Defining Detroit Lecture Series

A list of previous lectures, readings, exhibits, and performances focusing on Detroit:

Punching the Clock
A public reading by poet Jim Daniels, Carnegie Mellon University
October 6, 2000, 8 p.m.

Dancing in the Street: Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit
A public lecture by cultural historian Suzanne E. Smith, George Mason University October 11, 2000, 8 p.m.

Ecclesia Semper Reformanda: John Cardinal Dearden and the Papal Encyclical on Birth Control, 1968
A public lecture by historian, Leslie Woodcock Tentler, the Catholic University of America
January 18, 2001, 8 p.m.

"Unimaginable Apart from Detroit"
A public reading by National Book Award Winner Joyce Carol Oates, Princeton University
January 25, 2001, 8 p.m.

To Do Justice: Reinhold Niebuhr's Detroit Years
A public lecture by Dr. Ralph Cushing
February 11. 2001, 8 p.m.

Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit
A public lecture by historian Thomas J. Sugrue, The University of Pennsylvania February 15, 2001, 8 p.m.

The Poetry of Lawrence Joseph, The Art of Nancy van Goethem
Gallery exhibit by figurative artist Nancy van Goethem and Poetry Reading by Lawrence Joseph, St. John's University
March 18, 2001. 3:30 p.m.

"I Wish to Make Your Acquaintance" Madame Cadillac and the French Historical Dance Tradition
A public workshop and demonstration by dancer and dance historian Harriet J. Berg and the Madame Cadillac Dance Theatre
March 30, 2001, 8 p.m.

Sister Said: Women's Religious Orders and Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Detroit
A public lecture by historian JoEllen McNergney Vinyard, Eastern Michigan University April 8, 2001, 3 p.m.

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Detroiter
A public reading by poet Toi Derricotte, The University of Pittsburgh
April 27, 2001, 8 p.m.

Our Village: Detroit's Old West Side
A gallery and photo exhibit of photographs and artifacts presented by the Westsiders Reception
September 9, 2001, 3 p.m.

Made in Detroit
A public reading by Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet Philip Levine
September 28, 2001, 8 p.m.

The Polish Presence in Detroit
A public lecture by Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski, St. Mary's College
October 14, 2001, 3 p.m.

Living for the City
A public reading by poets Alvin Aubert, Wayne State University and Terry Blackhawk, Inside-Out October 25, 2001, 7:30 p.m.

Inspired: Detroit Choral History
A reminiscence and music presentation by Brazeal W. Dennard and the Brazeal Dennard Chorale
October 28, 2001, 4 p.m.

Poetry in Motion: The Social Dances of the Motor City Plus Motown Choreography and Broadside Poets
A lecture-demonstration by Penny Godboldo, Marygrove College and choreographer Cholly Atkins, with poetry by Ron Allen, Al Ward, and Leslie Knight-Reese
November 5, 2001, 6 p.m.

Before Motown: Jazz in Detroit
A presentation by jazz historians Lars Bjorn, The University of Michigan Dearborn, and Jim Gallert
February 24, 2002 7:30 p.m.

A City of Women: Detroit in the 1920's
A panel discussion with JoEllen Vinyard, Eastern Michigan University; Victoria Wolcott, University of Rochester; and Jane Morris-Crowther, Madonna University October 10, 2002, 7:30 p.m.

Detroit Politics in the Sixties and Seventies: Tumultuous Past, Contested Legacy
A lecture by historian Heather Thompson, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte February 13, 2003, 7:30 p.m.

Detroit Trials and Tribulations: The Courtroom Art of Jerry Lemenu
Gallery talk and display
January 18, 2004, 1:30 p.m.

"Wrestling with the Muse"
Reading and presentation by poet and Dudley Randall Biographer Melba Joyce Boyd, Wayne State University
February 5, 2004, 7:30 p.m.

Urban Sprawl and Regional Justice
A panel discussion with Jim Dulzo, the Michigan Land Use Institute; Rev. Kevin Turman, Pastor, Second Baptist Church and President of MOSES; and Douglas Kelbaugh, the University of Michigan
March 18, 2004, 7:30 p.m.

Arc of Justice: The Sweet Case (1925-26) and the Course of Civil Rights
A lecture by historian Kevin Boyle, Ohio State University
September 23, 2004, 7:30 p.m.

What Went Wrong with the Detroit Public Schools? What Can be Done to Fix Them? A lecture by educational historian Jeffery Mirel, University of Michigan
November 10, 2004, 7:30 p.m.

"Connected Islands": An Evening with Detroit's Poet Laureate, Naomi Long Madgett February 24, 2005, 7:30 p.m.

"So Many Selves": The Poetry of Lawrence Joseph
October 20, 2005, 7:30 p.m.

Detroit Factory Elegies: The Fiction of Lolita Hernandez
November 17, 2005, 7:30 p.m.

Historic Preservation in Detroit: Aesthetics and Sustainability Presentations and panel discussion featuring Royce A. Yeater, AIA, Midwest Regional Director, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Francis Grunow, Executive Director, Preservation Wayne; and James A. Turner, Michigan Advisor, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Thursday, February 23, 2006, 7:30 p.m.

All Swirl and Hubbub: Jeffrey Eugenides and Detroit
A reading by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex October 29, 2006 4:00 p.m.

True vs. False Religion: How Faith Mattered in Detroit's Radical History
A lecture by historian Angela D. Dillard, University of Michigan,
April 12, 2007, 7:30 p.m.

Development, Planning and Race in Detroit: Past Struggles, Future Challenges
A lecture by professor of urban and regional planning, June Manning Thomas, University of Michigan,
March 27, 2008, 7:30 p.m.

An Evening of Recent Detroit Fiction
A public reading by Peter Markus, Susan Messer, and Michael Zadoorian
March 18, 2010, 7 p.m

Brothers in Law: Ernie Goodman & George Crocket in Dark Times
A lecture by historian and labor educator Steve Babson
March 20, 2011, 2:00 p.m. 

Marketing the "Free Market": Public Policy and Racial Segregation in Metropolitan Detroit
A lecture by historian David M.P. Freund, University of Maryland, College Park
October 7, 2011, 7:00 p.m.


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