PARLOR TALK: DR. JONEIGH KHALDUN
Oct
25
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: DR. JONEIGH KHALDUN

Join us in the parlor with Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun, Director and Health Officer for the City of Detroit Health Department. When Dr. Khaldun assumed the role earlier this year, she faced quite the challenge -- Detroit was named the least healthy city in America. Since then she has launched new public health initiatives including SisterFriends, an effort to reduce pre-term births and infant mortality by matching young moms with mentors, and Lead Safe Detroit, a central clearinghouse for all of the city’s lead-related activities. Come learn about her work to improve public health in the city, and how we all can help.

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PARLOR TALK: NANCY KAFFER
Nov
1
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: NANCY KAFFER

Join us for a pre-election conversation with Nancy Kaffer, award-winning columnist and member of the editorial board at the Detroit Free Press. Kaffer writes about politics, policy and the complicated relationship between the two, and is a regular guest on WDIV-TV’s “Flashpoint,” NPR’s “Detroit Today,” Michigan Radio’s “Stateside” and Detroit Public Television’s “MiWeek.” She’s also a contributor to The Daily Beast, writing about state and national politics, policy and culture.

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PARLOR TALK: YODIT MESFIN JOHNSON
Dec
6
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: YODIT MESFIN JOHNSON

Join us in the parlor with Yodit Mesfin Johnson to consider the question: "How can white people assimilate into black communities with respect and honor?"

Yodit is Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Strategy for NEW | Solutions for Nonprofits in Detroit & Ann Arbor. She is also the founder of Lips & Hips, an initiative to move women forward and inspire them as feminist change-makers. A nationally recognized leader in business development, nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship, Yodit is a passionate advocate for equity and access for people of color.

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DESIGN PHILADELPHIA: TACTICAL URBANISM
Oct
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

DESIGN PHILADELPHIA: TACTICAL URBANISM

Join us at National Mechanics during Design Philadelphia for a showcase of creative citizen-led urban design projects. What are imaginative, low-budget ways to activate public space? Come hear new ideas to enliven our neighborhoods & bring people together. With special guests:

Tickets $15. Drinks included. Purchase here.

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ON THE TABLE: DETROIT
Oct
4
6:00pm 6:00pm

ON THE TABLE: DETROIT

What opportunities do young people in our community need in order to succeed? On October 4th, thousands of people across the region will be getting together in small groups for On The Table, a citywide conversation presented by Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. Join us in the parlor with special guests:

Free & open to the public. All ages welcome.

 

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URBAN EXCHANGE: PUBLIC BY DESIGN
Sep
28
6:00pm 6:00pm

URBAN EXCHANGE: PUBLIC BY DESIGN

Design is like democracy: The more citizens participating, the stronger our communities will be. So what are some creative ways to open the door & invite more people in? Join us before Eastern Market After Dark at Detroit Design Festival to hear ideas from Philadelphians putting the "public" back into public space. From street art to sidewalk benches, parking spots & playgrounds, let's trade ideas for cities shaped by citizens.

With Special Guests:

Free & open to the public. Hosted by Urban Consulate & Next City, thanks to support from Knight Foundation

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PARLOR TALK: JERRY PAFFENDORF & MARY LORENE CARTER
Sep
20
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: JERRY PAFFENDORF & MARY LORENE CARTER

Join us in the parlor with Jerry Paffendorf & Mary Lorene Carter of LOVELAND to talk about the pernicious cycle of tax foreclosure & eviction -- and how to get on top of the 2018 property auction NOW.

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CITY LOBBY: ETHICAL REDEVELOPMENT
Sep
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

CITY LOBBY: ETHICAL REDEVELOPMENT

Join us at Pipeline Philly for our monthly parlor for urban exchange in Philadelphia. This month we'll be joined by Tayyib Smith, Akeem Dixon & members of Place Lab's Ethical Redevelopment Salon Series in Chicago to share what they've learned from Theaster Gates over the last year, and how they will apply the principles to their work in Philly.

