Third colloquium to highlight ‘Campus of the Future’


At the third University of Michigan President’s Bicentennial Colloquium, students will showcase their innovations that reimagine higher education, teaching and learning at U-M, and the future university experience.

As the final bicentennial colloquium hosted by President Mark Schlissel during U-M’s 200th anniversary, the competition — “Campus of the Future” — will consist of a student project showcase and a finale keynote event.

The project showcase will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday in the Duderstadt Center. The finale event, during which a panel of renowned judges will discuss the projects with student teams, will begin at 4:30 p.m. the same day in the Power Center. $25,000 in prize money will be given to the winning student projects.

Although both events are free and open to the public, visitors must obtain a ticket for entry into the finale. To find tickets, go to

The colloquium is organized by Joanna Millunchick, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, professor of materials science and engineering, and associate dean for undergraduate education at the College of Engineering, and Mika LaVaque-Manty, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and associate professor of political science, the Honors Program, and philosophy. Both are Presidential Bicentennial Professors.

Amazon Vice President and Google Glass creator Babak Parviz, architectural designer Jenny E. Sabin and philosopher, professor and The New York Times columnist Kwame Anthony Appiah will serve as judges during the colloquium.

“To me, it’s an exciting way to wrap up the colloquia because it has our students imagining the future that they want for themselves and their successors,” Bicentennial Executive Director Gary Krenz said. “What a great way to transition into our third century.”


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