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Detroiters Speak Minicourse

Thursday, October 2, 2014
4:00 AM
U-M Detroit Center, 3663 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201 Note: Sessions start at 7:00pm and finish at 8:30pm.

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Each term, Semester in Detroit and the U-M Detroit Center partner to organize community classroom events that are free and open to the public.  Detroit community members join together with U-M students, faculty and staff to learn more about Detroit's past and present.  Format varies from traditional panels to poetry readings to trips to jazz and cultural clubs throughout Detroit.  Topics of discussion range from Education Reform to the Contemporary Labor Movement to implementing the Detroit Future City Framework.  Always dynamic and sometimes quite hot!  Free to everyone and always preceded by some yummy food!  So check out the dates below and plan to participate this fall!  

Sessions begin at 7:00pm and end by 8:30pm (light refreshments are provided and available by 6:45pm before the event.)

Fall 2014 Speaker Series Events

Detroiters Speak, the Detroit Speaker Series, is curated by RC/SID Creative Writing Lecturer and Native Detroiter, Lolita Hernandez.   These Thursday evening events are open to the public AND to U-M undergraduate students registered for the 1-credit minicourse, RC IDIV 350.001.  

Free transportation is provided by the MDetroit Center Connector which departs the Central Campus Transit Center (CCTC) at 5:40pm on Thursdays. (NOTE: Booking the 5:40pm trip in the reservation system automatically includes a return trip which will depart the U-M Detroit Center at 8:30pm following the Speaker Series and will arrive to depart at the CCTC by 9:30pm.)


10/2/14      Introduction to Minicourse (held in Ann Arbor; location TBA)        

10/9/14      Reflections on the State of Detroit Public Schools  - Lolita Hernandez with guests Yolanda Peoples (DSA Parent), Linda Spight (former Mumford principal), Asenath Andrews (former Catherine Ferguson principal.

10/16/14    The Coleman Young Sr. Legacy - Stephen Ward with guests Bob Berg (former Young Press Secretary), WSU professor Melba Boyd, and Larry Simmons

10/23/14    Remembering General Gordon Baker Jr. - Lolita Hernandez with guests UAW Vice President Jimmie Settles, WSU professor David Goldberg, and others.

10/30/14    Music Beyond the Motown Sound (@ Bert's in the Marketplace) - Lolita Hernandez with musicians Bill Meyer and Robert Johnson.

11/6/14      Water Water Everywhere: A Discussion of the Detroit Water Struggles - Lolita Hernandez with guests Marian Baker Kramer and others.

11/13/14    LGBTQ Activism in Detroit: A Historical Overview - Shari Robinson-Lynk (UM Ginsberg Center and School of Social Work) with guests Kofi Adoma, Michael Piper, and Jim Toy.

11/20/14    Final reflection session in Detroit