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Summit Events

Exhibits and Ongoing Events:

Native American Heritage Month
Month of November
November is Native American Heritage Month. MESA coordinates a committee to bring together students, staff, and faculty who have interest in doing programming for the month. We partner with NASA student organization student leaders and others in the community to drive the programming for the month.

Beyond Words: Multilingual Materials from the Special Collections Library
Nov. 7 – 17

Hatcher Graduate Library – Special Collections Library, 6th floor
Come explore materials from the Special Collections Library collections in a variety of languages! The diversity of languages displayed correspond to the wide variety of books, manuscripts, and ephemera in our holdings, which include everything from children’s books to radical newsletters.

Creating a Campus
July 21 – Dec. 20
Regular hours of the Hatcher Graduate Library
Clark Library, 2nd Floor Hatcher Graduate Library
In honor of the University of Michigan’s bicentennial, we highlight the U-M Ann Arbor campus, both before its creation and throughout its continuous evolution. Depicting the Ann Arbor area before the establishment of the city, the exhibit celebrates the Native American community and highlights its presence throughout the decades.”

Small Ball’s Big Role: Sino-American Relations and “Ping-Pong Diplomacy,” 1971-1972 
Sept. 15 – Nov. 15
Regular hours of the Hatcher Graduate Library
Asia Library, 4th Floor Hatcher North
During the early 1970s, the two large countries at either end of the Pacific shaped the restless world in their own ways. China was moving full steam ahead on the Cultural Revolution. The U.S. was grappling with a series of domestic and international problems including the Vietnam War. Mired in ideological opposition, U.S.-China relations had been hostile since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. Getting these Cold War foes to reconnect with each other looked like a mission impossible. Curiously, Ping-Pong emerged to play an important role in bringing U.S.-China relations to rapprochement in the early 1970s and finally to normalization in 1979.

The historically significant Ping-Pong exchanges between China and the U.S. held in 1971 and 1972, which came to be called “Ping-Pong Diplomacy” (乒乓外交 pingpang waijiao) in English, were nicknamed xiaoqiu zhuandong daqiu 小球转动大球 (small ball spins the big globe) in Chinese.

Unbeknownst to many, Michigan played a key role in the 1972 exchanges.

Curated by Chinese Studies Librarian Liangyu Fu, Small Ball’s Big Role is co-sponsored by the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, the Confucius Institute, and the Asia Library.