Throughout the 2021-22 academic year, the Spectrum Center will host several events honoring this momentous occasion, culminating in our 50th Anniversary Celebration in May 2022.

Please check back for new events from the Spectrum Center and our campus partners.

Past events

21 May

Out Loud Chorus Winter Concert: Superheroes

May 21, 2022, 8:00 pm Lydia Mendelssohn Theater

Save the date! Our May shows will be all about heroes–everyday and super-powered people!

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21 May

Spectrum Center 50th Anniversary Gala

May 21, 2022, 4:00 pm University of Michigan Central Campus

On Saturday, May 21 at 4:00 p.m., join us at the Michigan League for a festive gala to celebrate the legacy, impact, and vision of the nation’s first on-campus office for the LGBTQ+ community. Pink tie attire (think fun and festive) encouraged!

The event includes a panel discussion exploring the question: What does a thriving LGBTQ+ community at Michigan look like in the next 50 years?, followed by a reception with hors d’oeuvres, themed cocktails, and live music. 

Featured panelists include Michigan alumni Robert Hartwell (Founder and Artistic Director, The Broadway Collective), Chris Kolb (Vice President for Government Relations, University of Michigan), and S. Kerene Moore (Judicial Attorney, 22nd Circuit Court in Washtenaw County).

To register for the 50th Anniversary Gala, CLICK HERE. Please RSVP by Tuesday, May 17.

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20 May

Jim Toy Celebration of Liberation

May 20, 2022, 7:00 pm Michigan Theater

You’re invited to join the Spectrum Center for the Jim Toy Celebration of Liberation, happening Friday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Michigan Theater. This event is an opportunity for community and friends to come together to honor Jim Toy, who passed away on New Year’s Day. Jim was co-founder of the Spectrum Center, and his legacy has been felt deeply across campus.

Registration for the event is optional. Members of the community are also encouraged to use the registration form to submit their memories of Jim. As per the policy of Michigan Theater, all attendees will be required to mask and show proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID test within 72 hours.

As a queer, Asian American activist, Jim inspired those who knew him and knew of him. He sparked a rebel flame, urging us to continue to question authority, make space for those most vulnerable, and speak out against injustice whenever and wherever we encounter it. Jim graduated from the School of Social Work in 1981 with a Master of Social Work degree, and the University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at its 2021 Spring Commencement.

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20 February

Oh honey…A queer reading of UMMA’s collection

February 20, 2022, 12:00 am University of Michigan Museum of Art

In Gallery at UMMA: August 21, 2021 — February 20, 2022

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22 October

LGBTQ+ Oral History Project Launch

October 22, 2021, 1:30 pm Trotter Multicultural Center and Zoom

Join us for the launch of the The University of Michigan LGBTQ+ Oral History Project (OHP). We will be hosting a panel consisting of OHP project team members, interviewees, and experienced oral historians. This is a hybrid event that will have in-person and remote options.

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25 September

Homecoming Halftime Show

September 25, 2021, 3:30 pm Michigan Stadium

During the homecoming football game against Rutgers, the Michigan Marching Band will be celebrating 50 years of the Spectrum Center with their halftime performance. Purchase tickets.

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13 September

Spectrum Center at 50: A Retrospective

September 13, 2021, 3:00 pm Virtual Event | Invitation Only

This is a joint conversation focused on 50 years of LGBTQ+ activism and philanthropy at Michigan, featuring David Bohnett, Founder of Baroda Ventures (MBA, Stephen M. Ross School of Business), and facilitated by Will Sherry, Director of the Spectrum Center.

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