Sun

    In the summer of 1878, U-M Professor James Watson headed west to observe a solar eclipse, confident he would find a new planet called Vulcan. Instead, he discovered the limitations of science in the late-1800s and the fine line separating fascination and folly.

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