In her “wild garden,” Lynn Conway is an architect, but only inasmuch she shapes the landscape to both enjoy and encourage a healthy natural environment. Conway has been this kind of architect for much of her life. From her contributions to the evolution of computing, to her gender transition, to her advocacy work with LGBT awareness and understanding, Conway has and continues to encourage positive growth by questioning the status quo and finding new ways forward.

This video was produced as a companion to a written story, “Life, Engineered: How Lynn Conway reinvented her world and ours.” Both are part of a digital multimedia experience to be explored here:

Lynn Conway is a professor emerita in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Michigan College of Engineering.

Produced by Marcin Szczepanski and Evan Dougherty / Michigan Engineering Multimedia Producers

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The curator of the University of Michigan library’s Screen Arts Mavericks and Makers collection announced Thursday the discovery of an unpublished personal memoir Welles had titled “Confessions of a One-Man Band.”

The draft was discovered when archivists at the university’s special collections library began processing eight boxes of Welles’ material shipped earlier this month from the Croatian home of actress Oja Kodar, who was Welles’ partner in the last 24 years of his life

Welles’ draft of “One Man Band,” which he began in the 1970s, was written on a typewriter, but also contains handwritten notes and edits. Among the topics he covers in the memoir are his parents, second wife Rita Hayworth, Ernest Hemingway and D.W. Griffith.

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Independent senior thesis photography project created in response to lack of representation of women of color at the University of Michigan.