Campus unrest often erupts at times of social unrest. But what about campus humor? Some say it’s at its best when times are not.
A woebegone corner of campus once attracted trysts, trash and, a magnificent plan for an amphitheater. And then we paved paradise and put up a parking lot.
In 1970, a female secretary inspired one of the great sea changes in the University’s history: that Michigan should treat women the same as men.
Lyman T. Johnson, MA ’33, was the grandson of former slaves. He integrated the University of Kentucky five years before Brown v. Board of Education.
An African-American student of the 1920s left a vivid memoir of his years in a semi-segregated Ann Arbor.
As a field geologist, 98-year-old Helen Foster, BA ’42/PhD ’46, mapped the farthest-flung islands of Japan, met Emperor Hirohito, and documented Alaska’s landscape.