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New Meetup: Remaking Urban America: The Past, Present, and Future of Social Change

From: George
Sent on: Monday, June 1, 2009 10:21 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for NAAAP Philadelphia - Natl Assoc Asian American Professionals!

What: Remaking Urban America: The Past, Present, and Future of Social Change

When: June 5,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: The Multicultural Collaborative at Drexel University invites you and your organization to ?Remaking Urban America: The Past, Present, and Future of Social Change,? a lecture and dialogue with Professor Scott Kurashige and Philadelphia community leaders on June 5 at Drexel University?s Paul Peck Alumni Center, 3142 Market Street, Philadelphia, at 6 pm.

Award winning historian and community organizer, University of Michigan Professor Scott Kurashige is currently a visiting scholar at Harvard University?s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. His book, The Shifting Grounds of Race: Black and Japanese Americans in the Making of Multiethnic Los Angeles (Princeton University Press, 2008), received the American Historical Association?s 2008 Albert J. Beveridge Award ?for the best book in English on the history of the United States, Latin America, or Canada from 1492 to the present.? He has more than twenty years of experience as a grassroots activist and worked on organizing University of Pennsylvania?s Asian American Studies Program as an undergraduate.

Of his work, Professor Kurashige writes: ?In his inaugural address, President Obama, a former urban community organizer, focused on ?the work of remaking America.? My research focuses on the critical role cities have played in the ongoing transformation of the United States with a particular emphasis on the impact of grassroots social movements. My first book charted the emergence of Los Angeles as a multicultural global city to make sense of the new social and political dynamics that arise as America moves toward a majority people of color society. My current work on Detroit probes the depths of the social, economic, and environmental crises we must confront at the end of the industrial era. But it simultaneously highlights the most visionary forms of activism, movement building, and education that are putting forward new ideas about race, politics, and social change in the 21st century.?

We hope that you?ll join Professor Kurashige and noted Philadelphia community leaders to engage in dialogue on ways that our communities might be revitalized and transformed.

Anita Colon, Reconstruction Inc.
Helen Gym, Parents United for Public Education
Louis Massiah, Scribe Video Center
Phuong Ninh, Philadelphia Student Union


*Scribe Video Center

*Asian Americans United

*Organization of Chinese Americans - Philadelphia Chapter

*The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians

*Historical Society of Pennsylvania

*National Association of Asian American Professionals - Philadelphia Chapter

*Governor?s Commission on Asian American Affairs

*Mayor?s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs

*Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative

*Mayor's Commission on Asian American Affairs

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