A poignant scene draws to a close at U-M's Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum as an 80-year-old American agave blooms for the first -- and last -- time in its majestic life. This American agave arrived at U-M in 1934, the same year a University task force declared the arboretum would "become a haven of quiet one hundred years from now when our rich native flora will have become a thing of the past in most places." (Images courtesy of Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum unless otherwise noted.)
The Nickels Arcade has beckoned to Michigan students, strollers, and shoppers for nearly a century. At its birth in 1915, it was the latest thing in retail — a collection of small shops offering premium goods to well-heeled customers. (Text by James Tobin.)
The David V. Tinder Collection of Michigan Photography, housed at the William L. Clements Library, offers virtually every photographic format used in the 19th and early 20th centuries: daguerreotypes, tintypes, stereographs, and more. The captions that accompany these select images were sourced from Tinder’s Directory of Early Michigan Photographers.Read more about this fascinating collection.
As the academic year winds down Michigan Today celebrates some of the student-athletes who delivered so much excitement to sports fans, captured in action by the team at Michigan Photography. Congrats to all of our Wolverines!
What's it like to be an eyewitness to history? Ask Jay Cassidy. As a photographer for the Michigan Daily from 1967-70 he was often no more than a brick's throw away from the action during the most tumultuous three-year period in recent American history. Cassidy now lives in Los Angeles and is an award-winning film editor who has worked on such motion pictures as "An Inconvenient Truth," "Into the Wild," and most recently, "American Hustle."
What can a trek up the world's tallest peaks reveal about leading an organization? Just ask leadership expert and mountaineer Scott DeRue, management professor at the Ross School of Business. DeRue began climbing in 2007 and has summited Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest, among others. In September he will direct the Ross School's executive education course Advanced Leadership in Action: Kilimanjaro. The seven-day trek will take participants from the depths of the African rain forest to the heights of this majestic peak. After summiting Everest in 2013, DeRue linked lessons learned on the mountain to teambuilding and leadership at work. He shares those thoughts in the captions below.
Where others see vacant and abandoned buildings, Detroit-based architect/U-M professor Christian Unverzagt sees promise and potential. As design director of M1/DTW, a multidisciplinary firm fusing design and cultural production, Unverzagt is carving a niche in the area of adaptive reuse – that is, recasting and transforming existing spaces. These days, clientele is trending increasingly toward local entrepreneurs – those seeking a creative space in Detroit to launch a new venture or expand an existing business. It’s a mindset Unverzagt readily embraces.
It would be no surprise to find scholars at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance whistling “Nice Work If You Can Get It” these days. One of the many sparkling songs written by George and Ira Gershwin, it is emblematic of the clever lyrics and catchy tunes penned by the legendary songwriting brothers whose body of work is now undergoing the most extensive scholarly review in history by SMTD students and faculty. Nice work indeed! Enjoy these classic images of George and Ira Gershwin.