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Winter 2017: Toward Education Justice

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 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 ( 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.)

Readings for February 16th: 

Readings for February 23rd:

Readings for March 9th: 

Readings for March 23rd: 

The websites below will give you a good basis in the theory and practice of prison-based creative arts education, and how UM-Ann Arbor and UM-Dearborn faculty place undergraduate students in unique co-learning environments inside prisons.

Readings for March 30th: 

Readings for April 6th: