Charlie Bright

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Charlie Bright

Professor, Social Theory and Practice Program

Office Location(s): On Leave Winter 2016

  • About

    Charles Bright is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Professor of History in the Residential College and the Department of History.  He has taught and written on American political history (Statemakng and Social Movements), prison history (The Powers that Punish), and the history of Detroit.  He is currently working on editing and annotating a collection of letters his grandfather wrote from China in 1937-38, and on a long-term project to bring a series of essays about global history, written with a colleague at the University of Chicago, into a book provisionally entitled The Global Condition in the Long Twentieth Century.  He has had teaching gigs in Italy and Japan and was Director of the Residential College for seven-and-a-half years, during which time he was instrumental in helping to develop engaged, community based learning initiatives and collaborations in Detroit.  He has been active in theater projects at the Residential College over many years and not long ago was able to play the Barberini Pope in Bertolt Brecht’s Galileo – finally getting people to bow down to him.  

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