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An eclectic exhibit

U-M annual faculty show diverse showcase of talent

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The Aerodynamics of Birds

Engineers learn lessons form natural flyers

Wei Shyy, chair of the University of Michigan Aerospace Engineering Department, is a photographer of birds. He studies them to help engineers design small, flapping-wing aircraft.

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Michigan to Mercury

The Fast Imaging Plasma Spectrometer is a space instrument built at the University of Michigan. Here's the story of its journey to Mercury on board the MESSENGER spacecraft.

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Going green: Detroit's auto show

U-M auto expert sums up the 2008 North American International Auto Show

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Heavenly Steps

Interview with NY choreographer Rennie Harris, who has been commissioned to create work with the help of U-M dance students

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Large turnout by women voters propels candidates

U-M political expert Vincent Hutchings says the presidential nomination is up for grabs due to the surprisingly strong showings by Hillary Clinton and John McCain in the New Hampshire Primary.

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New research confirms connection between job loss and poor health

Employees who lose their jobs because of their health suffer more significant depression and detrimental health outcomes than people who lose their jobs for non-health reasons, new research shows.

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U-M research attacks nuisance algae

For decades, local lakes have been plagued with blooms of nuisance algae. John Lehman's research has led to better understanding of the causes and now is coming up with solutions.

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Voter competence

Do voters remember political messages ?

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Where do you stand? Research shows clues in rules of the wild

If you wonder where you stand in the social pecking order at work, home and in the community, a little known group of primates found only in the highlands of Ethiopia may offer some clues.

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Bold, new competition aims to reinvent U-M's North Campus

Five University of Michigan deans are seeking to create an inspiring 21st-century educational, interactive environment like "no other place on Earth." That place could be North Campus, according to David Munson, the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering.

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U-M composer's song cycle headed to Carnegie Hall

The haunting melodies in Evan Chambers' evocative song cycle come from a deep, resonant place—a sacred ground that holds memories of those buried six-feet deep.

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Faith meets science: Religious views on climate change

In recent years, there's been a growing concern within the religious community about the spiritual and ethical dimensions of climate change. To explore this topic, Andrew Hoffman, a professor of sustainable enterprise at the University of Michigan, organized a conference titled "Religious Perspectives on Climate Change: Turning Faith into Action."

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U-M poet on short list for prestigious U.S. literary prize

Two weeks before the National Book Awards are announced, Linda Gregerson is still arranging and rearranging her words of gratitude. It's not all that typical for a poet of Gregerson's stature and accomplishments to be, well, sort of speechless.

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Treadmill training helps Down syndrome babies walk months earlier

Starting Down syndrome infants on treadmill training for just minutes a day can help them walk up to four or five months earlier than with only traditional physical therapy.

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Business development

In the wake of Pfizer's plans to reduce its Michigan presence, the universities moved quickly to retain research jobs and find new uses for desirable laboratory space.

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University of Michigan Solar Car Team

The 2007 team developed new technology that uses mirrors to intensify sunlight. The Panasonic World Solar Challenge was Oct. 21-28. The team hoped to improve on its three previous third-place finishes, but it ended up finishing seventh because of an early crash.

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Form & Function

Public Art on U-M North Campus

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A Life's Harmony

Marilyn Mason has been integral in building the U-M organ department into a preeminent international program.

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New gallery connects U-M to Detroit

School of Art & Design aims to build collaboration with artists and institutions in the city

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Japan at a crossroads

University of Michigan Museum of Art's compelling exhibit reflects changes in contemporary Japanese culture.

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U-M experts discuss poverty trends


Poverty has been a major problem in this country during the last several decades. More than 37 million people in the United States live in poverty. 

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Mary Sue Coleman visits Google

U-M president visits Google's new offices

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Leadership Village Academy visits

Sixth graders from Harlem expand their academic horizons
with a campus tour

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Excerpts from July 27 ceremony in which Prof. Hyman Bass was awarded the National Medal of Science

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Experts discuss Michael Moore's 'Sicko'

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PhotoVoice: School of Public Health works with teens on documenting their communities

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PhotoVoice: Project puts focus on environmental justice

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U-M scientists simulate the effects of blowing Mars dust on NASA's Phoenix lander, due for August launch

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U-M flu mask study looks for answers


A short report on the purpose, methodology and timeliness of the U-M study.

