Both the Chicago School of Sociology and the L.A. School of Urbanism have contributed many ideas to understanding cities. But Detroit is neither a dense, industrial Chicago nor a sprawling, fast-growing, immigrant-rich Los Angeles. Yet Detroit is representative of a host of cities that have experienced sustained and substantial deindustrialization, depopulation, and disinvestment since World War II.
Is it time to establish a Detroit School of Urban Studies? If so, what defines it? How does thinking about Detroit-like cities change the questions we ask and the answers we pursue in the many disciplines that contribute to urban studies? What do we gain by rallying a community of scholars under the Detroit School banner? What do we lose?
Please join us as a panel of urban scholars from the University of Michigan takes up these questions. The panel features:
Professor Charles Bright, Residential College and Department of History
Professor Margaret Dewar, Urban & Regional Planning Program
Professor Angela Dillard, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies and the Residential College
Professor Alford Young, Department of Sociology and Department of Afroamerican and African Studies
A reception with light refreshments will immediately follow the panel discussion.