By Jina Kim, U-M Ph.D. student in English and Women’s Studies According to the University of Michigan Detroit Center’s mission statement, the Detroit Center aims to “enrich University and Detroit communities through service, education, research and the exchange of culture.” In an interview I conducted with Center Director Dr. Addell Austin Anderson, she further elaborated […]
By Hillina Seife, U-M Ph.D. student in History This summer I am working with the Education department at the Charles Wright on an exhibit called “Inspired Minds: African-Americans in Science and Technology.” Opening in the Fall of 2012 and slated to be part of the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibit will feature pioneering figures and […]
By Kyera Singleton, U-M Ph.D. student in American Culture Documenting Black History The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is dedicated to uncovering, documenting, and exhibiting the African American experience. The exhibits and educational learning opportunities seek to empower the local Black communities through presenting both the complexities of this history and the […]
By Steve Arionus, U-M doctoral student in History The mission of the Charles H. Wright Museum is to provide great aesthetic, interpretive and intellectual experiences, and learning opportunities that can inspire and serve diverse audiences for a lifetime. To that end, they produce culturally rich, socially relevant, exhibitions, which explore multiple facets of the African […]
Take a chair at any boutique-y restaurant and you’re as likely to see its patrons snapping photos of their plates as eating it. Uploading these photos to social networking sites and blogs, indulging in “food porn,” is a socially accepted pastime. In Detroit, you might be more likely to find “ruin porn,” or the photography […]
It is easy to talk about empty space in Detroit. The vacant lots that engulf modest houses, making them seem all the smaller. The abandoned industrial buildings, fragmented shells that hold the absence of the past. The streets and sidewalks, wide and silent, are abandoned stretches of nothing leading to nowhere.