The Meaning of Citizenship: 10th Anniversary Conference

Date and time

March 21 - 23, 2013

About the conference

The Center for the Study of Citizenship celebrates its tenth anniversary. This year's anniversary conference will discuss how your scholarship deepens understandings of the meaning of citizenship – membership in communities.


Purdy/Kresge Library
Wayne State University
5265 Cass
Detroit, MI 48202 (map)


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Keynote: Rogers Smith

Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of political scientist and chair of the Penn Program on Democracy and Constitutionalism at the University of Pennsylvania will be returning to the center. Professor Smith centers his research on constitutional law, American political thought, and modern legal and political theory, with special interests in questions of citizenship, race, ethnicity and gender. Smith is renowned for his many books about citizenship and racial, gender, and class inequalities. He will be speaking on "The Questions Facing Citizenship in the 21st Century." Professor Smith's visit is co-sponsored by the History Graduate Students' Association.

Arjun Appadurai

Paulette Goddard Professor in media, culture and communication at New York University, senior fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge, chair of the Tata Institute for Social Sciences in Mumbai, and senior research partner at the Max-Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Gottigen. Appadurai is one of the world's leading theorists of globalization. Dr. Appadurai will speak about art and artists whose work functions to raise social awareness as they focus on issues of identity and cultural production.

Bobby Ghosh

Editor-at-large for TIME. Previously, Ghosh was TIME's senior editor, managing TIME's terrorism and intelligence reporting. He also served as world editor in August 2007, after serving as Baghdad bureau chief since June 2006. He has covered Iraq since the beginning of the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, spending more time in Baghdad than any other print reporter. He has also reported extensively in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Tunisia. Ghosh's recent cover stories include several pieces on the Arab Spring and one on the rise of Islamophobia in America. Ghosh joined TIME in 1997 as a senior editor for TIME Asia, he moved to London to become senior editor of TIME Europe. He is currently based in New York City. Mr. Ghosh's visit is co-sponsored by the Detroit News.

Victoria Saker Woeste

From the American Bar Foundation, Victoria will be joining this year's conference to discuss her new work: Suing Henry Ford: America’s First Hate Speech Case, an explosive retelling of a familiar episode in American history: The 1927 libel lawsuit against Henry Ford and his antisemitic newspaper. This study opens previously unexplored vistas into the history of the legal profession, the history of hate speech, and the history of civil rights activism.



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Presentations and notes


Keynote address: Rogers Smith


Keynote address: Marc Kruman


Book speaker: Jonah Steinberg


  • Detroit News
  • The Lion Fund for Global Citizenship
  • Wayne State University
    • History Graduate Students' Association
    • Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights
    • Department of Communication
    • Department of English
    • Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures
    • Department of Anthropology
    • Office of International Programs