PARLOR TALK: URBAN WISDOM
Dec
13
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: URBAN WISDOM

Join us in the parlor for a conversation with tried & true Detroiters who have remained steadfast to the city and engaged in their neighborhoods through thick & thin. What’s their advice to next generation city builders?

With special guests:

Hosted by Orlando Bailey. Thanks to support from New Economy Initiative & Knight Foundation. Free & open to the public. Locals & travelers welcome.

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TACTICAL URBANISM: DIPLOMACY EDITION
Nov
26
6:00 PM18:00

TACTICAL URBANISM: DIPLOMACY EDITION

Cities are the most diverse places in America — yet within our own borders, we’re still often segregated by race, class, culture & religion. So let’s hear five inspiring ideas to bring people together across difference. With special guests:

Free & open to the public. Cash bar. Locals & travelers welcome.

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PARLOR TALK: MITCHELL DAVIS, JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION
Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: MITCHELL DAVIS, JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION

Join us at the Scarab Club in Detroit for a conversation with special visiting guest Mitchell Davis, Chief Strategy Officer of the James Beard Foundation, based in New York City. Best known for awarding excellence in food, the organization has recently turned their attention to equity, including shifting their own policy to diversify their coveted awards. Writer & cook Tunde Wey sits down with Davis to discuss changing tides and moonshots for the future, with closing remarks by Devita Davison of FoodLab Detroit and Mark Kurlyandchik, food critic for the Detroit Free Press.

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ELECTION DAY: VOTE!
Nov
6
8:00 AM08:00

ELECTION DAY: VOTE!

Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote!

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PARLOR TALK: DREAM SPACE
Oct
4
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: DREAM SPACE

What's your dream space to learn, think & dream in the city?

Join us at the Scarab Club for a conversation with three visionary Detroit Innovation Fellows who are transforming neighborhood spaces into community gathering places. What was their inspiration? How did they get started? And what are they imagining & planning for the future?

The Urban Consulate's Fall 2018 Parlor Talk Series is hosted by The Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth in Detroit. Free & open to the public. First come, first seated.

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PARLOR TALK: R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

What does respect look like in urban policy & practice?

Join us at the beautiful Scarab Club for a conversation inspired by Ms. Franklin, with a city twist: Does Detroit get the respect it deserves from the region, state, world? What does "respectful" policy, planning & development look like? How can each of us contribute to greater respect for the city, inside & out? With special guests:

The Urban Consulate's Fall 2018 Parlor Talk Series is kindly hosted by The Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth in Detroit. Free & open to the public. First come, first seated.

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MOBILE CONSULATE: PHILADELPHIA
Sep
15
7:00 PM19:00

MOBILE CONSULATE: PHILADELPHIA

  • South Street & 15th Street Philadelphia, PA USA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Our Mobile Consulate will be popping up at the Philadelphia United Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 15 for conversations about the city. Come find us around 15th & South Street to trade stories & ideas.

  • Hosted by Michelle Freeman & Jermaine Jenkins

  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation

  • Locals & travelers welcome

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ANDRE PERRY: WHY BLACK CITIES MATTER
Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00

ANDRE PERRY: WHY BLACK CITIES MATTER

"If Black Lives Matter, then Black cities must matter, too."

Join us at the beautiful Scarab Club in Detroit to kick-off our Fall 2018 parlor talk series with special visiting guest Dr. Andre Perry, David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. Dr. Perry will share new research findings on majority Black places & institutions in America, focusing on valuable assets worthy of increased investment.

About Our Guest:

Dr. Perry's research focuses on race and structural inequality, education, and economic inclusion. Prior to his work at Brookings, Perry has been a founding dean, professor, award-winning journalist, and activist in the field of education.

In 2015, Perry served on Louisiana Governor-elect John Bel Edward’s K-12 education transition committee, as well as New Orleans Mayor-elect Mitch Landrieu’s transition team as its co-chair for education in 2010. In 2013, Perry founded the College of Urban Education at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, MI. Preceding his stint in Michigan, he was an associate professor of educational leadership at the University of New Orleans and served as CEO of the Capital One-University of New Orleans Charter Network.

