Grand opening of the new Humanities Commons

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Join us for the grand opening of Wayne State's new Humanities Commons. This dynamic new campus space will unite students and faculty in the humanities and social sciences and provide an outlet dedicated to conversations about art, community, resiliency and accessibility.

Located in the David Adamany Undergraduate Library, this new hub will be used for arts and literary events, community exhibitions, classes and group collaboration. 

Event schedule:

3 p.m. — Remarks from organizers and an exclusive screening of Lucy and Me, Joel Martin’s documentary about the art and life of WSU alumna Barbara Greene Mann (Bernath Auditorium). Complimentary refreshments will be served.

4 - 5 p.m. — Explore the Humanities Commons (Second floor of the Undergraduate Library)

In conjunction with the opening of the Humanities Commons, an art exhibit featuring the work of Wayne State alumna Barbara Greene Mann will be displayed throughout the UGL. "The Elephant in the Room" exhibition will celebrate the life and art of this Cass Corridor visionary.

About the Humanities Commons:

Developed by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), the Humanities Commons is a vibrant hub where collaborative research flourishes, nurturing tomorrow's arts and humanities luminaries. Its mission? To champion research and collaboration that harmonizes with local communities, with a special focus on the dynamic tapestry of Detroit. The Commons exists to give a voice to the marginalized and demonstrate the inherent resilience of the arts. Join us in shaping a future where creativity knows no bounds and inclusivity knows no limits. 

Professor of Teaching M.L. Liebler and the WSU English department have led the way with programming that increases the accessibility of the arts to students and the broader community. Join them and CLAS Dean Steffi Hartwell for the grand opening of this one-of-a-kind campus space. 

For more information about this event, please contact Jessica Archer at 3133271546 or

Submissions for this form have closed on September 21, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.