Back to all news stories


Bicentennial StoryCorps Interview No. 14: We were not cautious. We were intrepid.

President Emerita Mary Sue Coleman (right) and former Provost Paul Courant. Photo courtesy StoryCorps.

In celebration of the University of Michigan’s Bicentennial, the U-M Library partnered with the national oral history organization StoryCorps to record and preserve stories from our community. During the Fall Festival Bicentennial Celebration, participants had conversations with friends, classmates, family members and colleagues about meaningful experiences at U-M. These stories, presented and curated by the U-M Library in collaboration with StoryCorps, capture the essence of the U-M’s past and present.

Interview No. 14: Mary Sue Coleman & Paul Courant

President Emerita Mary Sue Coleman and former Provost Paul Courant discuss the seminal role the University of Michigan played in the birth of the Google Books project, and how it led to the creation of the HathiTrust Digital Library.

Read Transcript

“That’s what the University of Michigan is, and so many times it has stepped up to the plate and done things that others are hesitant to do.” —Mary Sue Coleman

Continue Reading