  • Hosted by Michelle Freeman & Jermaine Jenkins
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
  • Locals & travelers welcome
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POLICY IN THE PUB: DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Sep
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

POLICY IN THE PUB: DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Join us in the parlor with Citizens Research Council of Michigan for the first installment of "Policy in the Pub," a new series to educate citizens and create more awareness around how public policy issues affect our communities.

The first gathering will focus on public education in Detroit, with special guests:

Founded in 1916, Citizens Research Council is Michigan’s premier unbiased, nonpartisan public affairs research organization, with a long history of reporting on a variety of public policy issues affecting Detroit, including the recent funding crisis at the Detroit Public Schools.

  • Free & open to the public
  • Locals & travelers welcome
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation

 

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PARLOR TALK: RACHEL LUTZ
Sep
6
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: RACHEL LUTZ

Join us in the parlor with Detroit lover & retail maven Rachel Lutz, owner of The Peacock Room and Frida, to take stock of the state of retail in the city. In an era of mall closings and online shopping, Lutz is expanding -- with her newest shop Yama and a second Peacock Room opening in the Fisher Building this fall.

So let's get her take: Why is she so bullish on indie retail in the city? How can local merchants & customers work together to build a stronger local economy? Are there barriers for women and entrepreneurs of color? How is Detroit doing in the service & hospitality department?

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SUMMER BREAK
Aug
1
to Aug 31

SUMMER BREAK

Our Detroit location will be closed for the month of August to gear up for the fall! Enjoy summertime in the city and we'll see you in September. If you're visiting Detroit, please check out these suggested tours & experiences:

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PARLOR TALK: RYAN MYERS-JOHNSON & JENNIFER HARGE
Jul
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: RYAN MYERS-JOHNSON & JENNIFER HARGE

Join us in the parlor with dancers & choreographers Ryan Myers-Johnson of Sidewalk Festival and Jennifer Harge of Harge Dance Stories for a conversation about art, activism, Black feminism & the city.

Sidewalk Festival (August 4 & 5) is a grassroots performing arts festival that takes place in the courtyards, alleys, sidewalks & streets of the Artist Village in Northwest Detroit. The Festival celebrates the landscape & culture of Detroit through presentation of original place-based and traditional performance, installation art, and land art. Follow @SidewalkDetroit for details.

 

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PARLOR TALK: DETROIT WOMEN LEAD
Jul
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: DETROIT WOMEN LEAD

Join us in the parlor with Detroit Women's Leadership Network for a conversation about the power of mentorship to advance women leadership in Detroit. Moderated by Shelley Danner, special guests Carina Jackson and Jackie Gant will share their stories and the value of mentoring through their career journeys, followed by interactive speed mentoring to foster connections & build community.

#DETWomenLead

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PARLOR TALK: DIPLOMACY BEGINS HERE
Jul
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: DIPLOMACY BEGINS HERE

What does it mean to be a citizen diplomat? How can you promote cross-cultural exchange here at home? Join us in the parlor with Global Ties Detroit, a non-profit that hosts international exchange programs on behalf of the U.S. Department of StateUSAID, and other agencies to advance global exchange and citizen diplomacy. With special guests:

Hosted by Claire Nelson & Chase L. Cantrell. Thanks to support from Knight Foundation. Locals & travelers welcome.

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BLOCK TALK: BREWERYTOWN
Jul
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

BLOCK TALK: BREWERYTOWN

Join us at The Money & The Elephant in Brewerytown for our monthly parlor for urban exchange in Philadelphia. This month we're talking about building stronger neighborhoods, block by block. What are the priorities of residents? What's the right mix of retail? How do you balance preservation & development? With special guests:

Limited seating. Please RSVP in advance here: goo.gl/ErKakt

  • Hosted by Michelle Freeman & Jermaine Jenkins
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
  • Locals & travelers welcome
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PARLOR TALK: SOMMER WOODS
Jul
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: SOMMER WOODS

