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Baratunde Thurston and Van Dusen Urban Leadership Forum

Monday, December 2, 2013

Why is it important to welcome new faces, ideas and entities to Detroit? How can this be done while maintaining the city’s unique identity, authenticity and pragmatism? The 2013 Van Dusen Urban Leadership Forum will pair New York Times bestselling author and comedian Baratunde Thurston with community leaders in Detroit to explore this very idea. The public lecture and panel discussion take place on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Wayne State University. Thurston will share his insights on the topic of welcoming, specifically discussing ways we might try new ideas while respecting local context and nostalgia. A curated panel of Detroit leaders will join the discussion following the keynote address. Panelists will include Executive Director of D:hive, Jeff Aronoff; cultural critic and producer, Dream Hampton; and Executive Director of the Brightmoor Alliance, Kirk Mayes. The public lecture and panel discussion begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Wayne State’s Community Arts Auditorium (doors open at 5:30 p.m.). The event is free and open to the public.

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