Arts & Culture

  1. StarKids!

    Their story sounds like something from Broadway: talented students create a funny, larky musical about a child wizard, and perform it in a campus basement. Videos go viral, there’s a sequel, international acclaim. One member lands a role on “Glee.” How did it happen?

  2. U-M poet named one of best in generation

    Acclaimed poet, teacher and translator Khaled Mattawa has been awarded a United States Artist Fellowship for 2010. The Academy of American Poets called Mattawa “one of the most original, lyrical and intellectually challenging poets of his generation.”

  3. The Doors' disaster at Michigan

    Jim Morrison bombs at the homecoming dance –- and changes rock history.

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

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  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Artist of the Chill and Canyon

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