Tip sheet

Wayne State University experts available to comment on trending topics for August

Wayne State University's PR team compiles a list of university experts who can speak about trending topics and significant milestones each month.

To reach an expert, contact:

Ted Montgomery, 313-577-5699, tedmontgomery@wayne.edu

Tom Reynolds, 313-577-8093, treynolds@wayne.edu

NATIONAL EYE EXAM MONTH – AUGUST

Dr. Mark Juzych, chair of ophthalmology, visual and anatomical sciences and director of the Kresge Eye Institute, can talk about the importance of maintaining eye health, and how to do it.

NATIONAL WATER QUALITY MONTH – AUGUST

Noah Hall, professor of law and founder of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, can speak about water quality issues in the state and around the world.

ANNIVERSARY OF THE BERLIN WALL CONSTRUCTION – AUGUST

Following the prohibition of free passage between East and West Berlin, East German authorities began construction of the Berlin Wall in August 1961 to seal off access to the west. For the next 28 years, the Berlin Wall stood as a reminder of the Cold War.
Andrew Port, professor of history, is prepared to discuss the construction of the Berlin Wall, including the events leading up to and following the Iron Curtain. Port's research focuses on modern Germany and Europe, communism and state socialism, labor history, social protest, popular resistance under autocratic regimes, and comparative genocide.  

WORLD WIDE WEB DAY - AUGUST 1

Norman Lewis, part-time faculty in information systems management, can talk about how the world wide web completely transformed modern communications and its effect on the global economy.

ANNIVERSARY OF PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON'S RESIGNATION – AUGUST 8

In an August 1974 televised address, President Richard M. Nixon announced his intention to resign as president of the United States – the first president in American history to do so. Impeachment proceedings were underway regarding his involvement in the Watergate scandal. The next day, Nixon officially ended his term as the 37th president of the United States.

Liette Gidlow, associate professor of history, has been featured on C-Span's Lectures in History series. Her areas of expertise include modern U.S. history, 20th century U.S. history and women's/gender history. She is prepared to talk about the Nixon years and the events leading up to his resignation. 

NATIONAL BOOK LOVER'S DAY – AUGUST 9

Our experts can discuss the importance of reading books, and the singular pleasure of owning tangible books that you can hold in your hand. Wayne State University is also home to Detroit's premier publisher of Great Lakes books, Judaica, and African American studies, as well as a wide range of other scholarly and general interest titles. The Press disseminates research, advances education, and serves the local community while expanding the international reputation of the Press and the University. Visit Wayne State University Press at https://www.wsupress.wayne.edu/

Kathleen Crawford-McKinney and Kathryn Roberts, College of Education associate professors, are available to discuss.

V-J DAY: JAPAN SURRENDERS, ENDING WORLD WAR II – AUGUST 14-15

On Aug. 14, 1945, Japan made its initial announcement that it would surrender unconditionally to the Allies, thus ending World War II. Due to time zone differences, Aug. 14 and Aug. 15 have been known as "Victory over Japan Day," or simply "V-J Day."

Elizabeth Lublin, associate professor of history, has studied and taught in Japan and earned her Ph.D. in modern Japanese history. The author of two scholarly books about Japan, Lublin is prepared to discuss the cultural and historical significance of Japan's surrender.

BAROUDEUR – AUGUST 18

Wayne State University will host its fourth annual Baroudeur cycling event Saturday, Aug. 18, to raise money for student scholarships. The Baroudeur is a fun, noncompetitive event that gives riders of all abilities an opportunity to explore Detroit on two wheels while helping economically disadvantaged students pursue higher education.

Matt Lockwood, Baroudeur ride director, is available to talk about the event.

RESIDENCE HALL MOVE-IN DAYS – AUGUST 25-26

Wayne State University welcomes freshmen to its residence halls on Aug. 25, and upperclassmen on Aug. 26. "Move-in Days" is the university's annual kickoff to the new academic year students living on campus. Reporters are welcome to interview students and their families as they move into residence halls and set up their new living space in the heart of Midtown. 

WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY – AUGUST 26

In 1971, Congress designated Aug. 26 as "Women's Equality Day." The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote.

Elizabeth Faue, professor and history department chair, is a trained women's/gender historian. She is prepared to discuss the feminist movement and events leading up to the adoption of the 19th Amendment.

Liette Gidlow, associate professor of history, is an expert in women's/gender history and can address this topic.

ANNIVERSARY OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. "I HAVE A DREAM" SPEECH – AUGUST 28

"I Have a Dream" was a speech delivered by civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963. During the speech, which succeeded his "dream" speech at Cobo Hall during the Great Walk to Freedom in Detroit two months prior, he called for an end to racism in the United States and made a plea for civil and economic rights. Delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to more than 250,000 people in attendance, the speech was a defining moment in the civil rights movement.

Associate professor Kidada E. Williams specializes in African American history from slavery through the late 20th century, with an emphasis on racial violence mostly in the former slaveholding South. She is able to explain the significance of the "I Have a Dream" speech and offer context about the civil rights movement leading up to, and following, the famous event.

FESTIFALL – AUGUST 28

FestiFall is an annual Wayne State University tradition showcasing more than 500 student organizations, campus departments and learning communities to incoming students and guests. During FestiFall, students have the opportunity to meet the dean of their college or school, eat a picnic lunch, and explore WSU's learning communities. Wayne State administrators, faculty and staff will welcome new students and their families to the university's 151st academic year during the New Student Convocation that kicks off FestiFall. More than 2,000 incoming students and family members are expected to attend.