Monthly lecture series on good governance to debut this week

Critical issues that impact southeast Michigan will be the focus of a monthly Public Opinion and Good Governance Lecture Series being introduced Thursday, Jan. 16, at Wayne State University Law School.

Former Detroit federal bankruptcy Judge Ray Reynolds Graves will present the inaugural lecture, "Bankruptcy and Detroit Restructuring: Can the Court Guarantee Financial Viability?" The event will take place from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Room 2242 of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne Law, 471 W. Palmer St.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking will be available for $6.50 in Structure One across West Palmer Street from the law school.

The lecture series is designed to be a public forum for the discussion of key issues relating to politics, leadership, public and private sector governance and role of the media in the region. It was inspired by the October leadership summit, "Building an Honest and Open Government in Detroit: Why Public Integrity Matters." That event was moderated by Bankole Thompson, an author and editor of the Michigan Chronicle, who will lead and moderate the lecture series, as well.

The series is sponsored by Wayne Law, under the leadership of Dean Jocelyn Benson, in partnership with Thompson. Subsequent forums will take place in February, March, and April.

Benson and Thompson hope the series will foster a dialogue among policy makers, scholars and business and political leaders on key governance issues in the region and the state with students learning how to become more engaged in issues affecting their diverse communities.

Published: Mon, Jan 13, 2014


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