DETROIT, Sept. 26, 2011 — Marygrove College’s Institute for Detroit Studies invites journalists, community organizations, government, business, academics and others to a lecture, discussion and book-signing by University of Maryland Professor David M.P. Freund, Ph.D., who will present “Marketing the ‘Free Market’: Public Policy and Racial Segregation in Metropolitan Detroit.”
This event took place on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, at 7 p.m. in the Madame Cadillac Building on the Marygrove College campus.* This event was free and open to the public.
Freund earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1999. He specializes in 20th-century U.S. history, with a research focus on the American metropolis, racial politics, and the impacts of public policy on economic opportunity and popular ideology. He is the author of Colored Property: State Policy and White Racial Politics in Suburban America (University of Chicago Press, 2007), which was awarded the 2008 Ellis W. Hawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians, the 2007 Kenneth Jackson Book Award from the Urban History Association, and the 2009 Urban Affairs Association Best Book Award.
“Colored Property is a sophisticated analysis of the political construction of race…Freund shows how government intervention in the housing market reinforced racial differences but masked the consequences in the rhetoric of free choice. Richly detailed and rigorous, Colored Property gives the lie to the myth of colorblindedness.” –Thomas J. Sugrue
“Ultimately, [Freund] shows that the American housing market was not simply exploited by racial interests; It was born of – and set up to serve – them.” –Arnold R. Hirsch