Wayne State University

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Established in 2007, The Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society (FOCIS) is a special initiative designed to focus the university’s problem-solving resources on an eclectic range of topics important to the campus community and beyond. FOCIS lectures and related events bring together the institution’s teaching, research and service missions to advance the frontiers of knowledge, promote informed debate and encourage responsible citizenship in an increasingly fast-paced, interconnected and complex world.

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CitizenDetroit Candidate Forum - City Council district candidates
June 29 2017 at 5:30 PM
The Cathedral Church of St. Paul
Join CitizenDetroit for a Dinner and Dialogue about City Council district candidates who will appear on the August 8, 2017 primary election ballot. The candidates have been invited to introduce themselves and identify their priority issues if elected. You will have the chance to: Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of the district candidates. Judge for yourself which candidates reflect your values and priorities. EVENT HOSTS: WSU president emeritus Dr. Irvin D. Reid and former Detroit Councilmember Sheila Cockrel Admission is free, but reservations are required. Space is limited.  Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m., program at 6 p.m. To attend, RSVP online or call 313-577-5550.   **CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT CANDIDATES: District 1: De'Andre Nelson, Tamara Smith and James Tate District 2: Linda D. Bernard, George Cushingberry Jr., Roy McCalister Jr., Helena Scott, Virgil Smith and Tyra Dear Williams District 3: Cedric Banks, Russ Bellant, Scott Benson, Dennis Green and Adam Mundy District 4: Ane Bomani, Jackie Grant, Latisha Johnson and Andre Spivey District 5:* Mary Sheffield and Jewel Ware District 6: Tyrone Carter, Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, Felicita Lugo District 7: Gabe Leland, Regina Ross and JoAnna Underwood *District 5 candidates will not appear on the August ballot, according to officials, because only two candidates were certified. They will appear on the general election ballot in November. **Invited, participation not confirmed.
CitizenDetroit Candidate Forum - City Clerk and City Council at-large seats
July 20 2017 at 5:30 PM
The Cathedral Church of St. Paul
Join CitizenDetroit for a Dinner and Dialogue about the City Clerk and City Council at-large seats on the August 8, 2017 ballot. Candidates have been invited to introduce themselves, identify their priority issues and respond to questions developed by participants in previous CitizenDetroit sessions. You will have the chance to: Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of the City Clerk and City Council members at-large. Judge for yourself which candidates are the best qualified for the office they seek. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Space is limited. LIMITED PARKING is available on-site. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m., program at 6 p.m. To attend, RSVP online or call 313-577-5550. EVENT HOSTS: WSU president emeritus Dr. Irvin D. Reid and former Detroit Council Member Sheila Cockrel   CITY CLERK CANDIDATES* Ronald Creswell, Garlin D. Gilchrist II, Cynthia A. Johnson, Faustine Amara Onwuneme, Michael Stephen Ri'chard, Heaster Wheeler, D. Etta Wilcoxon, and Janice M. Winfrey CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE CANDIDATES* Naomi Estella Anderson, Janee L. Ayers, Brenda Jones, Beverly Kindle-Walker, Alisa McKinney, Mary Waters, and Cyrus L. Wheeler *Candidates invited, participation not confirmed.
The 10th Anniversary Celebration of FOCIS
September 18 2017 at 6:00 PM
Community Arts
TBD
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