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2007 Spring Commencement

Main speaker William Jefferson Clinton's remarks to graduates.  (22 min. 42 sec.)
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U-M President Mary Sue Coleman's remarks to graduates.  (9 min. 31 sec.)
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Student speaker Abdulrahman El-Sayed's remarks to graduates.  (6 min.)
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University Record coverage of commencement >

Child Advocacy Law Clinic


Law School clinic: Three decades serving the most vulnerable clients



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2006 Winter Commencement

Main speaker Dave Bing's remarks to graduates.  (23 min. 5 sec.)
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U-M President Mary Sue Coleman's remarks to graduates.  (8 min. 31 sec.)
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"Striving Toward Perfection"

University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman's annual address to the U-M faculty Senate Assembly.  (30 min. 3 sec.)
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Prof. Peter Sparling discusses choreographer Martha Graham

University of Michigan dance Prof. Peter Sparling, who was a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company from 1973-1987, assesses Graham's impact on the arts.  (11 min. 32 sec.)
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Fat Chance: Web site reports on science of weight gain and loss
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Davidson Hall razing

Davidson Hall is the last of the major structures to be razed on the Ross School of Business campus in preparation for construction of a new new 270,000-square-foot structure.

Video of the razing shot from June 23 through July 14, 2006
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2006 Spring Commencement

The main speaker was CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour

Amanpour's speech
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U-M President Mary Sue Coleman's remarks to graduates
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U-M News Service release regarding spring commencement >

75th Hopwood Anniversary

Avery Hopwood

Several University of Michigan units sponsored a series of events in 2006 celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Avery Hopwood and Jule Hopwood Awards, in recognition of the legacy of the bequest that gave birth to the awards.

A special video, honoring the awards was produced.
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Former U-M Prof. Charles Baxter gave the lecture at the 75th anniversary awards
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75th Hopwood Anniversary Web site >

The book "The Hopwood Awards, 75 Years of Prized Writing" >

News Service release prior to the anniversary awards presentation >

News Service release about the anniversary awards >

"What Is Your Health Worth?"

The University of Michigan and the Citizens' Health Care Working Group hosted an interactive national town hall discussion of health care March 22, 2006, through a Webcast and a concurrent satellite telecast—part of a national invitation to citizens to tell policymakers in Washington what they like and don't like about our nation's health care system, and what tough choices our country should make to turn it into one that works for all Americans. Twenty-two institutions participated in the event.

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Citizens Health Care Working Group >

U-M release on the town hall >

"Not Your Father's Space Race"

President Mary Sue Coleman addresses the National Press Club, March 7, 2006

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President Coleman speaks on Google Book Search and the Public Good, Feb. 6, 2006

President Mary Sue Coleman was invited to deliver the keynote opening address of the 2006 conference of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers in Washington, D.C.

Excerpt one from President Coleman's address, "Google, the Khmer Rouge and the Public Good" (RealMedia format) (15 min. 48 sec.)

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Recording of William Bolcom's "Songs of Innocence and Experience" wins four 2006 Grammy Awards

University of Michigan professor and composer William Bolcom's epic "Songs of Innocence and Experience" has received four Grammy Awards, including Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance. At the time of the recorded performance in April 2004, Bolcom discussed how he set William Blake's poetry to music.
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Bolcom began the composition 50 years ago.
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Freeman Dyson main speaker at Dec. 18 Winter Commencement

Freeman Dyson, professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., was commencement speaker at the University's Dec. 18, 2005, winter commencement ceremony. He, along with artist Elizabeth Catlett, former Johns Hopkins University President William Richardson and commercial real estate entrepreneur Sam Zell, received honorary degrees.
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U-M President Mary Sue Coleman's remarks to graduates (RealMedia) (8 min. 59 sec.)

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Microsoft's Bill Gates listens to a student's question following his delivery of the Goff Smith lecture. College of Engineering Interim Dean Ronald Gibala is standing in the background.
Microsoft's Bill Gates addresses students

Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Engineer Bill Gates delivered the College of Engineering's annual Goff Smith Lecture to a capacity crowd at Rackham Auditorium Oct. 12. (Video provided by Microsoft.)
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U-M students "Storm the Stadium" for research and fund-raising

Bubbles float among balloons tied to Michigan Stadium seats as U-M students conduct wind flow tests Sept. 24.

The Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences says more than 400 U-M students turned out for "Storm the Stadium" Sept. 24, 2005. to help Arthur F. Thurnau Prof. of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences Perry Samson measure wind flow and temperature inside Michigan Stadium. The students contributed more than $1,300, which Samson says he and his wife will match, to support training of meteorologists at Jackson State University in Mississippi.
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Photo by Stefano Paltera/North American Solar Challenge
U-M team wins 2005 North American Solar Challenge

On July 27, 2005, the University of Michigan student-built solar car Momentum crossed the finish line first in the North American Solar Challenge that began 10 days earlier in Austin, Texas, and ended at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.
End-of-race comments from U-M and second-place University of Minnesota solar car drivers.
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Spring 2005 Commencement

U-M alumnus John Seely Brown, former chief scientist of Xerox Corp. and director of its Palo Alto Research Center, and a leading contemporary thinker on the influence of technology on modern life, gave the main address at the University of Michigan's Spring Commencement April 30, 2005, in Michigan Stadium.
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Brown was one of six honorary degree recipients at the Ann Arbor ceremony, including U-M alumnus Henry W. Bloch, founder of H&R Block; physicist Mildred Dresselhaus, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; researcher Bruce S. McEwen, of The Rockefeller University; Margaret Ann (Ranny) Riecker, philanthropist and longtime supporter of higher education and the education of women; and Glenn E. "Bo" Schembechler, former U-M football coach, whom President Coleman asked to address the graduates.
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President Coleman's remarks to graduates
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Entire commencement ceremony
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50th anniversary celebration of announcement that the Salk polio vaccine had been proven effective

On April 12, 2005, the University celebrated the 50th anniversary of the announcement by Dr. Thomas Francis, Jr., that the new Salk polio vaccine was “safe, effective, and potent.”

Kicking off the day's events was the ceremony at which the first Thomas Francis, Jr., Medal in Global Public Health was awarded to Dr. William Foege, who played a key role in pioneering a strategy to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s.
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This March of Dimes historical vignette outlines the excitement surrounding the announcement.
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Another March of Dimes vignette examines polio's impact on the nation.
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Prof. Francis, from a news conference that followed the announcement. Francis is flanked by Prof. Jonas Salk (to Francis' right) and Basil O'Connor, a friend and former law partner of President Franklin Roosevelt and a head of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.
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An excerpt of Prof. Salk's comments at the announcement.
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On the day of the announcement, the U-M produced a nationwide closed-circuit telecast to physicians about the the field tests. The opening of the program, from a kinescope (film) recording of the TV signal...
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News release on the awarding the first Thomas Francis, Jr. Medal in Global Public Health >

U-M School of Public Health celebrates the 1955 announcement >



"Leaders on Leadership"

U-M President Mary Sue Coleman was recently a guest on the program "Leaders on Leadership," a co-production of Detroit Public Television and the Wayne State University School of Business Administration through its Institute for Organizational & Industrial Competitiveness (IOIC). Aired originally on WTVS-TV, channel 56, April 3, 2005, Coleman, a longtime biochemistry researcher, was interviewed by host and IOIC Director Larry Fobes.
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Coleman was asked how she made the transition from laboratory research to university president.
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Coleman was prompted to compare leadership of corporations and leadership of universities.
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Remembering Arthur Miller
1915-2005

In April of 2004 playwright and U-M alumnus Arthur Miller returned to the Ann Arbor campus for a celebration of his works. While here, he was interviewed by Mark Lamos, visiting adjunct professor in theater, who asked Miller about the duty of a literary artist.
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Miller explained why, having tried his hand at other forms of literature and having been night editor of the Michigan Daily student newspaper, he chose writing plays as a profession.
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Arthur Miller, playwright and U-M alumnus, dead at 89 >



Pain's generation gap

Research by pain specialist Prof. Carmen Green, M.D., has found that among both blacks and whites, younger adults don't cope as well with pain as their elders, but blacks feel it worse.
Green outlines her findings
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Green has found that African Americans may be disproportionately missing out on effective treatment for their chronic pain and that prescription pain medications are harder to find in pharmacies serving minority neighborhoods...subjects on which Green says more research is needed
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Excerpt from the 2005 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Closing Lecture
Walter Mosley

January 31, 2005

Author Walter Mosley, perhaps best known for his mysteries featuring private investigator Easy Rawlins, spoke on "Bearing Witness," saying to bear witness requires four steps to retain one's veracity as an individual.
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2005 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium >

