Café Shapiro


People listening to a speaker at Cafe Shapiro

Welcome to the 22nd Annual Café Shapiro! 

When Café Shapiro first launched over twenty years ago, it was a bold experiment, a student coffee break designed as part of the University’s Year of the Humanities and Arts (YoHA). Café Shapiro is an example of how past innovations become a part of current campus traditions. YoHA set out to explore the role of the arts and humanities in civic and community life through a variety of programs. Café Shapiro continues its tradition of featuring undergraduate student writers nominated by their Professors to perform their works and through during so continues to demonstrate the value of the arts and humanities.

The act of reading one’s work out loud is a new experience for many of our students. Throughout several evenings in February, students will gather in the Shapiro lobby and share their works. They will be joined by friends, faculty, coaches, and family, as they demonstrate the power of speaking and performing. They will participate in an authentic act of creation, speaking possibility, expressing beliefs, and imagining the future.

Café Shapiro has become much more than a coffee break. It has become an annual event featuring undergraduate student writers as they think creatively and critically, reason, ask questions, and develop the skills that help them understand and participate in our world. We also publish this anthology of their work, making it available in print and through Deep Blue, the University’s institutional repository. Through this process, students have the opportunity to learn about copyright and related steps to publishing their scholarship

Contact: Theresa Stanko, stanko@umich.edu

Café Shapiro Anthologies

The Cafe Shapiro anthologies 2010-2019 have been added to the Library Collection, MPublishing, and Deep Blue repository.

Café Shapiro Events

All Cafe Shapiro readings are held in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library.

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Last modified: 07/30/2019