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 Dinner & Dialogue
April 22 2015 at 5:00 PM
International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit
Our city has recently completed a remarkable trip through bankruptcy.  While a number of crippling financial challenges have been resolved, the real work of improving services to residents has just begun. The Plan of Adjustment approved by the court provides a road map for the next 10 years.  The Plan includes initiatives to increase city government revenues and improve the operations of city departments that will make the city government work more effectively.  But implementing the plan is the responsibility of our elected mayor and city council. This CitizenDetroit Dinner & Dialogue is your opportunity to learn more about the plan and share ideas with your neighbors about how to measure improvements in city services. It is important to the future of our city that your voice is heard.  We hope you will take part in our interactive session after enjoying a delicious dinner. City of Detroit residents and voters - REGISTER TODAY and join Dr. Irvin D. Reid and Sheila Cockrel for one of the upcoming CitizenDetroit Dinner and Dialogue event sessions.  Admission if free, but reservations are required.  To attend RSVP by April 17 online or call (313) 577-5550.   This program is presented by the Eugene Applebaum Chair in Community Engagement and the Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society (FOCIS) at Wayne State University.  The CitizenDetroit project is made possible through the generosity of alumnus Eugene Applebaum, The Kresge Foundation and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 
FOCIS presents General Wesley K. Clark
April 23 2015 at 6:00 PM
Community Arts
The Eugene Applebaum Chair in Community Engagement and the Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society have the pleasure of inviting members of the University community and friends to a keynote lecture entitled "Globalization, Terrorism & National Security: What in the world is going on?" to be delivered by General Wesley K. Clark.Date & Time: Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.Venue: Community Arts Auditorium, Wayne State University (450 Reuther Mall, Detroit, MI 48202)This event is free, however pre-registration is required. A reception and book signing with General Clark will follow the presentation.
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