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March 22, 2013 | All Day
Category: Special Event
Location: Law School | Map
471 W. Palmer
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: None
Audience: Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

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. 

Symposium Schedule:

8:00-8:30 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast

8:40 a.m.
Welcome/Framing the Issue
Peter J. Hammer, Wayne Law professor of law and director, Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights 

9:00 a.m.
Morning keynote 
Congressman John Conyers, Michigan’s 13th District 

9:45 a.m.
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

11:00 a.m.
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

12:00 p.m. 

1:00 p.m.
Afternoon keynote
Rinku Sen, Executive Director of the Applied Resource Center and publisher of Colorlines.org 
2:00 p.m.
Networking and coffee break

3:10 p.m.
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.
• Brenda Lawrence, Mayor of Southfield
• Austin Jackson, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

3:45-4:30 p.m. 
Break out session

4:30 p.m.
Closing: Kanika Suri, symposium director, Journal of Law in Society

4:45-6:00 p.m.

For more information about this event, please contact Maggie Swift at 7349040614 or cq2838@wayne.edu.