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Sunday, October 20 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Cities: Change Is the Only Constant

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This session offers a fresh look at the issues around changing urban landscapes, gentrification, and community. Boston College professor Carlo Rotella’s The World Is Always Coming to an End uses a combination of journalism, memoir, and archival research to paint a portrait of a city in flux that challenges our assumptions about the meaning of neighborhoods and communities. Poet Kevin Coval teamed up with an artist for Everything Must Go, an illustrated collection of poems that celebrates his Chicago neighborhood before the process of displacement and reinvention took hold—a process being repeated in urban areas all across the country. In People Before Highways, Karilyn Crockett, Lecturer in Public Policy and Urban Planning at MIT, offers a case study for how an unlikely multiracial coalition of urban and suburban residents and activists stopped an interstate highway from being built in the heart of Boston. This thought-provoking session will be moderated by Lily Song, Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Sponsored by the Wagner Foundation.

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Lily Song

Lily Song is a lecturer in urban planning and design and senior research associate with the Transforming Urban Transport–Role of Political Leadership (TUT-POL) project at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD). Her research focuses on the relations between urban... Read More →

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Carlo Rotella

Carlo Rotella is a nonfiction writer, academic, and journalist who writes for the New York Times Magazine and the Washington Post Magazine. Recipient of the 2007 Whiting Award and the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award, Rotella has had his work appear in the New Yorker, Critical... Read More →
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Karilyn Crockett

Karilyn Crockett is an independent scholar and the director of Economic Policy & Research for the City of Boston. She holds a PhD in American studies from Yale University. Crockett’s book, People Before Highways: Boston Activists, Urban Planners and a New Movement for City Making... Read More →
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Kevin Coval

Kevin Coval is an award-winning poet and activist from Chicago known for his unique blend of personal experience and calls to action. He is the artistic director of Young Chicago Authors and the cofounder of Louder than a Bomb: The Chicago Teen Poetry Festival, now one of the nation’s... Read More →


Sunday October 20, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
Bolling School Committee Room 2300 Washington St, Roxbury, MA, 02119