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Voices of Detroit: Life at the University of Michigan

Voices of DetroitIn collaboration with the University of Michigan’s bicentennial anniversary, Voices of Detroit: Life at U-M, serves as an ongoing oral history project that captures the life experiences of U-M alumni who grew up in Detroit.


These individuals have a unique perspective on the relationship between the University and city, and how it has shaped their lives. Through this project, participants are provided a platform to reflect on their time at the University while offering perspective and insight for the current and future generations of Wolverines.

Through this on-going collection, we aim to not only preserve the memories of academic life, triumphs, struggles, adversity and activism, but to also understand how experiences in Ann Arbor have shaped the worldview of U-M alumni and their hopes for entwining the futures of Detroit and the University of Michigan.

If you or someone you know is a University of Michigan alumnus who is from the city of Detroit, please contact us at (313) 593-3584 or Special thanks to all of the gracious participants and support from the Mellon Fellowship and Public Allies programs.

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