News from September 2011

29 September 2011
Plowshares Theatre Company logo

In partnership with the U-M Detroit Center, Plowshares Theatre Company is now holding Saturday acting classes for students too busy during the week. Each course provides in-depth programming for students interested in theater, and offers a unique opportunity for aspiring actors to hone their skills. The Plowshares education staff teaches introductory classes, while year-round members of the resident acting company teach advanced classes. Introductory classes take place over fall, winter, and...

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29 September 2011
Students ask congressman Clarke questions at town hall

Graduate student Stephanie Chang of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy poses a question to U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-Detroit) during a town hall meeting at the U-M Detroit Center. Pictured from left are: UM-Dearborn undergraduate Mahde Abdallah, Clarke, WDET radio host Craig Fahle and Chang.

The Detroit Center hosted the Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Hansen Clarke on Tuesday, September 27. Congressman Clarke first addressed questions posed by six University of Michigan...

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21 September 2011
Hansen Clarke official congressional photo

The University of Michigan Detroit Center will host a Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Hansen Clarke on Tuesday, September 27. Congressman Clarke will first address questions posed by six University of Michigan and Detroit Public School students, before answering issues posed by the audience. Open to the general public, the Town Hall Meeting will take place from 6:00 – 7:00 PM, with a reception following the program.

Congressman Hansen Clarke was elected to represent the 13th...

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16 September 2011
Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor City video

Detroit, a symbol of America’s diminishing status in the world, may come to represent the future of transportation and progress in America. "Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor City" is a PBS documentary that looks at what transportation in America could be in the future. Focusing on Detroit, the film suggests that with lots of space and currently lacking a major public transportation system, Detroit is a likely starting point for reform.

UM Political Science Professor, Gregory Markus...

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16 September 2011
Brewster-Douglas public housing

The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy present "Revitalizing Detroit: A Panel Discussion on Current Issues and Opportunities in the City" from 12:00 – 1:30 PM, Friday, September 30.

Panelists include:

  • Kurt Metzger, Director, Data Driven Detroit - "Demographic Changes and Opportunities in Detroit"
  • Kami Pothukuchi, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Founding Director of SEED Wayne,...
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16 September 2011
Mistinguette Smith

Social Activist Mistinguette Smith interviewed African-Americans, Caribbean-Americans, and African immigrants across the U.S. to create the documentary short Black/Land: Women's Voices. We invite you to join us for a screening of the video and a lively discussion of the issues it raises. The event will occur in Detroit from 6:00 – 7:30 PM, Tuesday, October 25 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The event is sponsored by the Wright Museum of African American History,...

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16 September 2011
Detroit gets green logo

Next weekend Detroit’s youth will have a chance to think and act Green. The Detroit city council Green Task Force will hold the First Annual Youth Green Economy Summit Saturday, September 24. The event will take place at the Detroit Center beginning at 9:00AM. It coincides with Moving Planet, a global day of action.

The task force was founded and is chaired by councilman Ken Cockrel Jr. The summit will allow high school and middle-school students to discuss how to move beyond a fossil-...

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07 September 2011
Black and white: mountain with all-caps san-serif text reading Topophilia

"Topophilia" opens the 2011-2012 exhibition season at Work Detroit. Please join us for a reception for this exhibit from 6:00-9:00 PM, Friday, September 9. All are welcome.

Inspired by the writings of philosopher and geographer, Yi-Fu Tuan, the exhibit explores the emotional connections humans form with their physical environments. According to Dr. Tuan, "Human beings have persistently searched for the ideal environment... seeking for a point of equilibrium that is not of this world."...

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