Urban Transformations:

There is a critical need to keep discourse and resulting insights of gentrification current so as to raise awareness about inequitable, development and historical changes taking place in Washington, D.C., and how these changes include, exclude, benefit and or disadvantage the extant community of residents as well as new entrants. There continues to be a need for fuller understanding of gentrification because several perspectives and diverse voices of those who experience and research this social phenomenon are silenced and/or left unaddressed.  

Symposium addresses four key areas of gentrification: activism, residential experience, public policy and academic research and participation. Panels are intended to ensure community residents, policy experts, scholars and activists will have voice within the general discourse on the District of Columbia's ongoing transformation and transition.  

The symposium is intended as a space to promote civil exchange. Principal questions to be addressed are what has been the experience of gentrification, what are the experiences of diverse populations in gentrifying neighborhoods and how can community redevelopment be pursued in an equitable manner?  
Symposium Schedule 9:30 am -  

-- Introductions -- 
-John Muller / Laura Gonzales, DCPL 9:40 am 
-Kalfani Ture, Winthrop University - 9:45 am 
-Derek Hyra, American University - 9:52 am 

Panel #1 -- Public Policy 10:00 - 11:15am
-Ari Theresa, StoopLaw Law Firm,  
-Ed Lazere, DC Fiscal Policy Institute, 
-Derek Hyra, Metropolitan Policy Institute at American University, 
-Gregory Squires, Department of Sociology, George Washington University, confirmed
Moderator - John Muller, DC Public Library, moderator

Panel #2 -- Residential Perspectives 11:30 -12:45 pm 
-Greta Fuller, Ward 8 ANC
-Alexander Padro, Shaw
-Anice Jenkins, Shaw
-Paulette Mathews, Barry Farm Public Dwellings 
-Frank Smith, Civil War African American Museum
Moderator - John Muller, DC Public Library

Lunch 12:45 - 1:15 pm 

Panel #3 -- Activism 1:15 - 2:30 pm
-Parisa Norouzi, Empower DC, 
Phillip Kenedy, Latino Economic Development,
Arnice Jenkins, Shaw Resident Activist
Moderator - John Muller

Panel #4 -- Research / Academic 2:45 - 4:00 pm  -Asha Lane, Morgan State University, Maryland
-Kalfani Ture, Winthrop University, South Carolina
-Elgin Klugh, Coppin State University, Maryland
-Michelle Chattman, University of the District of Columbia, District of Columbia
Moderator - Derek Hyra

-- Closing Remarks --  
4. John Muller / Laura Gonzales, DCPL - 4:05pm 5. Kalfani Ture, Winthrop University - 4:10 pm 6. Derek Hyra, American University - 4:15 pm
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