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The University of Michigan-Flint has moved the first session of a class on the city’s water crisis to a bigger venue because of “large community interest,” the school said Wednesday.

The one-credit Flint Water Crisis Course, available to students but open to the public at no cost, will kick off at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the ballroom of the Northbank Center, 432 N. Saginaw. The session had been scheduled for a smaller room in the center.

Thursday’s class will focus on “What happened? How did we get here?” Panelists will include Richard Sadler, an assistant professor of family medicine in the division of public health at Michigan State University; E. Yvonne Lewis, founder and CEO of the National Center for African American Health Consciousness; Melissa Mays, a member of the group Wateryoufightingfor, and Nayyirah Shariff of the Flint Democracy Defense League.

Free parking is available in the structure attached to the Northbank Center at East Second Avenue. Free overflow parking is available in the William S. White parking lots (Campus Lots S and T) with entrances on Harrison Street and Fifth Avenue.

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