All events are free and take place at UMMA unless otherwise noted.

Jan 13

LSA Great Lakes Theme Semester: Dynamic Lakes and Lake Dynamics

Lake Effects, a 6-month-long focus on the impact of the Great Lakes will encourage campus and community-wide conversations about the history, cultures, and environments that have shaped the Great Lakes region as well as the pressing challenges and transformative possibilities in the years to come. Join us to kick off the theme semester at UMMA with "Dynamic Lakes and Lake Dynamics," the first in a series of panel discussions surveying key issues that confront the Great Lakes and the people who depend on them.

Featured speakers include: Drew Gronewold, U-M Associate Professor of Environment and Sustainability, and Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Guy Meadows, Director, Marine Engineering Laboratory and Professor of Sustainable Marine Engineering at Michigan Tech University; Susan Och, Leeland Township Supervisor, and Dick Norton, U-M Professor of Urban & Regional Planning and in the Program in the Environment.

Additional events in the series take place at the Michigan League and include: The Fishery — Living in Living Systems (February 3); Great Lakes Histories — Indigenous Cultures Through Common Futures (February 24); Using and Moving the Water — Rights, Access, and Equity (March 16); Politics and Policies — The Great Lakes Task Force (April 6); and Looking Forward — Legal and Policy Prescriptions for the Great Lakes (April 20). 

Each event will include brief presentations from each speaker, a panel discussion, and time for questions from the audience. An informal gathering with light refreshments will follow each session. 

This program is organized by the LSA Great Lakes Theme Semester and co-presented with the University of Michigan Museum of Art. For more information, please visit or contact Ashley Stoltenberg at or 734-763-0061.