Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries

March 20, 2012

An opening reception for the new National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit “Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine” will take place Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 4:30 to 6 PM at the Wayne State University‘s Shiffman Medical Library.  The exhibit can be viewed until April 28, 2012 as part of the Spring 2012 Arts in the Atrium program sponsored by Shiffman Medical Library and the WSU School of Medicine.  

“Many histories have been written about medical care during the American Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons and hospital workers have often been overlooked.  Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their work as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender.”    -from the program flyer

A Community Educational Program will take place Saturday April 14, 2012 at the Margherio Family Conference Center.   Topics on the agenda include, among others, African Americans & the Civil War, Medicine in Detroit in the 1860’s, and The Civil War and Nursing.  The special guest speaker will be Jeff O’Den, historical documentary filmmaker.

Find out a lot more about this subject and this exhibit at

2011 One Book, One Community

March 9, 2011

There are many free events in the Detroit area this month revolving around the book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, this year’s One Book, One Community selection.   This year’s partners are the Detroit Public Library, The American Cancer Society, Wayne State University, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, HAP, Wayne County Community College District and the Detroit Science Center.

Go to a book discussion at a Detroit Public Library Branch.  Click here for Branch Addresses and more information.
Conely Branch, Sat. March 12, Noon to 2 PM 
Parkman Branch, Wed. March 16, 5: 30 to 7 pm
Chase Branch, Thurs. March 17, 6 to 7 pm
Mark Twain Annex, Thurs. March 17, 6 to 7:30 pm
Redford Branch, Thurs. March 17, 6 to 7:45 pm
Sherwood Forest Branch, Thurs. March 17 6 to 7:45 pm
Elmwood Park Branch, Sat. March 19, 11 AM to Noon
Duffield Branch, Thurs. March 24, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Stop by the Cancer Awareness Health Fair on Wednesday March 16 from 2 to 6 PM at WCCCD’s Northwest Campus Welcome Center, 8200 W. Outer Drive, Detroit.

Attend “What Have We Learned: A Candid Community Conversation” sponsored by the American Cancer Society on Thursday March 24th at 6:30 PM at Detroit Public Library’s Main Branch.  This community-wide panel discussion will focus on key topics covered in the book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, including the critical health issues facing our community, evolution of research ethics and progress, and the resources available to help patients and families navigate a potential health crisis.

Hear author Rebecca Skloot discuss “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” on Saturday March 26th at 2 PM in the Friends Auditorium of Detroit Public Library’s Main Branch.  This event is free and open to the public.  A book signing will follow.

Follow these links for more information:

Solidarnosc: Poland’s Struggle for Freedom

October 20, 2010

Special guest Lech Walesa, former president of Poland and co-founder of Solidarity, the Soviet bloc’s first independent trade union, will host a press conference at Wayne State University to announce the opening of the “Solidarnosc: Poland’s Struggle for Freedom” exhibit at the Walter P. Reuther Library.  He also will discuss the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Solidarity trade union and its effect on Poland and all of Eastern Europe. Other topics that Walesa is available to address with the news media include the U.S. labor movement and the state of labor in Poland and Europe.

The new exhibit will be open to the public October 27, 2010 to July 1, 2011.

For more information and to RSVP to the Exhibit Opening at 3 PM on October 26th:

Click here to read an article in Polish News about the efforts of Michael Smith, Director of the Reuther Library and Marcin Chumiecki, Director of the Polish Mission at St. Mary’s Schools in Orchard Lake to bring about the exhibit and Walesa’s visit.

Black Belt Librarians

September 29, 2010

SLISAA Fall Speaker Series 2010
Date: Thursday, October 28, 2010
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Location: Southfield Public Library Meeting Room – 1st floor
26300 Evergreen Road Southfield, MI

Full RSVP Link: Here

Join the WSU SLIS Alumni Association and Southfield Public Library in welcoming Warren Graham, a library security expert. Mr. Graham is a dynamic speaker and author of Black Belt Librarians. He will have copies for sale at the event. This will be a worthwhile day-long training for all library staff who deal with the public. Mr. Graham is nationally renowned as an expert of day to day library security procedures. He has been a security professional for 25 years and he spent the last 17 years as the Security and Safety Manager for the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, developing and overseeing their program. He retired in August 2006 to establish Warren Graham Training and Consulting. Mr. Graham has traveled across the United States helping libraries of all sizes acquire a sense of controlling their work environment. Unlike other security consultants, Mr. Graham actually worked in a library, so he is well aware of the problems the front-line, professional librarian experiences on a daily basis. Developing his techniques for handling difficult situations and patrons through the years of facing myriad security situations, Graham knows by his own experience what works and what simply does not. His “real world” approach and strategy, grounded in much trial and error, will quickly give your staff a sense of empowerment and put you well on your way to doing all you can to develop a practical, workable, security program.

