Dearborn Library launches lecture series featuring local scholars

DEARBORN – Dearborn Public Library presents The Armchair Academy, a new lecture and discussion series featuring local scholars from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Henry Ford College.

The free series, which features 11 scholars, covers a variety of subjects from poetry to history to true crime.

“The Armchair Academy is designed for anyone who is enthusiastic about adding to their bank of knowledge,” said Isabella Rowan, librarian and program coordinator. This is a unique opportunity for the knowledge enthusiast to learn some new and interesting things from our local experts.”

The scholars donate their time and expertise to the program as a way to give back to the community and show support for the public library.

Lectures begin at 7 p.m. and will be offered at Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave. The programs is open to the public.

Program guides are available at any Dearborn Library location and online at

Interested participants also may refer to the library homepage for a list of suggested readings prior to each lecture. For more information about the program call 313-943-2330.

The schedule for The Armchair Academy is:

• Dec. 3: “Robert Frost: The American ‘Bard’ ” presented by John Rietz, Ph.D., HFC.

• Dec. 10: “The United States and the First World War” presented by Hal M. Friedman, Ph.D., HFC.

• Jan. 14, 2015: “Challenges to Sustainable Urban Development: The Case of Detroit” presented by Paul Draus, Ph.D., UM-D.

• Jan. 28: “Are Rich People Thinner? The Economics of Obesity” presented by Patricia Smith, Ph.D., UM-D.

• Feb. 11: “The Making of Arab Americans” presented by Hani Bawardi, Ph.D., UM-D.

• Feb. 25: “King Arthur: Myth, History or Legend?” presented by Rayne Allinson, Ph.D., UM-D.

• March 11: “Spiritual Trade: Religions of the Silk Road” presented by Pamela Sayre, HFC.

• April 8: “Arab Norman Cultural Exchange in Sicily: Islamic Visual Art in a 12th Century Christian Chapel” presented by Hashim Al-Tawil, Ph.D., HFC.

• April 22: “Polish Women in Ravensbruck Concentration Camp and their Response to Nazi Medical Experiments” presented by Anna Muller, Ph.D., UM-D.

• May 12: “Muslim Gravestones in Southeast Michigan” presented by Ronald Stockton, Ph.D., UM-D.