In the News: Recent Media Coverage
How to preserve those dusty photos and VHS tapes in your basement, and why it matters
Shannon Zachary, head of the Department of Preservation and Conservation at the U-M Library, discussed the best ways to preserve “historical treasures,” both old papers and pictures and newer digital photos, videos and other recordings.
Read more: Michigan Radio
Top 10 Under 10: Top 10 Musical Theatre Programs
In a Top 10 ranking of musical theater programs based on successful alumni within the last 10 years since graduation, The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance takes first place. “The program produces successful performers every year from their “triple-threat” conservatory-style program situated within the historical School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, which was founded in 1880 at one of the top public universities in America.”
Read more: BuzzFeed
Scholars talk writing: Ruth Behar
“The problem with scholarly writing is that we need to prove we are working hard in order to maintain our status in the academic hierarchy, and the usual way to do that is by writing complex, convoluted prose that only an elite group can read. … And yet, at the same time, there is a growing movement among academics who seek to write more accessibly, more vividly, more clearly,” said Ruth Behar, professor of anthropology.
Read more: The Chronicle of Higher Education
Orson Welles’s diaries and scripts head to archive
“It’s sort of the missing piece of the Welles puzzle, it documents a period people haven’t had the opportunity to see original material from,” said Philip Hallman, curator of the Screen Arts Mavericks & Makers collections at the U-M Library, on the new acquisition of unpublished scripts from Orson Welles’ many incomplete projects from the 1950s and ’60s.
Read more: The New York Times
All your favorite cartoon characters are black
Is Bugs Bunny black? Lisa Nakamura, a professor at the University of Michigan whose work focuses on race and how it’s portrayed online, comments on the concept of racializing cartoons.
Read more: VICE
University of Michigan unveils 1,500 pound Rubik’s Cube
University of Michigan mechanical engineering students have made one of the most popular puzzle games much larger. Seven former and current students unveiled a 1,500-pound Rubik’s Cube during a ceremony Thursday inside the G.G. Brown engineering building on the Ann Arbor campus. The massive, mostly aluminum structure is meant to be played by students and others on campus.
Read more: The Washington Post
David Chung interviewed for PBS program
Stamps Professor David Chung was interviewed for a segment on Asian American Life, a Emmy-nominated magazine show focusing on the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Chung discussed the recent immigration of Soviet Koreans to the U.S. and their history in relation to his documentary feature film, “Koryo Saram”.
Read more: CUNY TV
Engaging offer: Some museums ditching membership fees
The University of Michigan Museum of Art has joined a small but growing group of art institutions that have eliminated paid membership fees. “If someone walked through the museum, had a great time and then left without visiting the store, without signing up for our newsletter, without joining, they may never hear from us again,” said Justin Reash, UMMA’s assistant director of development, annual giving, and events. “This [move] cements and produces a relationship, free of charge, for us to communicate to them, and hopefully they reciprocate by coming back to the museum and becoming an annual donor.”
Read more: The Toledo Blade
Chinese dance history on show in U.S., tells different collection story
A story about U-M’s Chinese dance exhibition and collection features Emily Wilcox, assistant professor of Asian languages and cultures; Liangyu Fu, associate librarian at the Asia Library; and Xiaobing Tang, professor of Asian languages and cultures and comparative literature.
Read more: New China
Unexpected findings: 100 years of cultural exchange
In 2016, History of Art graduate student Allison Martino undertook a research trip to London to work on a dissertation-related project with the UK National Archives. In this blog post, she describes how her research revealed “the potential of the material to tell an important history about the UK textile trade in Africa.” Click on the link below to read the entire post.
Read more: The National Archives
Jason De León Dares You to Look Away From the Items Border Crossers Leave Behind
Professor Jason De León has been taking his students into the Sonoran as part of the Undocumented Migration Project, an anthropological study documenting the lives and legacies of those who cross from Latin America to the U.S. Working with U-M curator Amanda Krugliak and artist Richard Barnes, De León has translated this data into the sobering new exhibition “State of Exception/Estado de Excepción” at the Parsons School of Design.
Read more: The Village Voice
U-M professor’s book on Attica uprising wins Pulitzer Prize
Professor and historian Heather Ann Thompson‘s book “Blood in the the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy” has won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for history. Thompson spent more than a decade researching the 1971 prison uprising in upstate New York in which armed troopers and corrections officers killed 39 men — hostages as well as prisoners — and severely wounded more than 100 others during a four-day showdown inside Attica.
Read more: New York Times
University of Michigan’s star alums share stage during True Blue!
“True Blue! A Tribute to Michigan” brought a number of U-M alumni onto one stage for a multimedia presentation on Saturday, April 8 inside Hill Auditorium to tell the story of UM as part of its UMich200 Spring Festival. Jim Harbaugh, Sanjay Gupta, Darren Criss, Jeffrey Seller and Cecilia Munoz were among a laundry list of distinguished alumni participating in the UM bicentennial event.
Read more: MLive
At the University of Michigan, confronting controversy to move forward
“Stumbling Blocks” is an intriguing, pop-up exhibition in seven parts — organized by professor Martha S. Jones— that invites passers-by to consider “difficult moments” in the university’s history as it celebrates its bicentennial. “Understanding the stumbling blocks of the past is an opportunity to pave a better future, if we have the courage to confront them,” said Jones.
Read more: Detroit Free Press
Zany art event called FestiFools ready to buzz through Ann Arbor
FestiFools, created by U-M art professor Mark Tucker, is an annual community public art spectacle in which colorful, bizarre, human-powered papier-mache puppets parade about downtown Ann Arbor. The theme for this year’s festival is “WishFOOL Thinking.”
Read more: MLive
An Uncommon Education: Celebrating 200 Years of the University of Michigan
Episode 3 of the short-form documentary series “An Uncommon Education: Celebrating 200 Years of the University of Michigan” explores U-M’s great musical legacy. A new vignette will air every month, culminating in the airing of a broadcast special in December 2017.
Read more: Detroit Public TV