Office of the VP for Communications – Keeping alumni and friends connected to U-M

Arts & Culture

  1. The last survivors

    Even the youngest Holocaust survivors, like Dr. Emanuel Tanay, are reaching their 80s. What does it mean to have lived, and to remain a witness to one of history’s great atrocities?

  2. From U-M to Hollywood and back

    ‘Answer This!’ is a sweet, smart romantic comedy. It’s also a movie-maker’s love letter to Michigan. Director Chris Farah tells the story of coming back to his alma mater to film his first feature, starring Christopher Gorham, Arielle Kebbel and legendary professor Ralph Williams.

    Plus: Play the Michigan Today trivia game for a chance to win an ‘Answer This!’ Ralph Williams t-shirt!

  3. Maker of heroes

    How Dwayne McDuffie created some of the comics’ first black superheroes, invented the first heroic clean-up crew, and keeps kids TV icon Ben 10 in business.

  4. The dean of network news

    As president of ABC News, U-M alumnus David Westin is one of the most important figures in TV news. It’s a long way from a childhood in Flint and Ann Arbor.

  5. The quintessential correspondent

    30 years ago, reporter Tony Collings took a chance on a job with a brand new TV network called CNN. Now on the U-M faculty, he looks back at a time when 24/7 news seemed nutty.

  6. Artist of the Chill and Canyon

    Lawrence Kasdan, director of ‘The Big Chill,’ ‘Grand Canyon’ and other classics, recalls his U-M days.

  7. The flap over ‘Flaming Creatures’

    The 1967 on-campus screening of the experimental film epitomized the era: controversy over content that was either “art” or “filth,” battles over academic freedom and angry protests by students.

  8. The Del Rio: Hippie hotbed

    Second home to radicals, hipsters, jazz lovers, rock stars, nudists, DetBurgers, giant burritos and the Midwest’s most hostile waitstaff, the Del Rio bar embodied countercultural Ann Arbor—until it finally outlived its times and closed. In this book excerpt, the Del’s former owner Ernie Harburg remembers when Ann Arbor was a very different place.

  9. 'Paul is Dead!' (said Fred)

    Forty years ago, a prankish article in the Michigan Daily helped create a modern myth: Beatle Paul McCartney was dead.