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Michael STONE-RICHARDS is a scholar-teacher of critical theory / biopolitics / African diasporic writing and cultural theory / comparative literary / and visual studies and the history and theory of modern and contemporary art practice. He has published widely in French and English on the avant-garde in poetry, critical theory, and art. Since his arrival in Detroit he has become deeply involved in the various parts of its arts and performance community, first and foremost with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAD), where he was a founding member of the Program Committee, and the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art at the DIA. He has also served on the founding board of advisors for the Kresge Arts in Detroit, and is a founding board member of the Write-A-House project. He has many engagements in the city and organizes the open-format Alexandrine Street Seminars as well as collaborations with artists and writers with whom he shares a practice of the Banquet of friends (convivial strategies), and with his students the friendship of collaborative work, thought, and celebration. His book of critical theory and literary criticism, Logics of Separation: Exile and Transcendence in Aesthetic Modernity, was published by Peter Lang. He is well-advanced on two book projects: (i) Care of the City: Ruination, Abandonment, and Hospitality in Contemporary Practice, and (ii) Children of Men: Biopolitical Essays, a set of philosophical, literary, and cultural readings in the biopolitical dimension of black experience under modernity. Before his arrival at the College for Creative Studies (CCS), Michael taught first at Northwestern University, and then taught English and Comparative Literature at Stonehill College, Boston. His translations from the French - Surrealism, Reverdy, Martine Broda, Blanchot - are an integral part of his conception of critical theory. With the support of a Knight Foundation grant, Michael is most recently the founding editor of a new journal called Detroit Research, devoted to post-studio practice in visual arts, choreography, ceramics, performance, and critical theory.