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Detroit: In and Of the City

Semester and Year SP 2019
Course Number IDSEM-UG1993
Section 001
Instructor Michael Dinwiddie
Days TR
Time 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Units 4
Level U
Requirement   HUM


This course includes travel to Detroit during the week of Spring Recess, March 17-24. Permission required. Application deadline is October 26, 2018. For more information and to apply, please click on course title and then link to application.


Course Application: This course examines the ways in which Detroit has been imagined, represented and parsed in literature, documentary film, political discourse and historical narratives: first as the “Stove Capital” (1850s), as a “Coach and Carriage” center (1890s), as the “Motor City” in the early decades of the 20th century, as the “Arsenal of Democracy” during World War II, as “Motown” in the postwar period, as “The Murder Capital” in the 1970s, and as a “Third World” city on the brink of bankruptcy in the 1980s and 1990s. Today it is touted as “The Renaissance City,” but in what is the present-day optimism rooted? Is it “boosterism” and wishful thinking? Or will Detroit “rise again” through creative experimentation and entrepreneurial innovation? Has its decline been too pronounced and specific for any hope of reversal? As we explore a landscape where issues of race, class and geography are thrown into bas-relief, we will come to a better understanding of the systemic forces at play in 21st century Detroit.


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Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)