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Excerpts from the 2005 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture
Henry Cisneros

January 17, 2005

Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros praised the advancement of social equality America has made since the time of King.
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Cisneros says urban communities will find the inspiration for renewal in King's teachings.
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Cisneros noted that as a college education becomes increasingly important, it is harder for many to pursue.
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Cisneros cited housing as a segregating factor in today's urban areas.
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Cisneros spoke of the theme of the U-M's Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium.
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Cisneros stressed the importance of education in the futures of the nation's cities.
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Cisneros said the best moment for America is yet to come.
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Information about Cisneros >




Ross
Stephen M. Ross' $100 million gift
Sept. 9, 2004

On Sept. 9, 2004, University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman formally announced that New York City real estate developer Stephen M. Ross, BBA '62, had pledged $100 million to the University of Michigan Business School—the largest donation ever to a U.S. business school and the largest gift to the U-M in its 187-year history.
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Robert Dolan, dean of the business school, said Ross' extraordinary generosity will "make it possible for us to build our future as the top business school in the nation."
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Ross said the University of Michigan had made a difference in his life.
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News release about the gift >

Stephen M. Ross Business School site about the gift >




Hunt

Meyhöfer

 

Molecular Motors

U-M researchers Alan Hunt and Edgar Meyhöfer talk about nature's tiny nano-machines that could work miracles if we learn how to build them.

What are molecular motors?
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Why study Molecular motors?
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What's the value to understanding how molecular motors work?
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What's so special about molecular motors?
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Can molecular motors work outside their native cells?
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Are all molecular motors the same?
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What are these optical tweezers that use focused laser light to trap and move microscopic objects?
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What about piconewtons, used to express power exerted by molecular motors?
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Michigan Today article about molecular motors >




Robert P. Moses addresses 2004 Winter Commencement



Educator and civil rights activist Robert P. Moses was main speaker at the U-M-Ann Arbor Winter Commencement Dec. 19, 2004. His main plea to graduates reflected his decades of combining expertise in education with passion for social justice.
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Moses' entire address
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U-M President Mary Sue Coleman's comments to graduates
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Robert P. Moses, Elizabeth L. Eisenstein are honorary degree recipients >






‘Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise’

U-M music Profs. William Bolcom and Joan Morris perform Bolcom's composition “Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise” at an Ann Arbor Women's City Club "Morning Musical."
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About William Bolcom

About Joan Morris

 


Ceremonial groundbreaking for the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy's Joan and Sanford Weill Hall

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An excerpt from Dean Rebecca Blank's comments
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Excerpts from former President Gerald Ford's comments
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Longone Center for American Culinary Research

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Center's Web site >

Jan Longone outlines what will be in the Center's archives.
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Jan Longone discusses the aim of the Center.
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Dan Longone says many of the early American-published books on wine reveal the personalities and fervor of their authors.
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Clements Library Director John Dann says the Longone Center is an example of today's interest in social history.
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John Dann says creation of the Longone Center has prompted a reappraisal of the Clements Library collections.
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Excerpts from the 2004 Academic Freedom Lecture
October 28, 2004
Author and educator Noam Chomsky says the divide in perceptions between our nation's leaders and the general public is extraordinary.
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Chomsky says the notion that powerful nations such as the United States have a unilateral right to pursue pre-emptive wars was voiced by the Reagan and Clinton administrations, as well as by the George W. Bush administration.
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Chomsky discusses the shift of the power to make war from Congress to the Executive.
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Chomsky discusses NATO's bombing of Kosovo and the implications.
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Chomsky discusses the validity of humanitarian intervention.
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Chomsky discusses President Richard Nixon's policies regarding Cambodia in the mid-1980s.
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The entire lecture (courtesy of Academic Freedom Lecture Fund)

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Mary Sue Coleman
Inauguration as U-M's 13th president
March 27, 2003


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Mary Sue Coleman
"Address to the American Council on Education"
February 17, 2003


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Rajmohan Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi's grandson speaks about "Legacies"
January 20, 2003


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Michael Boyd
"Why Shakespeare Matters to Me"
November 21, 2002


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Salman Rushdie
discusses his new play, "Midnight's Children"
October 15, 2002


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Mary Sue Coleman

Mary Sue Coleman...
May 29, 2002

...on becoming president


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...on the U-M Regents' support of the University.
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...on moving to Michigan.
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