Seminar Logistics and FAQ’s

The Faculty Summer Seminar will commence on Monday, June 3 at 12:00 noon with lunch followed by the seminar meeting from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  The seminar will meet every Monday through Thursday from 1:00 – 3:00 pm thereafter ending on  June 27.  The seminar will meet each day in Room 2000, Thayer Academic Building, 202 S. Thayer St.  Ann Arbor, MI  48104-1608.

Lunch will not be provided as part of the seminar on a regular basis.

The Faculty Summer Seminar will be followed by a mini-conference including U-M faculty on Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 with a seminar and conference closing reception held on Saturday evening.

Getting Around Ann Arbor

Getting around Ann Arbor is relatively easy by bike, walking, or the Ann Arbor Transit Authority (AATA) buses.  AATA buses are free with a UMID and MCard (see below).  Campus maps will be provided to each participant in their registration packet on the first day of the seminar.

University of Michigan Identification Card (UMID / MCard)

All participants will be sent a form titled, “Identification Card Request and Change Form” a week or so before the start of the seminar.  The form will be complete except for the participant’s signature and date. On Monday morning, June 2, take the form with a photo ID (such as a driver’s license, state ID, or passport) to the address below in order to obtain an MCard.  The MCard will indicate the participant’s UMID number.  The office is open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.  After presenting the form, the staff will take a photo and print the Mcard.  The MCard is required for library privileges and access to the AATA bus system around Ann Arbor:

1011 Student Activities Building
515 E. Jefferson St

Library Access

The U-M Library provides physical and online access to its collections to scholars who have been invited by the University of Michigan to participate in research or instructional activities. Once you have an MCard (see above), you will receive an email from U-M Libraries with instructions for accessing the online collections. With an MCard participant’s will also be able to to check out physical materials from the any of the U-M Library locations (make sure to physically bring your MCard).

Recreational opportunities

Two recreational sports facilities on central campus are available to guests who purchase a Virtual Punch Card. Additional recreational sports facilities are available on north campus. The card may be purchased at the front desk of either facility. Current rates may be found at Make sure to bring your MCard when purchasing your pass and visiting the facilities.

Central Campus Recreation Building
401 Washtenaw Ave.

Intramural Sports Building
606 E. Hoover Ave.

Things to do in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor Summer Festival (June 14 – July 7)

University of Michigan Museum of Art

University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

Matthaei Botanical Garden

Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation operates canoe and kayak liveries along the Huron River. Canoes, kayaks, rafts, stand-up paddleboards, and rowboats are available for rental.