WHAT: “Al Taubman Unplugged,” a candid discussion between the legendary real estate developer and students at Lawrence Technological University. A starting point will be his recently released book, “Threshold Resistance: the Extraordinary Career of a Luxury Retailing Pioneer.” This is not open to the public, but the media is invited. The public is invited to a book signing that will follow at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at Lawrence Tech.
WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 1-2 p.m. Taubman will sign copies of his book from 2-3 p.m.
WHERE: Lawrence Tech, 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield. The session will be held in M218, on the atrium level of the Buell Building, which is building 4 on the map at this (link). The book signing is in the same building.
WHO: Starting in the 1950s from humble Detroit roots, Al Taubman built an enormously successful real estate company by essentially creating the modern shopping mall. He became a billionaire by succeeding in businesses as varied as architecture, land speculation, luxury housing, chain restaurants and fine art. Some have called him one of the unrecognized giants of modern retailing.
WHY: Taubman attended Lawrence Tech and is a long-time supporter of the university. Most recently he gave the lead gift for the centerpiece of the Lawrence Tech campus, the A. Alfred Taubman Student Services Center.
This is a rare opportunity to see Taubman in action as he fields questions from students on a wide variety of topics. Members of the media interested in attending should contact Bruce Annett (see above).
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, offers more than 60 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. Founded in 1932, the 5,000-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, with education centers in Livonia, Clinton Township, Traverse City, and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia.