December 5, 2022
Heritage Project — The Michigan scientist who was ‘Arrowsmith’
When the new novel “Arrowsmith” reached the nation’s bookstores in 1925, the author, Sinclair Lewis, was already the most celebrated American writer of the day.
November 21, 2022
Heritage Project — Vulcan’s muddy light
Astronomer James Craig Watson was U-M’s “brightest son.” After discovering 22 asteroids between 1863-77, during a solar eclipse in 1878, Watson was sure he’d observed the rumored intra-mercurial planet Vulcan.
November 14, 2022
Work begins on U-M’s Inclusive History Project
Twenty-two members from U-M’s three campuses have joined the committee to frame and design the Inclusive History Project, a multifaceted, years-long effort to study, document and better understand U-M’s history.
November 14, 2022
Inclusive History Project Framing and Design Committee membership
The Inclusive History Project’s Framing and Design Committee is led by co-chairs Earl Lewis and Elizabeth Cole.
November 7, 2022
Heritage Project — Dr. Joy’s undoing
By all signs, the future was very bright for Douglas Joy in the summer of 1881. By June 1882, Douglas Joy was fighting for his job and, more important, his reputation.
October 31, 2022
Heritage Project — Mysteries at Michigan
You may never have heard of the Michigan law professor who was baked to a crisp in the oven of the Lawyers Club kitchen. Or the English professor presumed dead when his face suddenly went missing.
October 24, 2022
Heritage Project — Tom Harmon is missing
Three years after accepting the Heisman Trophy as the best college football player in the land, Tom Harmon and his World War II fighter plane were shot down.
October 17, 2022
Heritage Project — Lost campus
Every alumnus carries a cherished memory of Michigan — then returns in 20 years and realizes that “my Michigan” is hard to find among the new construction of someone else’s Michigan.
October 10, 2022
Heritage Project — In the face of fascists
In the summer of 1936, a procession of scholars — including a junior professor from U-M — crossed the main plaza of the University of Heidelberg to celebrate the 550th anniversary of one of the great universities of Europe.
October 3, 2022
Heritage Project — Depression generation
The Great Depression tore a hole in the University of Michigan, and students who went to college in the 1930s lived in a realm of scarcity and fear.