Special Events Archive

Interfaith Curricular Development Workshop - a Transatlantic Perspective

April 14 - 15, 2018

Let Them Buy Cake? Religious Liberty, Discrimination, and the Masterpiece Cakeshop Case

January 10, 2018

A Debate with John Corvino, Ryan T. Anderson, and Sherif Girgis

Citizen-Soldiers & a Grateful Nation: Veterans Care & the Postwar Politics of Obligation & Care

November 11, 2013

Professor Elizabeth Faue, Department of History at Wayne State University led a discussion on benefits accorded to veterans from the Civil War to the present day.

The Role of the League of Arab States in the Arab Spring Countries and U.S. Policies in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring

September 23, 2013

Dr. Mohammed Al Hussaini Al Sharif, Ambassador to the League of Arab States presented his insights into the Arab Spring.

Citizenship Across the Curriculum

September 11, 2013

In this presentation for the Humanities Center, Professor Marc Kruman discussed the public responsibilities of public higher education and the benefits of educating thoughtful, knowledgeable citizens for a lifetime of civic commitment.

Dr. Seán McLoughlin

Religion & Ethnicity, Diaspora & Identity

April 17, 2013

Join the Center for the Study of Citizenship in welcoming Dr. Seán McLoughlin from Leeds University, UK to campus. Dr. McLoughlin and our own Saeed Khan will join in conversation on religion, identity, diaspora and ethnicity.

 A National Day of Courage

February 4, 2013 at The Henry Ford

Join the Center for the Study of Citizenship as we head to The Henry Ford to sponsor a talk by Danielle L. McGuire, Professor of  History at Wayne State University.

Professor McGuire will give a talk titled "Rosa Parks: the Madonna of Montgomery"


Debating Same-Sex Marriage

September 27, 2012, 7:30-9:30 pm

The Center for the Study of Citizenship welcomed John Corvino (WSU Professor and prominent gay advocate) and Maggie Gallagher (nationally syndicated columnist and co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage) as they continued their debate on Marriage Equality.

Henry Ford's War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech

June 26, 2012

Join the Center as we celebrate the launch of a new book by Victoria Saker Woeste of the American Bar Foundation with a cocktail reception in Detroit.


Citizenship Salons

Reminiscent of European assemblies in the Age of Enlightenment, Citizenship Salons seek to inspire and to increase knowledge through conversation.

Salons are by invitation only and are held in the homes of our affiliates. Small groups gather together to discuss an issue of citizenship from Corporate Social Responsibility to Health Citizenship. An expert leads the discussion on the particular topic.


Corporate Citizenship in the Age of Enron and Madoff

April 13, 2011, 7-9 pm

“Corporate Citizenship in the Age of Enron and Madoff,” allowed discussion of white collar crime and its citizenship effects. Panelists included U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, prominent private practice attorney Harold Gurewitz, and Wayne Law professor Peter J. Henning. The panel discussed some of the challenges facing prosecutors of white collar crime, ambiguities facing defendants or those who cooperate in investigations, and the strong regional differences that may creep into decision making on which kinds of cases are prosecuted.


Civility in a Fractured Society

Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 7–9 p.m.

Our national political discourse is increasingly marked by disturbing and often divisive rhetoric. From talk radio to town halls, assertions are made about opposing points of view with little thought of accuracy or consequences. Can we learn to treat our differences with respect? Is there still room for decorum in public debate?



November 12 – 13, 2009

Distinguished journalist Jose Vargas examined the state of professional journalism, how news is collected and disseminated, how the boundaries between citizen and journalist often overlap, and the implications that all of these changes have for the future of journalism. Vargas embodies the ongoing revolution in the field.

 Citizen Media and the Civic Journalist

March 3, 2008

Renowned journalist Nick Clooney and citizen media advocate Dan Gillmor spoke at Wayne State University’s Center for the Study of Citizenship. This event was moderated by Mary Kramer, publisher of Crain’s Detroit Business.


Virtual Citizenship Symposium

November 30, 2007

On November 30, 2007 presented a symposium on Virtual Citizenship. Speakers included: Wendy Chun, Brown University; Russell Dalton, University of California - Irvine; Fred Stutzman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Vernor Vinge, author of Rainbows End.


Race, Citizenship and Cinema

November 8, 2006

After a multi-day screening of Spike Lee’s documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, CSC sponsored a lecture by Elvis Mitchell, the host of The Treatment, for National Public Radio, in which he interviews some of the most influential persons in the film industry and fine arts. Formerly the film critic for The New York Times, Mitchell is also an alumnus of Wayne State University. Mitchell spoke about race and citizenship, and its representation in film.

Citizenship, National Identity and Genocide

January 22, 2007

President and CEO of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, Douglas Greenberg spoke to the ways in which citizenship and genocide connect in the modern world. His talk focused specifically on the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide.


