A current exhibit at the Clements Library aims to present the experiences of ordinary Americans who served in France as part of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) during the First World War. Studying hundreds of letters written by soldiers, postcards, photographs, and other diverse materials, curator Louis Miller discovered some shared themes from these firsthand accounts to explore in the exhibition. In this lecture, Miller discusses some of the exceptional and heartbreaking stories found in the Clements’ archives, and presents an overview of the exhibit.
Shenoute of Atripe (ca. 348-465). Content: Canon 7. Acephalos work A13: 79: i.1-ii.32. Is Ecclesiastes Not Wise: 80: i.2-ii.33. Parchment, 1 leaf, 380 x 288 mm. Verso. Origin: White Monastery (Atripe, Egypt). 8th AD. Mich. Ms. 158. 14 b: White Monastery Codex YR 79/80
My Brothers is a monthly dialogue series focused around the success and cross-cultural development of self-identified men of color at the University of Michigan. All U-M students, staff, and faculty are invited to this space.
Join us for the first in a brownbag series highlighting materials research at the university. Our speaker will be Shannon McDevitt, Materials Developer at Herman Miller and U-M Materials Science & Engineering Science alumna.
Students, nominated by their instructors, have been invited to read their own poems and short stories to a peer audience. For many student writers, Café Shapiro is a first opportunity to read publicly from their creative work. For others, it provides a fresh audience, and the ability to experience the work of students they may not encounter in writing classes.
Tre lune watermark in Mich. Ms. 197, fragment from a Bohairic Coptic lectionary
Join us to explore the material properties of manuscripts. Our first encounters with manuscripts and other documents are typically taken up with reading, deciphering, and admiring their contents. Nevertheless, these documents are also physical objects with material properties that can be “read” along with the words and images they carry. Together these properties comprise a record of human efforts and intentions across time and space that inform us on how the document was produced, used, appreciated, and even refashioned.
04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Hatcher Graduate Library Special Collections, 6th Floor
Umayyah Cable, Assistant Professor of English at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, and Aaron Dennis, producer, editor, videographer, and founder of Stone Hut Studios, explore how educational filmstrip and documentary filmmaking become sites of political and social activism that disrupt mainstream media production practices, content, and forms of distribution.
Big A-B-C Book (Akron, OH: The Saalfield Publishing Co., 1913). Linen. Special Collections Children’s Literature Collection. In the Lee Walp Family Juvenile Book Collection, Gift of the Lee Walp Family.