The story unfolds this way: A former head of state—in this case, the president of Poland—is visiting the University of Michigan as a guest lecturer. Over the course of a week, he joins 110,000 Wolverine fans for a football game at Michigan Stadium, then attends two performances of the Kirov Orchestra as part of a Shostakovich Centennial Festival. Next comes the opening night of Antony and Cleopatra by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
His reaction: “I feel like I’m in the center of New York City!”
From a campus that inspired Robert Frost, Arthur Miller, and Jessye Norman, the University of Michigan showcases song and dance, literature and politics, drama and art, from our students and from artists drawn to Ann Arbor. Such distinguished guests as President Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, and Christiane Amanpour have inspired and intrigued U-M audiences in recent years.
The resources of our libraries are among the deepest in the country. Our museums and theaters attract world-renowned talent and open a window to science and art. And our playing fields are home to an intercollegiate athletics program known globally for the competitive spirit of the maize and blue.