St. Bonaventure University will host a documentary screening and discussion that examine the legacy of St. Louis public housing project Pruitt-Igoe.
The program will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the Loft of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on campus and featuring a screening of Chad Freidrichs’ documentary, “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History” (2011), and a lecture by guest speaker Dr. Henry Louis Taylor Jr. of the University at Buffalo.
The program will be hosted by Chris Brown, director of the First-Year Experience program, and Dr. Rachel Ann Walsh, visiting assistant professor in the Department of English and co-sponsored by the university’s #RaceMatters program and English department. The public is invited.
Freidrichs’ documentary explores the legacy of Pruitt-Igoe in St. Louis, Missouri. Built after the passage of the 1949 Public Housing Act, Pruitt-Igoe became emblematic of the ways in which racial discourses determined the socioeconomic policies and practices that simultaneously devastated urban residential neighborhoods and drove the post-war white flight to the suburbs. “The Pruitt-Igoe Myth” is both a history of public housing in St. Louis and a history of how institutional racism shaped and continues to inform our urban and suburban environments.
Taylor is a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the founding director of the Center for Urban Studies at the University at Buffalo. His scholarship examines the disenfranchisement of black and Latino subjects within urban neighborhoods. Taylor also coordinates the Center for Urban Studies’ Urban Internship Program, which creates opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to become involved in neighborhood redevelopment initiatives and in research projects.
Learn more about the documentary at www.pruitt-igoe.com.
The April 12 program is part of the university’s RaceMatters initiative, a campus dialogue on race and ethnicity that has featured lectures, movies and discussions designed to drive positive communication about race issues. Those who participate in the events are encouraged to use the hashtag #RaceMatters on social media to share their thoughts. For a list of RaceMatters programs, visit www.sbu.edu/RaceMatters.
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St. Bonaventure University has selected “Educated: A Memoir” by Dr. Tara Westover as its All Bonaventure Reads (ABR) book for 2018-19.
“Educated” is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes from severing one’s closest ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.
The university will welcome Westover to campus Wednesday, Sept. 26, to deliver a keynote address to members of the Class of 2022. The talk will be open to the public and will be held at 7 p.m. in the Reilly Center Arena.
As part of the All Bonaventure Reads initiative, first-year students at St. Bonaventure will receive a copy of “Educated” during Orientation and be asked to read the book and write an essay reflecting on it as their first college assignment. Students will be engaged in conversations about the book’s themes in their first-year seminar course, SBU 101, and various campuswide events during the upcoming academic year.
As their first official college assignment, members of St. Bonaventure’s Class of 2022 have been asked to read this year’s All Bonaventure Reads selection and then write a reflection on it.
Winners of the Provost's Essay Contest will be invited to a dinner with author Tara Westover and have their work published.
[ Provost's Letter to New Students ]
"Tara Westover’s one-of-a-kind memoir is about the shaping of a mind…In briskly paced prose, she evokes a childhood that completely defined her. Yet it was also, she gradually sensed, deforming her."
"A coming-of-age memoir reminiscent of The Glass Castle."
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