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Making Michigan Series

Please join the Bentley Historical Library for its ongoing series of LIVE, online talks exploring the history of the University of Michigan. There is an exciting line-up of speakers and topics for the 2020-21 year!

The talks are free and open to the public. If you can’t make it live, never fear — we’ll send you a replay you can watch at your convenience.

You will need to register for each individual talk you’d like to attend.

Please contact Gary Krenz with any questions at or 734.764.3639.


Please join us on Thursday, April 8 for Pathways to Greatness: How the University of Michigan Became a World-Class University…and What it Cost with Bentley Director Terrence McDonald.


The Boundaries of Pluralism: The World of the University of Michigan’s Jewish Students from 1897 – 1945 with Andrei Markovits and Kenneth Garner

Radical Roots, Contested Place: African American and African Studies at U-M with Stephen Ward

Anti-Fascism at U-M: Defending Democracy During the Spanish Civil War with Juli Highfill

Constructing Gender: The Origins of the Michigan League and Michigan Union with Nancy Bartlett and Sarah McLusky

Campus Chords: Devotional Harmonies and the Dissonance of Difference in the University of Michigan’s Songbook with Mark Clague