Jerry Herron

Founding Dean, Irvin D Reid Honors College, Wayne State University (WSU)

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    Jerry Herron, Founding Dean, Irvin D Reid Honors College, Wayne State University (WSU), Detroit, USA introduces guests to the murals of Diego Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts, providing a poetic contexualisation of the host city of the 5th International LafargeHolcim Forum.

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    Diego Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts: the series of frescoes painted by the Mexican artist 1932-33, consists of twenty-seven panels depicting industry at the Ford Motor Company, and received National Historic Landmark Status in 2014.

Jerry Herron is the founding Dean of the Irvin D Reid Honors College at Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit, MI, USA.

Last updated: April 20, 2016 Detroit, MI, USA

Jerry Herron led WSU’s Honors Program from 2002 until it became a College in 2008.

He studied English and obtained a BA (1971) from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MA (1974) and PhD (1980) from Indiana University.

He is author of Universities and the Myth of Cultural Decline (Wayne State UP, 1988), and AfterCulture: Detroit and the Humiliation of History (Wayne State UP, 1993). His essays and critical articles have appeared in Raritan, Social Text, Representations, Georgia Review, Antioch Review, and the on-line journal, Places.

Prior to being named director of the Honors Program in 2002, he was associate chair in the Department of English and director of the university’s American Studies Program. He was elected President of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) for a 1-year term at the NCHC annual conference in November 2015, and is a member of the NCHC Publication Board and is also chair of the Wayne State University Press Editorial Board.

He moved to Detroit over 30 years ago and remains deeply committed to the city.

Jerry Herron was a mobile workshop expert at the 5th International Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction dedicated to “Infrastructure Space” held April 7-9, 2016 in Detroit, USA.