One of the MSU Alumni Association’s long-standing featured offerings, the Coffee with the Profs series is coming to Detroit. Coffee with the Profs Detroit will highlight research and work done by some of the university’s finest faculty and staff working specifically in Detroit.

Tuesday, November 14
InnovateGov: Cultivating the Next Generation of Community Leaders
Joshua Sapotichne, associate professor, Department of Political Science, and co-Instructor, InnovateGov
The tension in Detroit between new opportunities and the day-to-day experiences of hundreds of thousands of city residents presents an immense challenge to the city’s civic leadership. MSU’s InnovateGov – a Detroit immersion program that has embedded nearly 100 talented and motivated MSU students within 30 distinct civic organizations – was launched in response to these challenges. This presentation will address the history and impact of this program and consider broader questions about the delivery of high-quality education for civic engagement.

Tuesday, November 21
Building Citizens Through Music
Jill Woodward, director, MSU Community Music School-Detroit
Music programs in our nation’s public and charter schools have become the exception rather than the rule. This is especially true in urban centers like Detroit, where school reform is a major priority. MSU is helping to sustain Detroit’s musical heritage through programs at the MSU Community Music School-Detroit (CMS-D). Learn about CMS-D’s innovative music programs and how they promote social justice through access to music for urban youth.

The cost is $25 for 2 sessions and includes continental breakfast and coffee. Please note that this is a series, so registration is for the series only, not individual presentations.

Registration is required and will be accepted through November 1, or until capacity of the venue is reached, so don’t delay.


The event will take place at the Madison, located in downtown Detroit. Continental breakfast and coffee will begin at 7:30 a.m in the Loft. The presentation will follow at 8:00 a.m in the Auditorium.

Parking is available in several lots in close proximity to the event location:

Lot adjacent to the Madison
Detroit Opera House garage
The Z garage

Approximately 5 -7 days prior to the first lecture in the series on November 14, you will receive an email with final event details.

If you have any questions, please contact Pamela Jones via email or by calling (517) 355-7348, or Elizabeth Wheeler via email or by calling (517) 884-2106.

Thank You, Sponsors

Coffee with the Profs Detroit is being offered in partnership with:

Quicken Loans


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