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A New Lecture Series Exploring U-M History

The Bentley Historical Library is pleased to announce a new lecture series exploring the history of the University of Michigan.  There is an exciting line-up of speakers and topics for the 2019-20 year.  The schedule is below.

The talks will take place at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, 1000 Beal Avenue, on U-M’s North Campus. Free parking will be available in the Ford Library lot or in the U-M lot across the street.

We hope you will be able to join us for these celebrations, investigations, and reflections on U-M’s remarkable history, beginning in November with Lisa Young’s talk on student dining a century ago, “Lilly Stalks, Pounded Murphies, and Caramel Ice Cream.”  Work by Dr. Young’s students investigating student banquets will form part of her talk.

Please contact Gary Krenz with any questions at gdkrenz@umich.edu or 734.764.3639.

Lectures on the History of the University of Michigan, 2019-2020


Thursday, November 14, 2019; 7:00 pm

Lilly Stalks, Pounded Murphies, and Caramel Ice Cream: Investigating the Food System that Fed U-M Students a Century Ago
Lisa C. Young, Lecturer, Department of Anthropology and Research Affiliate, Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, College of Literature, Science & the Arts


Thursday, December 12, 2019; 7:00 pm

“We must work off our surplus animal spirits”: 19th-century Origins of Athletic Competition at the University of Michigan
Gregory T. Kinney, Athletics Archivist, Bentley Historical Library
Brian Williams, Assistant Director and Archivist for University History, Bentley Historical Library


Thursday, January 23; 2020; 7:00 pm

Telling the Truth About the Liberal Arts: Histories and Futures

Terrence J. McDonald, Director, Bentley Historical Library; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Professor of History, College of Literature, Science & the Arts


Thursday, February 13, 2020; 7:00 pm

 “Almost without Money and without Price to Every Young Man and Every Young Woman”: The Admission of Women to the University of Michigan (recognizing the 150th anniversary of women’s admission to U-M)
Andrea L. Turpin, Associate Professor of History, Baylor University, and author of A New Moral Vision: Gender, Religion, and the Changing Purposes of American Higher Education, 1837-1917


Thursday, March 19, 2020; 7:00 pm

“Hail!”—Harmony and Dissonance in the University of Michigan’s Campus Songs
Mark A. Clague, Associate Professor of Music and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, School of Music, Theatre & Dance


Thursday, April 9, 2020; 7:00 pm

“Schools and the Means of Education” (Remixed): The Black Action Movement and the Origins of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Black Action Movement)

Stephen M. Ward, Associate Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies and Associate Professor in the Residential College, College of Literature, Science, & the Arts