A cover image for EONS using dinosaurs

UM Teams with Hank Green to Explore History of Life

The UM Paleontology Center has partnered with internet producer Hank Green to launch EONS, a new weekly YouTube series that explores the billion-years-plus history of life on Earth.

Tobin Miller Shearer, associate history professor and director of UM's African-American Studies Program

Professor to Ride 500 Miles to Mark African-American Studies’ 50th Year

As the UM African-American Studies Program prepares to celebrate 50 years on campus, its director is about to embark on a 500-mile bike ride. Tobin Miller Shearer, an associate history professor,...

Iraqi students gather for a photo on July 10 at UM.

UM Leadership Program Hosts Iraqi Youth

UM welcomes 25 Iraqi students this week as part of the 2017 Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program. The students are participating in a three-week program focused on international peace building...

UM English Professor Kevin Canty

For UM English Professor, Teaching and Writing Novels Feed Each Other

The way Kevin Canty sees it, if you don’t really want to write — that is, if you won’t sit down and commit to it — there’s nothing he can do to make you better. And if you don’t read other...

Montana-native-turned-Nashville star Tim Ryan

‘Play Me Montana’ Brings Alum Tim Ryan Rouillier Back to Where it All Began

Montana-native-turned-Nashville star Tim Ryan’s grandest dream yet – a musical memoir called “Play Me Montana” – will open at UM’s  Dennison Theatre on June 17. His magnum opus, featuring a...

UM Dining’s compost van sports a new custom paint job courtesy of a UM student who volunteered his artistic skills.

Student Gives UM Dining Compost Van a New Look with Custom Paint Job

UM Dining’s compost van has a sharp new paint job courtesy of a student graffiti artist who offered his services for free after seeing the plain gray van driving around campus. The artist, who...

The Montana Rep cast rehearses before their trip to China

Montana Rep Brings Classic 'Mockingbird' to China

Since 1997, "To Kill A Mockingbird" has been the Montana Repertory Theatre's signature play. Now professional theater-in-residence at the University of Montana is taking Harper Lee's classic tale...

UM students Madhu Jagdeeshan and Cheyenne Laue

Anthropology Students Earn AAUW Honors

Cheyenne Laue, a UM doctoral student in computational anthropology, recently was awarded the American Association of University Women’s American Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year. A second...

UM freshman Austin Haney plays his accordion on the Oval

The Keys to Happiness

University of Montana student Austin Haney often sits by the Grizzly Bear statue, serenading UM students with his accordion. “My fingers will fall off before I stop playing that instrument,” the...

UM students perform “Peach & Pit,” a dance choreographed by UM sophomore Logan Prichard

UM Dance Program Shines at Regional Conference

UM’s Dance Program cemented its reputation as one of the best schools in the nation following an unprecedented showing at last week’s American College Dance Association Northwest Regional...

UM media arts student Saif Alsaegh

MFA Student, Iraq Native Hopes to Connect People Through Art

Saif Alsaegh is a Montanan, through and through. He has the Patagonia jacket and Chacos. He loves craft beer. He has a beard — because "everyone in Montana has a beard." Alsaegh, 26, is a...

Aja Sherrard scrubs the writing from a white tile earlier this week

Missoula Artist Washes Away Grief, Her Own and Others'

Aja Sherrard quietly walks up to the wall at the University Center Gallery and picks a ceramic tablet, each lined like notebook paper and arranged in rows. She silently steps over a free-standing...

Barefoot in the Park is the Montana Rep's national touring production for 2017

‘Barefoot in the Park’ Fitting Tribute for Rep's 50th Anniversary

In its 50th anniversary touring production, the Montana Repertory Theatre pays loving homage to Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” and its witty, rapid-fire dialogue and levity in the script, now...

The Oval at UM after a snow storm

Community Invited to Mid-Year State of the University Presentation

UM President Sheila Stearns will address the campus with a State of the University presentation at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in the University Center Ballroom. Stearns will take the opportunity to...

UM President Sheila Stearns

Sheila Stearns Finds ‘Star Power’ at UM

To lead UM that way, new UM President Sheila Stearns aims to celebrate and broadcast UM’s academic excellence; govern collaboratively, with clear communication and shared responsibility; and make...

ceramic art by UM Professor Trey Hill

UM Professor’s Ceramics Featured at Missoula Art Museum

A UM ceramic professor’s works of art are on display through May 13 at the Missoula Art Museum’s exhibit “Binary Form: Ceramic Abstraction by Trey Hill and Andrea Moon.” School of Art Professor...

collage of UM highlights in 2016

Research, Fundraising and Academic Success Highlight UM in 2016

The year 2016 proved another big one at UM, one highlighted by groundbreaking research, scholarly success and record fundraising. Missoula Current takes a look at UM’s biggest successes this past...

UM juniors Holly Jacobs and Hannah Bondurant perform in The Gondoliers

UM’s Opera Theater Program to Receive National Recognition

The National Opera Association will honor the University of Montana Opera and UM Symphony Orchestra for their February 2016 production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers.” NOA will award...

UM Regents Professor of History Anya Jabour speaks at the Board of Regents meeting

History Professor Anya Jabour Earns Top Promotion

UM history Professor Anya Jabour was appointed the University’s 11th Regents Professor during the Nov. 17 Board of Regents meeting in Missoula. Regents Professor is the top rank awarded to faculty...

President Obama pardoning a turkey

What is Behind the Turkey Pardoning Ritual?

Tobin Shearer, UM director of African-American studies and an associate history professor, published this article in The Conversation about how the ritualized pardoning of a turkey draws our...

