Center for Urban Research and Education to Host Seminar on Choice Neighborhoods Program

A year ago, the City of Camden was awarded a Choice Neighborhoods planning grant for $300,000. The Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE) at Rutgers–Camden will host a free seminar on the successes and failures of the Choice Neighborhoods program at 12:15 p.m.  Friday, Oct. 25.hilarysilver-feature

Hilary Silver, a professor of sociology, urban studies, and public policy at Brown University, will present a lecture titled “Lessons from Mixed Housing Programs: Implications for Obama’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative.” Her talk will be based on her research articles, “Obama’s Urban Policy,” published in City & Community (2010), and “Mixing Policies: Expectations and Achievements,” published in Cityscape (2013).

The talk, which is free of charge and open to the public, will be held in the Executive Dining Room on the main level of the Campus Center, located on Third Street, between Cooper Street and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

“This talk is significant in that it addresses urban-revitalization strategies that have currency for cities like Camden,” says Natasha Tursi, associate director of the Rutgers–Camden research center. “CURE seminars are aimed to inspire urban-related scholarship and positive change in Camden and elsewhere, in addition to fueling the urban policy discourse.”

Silver’s research focuses on urban poverty, social exclusion, and discrimination, and analyzes social, employment, and housing policies in the United States and Europe. Her forthcoming book, Social Exclusion, will be published by Polity Press. She is also editing a book, Comparing Cities (Routledge), on internationally comparative urban studies, and serves as editor of City & Community, the journal of the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.

Her 2009 film, Southside: The Fall and Rise of an Inner-City Neighborhood, has aired on Rhode Island PBS. The film will be followed by Last Resorts, a documentary on long-term trajectories of the chronically homeless, which is currently in production. Silver currently serves as a commissioner of the Providence Housing Authority.

Founded in 2001, the Center for Urban Research and Education at Rutgers–Camden aims to encourage, facilitate, and promote research on urban issues by Rutgers-Camden faculty and their collaborators around the nation. The research center’s monthly seminars, held in conjunction with Rutgers–Camden’s Office of Civic Engagement, provide members and affiliates with opportunities to learn about cutting-edge research and initiatives from scholars, community activists and others engaged in urban research and/or urban change.

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