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Wayne State University experts available to comment on trending topics for September

Wayne State University's PR team compiles a list of university experts who can speak about trending topics and significant milestones each month.

To reach an expert, contact:

Ted Montgomery, 313-577-5699, tedmontgomery@wayne.edu

Tom Reynolds, 313-577-8093, treynolds@wayne.edu

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH – SEPTEMBER

National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence on Sept. 16 and 18, respectively.

Jorge Chinea, academic director for the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies and associate professor of history, is available to talk about Hispanic Heritage Month.

V-J DAY: JAPAN SURRENDERS, ENDING WORLD WAR II – Sept. 2, 1945

On Sept. 2, 1945, a formal surrender ceremony was performed in Tokyo Bay aboard the battleship USS Missouri, ending World War II. Japan's surrender, several months following the surrender of Nazi Germany, brought to a close six years of hostilities in the Pacific.

Elizabeth Lublin, associate professor of history, has studied and taught in Japan, completing a Ph.D. in modern Japanese history. The author of two scholarly books about the country, Lublin is prepared to discuss the cultural and historical significance of Japan's surrender.

LABOR DAY – SEPT. 4

Labor Day is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September honoring the American labor movement and the contributions its workers have made to the country.

Marick Masters, Labor@Wayne director, professor of business and adjunct professor of political science, is prepared to discuss the origin and significance of Labor Day in the United States.

INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY – SEPT. 8

In an effort to address illiteracy, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) created International Literacy Day in 2000. UNESCO reports suggest that due to increased access to schooling for this generation, the global youth literacy rate has increased to 91 percent in 2015, up 8 percent from 1990. According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, 50 percent of American adults are unable to read a book at the eighth grade level and 23 percent of American adults are functionally illiterate.

Daphne Ntiri, professor in the Department of African American Studies, conducts research in African American studies, adult education and literacy, transformative learning, gender, and Third World studies. Ntiri is ready to talk about the significance of International Literacy Day.

2017 UNIVERSITY ADDRESS – SEPT. 12

Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson will discuss the state of the university and present an update on Wayne State's strategic plan. The event will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the Student Center Ballroom.

PHYSICIST KIP THORNE DISCUSSING FUTURE OF GEOMETRODYNAMICS – SEPT. 14

Kip Thorne, a theoretical physicist specializing in the astrophysical effects of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity — especially black holes and gravitational waves — is presenting at Wayne State University during a special colloquium 3:30-5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14. Thorne will describe what computer simulations and gravitational wave observations have begun to teach us and offer a vision for the future of geometrodynamics. The colloquium will be held at the Law School's Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium.

KNOWLEDGE ON TAP PRESENTS … SING US A SONG: POPULAR MUSIC'S PLACE IN CULTURE – SEPT. 14

Join Joshua S. Duchan, associate professor of music history and director of graduate studies in music, as he discusses ethnomusicology, popular music and his recently published book about the music of singer-songwriter Billy Joel. He will take us from the basic elements of how music is put together to how it reflects and affects our society, culture and history. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at HopCat Detroit's Huma Room in Midtown Detroit. The presentation begins at 6 p.m.
MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY – SEPT. 16

Independence Day (Día de la Independencia) is a Mexican holiday to celebrate the "cry of independence" on Sept. 16, 1810, which started a revolt against the Spaniards. It follows from the day of the Cry of Dolores (El Grito de Dolores) on Sept. 15.

José Cuello, associate professor of history and an expert on Latin America and colonial Mexico, is prepared to discuss Mexican Independence Day

.CONSTITUTION and CITIZENSHIP DAY – SEPT. 17

On Constitution Day, an event that falls during Constitution Week, United States citizens recognize the anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. In 1787, delegates convened in Philadelphia to create "a more perfect union" and to craft the country's constitution. They worked to develop a framework that would provide balance and freedom, taking into account federal and state interests, as well as individual human rights. The delegates signed the Constitution of the United States on Sept. 17. In 1952, President Harry Truman signed into law "Citizenship Day."

Robert Sedler, distinguished professor of law, is a nationally recognized constitutional law expert.

Marc Kruman, Center for the Study of Citizenship director and professor of history, is ready to talk about the significance of Citizenship Day.

FORMER MEXICO PRESIDENT VICENTE FOX FEATURED SPEAKER AT WAYNE STATE – SEPT. 18

Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico, will be the keynote speaker for the Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society's (FOCIS) 10th anniversary lecture series "What in the World is Going On?" kickoff event at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18. Fox will discuss "Immigration: The Wall, Trade, Jobs and Deportation." The lecture will be held at Wayne State's Community Arts Auditorium.

INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY – SEPT. 21

The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") is observed worldwide each year on Sept. 21. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all of humanity to commit to peace above all differences and contribute to building a culture of peace.

Frederic Pearson, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies director and professor of political science, is prepared to talk about issues related to international relations among nations.