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Sports and the City: A Century in Detroit

Silke-Maria Weineck (University of Michigan), Stefan Szymanski (University of Michigan), Ketra Armstrong (University of Michigan)
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
4:00-5:00 PM
City of Champions: Detroit, Sports, and a History of Triumph and Defeat (The New Press, 2020), by Silke-Maria Weineck (University of Michigan) and Stefan Szymanski (University of Michigan), explores the history of Detroit through the stories of its most gifted athletes, linking iconic events in the history of Motown sports to the city’s shifting fortunes. The book takes readers through Detroit’s stadiums, gyms, fields, and streets, tracing its proud and troubling history alongside its athletic triumphs and defeats. Ketra Armstrong (University of Michigan) will moderate a conversation with the authors, who will read vignettes from the book manuscript.

Ketra Armstrong is professor of sport management in the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology.

Stefan Szymanski is Stephen J. Galetti Collegiate Professor of Sport Management in the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology. He is an economist who studies sports, and was co-author of the bestseller Soccernomics. He is convinced that economics cannot be understood without also studying history.

Silke Weineck is a professor of German and comparative literature. She is interested in the long history of metaphors and narrative figures. After writing on mad poets, fatherhood, and war, she has discovered a love not so much for sport itself but for the stories it tells.

Free and open to the public.

This event is made possible by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
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Event Type: Conference / Symposium
Tags: African American, Black America, book discussion, Books, Detroit, History, Kinesiology
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, Department of History

The Thursday Series is the core of the institute's scholarly program, hosting distinguished guests who examine methodological, analytical, and theoretical issues in the field of history. 

The Friday Series consists mostly of panel-style workshops highlighting U-M graduate students. On occasion, events may include lectures, seminars, or other programs presented by visiting scholars.

The insitute also hosts other historical programming, including lectures, film screenings, author appearances, and similar events aimed at a broader public audience.