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Detroit School Series: Dialogue on Detroit: Learning from and with the Motor City

April 4, 2014
Time: 4:15pm
Michigan Union - Wolverine Room

In the final event of our two-year series of colloquia exploring a Detroit School of Urban Studies, we invite participants to take up the questions we have asked from our first session: Is it time to establish a Detroit School of Urban Studies? If so, what defines it? How does thinking about Detroit-like cities change the questions we ask and the answers we pursue in the many disciplines that contribute to urban studies? What do we gain by rallying a community of scholars under the Detroit School banner? What do we lose? Please join us Friday, April 4, from 4:15 to 6 pm in the Wolverine Room (Michigan Union) as we take stock of what we have learned from the rich dialogue this series has fostered.

About The Detroit School Series
Both the Chicago School of Sociology and the L.A. School of Urbanism have contributed many ideas to understanding cities. But Detroit is neither a dense, industrial Chicago nor a sprawling, fast-growing, immigrant-rich Los Angeles. Yet Detroit is representative of a host of cities that have experienced sustained and substantial deindustrialization, depopulation, and disinvestment since World War II.

Is it time to establish a Detroit School of Urban Studies? If so, what defines it? How does thinking about Detroit-like cities change the questions we ask and the answers we pursue in the many disciplines that contribute to urban studies? What do we gain by rallying a community of scholars under the Detroit School banner? What do we lose? Explore these issues throughout the academic year through the Detroit School Series.

Learn more at http://www.umich.edu/~detsch/index.html