Since 2013, Perry’s column on educational equity has appeared in the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit news organization focused on producing in-depth education journalism. Perry also contributes to TheRoot.com and the Washington Post. Perry’s views, opinions and educational leadership have been featured on CNNPBSNational Public RadioThe New Republic and NBC.

Perry’s academic writings have concentrated on race, structural inequality, and urban schools. For the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Perry co-authored School by School: The Transformation of New Orleans Public Education in "Resilience and Opportunity: Lessons from the U.S. Gulf Coast after Katrina and Rita," published by Brookings Institution Press. Perry also co-authored in "The Transformation of New Orleans Public Schools: Addressing System-Level Problems without a System," published by the Data Center of New Orleans. He also co-authored the chapter Between Public and Private: Politics, Governance, and the New Portfolio Models for Urban School Reform published on Harvard University Press. Along with the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Perry co-authored the report, PLACE MATTERS for Health in Orleans Parish: Ensuring Opportunities for Good Health for All.

A native of Pittsburgh, Perry earned his Ph.D. in education policy and leadership from the University of Maryland College Park.

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MOBILE CONSULATE: PHILADELPHIA
Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

MOBILE CONSULATE: PHILADELPHIA

This summer, we're taking our conversations outdoors around the city! Find our pop-up parlor at Night Market Kensington, presented by The Food Trust. We'll be there Thursday, August 9, 6-10pm at Frankford Avenue & York Street. Stop by to say hi.

  • Hosted by Michelle Freeman & Jermaine Jenkins
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
  • Locals & travelers welcome
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MOBILE CONSULATE: PHILADELPHIA
Jul
21
12:00 PM12:00

MOBILE CONSULATE: PHILADELPHIA

This summer, we're taking our conversations outdoors around the city! Find our pop-up parlor at the 12th Annual Lancaster Jazz & Arts Festival. We'll be there Saturday, July 21, 12-7pm at Penn Presbyterian’s Saunders Park Greene located at 39th and Powelton Avenue. Stop by to say hi.

  • Hosted by Michelle Freeman & Jermaine Jenkins
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
  • Locals & travelers welcome
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URBAN EXCHANGE: DETROIT & PHILLY
Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

URBAN EXCHANGE: DETROIT & PHILLY

We talk a lot about inclusive development — but who holds the keys? Join us in Philadelphia for special cross-city edition of City Lobby with Detroit & Philly changemakers working to make more space for local ownership, equity & agency. 

Detroit Guests:

Philadelphia Guests:

Free & open to the public. Hosted by Michelle Freeman, Jermaine Jenkins & Claire Nelson. Thanks to support from Knight Foundation. Locals & travelers welcome. 

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PARLOR TALK: PRESERVING SPACE FOR THE CULTURE
Jul
18
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: PRESERVING SPACE FOR THE CULTURE

Join us for a conversation led by cultural placekeeper Lauren Hood about this moment of change in Detroit. Lauren has questions: As Detroit and other culturally rich cities across the country go the way of Anytown U.S.A., how do we define & uplift that which makes us unique? How do we maintain our cultural identity as the physical & social landscape shift? What is our “culture” here and how do we maintain it in light of powerful forces who knowingly or unwittingly erase or replace what is already here?

This will be the first in a series to discuss just some of the people, places & events that have shaped our cultural experiences and helped define the Detroit experience.

With Special Guests:

p.s. This is our last event at the Mackenzie House before we move to our next home. Hangout after for drinks, photos & music by Urban Organic.

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PARLOR TALK: CREATING THE CAFE OF OUR DREAMS
Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: CREATING THE CAFE OF OUR DREAMS

By applying all of FoodLab's guiding principles around equitable, just, diverse and fair food practices, a collaboration of Detroit women created an epic exploration of food and community called The Dream Cafe. In partnership with Allied Media Projects, urban farmers, local ally food businesses, food sovereignty organizers and chefs — centering people of color — created the pop-up at Cass Cafe during Allied Media Conference as a space to exchange knowledge & strategies with visitors from around the world who are using food to heal, empower & transform their communities. Join us in the parlor with the folks who were on the front line to hear how they did it & what they learned.

