WSU Humanities Center symposium to explore art in post-industrial Detroit

November 9, 2011

Wayne State University's Humanities Center announces its fall symposium, "The Post-Industrial City," which will take place Friday, Nov. 18, at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center on WSU's main campus in Detroit.

The daylong event includes a keynote address from Marion Jackson, distinguished professor emerita of art history, who will discuss art in post-industrial Detroit.

Jackson is actively involved in Wayne State's Irvin D. Reid Honors College, where she directs ArtsCorpsDetroit, a new program offering service-learning courses and volunteer opportunities for students and others who want to help revitalize the community through the arts.

In addition to the keynote address, faculty from Wayne State and the University of Michigan will present information on post-industrial advancements and developments in areas ranging from music and poetry to the cultural arts.

The symposium will also include with a panel discussion, "Urban Scholarship: Hidden Faces," moderated by Robin Boyle, professor and chair of urban studies and planning at WSU.

Panelists are Constance Bodurow of Lawrence Technological University; George Galster of Wayne State University; Louise Jezierski of Michigan State University; Heather Khan of Eastern Michigan University; and Lara Rusch of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The event will conclude with a reception.

The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Humanities Center at 313-577-5471 or visit


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