The Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

Charles Cross featured speaker at 2018 Dewey Lecture

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN (March 13, 2018)

The Ginsberg Center announces the next Dewey Lecture: Communities & Universities in Partnership to take place on April 6th, 2018 from 9am-11am at the Rackham Assembly Hall. The Dewey Lecture celebrates renowned educator and former University of Michigan faculty John Dewey's legacy of engaged, experiential, and reflective education, and commitment to education as a means to enriching democracy.

This year's keynote titled “Detroit Collaborative Design Center: Amplifying the Diminished Voice of Detroit's Urban Landscape” comes from Charles Cross, ASLA, the Senior Landscape Designer at the Detroit Collaborative Design Center; as well as an Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture.  He holds a BS in Agriculture from Western Michigan University, and a BS in Urban Landscape Architecture and Masters of Urban Design from The City College of New York. He maintains a firm belief that underserved communities deserve good design, and therefore should be the patrons of the process -not just the consumers of the end product. 

In addition to Mr. Cross, the event offers a chance to hear highlights from University of Michigan community engaged research projects. “We’re excited to bring Charles Cross to campus to share his innovative and reciprocal work in Detroit that fully incorporates community voice and interests, along with UM faculty who are demonstrating the best of community-engaged scholarship,” says Mary Jo Callan, Director of the Ginsberg Center.  Other speakers include Katie E. Richards-Schuster, Director of Undergraduate Minor Programs and Assistant Professor of Social Work, who works with a multi-organization community participatory youth research collaborative, focused on developing research on policy issues facing youth in Ypsilanti.  Associate Professor of History, Hani Bawardi from the University of Michigan Dearborn will also speak on his work in oral histories of Arab Americans and their communities in Flint and Dearborn.

The event offers "a chance to hear from representatives from University- Community partnerships about their challenges, discoveries and insights; to engage in intimate, small-scale and big idea discussion over shared breakfast and to learn from our speaker's experiences in both the University and Community spheres," says Nick Tobier, Senior Counsel to Provost on Civic Engagement and a member of the Ginsberg Center's Dewey Lecture planning team.

The Ginsberg Dewey Lecture Series celebrates community-engaged scholarship and creates space for faculty, staff and community to explore, reflect, and connect with one another. 

For more information and to RSVP, please visit the Event Invitation.