  • Ederique Goudia, Operations Manager, Dream Cafe
  • Le'Genevieve SquiresChef, Dream Cafe
  • Brittiany PeelerChef, Dream Cafe
  • Meg BurrittServer, Dream Cafe
  • Jenny Lee, Allied Media Projects
  • Serena Daniels, Food writer & moderator

Free & open to the public.

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NO PASSPORT REQUIRED: AFRICA
Jun
29
5:00 PM17:00

NO PASSPORT REQUIRED: AFRICA

How global is your Detroit? Join us in the parlor with Gracie Xavier of Global Detroit to meet Detroiters from around the world.

With Special Guests:

  • Ime Ekpenyong, entrepreneur — Ime is a second generation American, born in Harlem, New York City. At the age of 3, he relocated to Nigeria with his parents, and moved back to the US in 1993 to further his education. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of ScriptGuideRX, a Michigan-based Pharmacy Benefit Management Corporation. His entrepreneurial experience also includes a marketing consulting firm, a janitorial firm, a wristwear brand and Kola Lounge, a restaurant highlighting African/Caribbean cuisine & music. He has a BSc, an MBA and a PhD, and serves as an Adjunct Faculty professor at University of Riverside, California. Ime also serves as the president of the Michigan Chapter of Akwa Ibom State Association of Nigeria and belongs to several non-profit groups focused on helping improve the lives of people of African & Caribbean descent.
  • Ajara Alghali, Live6 — A Detroit native but global citizen, Ajara has spent much of her adult life traveling the globe, witnessing life across many cultures. She has visited 21 countries and has a natural curiosity and interest in diplomacy that she applies to her work in Detroit. A graduate of Wayne State University, she serves as a Program Manager for Live 6 in Northwest Detroit and is an alumni of the New American Leaders Project and the Great Lakes Leadership Academy. She also studies and teaches West African dance and has directed two documentaries. 

This is the third of a three-part conversation series happening Fridays 5-7pm in June. Free & open to the public.

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NO PASSPORT REQUIRED: LATIN AMERICA
Jun
22
5:00 PM17:00

NO PASSPORT REQUIRED: LATIN AMERICA

How global is your Detroit? Join us in the parlor with Gracie Xavier of Global Detroit to meet Detroiters from around the world.

With Special Guests:

  • Charlene Uresy is an African-Cuban-American and self-taught artist born in Chicago and living in Detroit . Her mother migrated from Havana prior to the Cuban Revolution, where she left all of her relatives. Charlene was educated in the U.S. while consistently absorbing Cuban values from her mother. In 1999, Charlene made her first trip to Cuba, which was so transformative that she has returned every year since, including a recent six week visit.
  • Marta Annette Smith-Cruz, Kizomba Tá Doce - Born in Virginia and raised in Puerto Rico, Marta is a dance instructor in Detroit and hosts Afro-Kiz Socials, where she teaches Kizomba, Salsa & Bachata to Detroiters of all ages. She is employed as a Senior Business Analyst at FordDirect, an organization that provides dealers digital marketing and advertising services, lead management solutions, dealer websites, and other digital services. Marta's passion is giving back to the community, and has organized long term relief efforts for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Currently, she is working with a local veterans service organization to use dance as a method of therapy for those afflicted with PTSD. Marta is a mother to twin girls, an avid dancer and organizer.

This is the second of a three-part conversation series happening Fridays 5-7pm in June. Free & open to the public.

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MOBILE CONSULATE: PHILADELPHIA
Jun
16
12:00 PM12:00

MOBILE CONSULATE: PHILADELPHIA

This summer, we're taking our conversations outdoors around the city! Find our pop-up parlor at the 12th Annual Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival in Germantown. We'll be there Saturday, June 16, 12-8pm on the 6300 Block of Germantown Avenue. Stop by to say hi.

