50 Years after the Detroit Rebellion: Lessons from Grace Lee Boggs

Lunch & Learn Discussion

Scott Kurashige's book: The Fifty Year Rebellion Scott Kurashige's book: The Fifty Year Rebellion
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Please join us next Wednesday, September 13th for lunch and discussion at the Ginsberg Center, as we welcome Scott Kurashige. Dr. Kurashige is professor of American & Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington, and author of the recently released The Fifty Year Rebellion: How the U.S. Political Crisis Began in Detroit.

Join us as we discuss 50 Years after the Detroit Rebellion: Lessons from Grace Lee Boggs

What is the significance of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion in the age of Black Lives Matter, Trump, and Dan Gilbert's “Detroit 2.0”?

Scott Kurashige will present his new book The Fifty-Year Rebellion and share insights garnered from 17 years of collaboration with Detroit’s legendary philosopher/activist, Grace Lee Boggs. We will discuss how and why James and Grace Lee Boggs stressed the need to distinguish between a “riot” and a “rebellion” and between “rebellion” and “revolution.” This will set the stage for two critical points: 1) understanding how the “counter-revolution” in response to the civil rights and Black Power movements gave rise to white flight, right-wing populism, mass incarceration, and neoliberal austerity; 2) recognizing the ways radical activists in Detroit are not only at the forefront of the “resistance” but also creating models for a more just and sustainable political and economic system.

Bio: Scott Kurashige is professor of American & Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington Bothell, co-author with Grace Lee Boggs of The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century, and President of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Foundation. From 2000 to 2014, Kurashige was a professor of American Culture, History, Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies, and Afromerican & African Studies at the University of Michigan. He also worked with Semester in Detroit, the Ginsberg Center, and Arts of Citizenship and received the U-M Regents' Award for Distinguished Public Service.

Note: Free copies of The Fifty-Year Rebellion: How the U.S. Political Crisis Began in Detroit will be provided to participants.
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Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning - Living Room

September 2017

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12:00pm - 1:00pm

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