Arts & Culture

  1. Remembering Janice Bluestein Longone

    Culinary historian and adjunct curator Janice Bluestein Longone passed away in August 2022 at the age of 89. She was the principal donor and driving force behind the formation of the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive, which supports numerous courses at U-M.

  2. Composing the nation’s future

    ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ is not an antique fixed in time, but a living allegory that inspires us to realize democracy’s potential, says historian/musicologist Mark Clague. The song’s enduring resilience mirrors the nation’s experience, he says.

  3. Mr. Smith’s baseball adventure

    Shirley Wheeler Smith was Michigan’s classic behind-the-scenes man in 1949 — chief financial officer, liaison to the Regents, and all-around troubleshooter — until he wrote an ‘America’s-Pastime’ story that took him to Hollywood.

  4. David Turnley documents Ukrainians’ plight

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, alumnus, and retired Stamps professor has been traveling in Ukraine and Poland, capturing the story of Ukrainians fleeing their war-torn country.

  5. Orchestrating an equitable score

    From Spielberg projects to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, composer/DEI advocate Laura Karpman, BMus, ’80, has long navigated the male-dominated industry of music scoring. Now she’s working to enhance the picture.

  6. Open access: U-M recruits students across campus to fill arts internships

    Thanks to a gift of $250K from Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, the University of Michigan Culture Corps is flipping the script on the traditional arts internship by recruiting students historically excluded from arts careers

  7. UMS presents ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in concert John Williams’ orchestrations

    Professional Broadway singers star alongside U-M musical theatre students in a special concert Feb. 19-20, featuring the first live performances of John Williams’s orchestral arrangement of the movie score.

  8. $12M gift of Chinese calligraphy transforms UMMA’s Asian art collection

    The Lo Chia-Lun Calligraphy Collection is the largest gift of art in the University’s history. The collection preserves important evidence of cultural pursuits in the early 20th century; it also reflects the tastes and intellectual exchanges among leading thinkers of the time.

  9. Detroit River narratives emerge through schooner trips, boat building

    U-M’s Detroit River Story Lab partners with community groups in Flint and Detroit to teach schoolchildren about ship construction and buoyancy, river ecology, and the river’s role in the history of the Underground Railroad.