Tip sheet

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

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

REPEAL DAY – DECEMBER 5 

The 21st Amendment ended Prohibition. Was Prohibition a success in any way, and would it work today? After repealing the 18th Amendment, the 21st Amendment gave the states a lot of power to regulate alcoholic beverages.

Robert Sedler, distinguished professor of law and constitutional law expert, is prepared to discuss the 21st Amendment and how its appeal opened the door to states having power to regulate alcoholic beverages.

PEARL HARBOR DAY – DECEMBER 7

Our expert can put the Pearl Harbor invasion into historical perspective while sharing how the American public and our leaders reacted to the attack.

Elizabeth Lublin, associate professor of history, is available to talk about Pearl Harbor Day and offer a historical perspective about the event that led to the United States' involvement in World War II.

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY – DECEMBER 10

What do human rights in America mean when compared to other parts of the world? Where are human rights violated most commonly, and what are we doing on an ongoing basis to help?

Andrew Port, professor of history and Central European History editor-in-chief, is ready to explore the significance of Human Rights Day.

WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY WINTER 2018 COMMENCEMENT – DECEMBER 11

Nearly 3,000 students will conclude 2018 as graduates of Wayne State University and will have an opportunity to participate in Commencement. The ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.

BILL OF RIGHTS DAY – DECEMBER 15

The first 10 amendments of the U.S. Constitution comprise the Bill of Rights. Who was responsible for drafting the Bill of Rights, and what was the original intent of this document?

Robert Sedler, distinguished professor of law and constitutional law expert, can discuss the Bill of Rights while offering historical context.

WRIGHT BROTHERS DAY – DECEMBER 17

Dec. 17 commemorates Orville and Wilbur Wright's first successful flight in heavier-than-air, mechanically propelled craft in 1903 near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. How did the Wright brothers pave the way for domestic and international flight, and how has the aviation industry transformed the global economy?

Paul Kershaw, visiting assistant professor, is a historian of 20th century U.S. and Mexican history, specializing in national and global politics of economic development and the history of capitalism.

William Lynch, associate professor, is an expert in the areas of science and technology studies, environmental history, and evolutionary science.

WINTER SOLSTICE – DECEMBER 21

Dec. 21 is the shortest day (and longest night) of the year. How does the darkest day/night of the year affect moods and alertness?

NEW YEAR'S EVE – DECEMBER 31

What is the success rate of New Year's resolutions, and why do we make them? What can we do to relieve the pressure that we feel to keep our resolutions?