Tag Archives: U-M history

  • Heritage

    The Fraternity War

    In the fall term of 1845, just four years after classes had begun at the University of Michigan, a junior named George Becker and several friends joined together to create the University’s first fraternity, a chapter of Beta Theta Pi. Despite breaking university rules at the time, the brothers met in a cabin in the woods to pursue “the cultivation of intimate social relations.” This kind of "cultivation" drew harsh opposition from U-M faculty.

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  • Michigan Alumnus

    History Lessons: The Block M, In Brief

    The Block M’s importance to the University is relatively recent, despite its seemingly long history. To reflect the changes within the University and its priorities, both its significance and appearance have evolved over the years.

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  • Bentley Historical Library

    It Was a Man’s World

    The early 1970s were pivotal years for women’s equality at Michigan. Government pressure was mounting for U-M to give women a level playing field on campus, but the University’s all-male administration was slow to act. Papers at the Bentley reveal how a group of determined women demanded accountability and action.

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    Michigan Today

    Let’s Make a Deal

    U-M alum George W. Mason, the first CEO of American Motors, was a master negotiator. Now his legacy inspires a class in negotiating techniques.

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  • Bentley Historical Library

    Panther by the Tail

    In 1968, bomb explosions rocked downtown Ann Arbor and the U-M campus. No one was killed, but the case involving the suspects and issues of wiretapping would go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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  • History of U-M

    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.

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  • Detroit Public Television

    Uncommon Education

    To mark U-M's bicentennial, Detroit Public Television created a 10-episode series exploring U-M’s history and its connections to the present.

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  • Michigan Today

    A Building By Any Other Name

    A walk across campus delivers a ‘who’s who’ of early University pioneers, researchers, and leaders.

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  • Bentley Historical Library

    Angell in the 21st Century

    The newly digitized papers of beloved U-M President James Angell show how he transformed both the University of Michigan and the face of higher education writ large.

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  • Vintage Ann Arbor Postcard
    Bentley Historical Library

    Rising from the Ashes

    How a fire, a new location for the state capitol, and a tongue-tying, seven-syllable word led to the University of Michigan’s creation.

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