  • Hosted by Michelle Freeman & Jermaine Jenkins
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
  • Locals & travelers welcome

 

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JAY PITTER: INCLUSIVE CITY-BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE
Jun
11
6:00 PM18:00

JAY PITTER: INCLUSIVE CITY-BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE

  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join us to welcome Toronto-based author, placemaker & city-builder Jay Pitter. Her public talk, Inclusive City-Building for the Future will take place at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. Free & open to the public. RSVP here.

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NO PASSPORT REQUIRED: CARIBBEAN
Jun
8
5:00 PM17:00

NO PASSPORT REQUIRED: CARIBBEAN

How global is your Detroit? Join us in the parlor with Gracie Xavier of Global Detroit to meet Detroiters from around the world.

With special guests:

  • Sophia Loraine Chue, Caribbean Community Service Center — Born and raised in Jamaica, Sophia is a Veteran of the United States Army. She moved to metro Detroit over 21 years ago, and is currently employed by Process Control & Instrumentation (PCI), an engineering company where she manages contract administration, human resources & business development. She serves Detroit entertainment commissions and the Detroit Immigration Task Force, and is a World Medical Relief Ambassador to the Caribbean. In 2017, Sophia founded the Caribbean Community Service Center to provide cultural, social, educational & professional support to Caribbean Nationals as they adapt to life in the United States. She is the mother of two sons and is an avid dancer, poet & community activist.
  • Ralph Taylor, Caribbean Mardi Gras Productions — A 2016 Kresge Live Arts Fellow, Ralph is a native of Trinidad, where at a very young age he began learning from his family the art of making costumes for Carnival. Over 40 years ago he immigrated to Detroit to pursue a welding career while continuing to pursue his passion for Carnival costume design & production. Ralph’s costumes are commissioned for Mardi Gras parades throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean, and he has collaborated with several local organizations, including Marche du Nain Rouge and DLECTRICITY.

This is the first of a three-part conversation series happening Fridays 5-7pm in June. Free & open to the public.

Food graciously provided by Cobo Joes and Caribbean Community Service Center

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PARLOR TALK: STEPHEN HENDERSON & ROSE GORMAN
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: STEPHEN HENDERSON & ROSE GORMAN

What are creative ways to breathe new life into old houses?

When Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Stephen Henderson found his childhood home on Tuxedo in NW Detroit abandoned and blighted, he undertook The Tuxedo Project to transform it into a writers' residence and literary center. Writer Rose Gorman joined as the inaugural Resident Fellow in Spring 2017, teaching at nearby Marygrove College and drawing connections between the college and neighborhood. Today they host workshops, book readings & author visits that are open to the public, as well as providing community space for local meetings & organizing activities.

How did they make it happen? What can we learn from their experience? And what's next?

 

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PARLOR TALK: CANDICE FORTMAN
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: CANDICE FORTMAN

"Navigating the Social Mob: How do we choose who to trash, who to recycle & who to keep in the era of rogue rappers, problematic presidents & activist athletes?"

Join us in the parlor with the indomitable Candice Fortman of WDET. Candice has a passion for media, women and Detroit, and she’s not afraid to let you know. She is a multi-media storyteller who explores the world around her through humor with a heavy cup of humanity.

As Marketing & Engagement Manager for WDET 101.9, Detroit's NPR station, Candice leads the development and execution of engagement and marketing strategy to build WDET's audience, grow the stations online communities and engage listeners. Prior to joining in 2015, Candice served as Promotions Manager for the Clear Channel (iHeart Media) owned stations WKQI-FM, WMXD-FM and WNIC-FM.

As someone deeply in love with Detroit, Candice is a proud resident of the Grandmont community where she currently serves as board secretary.

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JANE'S WALK: CASS CORRIDOR
May
5
1:00 PM13:00

JANE'S WALK: CASS CORRIDOR

Join us in Detroit for two free, citizen-led walking conversations of the Cass Corridor inspired by urbanist Jane Jacobs. We'll be offering tours starting & ending at the historic David Mackenzie House:

  • Armando Delicato - Cass Corridor Neighborhood Tour
  • Francis Grunow - North Cass Alley District Tour

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PARLOR TALK: WILLIAM COLBURN
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: WILLIAM COLBURN

Join us in the parlor with William Colburn, founding director of Preservation Detroit and Executive Director of Wayne State University’s historic Charles Lang Freer House.

