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Mission and Programs

The Marygrove College Institute for Detroit Studies promotes interdisciplinary study of the City of Detroit through

  • academic credit and continuing education courses;
  • on-line resources;
  • lectures, readings, exhibits, and performances;
  • research activities and visiting scholar programs;
  • workshops, programs, and presentations held on campus and throughout the metropolitan area.

The Institute builds on Marygrove College’s mission to serve the people of metropolitan Detroit, on its location in the city, and on its strong relationship with different Detroit constituencies. The Institute seeks to broaden recognition of Detroit’s contributions to American culture, interrogate standard definitions and popular versions of the city, and provide opportunity for cross-disciplinary analysis of issues important to the metropolitan area.


Defining Detroit
A series of lectures, readings, exhibits, and performances focusing on the City of Detroit. The series has brought to the campus well-known Detroit historians, writers, and artists, among them Joyce Carol Oates, Thomas J. Sugrue, Kevin Boyle, Heather Thompson, Philip Levine, Cholly Atkins, Naomi Long Madgett, and Lawrence Joseph.

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