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September 25, 2018 | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Student Center Ballroom | Map
5221 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

Join the History Department as it hosts a public lecture by museum director, consultant, and Wayne State History alumnus Dennis Barrie, Ph.D.

During this special event, Dr. Barrie will discuss how he has used his Ph.D. in History from Wayne State to build an exciting career as a museum director and consultant. In 1990, while working as Director of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Barrie was indicted for obscenity when the Arts Center featured the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe; Barrie stood trial and was acquitted by a jury. Barrie went on to work as the Founding Director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, before establishing the Malrite Company, which helped launch the International Spy Museum, the Grammy Museum, the National Museum of Psychology, a museum at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, and the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, also known as the "Mob Museum." Currently, Barrie is working on the development of the US Olympic Museum.

A Q&A and a reception with refreshments will follow the lecture. 

For more information about this event, please contact Lillian Wilson Szlaga at 313-577-2525 or