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Wayne Law to welcome poet and social activist E. Ethelbert Miller to campus, March 24-25

March 02, 2010

DETROIT (March 2, 2010) – Wayne State University Law School and the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights are pleased to welcome to campus the Law School’s third and final Izumi Scholar in Residence, poet and social activist E. Ethelbert Miller. Miller will visit campus March 24-25, 2010.

Miller will speak at 12:15 p.m. on March 24, 2010 in a lunch presentation titled "Poetry Reading and Discussion of Events Shaping Poetic Vision." He will also give a lecture at 4:30 p.m. on March 25, 2010 titled “Reading Poetry, Writing the Memoir and Raising our Children.” Both events will take place in the Law School’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium.

"Art and artists have always been an inspiration for the Civil Rights Movement," said Wayne Law Professor and Director of the Keith Center for Civil Rights Peter Hammer. "The vision that will lead us forward will come from the hearts and imaginations of our artists, especially those whose experiences are rooted in our urban landscapes."

Miller has served as director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University since 1974. He is the board chairperson of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and is the former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C.

Miller is a frequent NPR commentator and the author of a number of important books including Fathering Words: The Making of An African American Writer (2000), Buddha Weeping In Winter (2001), How We Sleep On The Nights We Don’t Make Love (2004) and The 5th Inning (2009).

The Izumi Family Scholar in Residence was established by the ninth dean of Wayne Law Frank H. Wu and his wife, Carol (“Debbie”) Izumi, to honor the memory of her parents Shinsuke Edwin and Misao Izumi.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in Structure #1 for $4.25 across from the Law School on West Palmer Street. Click here for directions.

For more information about this event, please contact Holly Hughes at (313) 577-3620 or hhughes@wayne.edu.

The Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights
The Hon. Damon J. Keith’s life has been dedicated to fighting for justice and opportunity. The Keith Center, made possible through generous gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations, will allow that work to continue at Wayne Law. The Center will help the Law School attract and retain outstanding students, support and strengthen its faculty, enhance programming, and promote civil rights in one of the most culturally rich and diverse cities in the United States.

About Wayne Law
Wayne State University Law School has educated and served the Detroit metropolitan area since its inception as Detroit City Law School in 1927. Located at 471 West Palmer Street in Detroit’s re-energized historic cultural center, the Law School remains committed to student success and features modern lecture and court facilities, multi-media classrooms, a 250-seat auditorium, and the Arthur Neef Law Library, which houses one of the nation's 30 largest legal collections. Taught by an internationally recognized and expert faculty, Wayne Law students experience a high-quality legal education via a growing array of hands-on curricular offerings, client clinics, and access to well over 100 internships with local and non-profit entities each year. Its 11,000 living alumni, who work in every state of the nation and more than a dozen foreign countries, are experts in their disciplines and include leading members of the local, national and international legal communities. For more information, visit law.wayne.edu.

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