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The City Revisited: Community and Community Action in the 21st Century

Symposium Agenda

Friday, May 8, 2009

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

8:45 - 9:00 a.m.

First Session

Community Change and the Urban Landscape: Historical Processes and Contemporary Trends

9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Topics and Speakers:
The Changing Face of the City: Immigration, Mobility and Demographic Change
Virginia Parks, University of Chicago 

The Changing Economic Landscape: Major Dynamics and Current Circumstance
Nik Theodore, University of Illinois at Chicago

Community and Social Action over the Century: Practices, Policies, and Orientations
Robert Chaskin, University of Chicago

D. Garth Taylor, Metro Chicago Information Center (MCIC)
Ricardo Estrada, Erie Neighborhood House
Craig Howard, MacArthur Foundation


11:00 a.m.

Second Session

Policy Initiatives: Mobility, Community Development, and Community Change in Chicago


Topics and Speakers include:
Poverty, Public Housing, and Community Change
Mary Pattillo, Northwestern University

Neighborhood Mobility and Neighborhood Effects: Moving to Opportunity in Chicago
Jens Ludwig, University of Chicago

Community Intermediaries, Philanthropy, and Community Development:  Learning from the New Communities Program
David Micah Greenberg, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC)

Clarence N. Wood, Hull House Association
Alexander Polikoff, Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI)
Joel Bookman, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago


1:15 - 2.30 p.m.

Third Session

Grassroots Efforts and Community Responses

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Topics and Speakers:
Investment or Invasion: Community Responses to Big-Box Commercial Development in Chicago
Dorian T. Warren, Columbia University

Neighborhood Development, Gentrification, and Responses to Neighborhood Change
Janet L. Smith, University of Illinois at Chicago

Hometown Associations: Community Connection and Action across Borders
Rebecca Vonderlack-Navarro, University of Chicago

Toni Preckwinkle, Chicago Alderman, 4th Ward
Matt McDermott, United Power for Action & Justice
Nancy Aardema, Logan Square Neighborhood Association


4:30 - 4.40 p.m.


4:40 - 5.30 p.m.

Robert Chaskin

Robert Chaskin