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Harper Lecture 2009, Los Angeles

Revisiting the City: What the History of Community Development and Organizing Says About its Future

Robert Chaskin, Associate Professor

Sunday, May 17, 2009

2:00 – 2:45 pm Registration & Reception
2:45 – 4:00 pm Presentation & Discussion


Beverly Hilton
9876 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA

Urban life in the United States is undergoing significant change, forcing those who are concerned about responding to the needs and problems of cities to assess their assumptions about building community, connecting and organizing people, and promoting community change. In this talk, Robert Chaskin will examine how the previous assumptions about community, community development, and community organizing shaped policy and actions over the last century and how the evolution of these ideas continues to shape policy recommendations in the present. Using two case-studies from Chicago, one of “top-down” community development policy to transform public housing and the other of “grass-roots” service integration and community organizing, Chaskin will raise the questions that must be answered for effective community-level work in urban America in the 21st century.

Registration is $20.00 per person. Register Online for: Harper Lecture 2009: Los Angeles with Robert Chaskin by May 3, 2009.

For questions, contact:
Alana Kinarsky