Forging Thunderbolts: Detroit and the Second World War

To mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, University of Detroit Mercy history professor Gregory Sumner leads a discussion of how Detroit and its people were transformed during those years on Thursday, October 15 and 29 at 7 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library. Dr. Sumner will read from his forthcoming book on the subject, and audience members are invited to share their stories about The Lone Ranger, ration coupons and scrap drives, streetcars, ballrooms and movie balconies, … [Read more...]

Lyndon Johnson and American Power: A Film and Discussion Series with Professor Gregory Sumner

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Bill of 1964. In the film and during the discussion, Professor Greg Sumner will examine the life and legacy of its architect, Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) at the Rochester Hills Public Library on Thursday, October 9 and Thursday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m. We will explore LBJ’s meteoric rise from West Texas poverty to the highest levels of power in Washington, and reflect on both the genius and the limits of uses of power. Dr. … [Read more...]