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Press Release:  Changing Detroit:  Past, Present, Future
March 1, 2005

(Please forward to interested parties.)

"Detroit's Tsunami"
Thursday, March 31, 2005 from 6-9 p.m.
Adamany Undergraduate Library, Community Room, 3rd Floor

"Thinking Outside the Box"
Thursday, April 28, 2005 from 6-9 p.m.
Student Center, Hilberry A & B

"Creating a New 'We'"
Thursday, May 26, 2005 from 6-9 p.m.
Student Center, Hilberry C

The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Urban,
Labor and Metropolitan Affairs at Wayne State University and
International Women's Writing Guild, Southeastern Michigan
Region are co-sponsoring a series of symposia and workshops
that will be facilitated by Grace Lee Boggs, Shea Howell, and
Charles Simmons.  Grace Lee Boggs is the 2005 Urban Woman
Writer-in-Residence for the Department of Interdisciplinary
Studies.

The symposia will open an inter-generational and trans-racial
dialogue about Detroit's past, present, and future, with an
emphasis on creative means to catalyze change in our city.
These symposia will afford a unique opportunity to challenge
ourselves to nurture positive change. In addition to
presentations by the panelists, there will be ample time for
participants to share experiences and ideas in small-group
sessions.

Grace Lee Boggs, an author and activist for over 60 years,
founded the Boggs Center with other Movement activists after
the death in 1993 of her husband and labor activist Jimmy
Boggs.  The University of Minnesota Press in March 1998
published her autobiography, Living for Change, which has been
hailed as "the most important political memoir of the second
half of the 20th century."

Shea Howell is co-founder and co-chair of Detroit Summer, a
youth program in the city designed to bring young people
together with community groups that are trying to rebuild the
city.  She is also a board member of the Michigan Citizen
newspaper, the Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership,
and Detroit Women's Coffeehouse. In addition, Howell is a
frequent contributor to Between the Lines, Michigan's gay and
lesbian newspaper.  She is also a professor of rhetoric,
communication and journalism at Oakland University.

Charles Simmons is professor of journalism and law
at Eastern Michigan University and co-chair of the Committee
for the Political Resurrection of Detroit (CPR). His articles
on international affairs have appeared in African American, national, and international
newspapers and magazines, and he has hosted a radio program in
Los Angeles.  He was a member of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers and is  currently a columnist for the Michigan Citizen Newspaper.

All events will take place on the campus of Wayne State
University.  Light refreshments will be served.  All events
are open to the public and free of charge.  For more
information, call 313.577.0832.

Caroline Maun, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Wayne State University
2216 Academic Administration Building
5700 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI 48230
313-577-6580 (tel.)