Alumnus Topic: Arts & Culture

Living the La La Life

From orientation to the Oscars, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul have been at each other’s side, composing songs and writing lyrics. In the last year, they have taken Hollywood and Broadway by storm. But their hearts remain in Ann Arbor.

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A Night at the Michigan Daily

Sunday through Thursday, one campus building on Maynard Street stays abuzz into the wee hours of the morning. Most of the editorial staff of The Michigan Daily go to work when their friends are at home and starting to study.

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Michigan Is The Common Thread

From Nobel Prize winners and astronauts to noted actors and athletes, U-M alumni have made an impact on the world. They come from different countries and different cultures; they studied different subjects and entered different professions. But all have one thing in common: The University of Michigan.

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The Making of “Maize & Blue On Broadway”

What happened when U-M musical theater alumni learned that Brent Wagner was retiring after 32 years as department chair? They set in motion a 17-month plan to produce a one-night-only, sellout show on May 16. “Hamilton,” eat your heart out.

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The Concert Hall and Beyond

For 137 seasons, the University Musical Society has presented performances from classical music to modern dance and jazz, making Ann Arbor a destination for world-renowned artists.

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Work Space: Wendy Clark

As director of museums, visual arts, and indemnity at the National Endowment for the Arts, Wendy Clark, ’83, certainly has an impressive title. But that title does not guarantee a large work space. Clark’s cubicle is modern and contemporary, though, and impressive by Washington, D.C., standards. Clark has worked for the NEA more than 20 years. She now puts her art history classes, rather than her political science major, to work helping museums secure matching grants for exhibits, care for collections, and get insurance for art pieces

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Playing a New Tune

Aaron Dworkin, arts entrepreneur and diversity advocate, returns to U-M as the new dean of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

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A Critic’s Journey

Ruth Reichl has spent her career eating and writing about food and in the process has become one of the most recognizable names in the culinary world.

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