William L. Clements Library

Upcoming Exhibits and Events


To be announced.


All lectures are free and open to the public, but registration is requested. See links below to register.

Symposium: A Long History of Unauthorized Immigration

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Angel Hall - Room 3222 435 S. State St, Ann Arbor MI 48109

Friday, October 13, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Tisch Hall - Room 1014
505 S. State St., Ann Arbor MI 48109

A Long History of Unauthorized Immigration brings together a select, interdisciplinary group of key scholars for comparative engagements with current research into unauthorized immigrant Asian American, Latinx, African American, Muslim, Jewish, gendered, and sexualized social group histories and cultural practices from the late-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. The symposium invites its participants to reflect on what is illuminated or interrogated when comparative analysis brings together the varied experiences of different social groups during the same period of US history.

This LSA Bicentennial Theme Semester event is presented with support from the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and the University of Michigan Bicentennial Office. Additional support provided by the Department of History, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, and William L. Clements Library.

Find more details regarding the symposium on our University of Michigan Events Calendar here.

Alan Taylor: "Transforming the Continent: Natives, Settlers, Empires, and States."

Thursday, October 19, 2017
6:30-8:00 p.m.

Robertson Auditorium, Ross School of Business
701 Tappan Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190

Join Alan Taylor as he discusses his book, American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804. Taylor’s research and lecture examines the way we think about the American Revolution and our nation's history.

Taylor, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History at the University of Virginia, is the author of many acclaimed books in early American history and has twice been awarded the Pulitzer Prize in History; in 1996 for William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic and in 2014 for The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772–1832.

Books will be available for purchase.

Please note the location of this lecture. Free parking is available after 5:00pm at the Hill Street parking structure.

Register here.

Brown Bag Lecture
Katie LaPlant: David Bates Douglass Papers

Tuesday, November 14th
12:00-1:00 p.m.

William L. Clements Library
909 S. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190

This lecture examines the more than 600 new manuscript additions to the David Bates Douglass Papers and provides a glimpse of an early nineteenth-century American family.

Register here.

Tiya Miles: "Examining the Experiences of the Unfree in the Frontier Outpost of Detroit."

Friday, December 8, 2017
4:15-6:00 p.m.

Rackham Amphitheater, Fourth Floor
915 E. Washington St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

In collaboration with the Detroit School, please join the Clements Library as we celebrate the release of Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits, by Tiya Miles. Miles, a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and Professor of American Culture, Afro-American and African Studies, History, Women's Studies, and Native American Studies—examines the experiences of the unfree, both Native and African American, in the frontier outpost of Detroit. Throughout the book, she exposes the limits of freedom in early America and the role slavery played in the city. Following the book talk, Stephen Ward - Faculty Director of the Semester in Detroit program and Associate Professor in the Residential College and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies - will offer comments on the book and the questions it raises for both.

Books will be available for purchase.

Please note the location of this lecture.

Register here.