The New Urban World and the Lessons of Detroit with Marvin Surkin, PHD

Nov 16, 2018

The New Urban World and the Lessons of Detroit with Marvin Surkin, PHD
Nov. 16, 7:00pm

The rapidly changing urban environment offers us many new opportunities and many challenges.  How to create a people-friendly environment in the age of rapid climate change , extreme inequalities, burgeoning populations and human longevity.  This workshop will explore these dynamics, highlight the major problem areas, and suggest new and exciting alternatives.  The workshop will draw on the research and experience related to urban dynamics and social change.  It will draw on the presenter’s lifetime of experience in this field as researcher, author and activist.  The workshop will be didactic and interactive and will encourage audience participation.

The workshop will be primarily an introduction to this complex field leading to ongoing discussions and workshops and related activities.





November 16, 2018

Workshop Day
7:00 PM


The presenter has been a professor of political science and urban studies since 1965.  He has taught at many universities in the USA and abroad including City University of New York, Adelphi University, The Union Institute and University, Ramapo State College, University of Paris, University of Barcelona -Bellaterra, State University of Morelos Mexico.  He is currently adjunct faculty at Long Island University.  He is the author of numerous books and articles in political science and urban studies and  in this lecture will be referring to his co-authored book, DETROIT:  I DO MIND DYING.  A STUDY IN URBAN REVOLUTION (with Dan Georgakas),third edition,Haymarket publishers, 2012.  He is also an acupuncturist and Sheng Zhen Qi Gong teacher.


Our menus are based on group preferences and budget. We offer delicious, balanced vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals which typically include raw salads and hot vegetable dishes. Upon request, we will gladly prepare unseasoned blanched or steamed dishes for lunch and dinner. We easily accommodate gluten/dairy free needs, and many of our seasonings and oils are provided on the side for guests to season meals to taste. Several rooms have refrigerators, so guests are welcome to bring food that suit their needs if they have issues we cannot accommodate. Please note that we are unable to reduce meal costs due to food allergies.

Payment Policy

A $50 non-refundable deposit is taken at the time registration occurs.
The full balance is collected 7 days prior to arrival.

Cancellation Policy

Other than the deposit, no fees are incurred if cancelled up to 7 days after reservation date.
50% of the total cost is retained if cancelled less than 4 days prior to event.
The $50 deposit given at registration is non-refundable.