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 has chosen “Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond” by Marc Lamont Hill as its common read for 2017-2018.
“Nobody” considers a string of high-profile deaths in America and incidents of gross negligence by the government.
To make his case, Hill recounts the details of tragedies like the death of Michael Brown and draws upon first-hand reporting and careful historical analysis to show how the “Nobody” class has emerged over time and how forces in America have worked to preserve and exploit this group in ways that are both humiliating and harmful.
First-year students will receive copies of “Nobody” during orientation in July and are asked to read the book prior to the start of the fall semester. Students are engaged in conversations about the book’s themes in their SBU101 course and various campuswide events during the upcoming academic year.
The university will welcome Hill to campus Monday, Sept. 25, for the ABR 2017 Keynote Address.
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