University of Detroit Mercy, 4001 W McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48221, USA



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Friday, March 31, 2017 from 10am-noon
We will have two speakers. At 10 am, Joan Smith will report on her nine months of volunteer service at Casa del Migrante, a house for migrants run by the Scalabrini order, in Guatemala. At 11 a.m., Luis Zaldana, Macomb County Hispanic Ministry director for the Archdiocese of Detroit will speak about the the challenges of supporting undocumented immigrants in Macomb County. This talk is free and open to the public. For more information contact Dr. Gail Presbey at 313-993-1124, or by email at
Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 2-5:30pm
In the 1980s, average Detroiters took bold political and personal action to raise awareness of U.S. supported repression in Central America by publicly declaring St. Rita’s Catholic Church a sanctuary for Central American refugees. In an era of heightened local and global repression of human rights, there is much to be learned from these Detroit citizens turned activists and how they navigated commitments to their faith, city, nation, and being ethical human beings all within an emerging human rights framework. A Michigan native, Mary Walle is a New York City based educator, artist, and non-profit professional. She earned her B.A. in History with a minor in Community Action and Social Change from the University of Michigan. There she researched and wrote "The Blood Stops Here: Democratic Citizenship, Faith Communities, and the Question of Human Rights in Detroit's Sanctuary Movement," consulting the Carney archive and interviewing area participants. Mary will present her talk twice, once from 2 – 3:15 and once from 4 – 5:15 pm, both in Briggs 317. Also, a companion exhibit in the display cases in the McNichols Library lobby will highlight the history of Detroit’s Sanctuary movement. Students from HIS 4670 Latinos in the U.S. will create the display, drawing upon documents from the Carney Archive. On display from March 30 to April 30, 2017, during library hrs. For more information contact Dr. Gail Presbey at 313-993-1124, or by email at
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 6:30-7:30pm
"Fermi-1 At 50: We Almost Lost Detroit / Accidents Can Happen" 6:30 or 7:00 PM / Building and Room To Be Announced / University Of Detroit Mercy / Street Address and Sponsoring Campus Organizations To Be Announced Keynote Speaker: David Lochbaum, Director of the Nuclear Safety Project at Union of Concerned Scientists, plus: "Emergency Planning And Radiological Protection: Then And Now" Paul Gunter, Director of Reactor Oversight, Beyond Nuclear, Takoma Park, MD Ethyl Rivera, "Got KI?" Campaign Coordinator, Alliance To Halt Fermi-3 Lighted, Gated, Secure Parking This event is free and open to the public.