The producers of the program on stage in Deer Lodge

Television Program Celebrates 25 Years of Exploring Montana

The UM-based crew that produces “Backroads of Montana” for Montana PBS celebrated 25 years of finding great stories across Big Sky Country at the historic Rialto Community Theater in Deer Lodge on...

Google Doodle of author James Welch

Google Features Late Native American Author, UM Alumnus James Welch

The Nov. 18 Google Doodle marks the birthday of James Welch, who would have been 76 today. The renowned Blackfeet author graduated from UM in 1965 and later taught here for many years. His most...

UM history Professor Anya Jabour, right, poses with actress Hannah James

Historian Nominated for Regents Professor

UM history Professor Anya Jabour has been nominated to become the University’s 11th Regents Professor. Upon approval by the Montana Board of Regents during its Nov. 17-18 meeting in Missoula,...

Protestors hold a sign outside the state’s Capitol, in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Understanding Native American Religion Important for Resolving DAPL Crisis

In recent weeks, protests against the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline across North Dakota have escalated. UM Assistant Professor Rosalyn LaPier, who is teaching at Harvard this semester,...

Annie Sacry, the female lead in Dracula, tries on a costume.

Fine Arts Student From Whitehall Lands Role in ‘Dracula’

Annie Sacry didn’t get a second callback when she auditioned for “Dracula” last spring. But it turns out the junior fine arts student landed the role she’d coveted, Lucy Westenra, the leading...

a student scrapbook from the early 1900s is displayed at UM

UM Celebrates Archives Month with Special Showings

October is "Archives Month," and a host of historic items and artwork are on display at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at UM as part of a free and first "20 in 20 Tour," or 20 items in 20...

Debra Magpie Earling, right, laughs during her induction ceremony as UM's new director of the Creative Writing Program

Debra Magpie Earling Honored as New Head of UM Creative Writing

At a ceremony to honor Debra Magpie Earling, the first Native American director of the University of Montana's creative writing program honored others. Earling, a Bitterroot Salish tribal member,...

Music industry professionals share their expertise with UM students

Music Industry Executives Mentor UM Students, Help Start Record Label

Five music industry executives spent the better part of the first week of school talking with students on the UM campus who are studying the entertainment business and may launch careers in the...

UM campus

President to Deliver State of the University Address Aug. 26

UM President Royce C. Engstrom will kick off the academic year with his annual State of the University Address at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26. The public and members of the media are invited to the...

UM alumna Lily Gladstone

Lily Gladstone’s Blackfeet Identity and UM Roots Keep Her Grounded

When “Certain Women” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this January, Lily Gladstone’s performance was singled out for praise by Rolling Stone and Variety. Now the UM alumnus awaits her next...

Missoula to Berlin photos and stories from UM journalism students

Journalism Students Report on Refugee Crisis from Berlin

In 2015-16, more than a million refugees sought asylum in Germany. The School of Journalism responded by creating Missoula to Berlin, a summer program designed to teach international journalism in...

Natalie Stockmann, left, and Julie Ammons

Students Win Critical Language Scholarships for Travel to Russia, Morocco

Two UM students have won highly competitive U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships for all-expenses-paid trips to Russia and Morocco this summer. Julie Ammons will participate in...

UM graduate Zack Aschim

Brush with Death Gives Theater Graduate a New Appreciation for Life

Two years ago, UM student Zack Aschim collapsed in the shower and was considered medically dead after not breathing on his own for 40 minutes. This week, he graduates from UM.

UM alumnus J.K. Simmons conducts the UM band during Homecoming

Student to Star: UM Alumnus J.K. Simmons Reflects on Family, Fame, Missoula

Since graduating with a music degree from UM in 1978, J.K. Simmons has become one of the most recognizable and famous locals around. He frequently returns to the Garden City and is slated to...

Brad Allen, director of UM's School of Art, works in UM's Fab-Lab

UM Fab Lab Puts Scientific, Manufacturing Equipment in Artists' Hands

UM’s Fab-Lab is a fabrication laboratory on campus that puts equipment and machinery more traditionally used by manufacturers and scientists into the hands of artists. At UM, the seed for the lab...

UM music student Emily Silks

Sound Inspires Music Student Born with Severe Hearing Impairment

Emily Silks was born 95 percent hearing impaired. Now, she's a percussion performance major at UM, a musician in the community, and she's an organist, composer, singer, artist, and ukulele player.

a dancer performs at UM's 46th annual Kyiyo Pow Wow Celebration

Generations Gather at UM for Annual Kyiyo Pow Wow

Eye-popping colors swirled and drums reverberated throughout Dahlberg Arena as thousands came to the 48th annual Kyiyo Pow Wow at the University of Montana on Friday and Saturday.

UM adjunct instructor Iva Cross teaches

Native American Sign Language Studies Flourish at UM

Kelli Hobi is studying Native American sign language at the University of Montana, and not just to communicate. "Learning about culture is the main thing," Hobi said.

UM senior Sarah Harmsworth, UM graduate student Adam Sears and Hellgate High School student David Harmsworth.

Music Student Trio Takes Third in National Competition

Two UM School of Music students and one Missoula Hellgate High School student recently won third place at the Music Teachers National Association’s Young Artist String Chamber Music Competition in...

Shakespeare First Folio, 1623

UM to Be Exclusive Montana Host Site of Shakespeare’s First Folio

As good luck would have it – words penned by William Shakespeare – a rare opportunity to see the actual book that contains the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays is coming to...

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