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Exhibit brings Supreme Court cases into focus

A new exhibit inspired by the U.S. Supreme Court decisions on the University's admissions policies brings to life the long history of diversity dating back more than a century.

(Graphic By Marketing Communications/photos by Marcia Ledford, U-M Photo Services)

Three walls of the large display are completely covered with historic photos, timelines, projected quotes from amicus briefs, Michigan Daily headlines, editorial cartoons and courtroom sketches. Sound umbrellas project recordings from the Supreme Court hearings and excerpts from interviews with students. Interior panels hang from the ceiling.

"I don't think you can come out of this without learning something," says Brett Ashley, director of marketing communications. "It's intensely rich with history and experience."

The exhibit, "U-M's Case for Diversity," at the Media Union Gallery on North Campus, will be shown Jan. 13-30 and Feb. 9-20. The exhibit is open from noon-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays.

U-M Photo Services photographer Marcia Ledford captured images the day justices heard oral arguments. The pictures led to many campus leaders suggesting an exhibit to flesh out the details with a far broader, all-encompassing exhibit, Ashley says.

A panel of University representatives hailed from Museum Studies, the Law School, Media Union, Marketing Communications, Photo Services, and the School of Art and Design.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, the Law School, the Office of the Vice President for Communications, the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel, the Office of the Provost, the Arts of Citizenship Program, and the Bentley Historical Library.

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