Detroit, MI 48202
Keynotes: Congressman John Conyers will deliver the morning keynote address. Rinku Sen, President of the Applied Research Center and publisher of Colorlines.com will deliver the afternoon keynote.
Topics to be discussed: Immigration, Immigration enforcement, challenges in a post-9/11 world, police brutality, racial profiling, white flight and other demographic changes, critical race and social theory.
Abstract: This symposium explores issues surrounding race relations in Detroit and surrounding suburbs, including racial profiling in law enforcement, the so-called war on terror, and the challenges of immigrant communities. This symposium will explore the deep structural roots of the problems against the backdrop of the myth of post racialism in the wake of President Obama's historic reelection.
Registration and continental breakfast
Welcome/Framing the Issue
Peter J. Hammer, Wayne Law professor of law and director, Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights
Congressman John Conyers, Michigan’s 13th District
Panel I: Latin Americans in South West Detroit
Moderator: Rachel Settlage, assistant professor, Wayne Law
• Susan Reed, attorney, Michigan Immigrant Rights’ Center
• Angela Reyes, executive director, Detroit Hispanic Development Center
• Elena Herrada, community activist and board member, Detroit Public Schools
Panel II: Muslim Americans and the border-crossing post-9/11
• Lena Masri, staff attorney, the Council of American-Islamic Relations-Michigan
• Rashida Tlaib, State Representative of the 6th District
• Mark Fancher, staff attorney, American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan Racial Justice Project staff
Rinku Sen, Executive Director of the Applied Resource Center and publisher of Colorlines.org
Networking and coffee break
Panel III: African Americans in surrounding suburbs
Moderator: Justin Long, assistant professor, Wayne Law
• Bill Goodman and Julie Hurwitz, Senior Partner, Goodman & Hurwitz, P.C.
• Austin Jackson, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University
Break out session
Closing: Kanika Suri, symposium director, Journal of Law in Society