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October 16, 2018 | 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Category: Special Event
Location: HopCat Detroit
4265 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

Pull up a stool, grab a drink and learn something new.

Wayne State University has seen many transformations over the last 150 years. Since its beginnings in 1868 as the Detroit Medical College, the university has changed size, shape and name several times.

But at its core has always been a commitment to the local community. Throughout its history, Wayne State has played a central and integral role in the story of Detroit and Southeast Michigan.

Alison Stankrauff, Wayne State’s university archivist, will take us on a pictorial journey through Wayne State’s history in celebration of its sesquicentennial. Join us at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at HopCat Detroit’s Huma Room. The presentation begins at 6 p.m.

Wayne State’s campus has grown organically, using existing buildings and constructing new ones that have added to Detroit’s architectural heritage. Stankrauff will look at some of these key brick-and-mortar developments. She will also focus on Wayne State’s most valuable asset — its students — and how they make the university Michigan’s most diverse campus and a powerful place to learn and grow.

A 2002 graduate of Wayne State, Stankrauff has 16 years as a professional archivist. She worked at the American Jewish Archives and Indiana University South Bend before coming to Wayne State in 2017. Stankrauff is active in the profession, serving in leadership roles with the Society of American Archivists, Midwest Archives Conference, among other professional organizations.

Knowledge on Tap consists of live — and lively — discussions with some of Detroit’s greatest minds. The events are held every other month and feature an informal presentation by one of Wayne State’s renowned faculty members on a topic of their choice, followed by dynamic conversation. All Knowledge on Tap events are free, open to the public and require no educational background. All ages are welcome.

For more information about this event, please contact Shawn Wright at 313-577-4562 or