- Winter 2022: Making Labor Work - Organizing for Power in the 21st Century
- Winter 2021: Pandemic Politics - From Lockdown to Liberation (Virtual)
- Fall 2020 with General Baker Institute: Policing Black Power - From Watts to Detroit (Virtual)
- Fall 2020: Healing Justice (Virtual)
- Winter 2020: Detroit 2020 - People, Power, & Politics
- Fall 2019: Healing Justice Workshop Series
- Winter 2019: Whose Safety? Policing Minds, Bodies, and Borders in Detroit
- Fall 2018 Workshop Series: Healing Justice as Building Cultural Resilience
- Winter 2018: From "Two Societies" to a New Society
- Fall 2017: Reclaiming the Commons
- Summer 2017: Beyond '67 - The City-Wide Citizen's Action Committee
- Winter 2017: Toward Education Justice
- Detroiters Speak Archive
General Public: RSVP HERE
UM Students: Register here
"Policing Black Power - From Watts to Detroit" is a Detroit community-based course that welcomes participation by the general public, including college students from both U-M and Wayne State University. The class is hosted and developed by a partnership that includes: the General Baker Institute (a non-profit community-based organization located in NW Detroit) faculty in the U-M Semester in Detroit Program, and faculty from the Wayne State University Department of African-American Studies.
If you are a member of the general public, or you are student who is not enrolled in the course, please register here to attend one or all of the sessions listed below!
The minicourse will explore several examples of how state institutions have used “law and order” in efforts to curb and to control Black power from the 1965 Watts Rebellion in California, to the Flint water crisis, to contemporary movement struggles in Detroit. Each week, we will be joined by Detroit activist-scholars - young and old - who will share both the personal and the political to help everyone more deeply understand what is happening today in Detroit and in our country more broadly.
In addition to the class content described above, U-M students who register for the 1-credit mini-course will also have the opportunity to meet and to learn from some of the veteran Detroit activists who are building the General Baker Institute (GBI). The organization recently opened its new community center in NW Detroit to honor the legacy of General Gordon Baker Jr., one of the most important labor and community activists in modern Detroit history.
For more information about this public series, please contact Craig Regester, Semester in Detroit Associate Director, at 313-505-5185 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Speakers will be announced closer to session dates.