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Michael STONE-RICHARDS is a scholar-teacher of critical theory / biopolitics, 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 above all with MOCAD, where he was a founding member of the Program Committee and a co-curator of the exhibition ReFUSING Fashion on Rei Kawakubo and Comme des garçons; he has also served on the founding board of advisors for the Kresge Arts in Detroit; as a member of the board of the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art at the DIA; and as a founding board member of  the Write-A-House project, and Signal-Return letterpress in Eastern Market. 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 a book/exhibition catalogue called Care of the City: Participation, Practice, and Post-Studio Art in Detroit and Beyond, and completing two book length studies, first on The Wreck of Art: Studies in the Thought of Guy Debord (which received a Graham Foundation grant), and The Grand Camouflage: A Reading of Suzanne Césaire’s Final Work. 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. Michael is currently Professor in the Department of Liberal Arts at CCS.