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Presented By: Semester in Detroit

Detroiters Speak - From Failed Urbanism to Failed Regionalism

Moderated by Peter Hammer, Speakers: Deborah Bunkley, Heather Thompson, and Ruth Johnson

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In this second of two historical sessions, Peter Hammer will facilitate a discussion about Detroit and the metropolitan region that emerged in the postwar period (1940s-1980s). Topics will include examining both corporate and governmental roles in fueling a spatially segregated and racially/economically inequitable Detroit region, deindustrialization, the emergence of the majority-Black Detroit in the 70s and the associated racial narratives that became increasingly employed across the region.

Speakers will include Deborah Bunkley (Whose Hamtramck family was displaced by 1960s "urban removal" and was a successful plaintiff in Judge Damon Keith's 1971 ruling against the City of Detroit), Heather Thompson (Professor History, UM-Ann Arbor, born/raised in Detroit) and Ruth Johnson (Assistant Director of Transit Riders United.)

Free bus transportation via the MDetroit Connector Bus will be provided for this class. The Bus (Indian Trails) will depart the Central Campus Transit Center at 5:40pm, and stop directly outside of the Cass Corridor Commons right around 7pm. At the end of the class (no later than 9pm), the Bus will depart the Cass Commons Corridor and return to the Central Campus Transit Center by no later than 10pm.
Wifi is available on the bus.
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