African/African American Studies

Dr. James Perkinson - Feb 24, 2011

"Do-It Yourself Innovation in the Ruins of De-Industrialization - Anticipating Our Common Future in the Mirror of Detroit"

Detroit has begun to develop a multi-faceted "Do-It-Yourself" spirit that is re-inventing the city from the ground up, beyond the input of either big government or big corporations. This is epitomized by community urban gardening initiatives that have developed as part of a visionary concern about "food security" in the city, alternative media projects and enterprises led by youth employing their tech-savvy skills energized by hip-hop vitality, and community artists creatively re-deploying "refuse" and abandoned buildings and infrastructure as art and education. This talk discussed the political, cultural, and spiritual significance of these developments.