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MSU Museum Director Gary Morgan joins Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today to talk about the Museum’s upcoming Detroit Resurgent exhibit.

“I love Detroit,” says Australian native Morgan. “It’s got so much energy and palpable vitality to it.”

That life and energy is at the heart of the Detroit Resurgent project, says Morgan. A companion book will be released to go along with the exhibit.

The exhibit opens at the MSU Museum in September 2013 then moves to the MSU Detroit Center in April 2014, which is when the book will come out. Morgan says the photographic exhibit is about the people of Detroit and focuses on 62 people who represent all facets of the Motor City.

Morgan believes the MSU Museum is an integral part of the heartbeat of arts and culture at MSU.

“The programs we’re operating are connecting the students of MSU and the community that MSU serves with some of the most important and topical issues that relate to society, the natural environment, and – more and more – some of the most exciting areas of creativity and research happening at MSU.”

Morgan says museums are really about people and ideas, not things.

“It’s the role of museums to help people engage with sometimes challenging topics and to present them in a way that audiences of all ages can better understand and appreciate them so they can be better and more engaged citizens,” adds Morgan.

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