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The Detroit School Debate

September 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm

The Chicago School.
The L.A. School.
The Detroit School?

Detroit, and cities like it, face a distinctive set of social, spatial, economic, and political conditions that are far-removed from the focused density of 1940s Chicago, or the multi-nodal, multi-cultural sprawl of present-day L.A. Is it time to recognize a “Detroit School of Urban Studies?” If so, what defines it? Moreover, how do the conditions in Detroit-like places influence the questions we ask and the research we do in the many disciplines that contribute to urban studies, including sociology, economics, social work, anthropology, political science, public health, public policy, natural resources, architecture and urban planning?

“The Detroit School Series” of colloquia will explore these issues throughout the 2012-13 academic year, thanks to a grant from Rackham’s Distinguished Faculty and Graduate Student Seminars program and additional financial support from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the Residential College, and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.

About The Detroit School Debate
A panel of UM faculty will explore foundational issues in the recognition / establishment of a Detroit School of Urban Studies. Confirmed participants include Margaret Dewar (Urban and Regional Planning), Angela Dillard (Department of Afroamerican and African Studies and the Residential College), and Alford Young (Sociology).


September 21, 2012
4:00 pm