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In Conversation: Constructing Gender: the Origins of Michigan's Union and League

This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please register to secure your place by emailing Please include date and title of program in the subject line of your email.

Two brothers. Two million dollars. Two Buildings. Two gendered spaces. Constructing Gender: the Origins of Michigan’s Union and League (January 28 – May 7, 2017), looks not only at how brothers (and U-M alumni) Irving K. and Allen Pond meticulously conceived and constructed the two clubs—one for men, one for women—but how they built ideas about gender and society into the very fabric of the Union and League themselves. Join exhibition curator Nancy Barlett of the Bentley Historical Library, for an exploration of the origins of these iconic buildings through an architectural lens, and showing how their design reflected the era’s ideas about gender, morals, and coeducation.

Lead support for Constructing Gender: The Origins of Michigan's Union and League is provided by the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment.