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History of the Residential College

Enjoy this "A Short History of the Residential College at the University of Michigan", written by former RC Director and emeritus professor, Charlie Bright, and former faculty member, Michelle McClellan, that explores the administrative and programmatic ups and downs of the RC from its conception before the first class entered in 1967 to 2015. 


We are pleased to share with you this examination of the humanities coursework and concentration offerings in the RC from 1967 - 1979, written by Cynthia Sowers, RC Lecturer in Arts and Ideas in the Humanities, who, inspired by Bright and McClellan's work, desired to contribute to the preservation of RC history, particularly the parts of the curriculum near and dear to her heart. 

See the East Quad Public History Project page for more information about the history of our home, East Quadrangle, and many of the activities that have taken place here. 

See this link for photos taken in the late 1970s in the RC, East Quad, and around campus, by alumnus John Knox, '79 History.