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Winter 2018: From "Two Societies to a New Society" - Revisiting the Kerner Report and People’s Movements for the Future of Detroit

Our theme for the semester will explore competing ideas about "development" and visions for Detroit's future in the context of the 50th anniversary of the Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, commonly referred to as the Kerner Report, which was released in March 1968. Each week will feature different Detroit-based speakers and guests who will explore the given topic and engage the students through a combination of formal remarks, presentations, and public discussion. 

Light dinner provided; free transportation from Ann Arbor to Detroit; public welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Free Parking in the WSU lot located just north of the Cass Corridor Commons (4605 Cass Ave.) 

Dates: Feb 6, 13, 20; March 6, 20, 27; April 3, 10
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Cass Corridor Commons, 4605 Cass Ave.
Sponsors: Semester in Detroit, Detroit Equity Action Lab/Damon Keith Center for Civil Rights

Siwatu Salama-Ra is a beloved member of many Detroit communities. We have spoken about her unjust 2-year sentence to prison over the past several sessions - here are some links where you can learn more and get involved to help #freesiwatu.

February 6: Breaking Down the Kerner Report 50 Years Later

In the first session on February 6th, "Breaking Down the Kerner Report50 Years Later" we will hear grounding remarks from Christy Bieber and Mama Lila Cabbil, the course planning team will be introduced (Stephan Ward, David Goldberg, Peter Hammer, eliza qualls perez, Marion Van Dam, and Craig Regester), and Stephen and David will lead a discussion on the history and contemporary relevance of the Kerner Report. 

Readings:

February 13: Contesting Visions of the City

Speakers include Rick Schott, Shea Howell, and Jamon Jordan

Readings:

February 20: Beyond Development - Exposing Land Grabs

Readings:

* Riverwise Summer 17.pdf
Please read pages 8-10, titled "What Lies Beneath the QLine?"

Presentations:

March 6: Equitable Development - Grassroots Grabbing Back

Readings:

March 20: Living for the (People’s) City - Getting the Message Out

March 27: Re-imagining the City - Building Shared Economies

April 3: Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. - Mobilizing a New Poor People’s Campaign

April 10: Breaking it All Down - On the Stage and in the Streets