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A Public UniversityView Stories
The 1913 Lectern
Through a century, the beautifully carved gift of the Class of 1913 has symbolized the University's role as a democratic forum, a place where society's challenges are debated and struggled over.
The Warrior Scholar
How a tough son of the Bronx grew up to fight for the rights of the accused.
Teacher and StudentView Stories
"Our Miss Sheldon"
A star student in Michigan's first generation of women searches for her calling and comes of age in the "dangerous experiment" of coeducation.
The First Women
A 1924 survey of Michigan's early "co-eds" reveals what life was like for a generation of pioneers.
“A Creation of My Own”
Michigan's founding president fights a demagogue in pursuit of a new kind of university.
Such Horrible Business
The study of anatomy demands human specimens, but public opinion recoiled. The result was a steady commerce in cadavers, better known as grave-robbing.
When a pioneering botany professor set out to explore specimens along the Colorado River, she made discoveries of a different sort.
The Students' WorldView Stories
Wallenberg at Michigan
Before rescuing thousands of Jews during World War II, Raoul Wallenberg learned and grew at Michigan. No other individual has been credited with saving so many from extinction.
What was it like to go through Michigan in the desperate years of the Great Depression?
Dear Aunt Ruth
Ruth Bacon Buchanan corresponded with thousands of Michigan students who went off to war. Her archive is extraordinary documentation of lives anchored at U-M in the midst of the world crisis.
The End of 'Hours'
In 1967-68, the rules of sex-segregated dorm life came tumbling down, and students entered a new era of freedom.
Madonna Slept Here
Today’s dorm room was yesterday’s home for James Earl Jones, Gilda Radner, Sanjay Gupta and other notable alumni. A tour of campus housing points out who lived where before achieving fame.
A Campus GrowsView Stories
Seeds of Discontent
U-M's rivalry with Michigan State grew out of a battle—intellectual as well as political—over the future of the state's economy. In the end, all students were the winners.
The Lost Campus
The campus is haunted by landmarks, vistas and views now buried under the avalanche of time.
Revelli: The Long Note
William D. Revelli did more than transform the Michigan Marching Band. His unyielding drive for perfection changed conducting, performing and music education across the country.