Congratulations to Kerstin Barndt on her book Object Lessons and the Formation of Knowledge: The University of Michigan Museums, Libraries, and Collections 1817–2017, co-edited with Carla M. Sinopoli. Kerstin Barndt is associate professor of German and museum studies. She teaches European and U.S. museum history and theory as well as twentieth and twenty-first century German literature and culture. 

“I hope people reading our book get a sense of how remarkable the histories of these collections are,” said Barndt to LSA Magazine’s Brian Short. “They are tied to the history of the state and of the University, of course, but they are also a window that invites the public in, connecting them to faculty, students, and the global research community. Each collection is a remarkable achievement on its own, but taken together, it’s astounding what has been accomplished.”