$10 for currently enrolled WSU students; $20 for Wayne State Alumni Association members and $30 for others. All proceeds will go to the WSU School of Library and Information Science Endowed Scholarship on behalf of the SLIS alumni.

E2 Detroit 2010

August 23, 2010

“In today’s economic climate, with money tight and investors on the sidelines, entrepreneurs must be creative to stretch the resources they have and develop ways to launch their businesses with little or no capital. That’s what makes E2 Detroit 2010, The Lean Launch: Creating a Business in a Down Economy, so timely. With panel discussions such as “How to Market and Advertise in a Lean Launch,” and “How to Launch on the Cheap: Saving Money in the Back Office” this year’s gathering will be full of tips and practical advice every entrepreneur should know. Don’t miss E2 Detroit 2010, October 13, 2010, at Wayne State University.”  –from the homepage

For more information, visit

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FastTrac to the Future Conference Returns

May 14, 2010

TechTown, The Kauffman Foundation and the New Economy Initiative are once again hosting the FastTrac to the Future conference on two days – May 25 and 26, 2010 – at Wayne State University’s McGregor Memorial Conference Center. This popular day-long entrepreneurial event will feature Pulitzer Prize nominee, vocal community advocate and successful entrepreneur, Clifton Taulbert, who will give a unique message of empowerment and hope for Detroit entrepreneurs. Taulbert is author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated book, The Last Train North, and the best-selling book Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored, which was made into a critically acclaimed movie. The conference will include breakout sessions on entrepreneurial topics, information tables and opportunities to talk one-on-one with a business advisor about your entrepreneurial goals. Attendees will receive recommendations for FastTrac and other entrepreneurial training courses.

The event is free, but registration is required. To learn more and to register, visit  The agenda is available here:

Jacob Lawrence Exhibit at WSU Law Library

December 17, 2009

The exhibit “Jacob Lawrence and the Legend of John Brown”, a project funded by a grant from DALNET, will be hosted by the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights and the Arthur Neef Law Library at Wayne State University through mid-January 2010.

For more information, check out the following links:

E2 Detroit 2009

October 6, 2009

Don’t miss E2 Detroit 2009 on Thursday, October 15, at Wayne State University’s McGregor Conference Center and Community Arts Auditorium.

For the past four years Wayne State has hosted a conference for entrepreneurs known as E2 Detroit. This event may be even more important this year because of the state of our economy.  The national media are paying particular attention to the challenges we face in Detroit. These media have set themselves up in Detroit to look for solutions here that can be replicated elsewhere in the country. 

With a broad choice of topics such as “Building a Culture of Entrepreneurship” and “Selecting the Right Business Model,” participants in this conference have an opportunity to learn how to create successful start-up companies and generate new jobs. There is a great line-up of speakers, and student entrepreneurs will be featured in at least one break-out session. A group of five student start-up companies was sponsored by Wayne State during the summer, and they have some bright ideas for developing businesses, some of which build on research and technology developed at the university.

For more information (agenda, speakers, and cost of admission), visit

Polio Hospital Reunion

June 4, 2009

The Botsford Commons Senior Community will be hosting a reunion on Saturday July 11, 2009 for former patients and staff of the Michigan Hospital School, Michigan Convalescent Home and the Sister Kenny Polio Hospital.  These hospitals operated on the site of the Senior Community from 1919 to 1958.

In addition, those who plan to attend can bring memorabilia from the early hospital that they would like to donate to the archive that has been established at the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University.  The formal opening of the archive will occur at the reunion.

See the full article at:

For more information, see the Botsford Commons blog at

Guardian Building’s 80th Anniversary

March 6, 2009

From :

Wayne State University Press cordially invites you to join Wayne State University President Jay Noren and Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Guardian Building, featuring the new book The Guardian Building: Cathedral of Finance by James W. Tottis.”

The event will occur on Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 5:30 P.M. at The Guardian Building on 500 Griswold Avenue, Detroit.  Beginning at 5:30 there will be book-signings by many WSU Press authors.  See the site for the authors and their titles.  At 6:30, there will be remarks from Jay Noren, Robert Ficano, and an historical presentation by James W. Tottis.  At 7:30, there will be opportunities to purchase books and to meet the authors.  There will also be complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and signature beverages provided by The Rowland Café.  Books available for sale at all Pure Detroit stores.

RSVP online at by March 16.


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