Special Events 2007

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January

Sweet Trials Exhibit

"In the Roaring Twenties, Ossian Sweet, the young physician arrived alone in Detroit. Sweet did not know that he would establish a thriving medical practice and find a wife to love. He would not have dared to imagine that one day he would be able to move his family from the city's most dangerous ghetto to a home of their own in a safer place. Nor could he have envisioned that his struggle to hold on to this home, his greatest pride, would lead to his indictment in a murder case that would put him and his wife and friends in prison, bring the famous Clarence Darrow to defend them and launch a landmark battle that helped ignite the struggle for civil rights. See the images of the era on this exhibit from the University of Detroit Mercy."

This exhibit will be available throughout the year. Check each month for dates and locations.

This exhibit will be available in January at the following locations:

January 11 through January 18 -- Farmington Community Library

January 19 through January 29 -- Detroit Public Library

January 30 through February 2 -- University of Detroit Mercy Library

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Civil Rights Panel Discussion

January 18 (Thursday) from 12:45 p.m. until 2 p.m. --
University of Detroit Mercy Life Science Building, room 113

Join us as a panel of three experts discuss how this historic trial set the climate for current Civil Rights issues. Greg Sumner, Professor of History at UDM, moderates this important discussion. Panel members:

Elliott Hall, Civil Rights Attorney and former Ford Motor Company Executive
Eric Smaw, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Rollins College
Celeste Headlee, Detroit Public Radio Reporter (WDET)

Sweet Trials Panel Discussion

January 23 (Tuesday) from 12:45 p.m. until 2 p.m. --
University of Detroit Mercy Life Science Building, room 113

Join us as a panel of three experts discuss the impact of this historic trial on today's social issues. Greg Sumner, Professor of History at UDM, moderates this important discussion. Panel members:

Daniel Baxter, Director of Elections, City of Detroit
Matthew Daily, Assistant Professor of History, Grand Valley State University
Gary Maveal , Professor of Law, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Detroit History at the DIA

During the early 1920's, the Sweet family migrated along with countless others from the southern states to the industrial north looking for a better life. The population in Detroit in the 1920's grew faster than the city could handle.

In 2007, the Detroit Institute of Art explores this era as it presents, The Great Migration paintings by Jacob Lawrence (owned by the Phillips Collection, Washington DC). These paintings return to the DIA for a special exhibition in 2007. The DIA owns 158 works by Lawrence including The 1920s . . . The Migrants Arrive and Cast Their Ballots print.

The Whitney museum offers educational information for teachers that connect to the Great Migration, and the Jacob Lawrence Exploring Stories site includes Migration series images and information.

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February

Kevin Boyle

We welcome Kevin Boyle to Detroit during Februrary 2007. He will be on hand to speak about his awared winning book Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age. Boyle's book tells the story of the Sweet family and their experience during those tense days in the summer of 1924 that inspired Art Beer's play.

Kevin Boyle is a professor of history at Ohio State University. His book recently won the National Book Award for non-fiction. He has also written The UAW and the Heyday of American Liberalism, 1945-1968 (1995) and co-authored Muddy Boots and Ragged Aprons: Images of Working-Class Detroit, 1900-1930 (1997).

Thursday, February 1

4 p.m. -- at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
7:30 p.m. -- Public Lecture at University of Detroit Mercy, Student Center Ballroom (second floor), followed by Reception

Friday, February 2

11 a.m. -- at University of Detroit Mercy, Fountain Lounge, Student Center
(speaking engagement for students and faculty)
8 p.m. -- Malice Aforethought: the Sweet Trials performance, followed by Talkback

(News! Kevin Boyle honored by Detroit City Council. See copy of testimonial.)

Saturday, February 3

2 p.m. Detroit Public Library, Main Branch

Sunday, February 4

1:30 p.m. Farmington Community Library Main Auditorium

Sweet Trials Exhibit

Don't miss this important exhibit regarding the story behind the play. See January's listing for more details.

February 1 and 2 -- University of Detroit Mercy Library

February 3 through February 5 -- Detroit Public Library

February 7 through February 13 -- St. Clair Shores Public Library

February 15 through February 21 -- Shelby Township Library

February 23 through March 1 -- Macomb County Library

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March

Sweet Trials Exhibit

Don't miss this important exhibit regarding the story behind the play. See January's listing for more details. (The exhibit will be at the Macomb County Library on March 1.)

March 3 through March 11 -- Chesterfield Public Library

March 13 through March 19 -- Rochester Hills Public Library

March 21 through March 27 -- Southfield Public Library

March 29 through April 5 -- Bloomfield Township Public Library

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April

Kevin Boyle

Kevin Boyle returns to Detroit in April 2007. He will be speaking at the following locations during the month. (See February's post above for more information.)

Monday, April 16

1 p.m. Clinton-Macomb Public Library

7 p.m. Baldwin Public Library, Rotary Room

Tuesday, April 17

2 p.m. Southfield Public Library, Auditorium

7 p.m. Rochester Hills Public Library, Multipurpose Room

Wednesday, April 18

7 p.m. Canton Public Library, Community Room

 


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