- 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
- Fall 2023 - Desti-Nations of Hip Hop
A Collaborative Community Classroom Organized by UM + WSU
Join us this semester as we aim to make sense of how we arrived at today's dynamic education landscape in Detroit. In previous Speaker's Series we have dabbled in the arena of education, but this time we'll take a deeper dive. Together we will examine everything from the purpose of learning, to the meaning of "public" schooling, to the historic impact of segregation and racism on educational equity in this region, to the most recent period of "emergency mismanagement" by the state of Michigan, to much, much more! Every Thursday evening session is held from 7:30-9:30pm at the Cass Corridor Commons (4605 Cass Avenue).
This is a community classroom - everyone is welcome! Free and always preceded by a light dinner. So check out the dates below and plan to participate this winter!
Detroiters Speak is curated and promoted this semester by a wonderful collaborative team: David Goldberg (Professor, WSU Department of African American Studies), eliza perez-ollin and Peter Hammer (WSU Detroit Equity Action Lab at the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights), Dr. Melba Boyd (Chair, WSU Department of African American Studies), Stephen Ward (SID Faculty Director & Associate Professor, Department of Afro-American and African Studies, Residential College), Craig Regester (SID Associate Director, Adjunct Lecturer), and Marion Berger (SID Program Coordinator).
*U-M undergraduate students can register for the 1-credit minicourse, RC IDIV 350.003. WSU students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for registration information.
Free transportation from Ann Arbor is provided by the MDetroit Connector which departs the Central Campus Transit Center (CCTC) at 5:50pm on Thursdays. (NOTE: Taking the 5:50pm trip automatically includes a return trip which will depart the Cass Corridor Commons at 9:45pm following the Speaker Series.)
All readings and class discussions can be found on our Basecamp project site. Please email Hollyn Formosa (email@example.com) to be added to the site.
All Sessions are Thursdays from 7:30pm-9:30 p.m. at the Cass Corridor Commons (4605 Cass Ave.)
February 9th: Introduction - What is the Purpose of Education?
February 16th: Detroit Public Schools - Race, History, & Purpose
Readings for February 16th:
February 23rd: Black, Brown, & Red Power - Schooling Resistance
Readings for February 23rd:
March 9th: The Crisis in Public Education in Detroit Since the 1990s
Readings for March 9th:
March 23rd: Examining University Engagement with Detroit
Readings for March 23rd:
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March 30th: Emergency Mismanagement - The State's Role in Detroit's Public Education
Readings for March 30th:
April 6th: Teaching & Learning in Detroit's Schools Today
Readings for April 6th: