On September 27-29, the University of Michigan Global Islamic Studies Center (GISC) will be hosting the conference Destination: Detroit - Communities of migration in Metro Detroit at the U-M Detroit Center. The conference will gather nearly 40 experts to discuss the many ethnic communities that have populated metro Detroit over the years, and to look at commonalities and differences between these migrant and immigrant groups.

Panel discussions will cover settlement and resettlement patterns, diasporic intersections, and the current challenges that immigrants face in Detroit. Featured speakers include Heather Ann Thompson and Wayne State University’s Ethnic Layers of Detroit, and scenes from the film Hamtramck, USA will be screened.

The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required at bit.ly/dest-detroit. U-M Detroit Center is located at 3663 Woodward Ave, Detroit.

GISC is pleased to have a number of co-sponsors for the conference. They are:

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: Global Islamic Studies Center; Armenian Studies Program; Arab and Muslim American Studies; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies; College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Copernicus Program in Polish Studies; Institute for the Humanities; Latina/o Studies; Romance Languages and Literatures; Department of Afroamerican and African Studies; Detroit School of Urban Studies

University of Michigan-Dearborn: Center for Arab-American Studies; Chancellor Daniel Little; College of Arts, Sciences and Letters

Contact: Hana Mattar | T: 734.615.9558 | E: IslamicStudies@umich.edu

The Global Islamic Studies Center (GISC) serves students, faculty, and the extramural community by promoting the understanding of global Islamic culture and Muslim societies worldwide, through pioneering research, innovative instruction, and a commitment to building partnerships on campus and beyond. A member of the International Institute, GISC mobilizes U-M's outstanding faculty to contribute to instruction, research, and public affairs programming at the University of Michigan. For more information, visit ii.umich.edu/islamicstudies.