Detroit, and cities like it, face a distinctive set of social, spatial, economic, and political conditions that are far-removed from the focused density of 1940s Chicago, or the multi-nodal, multi-cultural sprawl of present-day L.A. Is it time to recognize a "Detroit School of Urban Studies?" If so, what defines it? Moreover, how do the conditions in Detroit-like places influence the questions we ask and the research we do in the many disciplines that contribute to urban studies, including sociology, economics, social work, anthropology, political science, public health, public policy, natural resources, architecture and urban planning?
"The Detroit School Series" of colloquia will explore these issues throughout the 2012-13 academic year, thanks to a grant from Rackham's Distinguished Faculty and Graduate Student Seminars program and additional financial support from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the Residential College, and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.
Wayne State University urban economist George Galster will discuss his new book Driving Detroit: The Quest for Respect in the Motor City, with a book signing to follow; he will lead a discussion the following day.
George Galster is Clarence Hilberry Professor of Urban Affairs in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Wayne State University in Detroit. Trained as an economist with his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Galster is well known for his research on housing markets and neighborhood dynamics.
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