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Detroit School Series: Disciplinary Approaches to the Study of Detroit - Margi Dewar


Detroit School Series - Winter 2017: Disciplinary Approaches to the Study of Detroit

Margi Dewar


To close our series, we are convening a panel discussion of doctoral students engaged in Detroit research. Margi Dewar, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, will moderate. The conversation will focus on the ways in which different disciplines approach and study declining cities, with an emphasis on the different types of knowledge disciplines produce through their approach to studying Detroit. The discussion will be held from 4:30 to 6:15 pm on Friday, April 7th in the Betty Ford Classroom (1110) in Weill Hall.

The Detroit School series seeks to stimulate an interdisciplinary conversation on how research on Detroit—a city often seen as an extreme outlier of decline—can produce knowledge that is original and relevant to urban studies globally. This year, we are considering two guiding questions: "What topics can’t we understand without grappling with Detroit?” and “What must we know in order to understand Detroit itself?” Please save the dates for the following Winter 2017 events.



Last semester we hosted a panel discussion of distinguished faculty on what it means to teach Detroit, heard Marcus Hunter (UCLA) discuss his book Chocolate Cities, and enjoyed a discussion on the role of racialized mythology in Detroit's past, present, and future with Rebecca Kinney (Bowling Green State University). You can learn more about these events and hear recordings of the discussion on our website http://www.umich.edu/~detsch/