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January 14, 2020 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Faculty/Administration #2339 | Map
656 W. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

The Humanities Center is proud to present as part of its Brown Bag Series, a talk by Jerry Herron, Irvin D. Reid Honors College, Dean Emeritus.


The ways Americans have devised for living with Detroit are an all-purpose guide to our history as a people. Everything that makes us who we are has gone further and faster here than anyplace else. In other words, when America happens, Detroit is the result—so exaggeratedly typical that it looks like an exception, except it is not. The question is what to do with the truths about ourselves that get revealed in Detroit, this most extravagantly typical American place. As to the nature of those truths, they might be thought of in terms of five revelations that Detroit manifests—about memory, history, forgetting, design, and nostalgia—that we have had to live with, or not, depending on who we happen to be and how things look from our particular points of vantage. But rather than accepting the exemplary truths about ourselves revealed here, we have mostly been living in denial—right from the start, so that our history is defined by the serial denials we have contrived when confronted with this most representative expression of ourselves—Detroit.

These talks are free and open to the public! We also provide free coffee, tea and cake!

For more information about this event, please contact Humanities Center at 313-577-5471 or