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Detroit rebellion focus of Nov. 17 symposium at Wayne Law

The Journal of Law in Society at Wayne State University Law School will present its 2017 symposium “Why Detroit Rebelled: The Intersection of Racism and Social Control in the City,” on Friday, Nov. 17.

The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at the law school, 471 W. Palmer St. The symposium is free, but registration is required by Friday, Nov. 10. Additional details and registration can be found at rsvp.wayne.edu/journal2017. Parking will be available for $7.75 (credit or debit card only) in Parking Structure No. 1 across West Palmer Street from the law school.

The symposium marks the 50th anniversary of the Detroit rebellion and will consist of three panels and a keynote address.

The event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with check-in and a continental breakfast, followed by opening remarks at 9:15 a.m. from Jonathan Demers, editor-in-chief of The Journal of Law in Society, and Dean Richard A. Bierschbach, who also will introduce the keynote speaker.

Delivering the keynote address at 9:30 a.m. will be Dr. Scott Kurashige of the University of Washington Bothell School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Kurashige authored the recently published book “The Fifty-Year Rebellion: How the U.S. Political Crisis Began in Detroit.”

Moderating the 10 a.m. panel “The Stage was Set: A History of Racism and Social Control,” will be Dr. Thomas Klug of Marygrove College.


• De Witt S. Dykes Jr., Oakland University

• Kenneth Coleman, Detroit-based author and historian

• Jeffrey Horner, Wayne State University

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

The second panel of the day will be “Summer of ’67: What Really Happened,” at 12:30 p.m., moderated by Wayne Law Professor John E. Mogk.


• Dr. Melba Joyce Boyd, Wayne State University

• Carl R. Edwards, Edwards & Jennings PC

• Charles Ezra Ferrell, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

• Eric Williams, a transactional attorney, will moderate “Detroit Today: The Reproduction of Systems of Control,” at 2:30 p.m.


• Amanda Alexander, University of Michigan

• Bernadette Atuahene, Wayne State University Law School

• Monica Lewis-Patrick, We the People of Detroit

The symposium will adjourn at 4 p.m. with closing remarks from Professor Peter J. Hammer, director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights.


Wayne County Probate Court to close at noon Nov. 7, all day Nov. 8

The Wayne County Probate Court will close at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 7 and all day on Wednesday, Nov. 8 for mandatory employee training. The court will reopen at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9.