Attend at home: U-M Events and Exhibitions for the week of June 8th | Arts & Culture

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) museums and galleries are closed, and various events and exhibitions have either moved online or have been postponed. For U-M’s guide to living, learning and working together safely, please visit Campus Maize & Blueprint.

Attend at home: U-M Events and Exhibitions for the week of June 8th

Attend at home: U-M Events and Exhibitions for the week of June 8th

A new project called “Zoom in on the Halal Metropolis” tells the story of Dearborn and Metro Detroit's Muslim community on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis. Image credit: Razi Jafri

Museums, galleries, and performance venues remained closed at the University of Michigan this week due to COVID-19 restrictions, however, there are plenty of online events, exhibitions, performances, and films that you can experience from home in the meantime. Here are recommended ways to virtually engage with U-M’s cultural community this week.

Zoom in the Halal Metropolis

As health care providers, community leaders, law enforcement, and business owners, the Muslim community has been on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis in Dearborn and across Metro Detroit. A new project called “Zoom in on the Halal Metropolis” endeavors to tell those community members’ stories through a series of video interviews on Facebook and Instagram, now numbering over 70. The series represents a pandemic-era pivot for Halal Metropolis, a project started in 2018 by Sally Howell, an associate professor of history and director of the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan Dearborn; Osman Khan, associate professor and director of the MFA program at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan; and documentary photographer Razi Jafri.

When: Anytime

Where: On Halal Metropolis Facebook and Instagram pages

How the media covers the poverty narrative 

The Midwest Mobility from Poverty Network is bringing together journalists and academic researchers from across the nation, with a focus on Midwest, for this virtual conference to promote in-depth, impactful, and solutions-oriented media coverage of poverty-related issues. The conference will consist of a series of six interactive webinars held throughout June. The conference is open to anyone interested in improving the narrative around poverty in the U.S. – from exploring new storytelling strategies to translating complex research for deeper public engagement. This week, join Michele Norris, founder of the Race Card Project, director of The Bridge at Aspen Institute, and former host of the NPR evening news program “All Things Considered”; and Poverty Solutions Director H. Luke Shaefer for a conversation on the turning point our country faces as we reopen the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic and reimagine the social safety net.

When: Tuesday, June 9, 12-1:30 PM ET


Up next: Re-thinking the Poverty Narrative, (6/19)

SMTD EXCEL’S VIRTUAL VISIONARIES SERIES: Akropolis Reed Quintet and Julie Nakagawa

Virtual Visionaries, held by the School of Music, Theatre & Dance’s Excel program, is a 10-week series through early August which brings together professionals across the performing arts for weekly virtual discussions on Zoom. SMTD has selected a diverse group of leaders at various stages of their careers to engage in open conversations related to an art career. This week’s conversational session features Matt and Kari Landry, co-founders of Akropolis Reed Quintet, and Julie Nakagawa, Artistic Director of DanceWorks Chicago. This series is made possible by the transformative support of the Meta Weiser EXCEL Fund.

When: Each week until August 6th, this week Wednesday, June 10th from 2-3 PM ET


Next up: Freelancing Musicians with Amy K. Bormet and the Balance Duo

Teach-In: Uprising Nation, What it Means and Where it Takes Us

Hosted by U-M’s Residential College, join a teach-in for U-M students, faculty, and staff on the historical precedents and contemporary contexts of urban uprisings, challenges to police violence, and black protest movements.

This event features:

  • Stephen Ward, Faculty Director of Semester in Detroit and Associate Professor in Social Theory and Practice in the Residential College and in Afroamerican and African Studies
  • Heather Ann Thompson, Pulitzer Prize-winning Collegiate Professor of History and African American Studies and in the Residential College
  • Dr. Harvey Slaughter, RC/LSA alum ’72 English, activist in the early Black Action Movement I at U-M in the early 1970s with a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change Management

All U-M students, faculty, and staff can attend. This event will be recorded with the aim of making it available for viewing or listening in the near future.

When: Wednesday, June 10th, 4 PM ET

Where: Please make sure you are logged into your U-M account to access the zoom meeting link.


The University of Michigan Institute for Humanities’ new streaming video series, “House Calls: Virtual Studio Visits with Michigan Artists in a Pandemic,” showcases 10 artists across the state via video chat with the staff of the Institute for the Humanities each, with new episodes released on Wednesdays. This week, they present Detroit-based artist Ijania Cortez. Read more about the series here. 

When: Wednesdays until June 17th, this week Wednesday, June 10th


Next up: Levon Kafafian, Detroit (6/17)

University of Michigan Press Author Live Talks

Beginning in June and running throughout the summer, the University of Michigan Press Press will host weekly conversations with prominent scholars in political science, classical studies, history, musicology, and more under the Author Live Talk Series banner. Audiences will be treated to compelling stories on topics including history’s enduring lies, the migration of music across time and place, and the satire of Roman epic poet Lucretius. This week, author Peter Hoffer shines a light on zombie history. 

When: Weekly through August, this week Thursday, June 11 at 11 AM ET

Where: Register here: Attendance is free for all events, but please register in advance to make sure you receive the session link and password ahead of the talk.

Next up: Laughing Atoms, Laughing Matter by T.H.M. Gellar-Goad (6/18, 11 AM ET)

Penny Stamps Speaker Series + DPTV Presents: Louise Fili

Keeping the community curious, engaged, and connected, the Penny Stamps Speaker Series is teaming up with Detroit Public Television to stream select Penny Stamps Speaker Series talks from the archive. This week, tune in for a presentation by graphic designer Louise Fili. 

When: Fridays at 8 PM ET


Next up: Photographer and Afrofuturist Osborne Macharia with Blinky Bill (6/19)

Virtual Climate Crisis Education Series: Trivia Night

“COVID-19 has exposed the fragility of our societies to global shocks, such as disease or the climate crisis. As we recover, we must build a better future for all. Together, we can protect our planet, improve health, reduce inequality & re-energize struggling economies.” —UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

In the spirit of working together to solve these global crises, Ann Arbor Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Washtenaw Climate Reality invite you to join us for their Climate Crisis Education Series. This week, join for an evening of climate trivia. Organize a team of friends, or play on your own to win prizes. 

When: Sunday, June 14, 8 PM ET