Why the Race to Racialize Medicine is Better Lost

October 12, 2006

Professor Jonathan Marks (anthropology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte) spoke on the relationship between genetics research and definitions of race, focusing on the implications of this movement on health care. His recent research confronts the recent trends to attempt to impose genetic and biological constructs on to the social/anthropological notions of race. He questions the outcomes of genetic and biological anthropology research funded by large pharmeceutical companies. 

Marks is the author of Human Biodiversity and What it Means to Be 98% Chimpanzee, as well as the e-publication, The Un-Textbook of Biological Anthropology.


Theatre and Citizenship Series: Antony and Cleopatra

April 1, 2006

On April 1, 2006 the Center for the Study of Citizenship and Wayne State University’s Hilberry Theatre collaborated on a program featuring a matinee performance of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra followed by a discussion about the play and how it embodies gender and citizenship.

Same Sex Marriage: A Civil Debate

February 13, 2006

Wayne State Assistant Professor of Philosophy John Corvino debated Glenn Stanton, senior analyst with Focus on the Family, on the merits of same-sex marriage before a packed audience in WSU’s Community Arts Auditorium. Both speakers emphasized the importance of reasoned, vigorous yet respectful dialogue on this controversial topic.


 Can We Win in Iraq? The 7,000 Year Perspective

January 31, 2005

This program was presented by Edwin Black. Black, an award-winning New York Times and investigative journalist, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his book, Banking on Baghdad: Inside Iraq's 7000-year History of War, Profit, and Conflict. To write this book, Black led a team of 30 researchers in five countries, accessing more than 100 repositories and securing some 50,000 documents. Black was granted access to the corporate archives of numerous oil companies involved in Iraq and the Middle East.

Photograph (C) Stephanie Keith

 Justice American Style: Citizenship, Civil Liberties, and Muslims in the United States After 9/11

April 6, 2005

This program was presented by Kathleen Moore, chair of the Law and Society Program at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Moore’s research interests include immigration, Muslim communities in the West, religion and law, Islamic law, civil rights and liberties, cultural pluralism, and cultural studies. Her recent publications include United We Stand: American Attitudes toward (Muslim) Immigration Post-September 11th, A Part of US or A Part from US? Post September 11th Attitudes towards Muslims and Civil Liberties in the United States.

 Theatre and Citizenship Series:
Mother Courage

December 4, 2004

The second collaboration between the Center for the Study of Citizenship and Wayne State University’s Hilberry Theatre featured a performance of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and a discussion exploring citizenship in times of crisis led by WSU scholars. Participants included Guy Stern, distinguished professor of German and Slavic languages; Anne Rothe, assistant professor of German and Slavic languages; Blair Anderson, chair, Theatre Department; and Janine Lanza, assistant professor of history.

 Securities, Liberties and Trade-Offs in the War on Terrorism

January 24, 2005

Bruce Schneier, chief technical officer, Counterpane Internet Security Inc., and author of Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly about Security in an Uncertain World, delivered this lecture about how security really works. Putting into perspective a world that has become obsessed with security, Schneier explained that security cannot be thought about in absolutes, but instead in terms of “sensible trade-offs, whether on a personal or global scale.”

 Gun Barrel Democracy?

December 14, 2004

Democratic Constitutionalism Following Military Occupation Reflections on the U.S. Experience in Japan, Germany, Afghanistan and Iraq.

 9/11 Memorial Lecture: Academic Freedom After 9/11

September 10, 2004

Robert M. O’Neil, Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia Law School and Director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, delivered the keynote lecture at the Center’s third anniversary symposium commemorating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. His subject was the state of academic freedom since those events. Asking whether academic freedom has diminished since then, O’Neil’s response was a heavily qualified “no.”



Brown V. Board of Education Symposium

March 24, 2004

The Center sponsored a highly successful and visible symposium commemorating the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. A collaborative effort between the Center, with tremendous assistance from the WSU Law School and the American Bar Association, the symposium and related events were centerpieces for the ABA’s year-long commemoration of Brown. Among the speakers were keynoter Charles Ogletree, who drew an estimated audience of over 200, and ABA President Dennis Archer.

Theatre and Citizenship Series: The Kentucky Cycle

April 8, 2004

The Center sponsored a lecture program to complement the Hilberry Theatre’s production of The Kentucky Cycle, a two-part play by Robert Schenkkan that tells the story of three Kentucky families from 1775 to 1975. The Center’s Director Marc Kruman moderated a panel discussion during the intermission between parts I and II of the play after an “all-American” buffet picnic dinner, bluegrass entertainment from Michigan’s troubadour, Neil Woodward, and a welcome from Blair Anderson, chair of the theater department.


 ↑ back to top