U-M Regents approve Institute for Social Research (ISR) addition

Rendering of the ISR-Thompson building addition, facing Division Street ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved moving forward with construction of a $29 million addition to the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at its July meeting.  The five-level addition, which will be located on the Division Street side of ISR’s Thompson Street building, will add approximately 56,700 square feet to the existing ISR-Thompson building. Continue reading

Revealing the roots of a riot

1967 Detroit Riot (Credit: Bentley Image Bank, Bentley Historical Library)

Senator Philip A. Hart (with glasses) next to mayor Jerome P. Cavanagh inspect damage done as result of the 1967 Detroit riot. (Credit: Bentley Image Bank, Bentley Historical Library)

In July 1967, an early morning police raid of an unlicensed bar—or blind pig—on 12th Street in Detroit set off looting, fires, and shooting that soon escalated out of control. By the time the civil disturbance ended six days later, 43 people were dead, hundreds were injured, more than 7,000 people had been arrested, and entire blocks of East and West Detroit had been consumed by fire. Continue reading

Building for the Future

ISR building expansionIn 1965, after years of wandering from one temporary location to another, the Institute for Social Research (ISR) opened the doors of its new building on Thompson Street with celebration and a collective sigh of relief. Three years later, the Institute had outgrown the space. Continue reading