Colburn’s work in historic preservation began at age 21 as a buildings surveyor with the Detroit Urban Conservation Project. He joined the Preservation Wayne organization and soon rose to a leadership role as chairman and then founding executive director. During his 20 years of association with Preservation Wayne, Colburn transformed the WSU student organization into Detroit’s first full-time, citywide, nonprofit preservation organization. Today, the group is known as Preservation Detroit.

In addition to the successful battle to halt demolition and restore the Mackenzie House, home of WSU’s founder and first dean, Preservation Wayne also spearheaded an effort for more than three decades to preserve and revitalize the E. Ferry Avenue Historic District. Other accomplishments include the first comprehensive surveys of historic buildings on the WSU campus and surrounding community, resulting in more than 20 buildings and three historic districts receiving designation on the National Register of Historic Places. 

From the 1970s to the 1990s, the work of Preservation Wayne, together with other key individuals and organizations, helped to shift the WSU and Midtown area from clearance to preservation and restoration.

  • Hosted by Claire Nelson & Orlando Bailey
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
  • Locals & travelers welcome
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PARLOR TALK: JESSICA NORWOOD
May
2
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: JESSICA NORWOOD

"Would you invest in someone's freedom?"

Join us in the parlor with special visiting guest Jessica Norwood, a RSF Social Finance Fellow in Integrated Capital and an immediate past fellow of Nathan Cummings Foundation. She is the founder of The Runway Project, a suite of strategies that increase investment capital, particularly early capital known as a "Friends and Family" round, into Black businesses using a culture change lens. 
 

A former BALLE Fellow for local economies, Jessica advises and speaks worldwide on the intersection of culture and investing, emerging leadership, voting rights, community investing and black wealth creation. She is lifelong Fellow of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and Southern University College of Business for Emerging Leaders, as well as the Political Power and Social Change Fellow of the Hip Hop Archive at the Hutchins Center of Harvard University. Her innovative work in investing has been profiled in NPR, Next City, Essence Magazine, Conscious Company, Fast Company and others. 

  • Hosted by Orlando Bailey & Claire Nelson
  • Locals & travelers welcome
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
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PARLOR TALK: DETROIT SCHOOL OF ARTS
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: DETROIT SCHOOL OF ARTS

Who did David Byrne of Talking Heads fame call to record a track for his new album "American Utopia?" Detroit School of Arts.

Join us in the parlor with Vocal Music Director Cheryl Valentine & DSA students to hear about their experience collaborating on the music video for "Everybody's Coming to My House" performed by the Vocal Jazz Ensemble & filmed by students in Valentine's home.

Said Byrne: "When I saw what the Detroit students did with my song, it completely changed the way I thought of it. In fact, it changed the meaning of the song — I realized it was about inclusion, welcoming, and not being alone. It’s a more generous interpretation of the song than what I do with my voice. We are all in the same house — if we want to be. Just goes to show how a song can change (radically!) depending on who is singing it.” 

Watch the video here:
https://www.reasonstobecheerful.world/

Hosted by Orlando Bailey
Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
Open to the public, all welcome

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PARLOR TALK: DEATH OF A KING
Apr
4
6:00 PM18:00

PARLOR TALK: DEATH OF A KING

Join us in Detroit with Jeffrey Nolish, Pastor Barry Randolph & Orlando Bailey to reflect on Dr. King's life on the 50th anniversary of his death. 

Fifty years ago—on April 4, 1968 at approximately 6:01pm CT—our nation’s greatest peacemaker was snatched by a sniper’s bullet at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. That shot would reverberate throughout the world. On April 4, 2018, the world will remember Dr. King's legacy with a 50th anniversary commemoration & moment of silence led by the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Follow the #MLK50 conversations here.

  • Hosted by Orlando Bailey
  • Locals & travelers welcome
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
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