Panel to Discuss the Consequences of Power, Poverty and Violence in the South Side of Chicago
Department:WWS Office of Public Affairs and Communications
Audience:Open to the Public
Life in the South Side of Chicago will be the topic of panel discussion featuring Mitchell Duneier, the Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology at Princeton University; Alison Isenberg, a professor of history and co-director of Princeton’s Program in Urban Studies; artist Jon Lowenstein; and Floyd Morris, president and CEO of Children’s Futures, on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at 4:30 p.m., in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall. A public reception will follow in the Bernstein Gallery. The discussion coincides with an art exhibit titled, “South Side,” in the gallery, which features the work of Lowenstein. Duneier is an urban ethnographer with a particular interest in the unintended consequences of policies and bureaucratic structures on urban populations and the definitions that people bring to their situations. He is the author of "Slim's Table" which looks at the lives of working, poor black men based on years of participation in their lives at a Chicago cafeteria, and "Sidewalk,” which examines the subsistence and survival strategies of New York's unhoused vendors during the administration of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. His latest book, "Ghetto" studies the history of the idea of the ghetto from Venice to the present. He is the recipient of Princeton’s President's Award for Distinguished Teaching. Isenberg writes and teaches about 19th- and 20th-century American society with particular attention to the transformation of cities and suburbs and to the intersections of culture, the economy and place. Her book, "Downtown America: A History of the Place and the People Who Made It," received several awards. She is currently finishing two books, "Second-Hand Cities" and "Deeds of Design." In 2011, Isenberg completed two years as president of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History and is the founding review editor for the Journal of Planning History. Lowenstein specializes in documentary photography that explores the consequences of power, poverty and violence over time. In this exhibition, “South Side” examines the legacy of segregation, the impact of vast wealth inequality and how de-industrialization and globalization play out on the ground in this section of Chicago. Morris leads the initiative's efforts to strengthen parenting, increase access to primary quality health care and child care systems and increase social supports for families, so that every child in Trenton enters preschool healthy and ready to learn. Prior to becoming Children’s Futures president in May 2006, Morris was a senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where he had responsibility for some of the foundation's largest community-based initiatives including Fighting Back, the Urban Health Initiative, the After School Project, Join Together and several other programs.