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.
  • 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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  • 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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  • University of Michigan campus 1937

    Pathways to Greatness

    In this installment of the Making Michigan lecture series, Bentley Director Terry McDonald discusses U-M's rise to becoming a top-ranked university, and what has been gained—and lost—in the process. Learn about who rates universities, how they do it, and what the impact has been.

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  • Constructing Gender

    Learn why the Union and League were designed as highly gendered spaces and how the architects achieved their vision of separate spaces for men and women. Featuring Bentley Associate Director Nancy Bartlett and Bentley Project Archivist Sarah McLusky.

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  • Anti-fascism poster from the Spanish Civil War

    Anti-Fascism at U-M

    U-M Professor Juli Highfill discusses defending democracy during the Spanish Civil War, including the impact of the Great Depression and the rise of fascism on the U-M student body. Hosted by the Bentley Historical Library as part of its Making Michigan series.

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