Join us in the parlor with Sommer Woods, Vice President of External Affairs for M-1 RAIL, the non-profit organization formed in 2007 to lead the design, construction, and operation of QLINE, Detroit's new streetcar system that opened in May 2017

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PARLOR TALK: NO PASSPORT REQUIRED
Jun
30
5:00pm 5:00pm

PARLOR TALK: NO PASSPORT REQUIRED

How global is your Detroit? Join us in the parlor with Gracie Xavier of Global Detroit to meet Detroiters from around the world. This week we welcome special guests from Ethiopia, Senegal & Zimbabwe:

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

Thanks to support from Knight Foundation

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PARLOR TALK: SHEILA COCKREL & SANDRA STAHL
Jun
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: SHEILA COCKREL & SANDRA STAHL

What can activists today learn from the activism of the 1960s & 70s? What is different today? What is the same? Join us in the parlor with Sheila Cockrel and Sandra Yu Stahl of Citizen Detroit, a community engagement initiative established to educate, engage and mobilize residents to fully participate in city government and civic life. Sandra will interview Sheila about her days as a young community activist to shut down STRESS, a decoy police unit that killed 21 Detroiters following the 1967 civil disturbance, and how her approach to activism has shifted since.

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CITY LOBBY OUTDOORS
Jun
15
5:00pm 5:00pm

CITY LOBBY OUTDOORS

Join us for our monthly parlor for urban exchange in Philadelphia. This month we're headed outdoors for Parks on Tap at Columbus Square Park. Let's stand with the Paris Agreement for a greener city & planet. What projects & efforts are inspiring you locally? Come share.

  • First drink on us for first 25 guests to arrive
  • Download the city's Greenworks guide: http://bit.ly/2mhMloc
  • Hosted by Michelle Freeman & Jermaine Jenkins
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
  • Locals & travelers welcome
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PARLOR TALK: JESSICA NABONGO
Jun
7
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: JESSICA NABONGO

Join us in the parlor with Jessica Nabongo, global traveler and founder of Jet Black, a boutique travel firm. Born & raised in Detroit by Ugandan immigrants, Jessica has lived, worked & studied on four continents (North America, Asia, Europe, Africa), earned a graduate degree from the London School of Economics, and visited over 70 countries on six continents. Jessica’s career has spanned the pharmaceutical industry, teaching English, working for the United Nations and now entrepreneurship. Her blog Catch Me If You Can chronicles her travels & the people she meets along the way. She recently returned to Detroit and is calling the city home, once again.

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PARLOR TALK: POLICY & THE CITY
May
31
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: POLICY & THE CITY

While policy power players are making deals up in Mackinac this week, we're here in the city, asking: What do Detroiters want from policy? How can Detroiters have a real influence on the policies that matter to us? Join members of Declare Detroit for a conversation about how we can be a powerful force in City Hall and Lansing on issues like economic development, education, transit, and the arts. With special guests:

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

Thanks to support from Knight Foundation

 

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PARLOR TALK: CORNELIUS HARRIS
May
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: CORNELIUS HARRIS

Detroit is known internationally for cars and music, yet for some, the city could be doing much more on both fronts. Join us in the parlor with cultural activist Cornelius Harris, founder of Alter Ego Management and label manager of Underground Resistance (UR), the legendary techno collective from Detroit. Started by Jeff Mills and Mike Banks, UR has been called "the heart, soul, conscience and consciousness of Detroit's influential techno scene." Harris joined UR in 1995, inspired by their marriage of music & message.

 

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PARLOR TALK: CREATIVE DIPLOMACY
May
17
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: CREATIVE DIPLOMACY

How was Detroit received at the Biennale Internationale Design in Sainte-Etienne? And the Michigan House at SXSW? Join us in the parlor with Cezanne Charles of Creative Many and Ellie Schneider of Detroit Creative Corridor Center to hear about their experiences representing Detroit in the world, and what's next for their work in the city.

