Cure Seminar Series: Joshua D. Phillips Listening to the Voices of the Homeless in Public Policy Debates

Joshua Phillips CURE flyer imageA half-century after the “War on Poverty” of Lyndon Johnson, poverty rates remain unchanged. Scholars have advanced polarized theories about the causes of poverty, as politicians have debated how (or if) to fund welfare programs. Yet little research has been conducted where the poor are provided a platform to speak on their own behalf. While it is important to understand how economic systems affect the homeless, it is equally important to learn about the day-to-day realities faced by those who rely on public policies for survival. Over the course of 10 years, Dr. Phillips has worked with numerous homeless communities, including communities in Camden, NJ, central Michigan, and southern Illinois. Drawing on the author’s experience working in homeless communities, this research presents some of the stories of loss, abuse, addiction, and marginalization through interviews, observations, and ethnographic research.

Joshua D. Phillips, Ph.D., is an instructor in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at Pennsylvania State University, Brandywine. His scholarly interests are in rhetoric, narrative, and intercultural communication with specific focus on issues of homelessness, poverty, welfare, race, and sexual violence. His new book, Homeless: Narratives from the Streets, recounts stories of homelessness in an effort to improve public policy.

In 2010, he published his first book 1,800 Miles: Striving to End Sexual Violence, One Step at a Time. His recent publications include “Trial by Social Media: How Misleading Media and Ideological Protests led to Disastrous Results in the State of Florida v. George Zimmerman,” “LeBron James as Cybercolonized Spectacle: A Critical Race Reading of Whiteness in Sport,”“Dancing as Voice: The Rize of Krumping and Clowning as Black Vernacular Rhetoric,” “Black Women and Gender Violence: Lil’ Wayne’s ‘How to Love’ as Progressive Hip Hop,” and “Crystal Mangum as Hypervisble Object and Invisible Subject: Black Feminist Thought, Sexual Violence, and the Pedagogical Repercussions of The Duke Lacrosse Rape Case.”

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Date & Time
April 14, 2017
12:15 pm-1:30 pm

Armitage Hall
Faculty Lounge, 3rd Floor
311 N. Fifth St.
Camden, NJ

BOA, CURE, and Cleveland State hosting National Summit for Inclusive Communities at Rutgers-Camden July 20/21


Building One America
Building One America, The Center for Urban Research at Rutgers University-Camden, and Cleveland State University host 5th National Summit for Inclusive Communities and Sustainable Regions

Thursday, July 20 at 3PM through Friday, July 21 at 4PM, 2017

Rutgers Campus Center
326 Penn St.
Camden, NJ 08102

BOA has held a National Summit every two years in Washington, DC with participation from members of Congress, White House officials, national policy experts, and hundreds of local leaders from elected office, civil rights, labor and the faith community.

This year, BOA is partnering with the Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE) and Cleveland State University that focuses on policies to promote and support sustainable racial and economic inclusion in housing, schools, and jobs as well as the politics and practice of building middle class, multi-racial coalitions to advance and defend those policies.

This Summit will be deliberately focused not only on the policies but the power needed to break through on the critical issues of social inclusion and middle class expansion.

The presidential elections are behind us after a chaotic political year in which rising income inequality and issues of race have been front, center, and just below the surface. BOA, CURE, and Cleveland State will leverage these powerful political and economic themes and engage some of the most important people’s institutions in our country including labor, faith, civil rights, and local government from key regions around the country to continue building a broad-based, multi-racial people’s movement aimed at building power, advancing a new and unifying civil rights narrative and taking action around critical issue to combat economic inequality, racial segregation and promote inclusive communities and middle-class prosperity.


Gentrification, Social Movements, and the Arts in Germany…

…is the name of the course we teach our undergrad and grad students. What makes this course special is that it is a Learning Abroad course where students in addition to meeting in the classroom take a trip to Germany during Spring break. In Germany, we check out Berlin, Hamburg, and Köln with a keen eye on neighborhoods that have experienced physical and/or social change over the past several years. We also look at Street Art and Graffiti, particularly as expressions of social movements. The streets of these cities become our classroom, our live lab. We meet with activists, university professors, professionals, and other natives to collect multiple perspectives on the topics of our study.

Rutgers University-Camden students and faculty on the bank of the Spree River in Berlin, Germany, March 2017