Celebrating 200: UM-Dearborn makes plans to celebrate U-M bicentennial

U-M BicentennialUniversity of Michigan will mark its bicentennial in 2017 with a yearlong series of special events and exhibits that celebrate the university’s achievements and examine the challenges facing higher education today.

This week’s issue of U-M’s The Record includes a comprehensive list of activities planned for the celebration. Below, learn more about UM-Dearborn’s involvement:

U-M Festivals

  • Spring Festival – April 6-8
    • The Spring Festival is the first of four U-M festivals planned to celebrate the bicentennial. Details about how UM-Dearborn faculty, staff, students and alumni can participate in U-M Ann Arbor events will be shared as available.
  • Summer Festival – June 27
    • The summer festival focuses on the contributions of U-M staff, with all UM-Dearborn staff invited to attend the special staff recognition event being planned by U-M’s MStaff200 committee.
  • Detroit Festival – September 15
    • The Detroit Festival will commemorate U-M’s founding in Detroit and will host events open to all. Representatives from UM-Dearborn have been active in the academic programming of this event.
  • Fall Festival – Oct 26-28
    • The Fall Festival takes place Homecoming weekend and will include the Third Century Expo, a special evening finale and the Homecoming football game. UM-Dearborn has formed a committee to create a booth for the Third Century Expo that represents the campus.
      • Committee members: Diane Sigler, Judy Modelski, Karen Holland, Eva Gogola, Rayna Anderson, Dexter Overall, Jon Larsa, Fiana Arbab, Kate Malicke

 Colloquia and Exhibits

  • President’s Bicentennial Colloquia
    • President Mark Schlissel will sponsor and host a series of three colloquia in Ann Arbor to explore topics related to the future of the university, including the opening colloquium with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor — the first Latina appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court and Justice Susanne Baer of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany. Faculty and staff will receive more information about attending via Record/Reporter as colloquium dates near.
  • Wonder of Learning: The 100 Languages of Childhood – June 12-Aug. 27, Duderstadt Center
    • This hands-on exhibit—which is presented by U-M Children’s Centers, in partnership with the UM-Dearborn School of Education, Health and Human Services, the Stamps School of Art & Design and the Duderstadt Center—explores the ways in which humans learn from their earliest days.
  • A full list of exhibits is available online.

UM-Dearborn Bicentennial Events

  • UM-Dearborn is working to partner with organizers of campus events occurring in 2017 that closely align with bicentennial objectives. An updated list of these events will be shared in January.
  • UM-Dearborn’s bicentennial celebration will begin with the 24th Annual MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 16. More information about this event will be shared in the coming weeks.
  • Colleges and units hosting events in 2017 are welcome to brand events under the bicentennial umbrella—especially those events focused on a key university initiative, highlighting the history or future of the university, or recognizing an anniversary or milestone. For more information on how to participate, contact Kate Malicke at kmalicke@umich.edu.

Bicentennial Publications

  • Always Leading, Forever Valiant: Stories of the University of Michigan 1917-2017: UM-Dearborn is included in this anthology of narrative features and essays about the university’s history.
  • The University of Michigan, An Encyclopedic Survey: UM-Dearborn submitted a 25-page history to be included in this updated publication.
  • Bicentennial Timeline: U UM-Dearborn milestones are featured on U-M’s Bicentennial Timeline.
  • Stories of the Staff: This website celebrates the contributions of staff members through self-submitted stories, photos and reflections. UM-Dearborn will feature staff spotlights in Reporter throughout 2017 and encourage staff to submit their own stories.

More information about the bicentennial can be found on the U-M Bicentennial website. For more information about UM-Dearborn’s involvement, contact Kate Malicke at kmalicke@umich.edu.

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