Sharrief continues to direct the EFEX program, is on the board for the historic Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor and the Magic Wand Foundation which empowers youth to live their dreams.
PASTOR STEVE UPSHUR
Steve Upshur is a pastor, a brother, a father, a son, and a servant and friend of many. He found Jesus and was instantly delivered from drugs in 1974 by God. Today, he leads the congregation of Peacemakers International, a little storefront ministry located on Detroit’s Chene Street.
George Steinmetz is the Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan. He has also been Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago (1987-1997) and the New School for Social Research (2008) and a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. His book The Devil’s Handwriting: Precoloniality and the German Colonial State in Qingdao, Samoa, and Southwest Africa (2007) won a number of prizes. He has also written Regulating the Social: The Welfare State and Local Politics in Imperial Germany (1993), and is currently completing the book Imperial Intellectuals: Sociologists as Theorists, Advisers, and Critics of Empire, 1940s-1960s. His edited books include State/Culture (1999); The Politics of Method in the Human Sciences (2005); and Sociology and Empire (2013). He received the Lewis A. Coser award for Theoretical Agenda Setting in Sociology from the American Sociological Association. He codirected the film Detroit: Ruin of a City.
Brandon Walley is a filmmaker and multimedia artist whose work is predominately abstract and nontraditional in nature. His films have been received at international film festivals and art galleries, including the Ann Arbor Film Festival (Best Michigan Filmmaker Award), the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Museum of New Art Detroit, the Silent Speed Film Festival (Best of Show), the Iowa City Experimental Film Festival (Honorable Mention), and the Media City Film Festival in Ontario. Brandon is deeply imbedded in the arts and cultural community of Detroit, where he is active in neighborhoods improvement projects through art and cultural programs. Present and past involvement include: Corktown Cinema (current Program Director,) Detroit Projection Project (current Co-Director and Co-Founder,) Imagination Station (current Development Director,) City Year Detroit (Graphic Design) and Detroit Film Center (former Director.) He has instructed moving media based art classes at College for Creative Studies, YArts of Metro Detroit, Detroit Film Center as well as High School and Primary Schools. Brandon also has professional experience in post-production in television broadcasting, and has been contracted to produce music videos, commercials and theater.
Noah Stephens is a photographer, essayist and founder of The People of Detroit Photodocumentary––a media project dedicated to dynamic, interesting people in the storied birthplace of American auto manufacturing. Since its inception in April 2010, TPOD has received national and international attention. Portraits from the project have appeared in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company and other national publications. In early 2011, a creative director saw the project on flickr.com and hired Noah to shoot an ad campaign for McDonald’s Corporation in Shanghai, China.
Dr. Craig L. Wilkins, AIA currently serves as the director of the Detroit Community Design Center at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and teaches in both the architecture and urban planning departments. An ACSA Collaborative Practice Award recipient, his book The Aesthetics of Equity: Notes on race,
Published on Sep 15, 2012