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PARLOR TALK: WHO IS IT BUILT FOR?
May
10
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: WHO IS IT BUILT FOR?

Join us in the parlor for a conversation about architecture, identity, culture & politics in Detroit with special guests Kimberly Dowdell of People Oriented Designz (PODz) and Steven Lewis of City of Detroit Planning & Development.

  • Kimberly Dowdell, AIA, LEED BD+C, SEED, NCARB, NOMA is Principal of People Oriented Designz (PODz), a start-up design firm focused on building community and designing places that bring value to neighborhoods of all socio-economic status. A graduate of Cornell University (B.Arch) and Harvard University (MPA), Dowdell was a Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. A native of Detroit, Dowdell grew up with an ambition to revitalize cities using real estate development and sustainable design as tools for renewal. She has worked as a licensed architect and real estate project manager in New York City, Washington D.C. and Detroit.
  • R. Steven Lewis, FAIA, NOMAC, LEED AP is an architect and advocate for social justice and diversity within the field of architecture, currently serving as the Urban Design Director for the City of Detroit’s Planning and Development Department under Director Maurice Cox. Prior to Detroit, he served with the U.S. GSA Office of the Chief Architect in Washington, D.C.; was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design; President of the National Organization of Minority Architects; and a founding partner of RAW International in L.A.. Steven recently launched a consulting practice to further assist clients using architecture & design to effect positive change to our world.

Please note our new address: Mackenzie House, 4735 Cass Avenue, Detroit

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CITY LOBBY: YOU'RE WELCOME HERE
May
10
5:00pm 5:00pm

CITY LOBBY: YOU'RE WELCOME HERE

Join us for City Lobby, our monthly parlor for urban exchange in Philadelphia. This month we're talking about ways we can make Philly an even more welcoming city. Mayor Kenney has been a strong advocate for sanctuary cities -- are those protections at risk? How can Philly be even more inclusive of immigrants & refugees, natives & newcomers? With special guests:

Our new home: Pipeline Philly, 30 South 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

  • Hosted by Michelle Freeman & Jermaine Jenkins
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
  • Locals & travelers welcome
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PARLOR TALK: EQUITY & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Apr
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: EQUITY & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Leslie Smith of Epicenter Memphis is back in Detroit for a quick visit! So let's have a cross-city conversation about equity & entrepreneurship. How are we doing to expand opportunity for women and minority-owned businesses? Where is there room for improvement? With special guests:

Join us at our new location: Mackenzie House, 4735 Cass Avenue, Detroit

  • Hosted by Claire Nelson & Chase L. Cantrell
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
  • Locals & travelers welcome
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CULTURAL EXCHANGE: MEMPHIS & DETROIT
Apr
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

CULTURAL EXCHANGE: MEMPHIS & DETROIT

Join us in the parlor with visiting guests from the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators for a cross-city conversation between Memphis & Detroit.

  • Lauren Kennedy is Executive Director of the Urban Art Commission, an independent organization committed to excellence in developing public art and urban design in Memphis and beyond. 
  • Steven McMahon is the Associate Artistic Director for Ballet Memphis, described by the Ford Foundation as a “national treasure" and known for producing more original work than most companies its size.
  • Melvin Henley is a Detroit Revitalization Fellow and Program Manager at Detroit Creative Corridor Center, the city's creative industries advocacy organization working to establish Detroit as a recognized global center for design, creativity and innovation.

Please note our new address: 4735 Cass Avenue, Detroit

  • Hosted by Claire Nelson & Chase Cantrell
  • Locals & travelers welcome
  • Thanks to support from Knight Foundation
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PARLOR TALK: CYCLING IN DETROIT
Apr
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

PARLOR TALK: CYCLING IN DETROIT

Join us in the parlor for a conversation about cycling in the city. Is cycling for everyone? What are the barriers to entry? Does infrastructure matter? What is Detroit cycling culture? How do I participate? With special guests:

Please note our new location: 4735 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

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