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Friday, April 10 • 10:30am - 11:55am
FR10.30.07 Urban Research and Activism: Housing and Community Development

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A houser, an activist and an urban scholar walk into a bar…This colloquy will examine the identity politics and practice of housing and community development activism and scholarship. This session brings together housing and community development activist scholars who will reflect on the challenges associated with balancing teaching, research, and activism within the academy. In a world characterized by “posts”- housing crisis, racism, public housing- what does it mean to simultaneously tackle urban housing and community development issues as researchers and advocates? How are these relationships further altered by institutional affiliations within higher education, especially now with even more pressures to bring research funding in and pushing scholarly publications out? This colloquium invites a discussion about the negotiation of these relationships in light of broader changes to both the academic and housing landscapes, and also how we as “veterans” help develop the next generation of activist scholars that can walk the tightrope of being both relevant and forward leaning.

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Lisa Bates

Portland State University
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Andrew Greenlee

Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kathe Newman

Rutgers University

Susan Saegert

City University of New York
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Janet Smith

University of Illinois Chicago
avatar for Elizabeth Sweet

Elizabeth Sweet

Geography and Urban Studies, Temple University

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Janet Smith

University of Illinois Chicago

Friday April 10, 2015 10:30am - 11:55am
Alhambra (2nd floor)