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December 3, 2013 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Category: Special Event
Location: Community Arts | Map
450 Reuther Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

Our communities are strongest when everyone in them feels welcome. As Detroit continues to develop and change, we must strive to build a stronger mutual respect among those with established roots and those with budding origins.

Please join nationally renowned comedian, author, and entrepreneur 
Baratunde Thurston for a lecture and panel discussion brought to you by the Van Dusen Urban Leadership Forum at Wayne State University. This engaging and thought-provoking talk will explore how principles of welcome relate to important issues facing urban areas today, and will be followed by a lively panel discussion with local Detroit leaders Jeff Aronoff of D:hive Detroit, cultural critic and producer Dream Hampton, and Kirk Mayes of the Brightmoor Alliance.

Baratunde Thurston is the CEO, co-founder, and hashtagger-in-chief of Cultivated Wit. He wrote the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black and served for five years as director of digital for the satirical news outlet, The Onion. When he's not delivering keynote talks at gatherings such as SXSW Interactive, LeWeb, and Personal Democracy Forum, he writes the monthly back page column for Fast Company and contributes to the MIT Media Lab as a director's fellow. He co-founded the black political bog, Jack and Jill Politics, has advised the Obama White House, has more than 10 years experience in standup comedy, and more than 30 years experience being black. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

This lecture and panel discussion will take place Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:00 PM (doors open at 5:30 PM) at the Community Arts Auditorium, 450 Reuther Mall, Detroit. Parking will be available for $6.50 in Structure #1 at the corner of Cass Ave. and Palmer St.


For more information about this event, please contact Jeri Stroupe at 313-577-9778 or jeri.stroupe@wayne.edu.