Symposia & Lectures

Collected here are videos of lectures, panel discussions, seminars, and more, in which scholars from U-M and elsewhere examine a wide range of topics in the University’s history.
  • A Difficult Archive: Reckoning with the University of Michigan’s Complicity in the US Colonization of the Philippines

    In this installment of the Making Michigan lecture series, join us for discussion with Professor de la Cruz about the historical relationship between the University of Michigan and the Philippines in the first decades of the American colonial period, out of which came some of the most extensive collections of Philippine material (historical, cultural, and natural scientific) in North America.

  • Discovering a Forgery: Jupiter’s real moons and U-M’s fake Galileo manuscript

    A discussion with historian Nicholas Wilding and U-M Librarian Pablo Alvarez of the purported significance of the Galileo Manuscript, how its authenticity came to be questioned, and what went into the determination that it was a fake.

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  • Wolverine Writers: History and Storytelling Across Campus and through the Years

    In this installment of the Making Michigan lecture series, a panel of professionals from a range of publications answer questions regarding the process of writing the University's history and explore how this history helps us better understand current events.

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  • Seeing Anew: Welcome to the Reimagined Detroit Observatory

    Join us for a series of events, where we will explore the history of the Observatory, its impact on American astronomy, and the new educational potential that it has as a result of the new addition generously funded by the Frankels.

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  • First Antiwar Teach-In

    March 25, 1965. The US is bombing North Vietnam. On the University of Michigan’s campus, students and professors are gathered for a first-of-its-kind protest event.

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  • Conquering Heroines: How Women Fought Sex Bias at Michigan and Paved the Way for Title IX

    Editor and journalist Sara Fitzgerald details the executive order that came before Title IX and women at the University of Michigan's role in overcoming sex bias. Fitzgerald takes a look at this history with a nuanced, multidimensional approach.

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  • Sing to the Colors: My Complicated Love Song to the University

    James Tobin reflects on his complicated love story with the vast array of stories that make up the history of the University of Michigan, from his time at the Michigan Daily to reporting for the Detroit News.

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  • Michigan Football Game Films, 1930-1986: Digitizing Game-Day History

    Join Brian Williams and Greg Kinney as they delve into the process of digitizing over 400 game films, dating from 1930 to 1986, that are now available online. These game films serve as the first phase of a two-phase digitization project at the Bentley Historical Library.

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  • Undermining Racial Justice at the University of Michigan

    Tune in for a discussion with Associate Professor Matthew Johnson from Texas Tech University about the University of Michigan's history of sacrificing racial equality to other university values. In this installment of the Making Michigan Lecture series, Professor Johnson delves into the history of racial justice approaches at U-M and the remnants of elitism in these approaches.

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