November 15, 2016

University of Detroit Mercy’s Catholic Studies program is presenting a special lecture on Detroit by Associate Professor of Education and Former Deputy Mayor of Detroit Isaiah McKinnon. The talk will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in Room 113 of the Ford Life Sciences Building on the McNichols Campus; it is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available after the talk.

Isaiah McKinnon and Bryan Barnhill
Isaiah McKinnon
and Bryan Barnhill

McKinnon has served the city of Detroit as its chief of police and most recently as its deputy mayor under Mayor Duggan. He is in a unique position to know Detroit from the perspectives of criminal justice and of city administration. He is an interesting and engaging speaker, a man of experience and depth and a wonderful storyteller. McKinnon has also been contracted to work on the upcoming movie about the 1967 Detroit riot from the Oscar-winning team of director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, being shot partly in the area. The film is currently un-named at this time.

McKinnon will be joined by Bryan Barnhill, graduate of Renaissance High in Detroit and Harvard University, who served as Mayor Duggan’s campaign manager and continues to work on staff. The title of this talk is "Detroit—Then and Now: What is Really Going On in the City?"