Sunday, March 30, 2008

Introduction to Detroit

Want to learn more about Detroit?

One of the best ways to do just that is through the Detroit Orientation Institute (DOI), a three-day program put on by Wayne State University.

Now in its 17th year, the DOI -- whose next session runs April 15, 22 and 29 -- offers a historical perspective and candid look at Detroit and metro Detroit. Think of it as a "Motor City-style boot camp", where you'll hear from community leaders, tour neighborhoods and visit landmarks. Participants will also receive a CD containing more than 200 pages of background information on Detroit and metro Detroit.

Who benefits most from DOI sessions? Definitely newcomers to the area, but anyone who wants to learn more about Motown and the metropolitan area is welcome and encouraged to sign up. Typically, business executives, professionals from nonprofits, university faculty, high school teachers, government administrators and journalists attend. The program is limited to 50 participants per session and is offered once in the fall and once in the spring.

Meals and transportation are provided for a tuition cost of $900 per person. Registration is accepted by phone or fax. Registration forms are available here.

For more on the DOI, check out Clare Ramsey's great Model D feature article on the subject here.

Happy learning!

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