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Violence & the City conference at CUNY – May 8, 2015

The Murphy Institute, CUNY and
The Center for Urban Research and Education,
Rutgers University-Camden invite you to a conference:

Violence & the City


Friday, May 8, 2015
Murphy Institute, CUNY, SPS
25 West 43rd St, 18th floor

This day-long, interdisciplinary conference will consider the nature and effects of various types of urban violence, and is organized around two themes: violence and urban society; and, crime, politics, and policy.  Featured speakers will address these concerns in theoretically, methodologically, or empirically innovative ways.

Speakers and Discussants include:

Frances Fox Piven, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, CUNY Graduate Center.

Marie Gottschalk, Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

Ruth Gilmore, Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences and American Studies, and Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, CUNY Graduate Center

Mimi Abramovitz, Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor of Social Policy, Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College

Lawrence Mead, Professor of Politics, New York University

Paul Jargowsky, Professor of Public Policy and Director of Center for Urban Research and Urban Education, Rutgers University-Camden

John Mollenkopf, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Urban Research, CUNY Graduate Center

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Rutgers DPPA graduate students participated in the Urban Affairs Association annual meeting in Miami


Rutgers-Camden DPPA doctoral students (left to right): Prentiss Dantzler, Ashley Nickels, Spencer Clayton, Straso Jovanovski

A delegation of 17 faculty and students from Rutgers-Camden attended the Urban Affairs Association annual meeting in Miami, FL, April 8 – April 11.

  • Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn, Assistant Professor – Racial Diversity and Happiness: Add Health Panel evidence
  • Ashley E. Nickels, PhD Candidate – Detroit Snob: An Intersectional Activist’s View of the City
  • Brandi Blessett, Assistant Professor – The Hypocrisy of Democracy: Students of color, school-to-prison pipeline, and second-class citizenship
  • Christopher Wheeler, PhD Candidate – The Dynamics of Metropolitan Poverty Change: Causes and Implications for Policymakers
  • Danielle Davis, MPA Candidate – Youth are making life decisions in New Jersey public schools
  • Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Professor, Matthew Closter, PhD Candidate, and Wanda Garcia, PhD Candidate – A Miracle on Cooper Street: A Case Study of How a University Professor Transformed a Community Through a School Named The Leap Academy
  • Lorraine Minnite, Associate Professor – The Poverty of Politics in a Northern City: A Case Study of Democratic Inclusion and Economic Exclusion in Philadelphia, 1970-2010
  • Natasha Tursi, Associate Director, Center for Urban Research and Education – Gentrification and Urban Social Movements in Berlin and Hamburg, Germany
  • Patricia Ciorici, PhD Candidate – Motivations for North-South Local Government Cooperation in the United States
  • Paul A. Jargowsky, Professor – The New Concentration of Poverty: Implications for Educational Achievement
  • Prentiss Dantzler, PhD Candidate – Temporary Housing and Permanent Homes? Determinants of Spells in Public Housing
  • Straso Jovanovski, PhD Candidate – Health Care for All: A Case Study of a Local Health Alliance and its Pursuit of Better Health Outcomes While Reducing Costs
  • Spencer Clayton, PhD Candidate – Tax Abatements and Suburban Poverty: An Analysis of the Philadelphia Area
  • Stephen Danley, Assistant Professor – “Standing Up with a Foot on My Neck”: Opposition to Public Education Privatization in Camden and Newark, NJ
  • Zachary Wood, PhD Candidate – Getting to the Roots of Homelessness: Breaking Through to a More Holistic, Client-Focused Advocacy Agenda

Training sessions to fight for affordable housing in NJ

The Fair Share Housing Center is hosting training opportunities to learn how to fight for more housing in New Jersey for working families.  Please visit:  for more information and to sign up.

GRAND opening of the Rutgers/LEAP Health and Wellness Center today!

GloriaApr2015CURE affiliated scholar and founder/executive director of the LEAP Charter schools in Camden, NJ – Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Ph.D., cuts ribbon to open In-House Health Center For Students and Parents


Monthly supper club finds the culinary gems of Camden

Stephen Danley, left, talks with fellow members of the Camden Supper Club during a gathering at the Reggae Grill on Federal Street in Camden on March 24, 2015. ( Joseph Kaczmarek / For the Inquirer )

Stephen Danley, left, talks with fellow members of the Camden Supper Club during a gathering at the Reggae Grill on Federal Street in Camden on March 24, 2015. ( Joseph Kaczmarek / For the Inquirer )