Detroit — Racial and class-based issues in Metro Detroit may never fully be resolved. But they will be discussed at length this fall in a six-part Wayne State University lecture series called “Education, Race, and Society: The Dignity of People, The Destiny of Detroit.”
The lecture series is a partnership between the TeachDETROIT program in the college of education and the law school’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights. According to a news release, the series begins at 5 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at 471 W. Palmer.
The topic of the first lecture is Gov. Rick Snyder’s reform plan for Detroit Public Schools, Michigan’s largest school district.
Panelists, according to the release, will include the Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit NAACP; Jeffery Robinson, principal of the Paul Robeson/Malcolm X Academy at Detroit Public Schools; Abbie Groff-Blaszak, director of educator talent and policy coordination at the Michigan Department of Education; and Charlie Beckham, group executive for Detroit’s Department of Neighborhoods.
“Each lecture will bring together three or four diverse thinkers to speak about race and class, with a respondent who is a teacher or administrator in a Detroit school,” according to the statement. “Local journalists and members of the Wayne State University community will moderate each panel, and student leaders will facilitate small-group discussions with the audience following the presentations.”
In addition to the Sept. 24 panel, the series, which is free to attend and open to the public, will be held on Oct. 8, 22 and 29; Nov. 12; and Dec. 3.
Wayne State students and adults taking continuing education credits through the Michigan Department of Education can receive credit for participation, according to the release.