University of Rochester

EVENT: Lecture on economic development movement of Newark, N.J., 1966-1980

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Welles-Brown Room of the Rush Rhees Library on the University of Rochester's River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

October 11, 2007

In "Deadly Cycles and Crippling Powerlessness: Vernacular Social Science in the Community Economic Development Movement of Newark, N.J., 1966-1980," Julia Rabig, a Center for the Study of African-American Politics post doctoral fellow, will explore the strategies used by various anti-poverty organizations in Newark to democratize expertise around social work, city planning, and architecture. In the process, these groups alternately challenged and reproduced predominant social scientific theories about the causes and psychological consequences of poverty.

The lecture is part of the Frederick Douglass Institute's Work in Progress Seminar Series. The series is multi-disciplinary, touching upon Africa and its Diaspora. The seminars offer graduate students and faculty working in the broad area of African and African-American Studies an environment to present and discuss their ongoing research.