An unprecedented discussion
Leaders of nine of the world's most distinguished universities came to the University of Michigan as part of the second of three Bicentennial colloquia hosted by President Mark Schlissel. The leaders, who are members of the board of the Tanner Lectures on Human Values, discussed the evolving bargain between research universities and societies.
Building for the Future
President Schlissel celebrates high school students who completed the Michigan Architecture Prep program, a partnership between the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and the Detroit Public Schools Community District that provides project-based instruction, including college and career preparation.
Congrats, Class of 2017
President Schlissel tells graduates: "When you become the first person to create an original thought or discovery, make the most out of it. Use it wisely and share it broadly. Help humanity use evidence to make decisions that will better our society. Convince others that scientific understanding based on facts and logic, matters."
U-M Presidents Discuss 'Evolving Bargain'
Part of the second President's Bicentennial Colloquium, "The Evolving Bargain between Research Universities and Society," featured a panel discussion and question-and-answer session with President Mark Schlissel and former Presidents Mary Sue Coleman, Lee C. Bollinger, James J. Duderstadt and Harold T. Shapiro.
The Future University Community
The first Presidential Bicentennial Colloquium of 2017 includes a discussion among journalist Michele Norris, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor, and Justice Susanne Baer of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany. U-M's Bicentennial will feature three colloquia exploring the ever-evolving role of the modern university and how it can better serve the common good.
President's Leadership Breakfast
"We have the talent to advance excellence and achieve impact, at levels befitting both our legacy and our potential," President Schlissel says in announcing Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, an Academic Innovation initiative, and a recommendation for U-M's first Chief Diversity Officer.
New Student Convocation
President Schlissel encouraged the incoming freshmen, “You have arrived at U-M at a very important moment. This is your first year in college, a time to explore, to learn, to grow — to challenge the present.”
Requiem for Orlando
During a memorial concert at Hill Auditorium, President Schlissel tells mourners: "We must fully and clearly reject all forms of discrimination, hatred, and violence."
Athletic Director Announcement
President Schlissel Jan. 29, 2016, announces the appointment of Warde Manuel as the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics.
Ideas and Observations
President Schlissel discusses U-M's strengths, challenges and opportunities during lunch with the university's Gates Millennium scholars. The competitive program promotes academic excellence and leadership and service opportunities at campuses across the U.S.
Community Assembly
Students, faculty and staff share ideas and listen to one another as Pulitzer-Prize winner Clarence Page emcees the discussion on diversity, equity and inclusion at U-M. President Schlissel invited all members of the U-M community to the assembly.
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President Schlissel is working to position the University of Michigan for perpetual excellence and public impact in research, creative work, performance and education. His primary areas of focus include:

Journey Home rendering

U-M will honor the contributions of staff past and present with a new public art installation called “Arriving Home.” The work will also recognize that all of our future goals for U-M’s third century rely on the dedication and intellect of our talented staff. Read more

As we launch U-M’s third century, our Bicentennial gives us the opportunity to celebrate our collective achievements while also examining the complex challenges facing today’s academy. President’s Bicentennial Colloquia

U-M Bicentennial 1817-2017