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Making Michigan Series

Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m.
“To put living force into the symbols”: The Journeys of Anatol Rapoport

As a boy, Anatol Rapoport and his father succeeded in a daring escape from the Soviet Union. He went on to become a leading mathematical psychologist, semanticist and game theorist, making major contributions to the understanding of strategy, conflict, war, and peace –always intent on tying strategic analysis to the conscientious appreciation of real human beings. Rapoport spent a significant portion of his variegated career at U-M, where among other things he helped found the Mental Health Research Institute and organize the first Teach-In, on the Vietnam War.


Join us for an exploration of Anatol Rapoport’s journeys – personal and intellectual – with three panelists: Shirli Kopelman, leading researcher, expert, and educator in the field of negotiations at the U-M Ross School of Business; Anthony Rapoport, son of Anatol and principal violist with Sinfonia Toronto and the Windermere Quartet; and Roger Rapoport, LSA ’68, award-winning author and filmmaker and author of A Professor’s War for Peace.


This event will take place at the Detroit Observatory Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. and will also be streamed online.  Advance registration is required for either the in-person or virtual event.

Watch previous lectures

Wolverine Writers: History and Storytelling Across Campus and through the Years

Seeing Anew Symposium 1: The Observatory and 19th-Century Science and Scholarship 

Seeing Anew Symposium 2: The Observatory in the History of Astronomy

Seeing Anew Symposium 3: The Observatory as an Historic Site for Contemporary Education

Seeing Anew Keynote: Astrophysicist Brian Nord in conversation with Gary Krenz

The McCarthy-Era Red Scare in Michigan: Its Meaning, Then and Now with David Maraniss

Sing to the Colors: My Complicated Love Song to the University with James Tobin

Conquering Heroines: How Women Fought Sex Bias at Michigan and Paved the Way for Title IX with Sara Fitzgerald

Michigan Football Game Films, 1930-1986: Digitizing Game-Day History with Brian Williams and Greg Kinney

Undermining Racial Justice at the University of Michigan with Matthew Johnson 

Pathways to Greatness: How the University of Michigan Became a World-Class University…and What it Cost with Terry McDonald

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

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

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

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

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