Congratulations Class of 2015

Congratulations Class of 2015

The Urban Studies Department celebrated the MA in Urban Studies class of 2015 this week. Joined by the President and Provost, the Department hosted a research forum and dinner to recognize the accomplishments of this class. Every year it is amazing to witness the diversity and flexibility of the Urban Studies program because of the sheer range in research topics. This year was no exception, as topics of study included urban beekeeping, the stories of successful black men, storytelling through dance, multicultural churches, and integrating project based learning in non-profit settings. There were a number of  theses honored by the department for their excellence. Theses of Distinction Two Thesis of Distinction awards were given this year. One was awarded...

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Weapons of Mass Salvation

THE PAUL, JAY and STAN BLOG #10 In which, Jay and Stan talk about Paul. Jay and Stan are two guys who dream about changing the world. Together, they are reading Paul Farmer’s To Repair the World. Paul has a great reputation as someone who changes the world. This week, Jay and Stan are talking about the tenth of Farmer’s speeches, “Global Health Equity and the Missing Weapons of Mass Salvation,” a commencement speech given to the 2004 graduates of the Harvard School of Public Health. Jay to Stan: “I love the exchange Farmer has with gentleman at the conference on pg.136. The man asks a sincere, but pernicious question insinuating that diseases are helpful mechanisms for population control, and Farmer answers with civility and brilliance. As a...

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Powerful Poetry

“Young people, like adults, receive countless confusing and negative messages about the implications of skin color.” Katharine Johnson is an educator that works within a diverse classroom setting, so she is always looking for ways to improve accessibility and student affirmation in her learning environment. After attending a workshop on teaching preschool children to celebrate and understand the biological basis of skin color, Johnson developed a unit integrating these themes. Beginning with an explanation of the science behind skin tone, Johnson followed with an activity matching paint samples to the skin colors of students in the classroom and reading poetry by Sheila Hamanka. After several activities compelling students to brainstorm statements about their...

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Colorblind Millennials

Colorblind Millennials

The Public Broadcasting Station’s Newshour recently published Mychal Denzel Smith’s article discussing the Millennial Generation. The Millennial generation, children of the 80s and 90s, in large part believe our society to be post-racial. Receiving a thorough education from the baby-boomers and Gen-Xers, Millennials have come to believe the best way to address race is neutrality or colorblindness. Given the focus upon affirmation action through the 80s and 90s, 58% of white Millennials believe that whites experience racial discrimination equal to that experienced by people of color, indeed placing an emphasis on “reverse racism.” Education and socialization has taught this generation to believe discussions around race are only a source of unneeded...

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Urban Studies Department Hosts Low-cost Workshop

Urban Studies Department Hosts Low-cost Workshop

  Urban Studies Educational Forum Thursday, April 9th, 6:30-9:00 PM Eastern University Falls Center     The Urban Studies Department of Eastern University presents its Spring Educational Forum entitled The Triple Bottom Line of Sustainable Neighborhood Development. This workshop will be facilitated by Eastern University 2013 alumnus, Troy Hannigan, who has previous experience with Habitat Humanity of Philadelphia and currently works for Community Ventures, a non-profit affordable housing developer. Troy will discuss case studies of affordable housing developments utilizing sustainable practice as well as lead attendees in a planning exercise. This event costs $5 and is open to the general public, but space is limited. Register at this link. For...

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Young People can Make a Difference

Maya Anderson is a 8th grader with great artistic talent and a vision for impacting those around her. Her book, Claws: The Prequel, is a futuristic novel featuring realistic anime and, much like the stories of Tolkien and Lewis, creates a new world and language. Maya loves drawing and creating stories, but she pursued developing and publishing this book to support arts programming in the Philadelphia Public School System. From books sale proceeds, Maya purchases and sends gift certificate to art teachers encountering budget cuts. With the support of her mother (who is acting as her editor and publisher), Maya has been given an opportunity to come out of her shell and positively contribute to her community. Being primarily responsible for the promotion of her book,...

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The Tetanus Speech

THE PAUL, JAY and STAN BLOG #9 In which, Jay and Stan talk about Paul. Jay and Stan are two guys who dream about changing the world. Together, they are reading Paul Farmer’s To Repair the World. Paul has a great reputation as someone who changes the world. This week, Jay and Stan are talking about the ninth of Farmer’s speeches, “The Tetanus Speech.” STAN TO JAY: Paul Farmer is so honest when he admits that his listeners probably won’t remember him or his speech. However, he states that “what people remember are stories” (113). Then, he proceeds to tell 3 stories about tetanus. I’d love to hear a story from you, Jay. Can you tell me a story of a time when an environmental issue became real to you because of the story or the...

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