Nine decades ago, Vivian Deborah Wilson arrived at the University of Michigan with dreams of dedicating her life to teaching Latin.
That year, Wilson became part of the legacy of African-American students who attended U-M. At the time, Wilson was one of about a dozen African-American women enrolled at U-M.
When most people go to the Ruthven Building on U-M's Central Campus, they go to the Museum of Natural History. But at the top of the marble staircase, behind the double doors marked Research Wing, is another museum.
From digitizing the knowledge of the world to taking a louder stance on public issues of the day, five University of Michigan presidents on Thursday discussed the ever-changing relationship between universities and society.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum are celebrating the University of Michigan's bicentennial with the Grandmother Tree Walk, a self-guided journey through Michigan time that looks at the people, places and events in U-M's 200-year history from the perspective of trees.
When economist Harold T. Shapiro stood before a capacity Hill Auditorium crowd in 1980 and delivered his inaugural address as U-M's 10th president, few could have imagined the longevity of his words.
Thursday, April 6
• Stumbling Blocks (pop-up art exhibition), Central Campus, Medical Campus and North Campus
• Flag raising ceremony, 8 a.m., Central Campus flagpole
• Welcome Center and Book Station, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Michigan League Concourse (2nd floor)
• A-maizing Building Tours, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
University of Michigan faculty and librarians will fan out across Ann Arbor to share their expertise in a bicentennial celebration April 6 called Feast of Ideas.
The 1967 civil unrest in Detroit rocked the city, and its impact and legacy is still felt today.
In celebration of the university's 200th year, the iconic Burton Tower will glow in new maize and blue lighting for the bicentennial's UMich200 Spring Festival.
An upcoming pop-up art exhibition on campus will explore challenges throughout the University of Michigan's history and serve as a resource to guide U-M through its third century.
The University of Michigan's Spring Commencement ceremonies will celebrate the bicentennial-year graduates with a unique Michigan Stadium event that features voices from the past and the present, Oscar-winning musicians and special alumni awards.
As the University of Michigan celebrates its bicentennial, one longtime U-M staff member is making a commitment to honor staff contributions throughout the university's history.
World War II furthered the University of Michigan's transformation into a global institution, paving the way for a dramatic increase in enrollment thanks to the GI Bill, exponential growth in federal research funding, and an expanded and reconceived campus.
Henry Carter Adams in the early 1890s. (Courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library)
The MStaff200 bicentennial event Departmental Displays Committee invites U-M campus and Michigan Medicine departments to participate in the June 27 event with a table display.
In 1917, as the United States entered World War I, the University of Michigan campus was fraught with rising concerns about infringements on the academic freedom of university faculty.
The post-Civil War era was one of rapid social and technological changes, and the University of Michigan during that time was no exception. The last quarter of the 19th century saw U-M expand in size and scope as it embraced scientific research and began its evolution into a contemporary university.
At the first President's Bicentennial Colloquium, U.S. Justice Sonia Sotomayor and German Justice Susanne Baer discussed how respect and compromise can create and strengthen community, stressed the importance of developing diversity in higher education, and urged students to understand the law.
"True Blue! A Tribute to Michigan" brings together students, faculty and alumni in a live-action multimedia presentation that tells the story of the University of Michigan.