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As a leader and partner in the revitalization of Midtown, Wayne State University is committed to being a good neighbor in a good neighborhood. The Office of Economic Development at Wayne State was created in 2011 to help leverage the assets of the University to be a catalyst for growth on our campus and throughout the community. Whether it's bringing Zipcar to Detroit to help people get around town, partnering with private developers on major mixed use projects in the neighborhood, or connecting businesses large and small to our talented faculty, researchers, and students, the Office of Economic Development works to maximize the University's impact in Midtown and Detroit.  


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Best-Selling Author Dave Eggers: Buccaneers, Robots, Yetis and Other Agents of Social Change
November 4 2014 at 6:00 PM
Community Arts
Staples in our urban landscape aren’t always what they seem. Each week, 30,000 school-aged youth in 8 cities across the country walk into offbeat storefronts to play with spy equipment, research Bigfoot, stock up on robot milk and purchase unicorn tears—or do they? In the same space, thousands of adult volunteers support the students as their original writing is published in artful, professional-level publications, and they help demistify homework with one-on-one tutoring. It’s civic engagement, though not the kind you’d expect. The 2014 Richard C. Van Dusen Urban Leadership Forum welcomes best-selling author and co-founder of 826 National, Dave Eggers, to the stage along with local Detroiters to discuss how civic engagement and social change are taking new shapes and challenging assumptions. Panelists include: Sharnita Johnson, Program Officer of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation;   Julia Putnam, Principal at the James and Grace Lee Boggs School; and Amy Peterson, Founder of Rebel Nell, a jewelry company that provides business training and employment for low-income women. This keynote and interactive panel discussion will take place Tuesday November 4th at 6:00PM (doors open at 5:30PM) at the Community Arts Auditorium, 450 Reuther Mall, Detroit. Parking will be available for $7 in Structure #1 at the corner of Cass Ave. and Palmer St. Please join us afterward for a reception to include drinks and appetizers in the adjoining McGregor Conference Center. Products from 826michigan and Rebel Nell will both be available for purchase.  This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here. WORKSHOP Following the lecture there will be a half-day workshop on Wednesday, November 5, 11:30AM-4:00PM at Golightly Education Center in Detroit. Participants will team up with the masterminds behind 826michigan’s new Detroit locale to explore how a Robot Factory in Detroit might differ from a Boring Store in Chicago or a Superhero Store in Brooklyn. They’ll plot the course for youth education programming and volunteer opportunities, and envision the physical and programmatic possibilities. Space in the workshop is limited. RSVP directly to jeri.stroupe@wayne.edu.  Dave Eggers is the author of ten books, including Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?, The Circle and A Hologram for the King. He is the founder of independent publishing company, McSweeney’s, and co-founder of 826 National, a network of eight tutoring centers around the country. Eggers lives in Northern California with his family.
Creative Mornings: Detroit
November 14 2014 at 8:30 AM
Varies monthly
CreativeMornings is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community. Our free, monthly events feature a short talk and breakfast! In 2008, Tina Roth Eisenberg (Swissmiss) started CreativeMornings out of a desire for an ongoing, accessible event for New York’s creative community. The concept was simple: breakfast and a short talk one Friday morning a month. Every event would be free of charge and open to anyone. Today, attendees gather in cities around the world to enjoy fresh coffee, friendly people, and an international array of breakfast foods. Volunteer hosts and their team members organize local chapters that not only celebrate a city’s creative talent, but also promote an open space to connect with like-minded individuals. The growing archive of past breakfast talks is humbling. From design legends to hometown heroes, speakers are selected by each chapter based on a global theme. CreativeMornings remains free thanks to the support of local sponsors, generous venues, and longterm partners. Anyone can attend. Just register beforehand to reserve your spot. Remember to set your alarm, and we’ll see you in the morning!
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Detroit, MI 48202