CURE Seminar Series: “A Mission Field Next Door: Evangelical Higher Education in the Era of White Flight,” with Jesse Curtis

Jesse Curtis

In the 1960s and 1970s, white evangelicals looked warily at the American city.  The fear, flight, and disinvestment of this period involved not only questions of race, class, and economy.  Urban decline was also a religious phenomenon.  In some urban neighborhoods, white evangelical congregations liquidated their properties and moved everything – churches, schools, homes – to the suburbs.  Evangelical higher education followed this trend.  Some white evangelical colleges moved from city centers to new suburban locations, while others that stayed in the city adopted a besieged mentality.  In a moment of violence and political upheaval, many white evangelicals viewed the city as a threatening place.

But some white evangelicals believed the newfound visibility of urban problems and African American concerns required new approaches in evangelical higher education.  While other fled the city, these white evangelicals would embrace it.  In Philadelphia, Messiah College launched an urban satellite campus in an effort to engage these new realities the civil right movement had wrought.  This campus received significant publicity in evangelical circles as a potential model for other evangelical colleges to follow.  Drawing on a theology of colorblindness, some white evangelicals sought to create Christian academic communities that transcended racial problems and healed the nation’s cities.  The successes and failures of these efforts revealed an evangelicalism unable to resolve the thorny tensions at the intersection of religion, race, and urban higher education.         

Jesse Curtis is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at Temple University. He holds an M.A. Degree from Kent State University. His dissertation explores the emergence of colorblind theologies among white evangelicals in the second half of the twentieth century. His article on colorblind ideology and white memories of the civil rights movement was recently published in History & Memory.

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


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409 North Fourth Street 
(856) 225-6137
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CURE Seminar Series: “On the Political Meanings of the Transformation of Property and Ownership in the United States,” with James DeFilippis

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The last decade has seen significant growth in the numbers of, and interest in, forms of ownership that have been variously called, “solidarity economies” or “alternative economies” or “non-capitalist economies.” While there is a lot written about these efforts, there is relatively little that has explored the lived meanings for those involved in such endeavors. The paper will ask how participation in forms of ownership that are different from the norm in American society impacts the political understandings and meanings that are attached to those forms of ownership. In short, does being part of such a form of ownership have political meaning to participants? If so, what are the meanings and how can they be properly understood by those looking to these forms of ownership to be part of a larger socially transformative movement? Drawing on scores of interviews with community land trust (CLT) residents, staff and board members, foundation and government funders, and others, this paper will discuss and analyze the reality that for most of the participants in such endeavors, the political meanings are muted, under-explored, and often fairly minor. It is this contradiction; between the significance of the change in the ownership form and the relatively insignificant political meanings attached to that changed ownership that this paper will probe. It will do so in order to better understand the political potential and limitations of “solidarity economy” forms of ownership, and to realistically assess what can be expected of these forms by those who aspire to have a more just political economy.

James DeFilippis is a Professor of Urban Planning at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.  He has a PhD in Geography from Rutgers.  He is the author or editor of six books, and has written more than 50 journal articles, book chapters, and policy reports on issues of community development, community  organizing, urban politics and policy, affordable housing, labor, and immigration.

Date & Time
October 6, 2017
12:15 pm-1:30 pm

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


Visitor Parking
Parking in Rutgers–Camden lots is by permit only. Visitors to Rutgers–Camden should obtain a temporary permit to park in a lot from 8 a.m. Mondays through 5 p.m. Fridays. Contact Parking and Transportation for more information.

Parking and Transportation
(within the Rutgers University Police Department)
409 North Fourth Street
(856) 225-6137
Visit these sites for directions to campus and to view a campus map

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

Building One America

Organizing for Inclusion, Sustainability, and Opportunity

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
 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Rutgers University-Camden
Campus Center

326 Penn St.
Camden, NJ 08102

AGENDA:
  • The State of Metro America – the Obama years, the recent election, and the days ahead.
    • Some of America’s top experts, leaders and practitioners will provide us with new data and analysis on the state of our regions and diverse middle class communities. 1. We will reflect on what was accomplished and what we learned during the past 8 years, 2. We will learn about the pivotal, but largely unreported, role of our diverse suburbs and urban centers in the recent election and 3. What this means for the future of American politics and our regions. 
  • Inclusion and Segregation
    • We will hear about the growth of diversity and inclusion but also the deepening of racial segregation, both urban and suburban in many of our metro areas. And we will discuss the social, economic and political implications of this reality that too many of our mainstream political leaders and pundits have chosen to ignore. 
  • Understanding and Building Power
    • We will spend a considerable amount of time examining issues of power. We will look more deeply at the entrenched and interconnected institutions that are sustained and profit from status-quo fragmentation, segregation and regional disparities. And we will look honestly at the political power needed, through organizing and alliances, to overcome the forces of divisions and inequality needed to achieve meaningful breakthroughs. 
  • Labor and Civil Rights
    • Drawing on our past, we know that organized labor, when firmly aligned with civil rights and the cause of racial and economic justice, have achieved enormous victories for all working people, families and communities. We will explore the overlapping interest and moral imperative for a renewed effort to align labor and civil rights to advance our shared values and intersecting interests. 
  • Issues and Stories
    • We will hear of success stories and heroic efforts around the country to promote Inclusionary housing, fair school funding, infrastructure investment, inclusive schools and stable communities at the state and regional level.
  • Training and Support 
    • We will discuss BOA’s program and strategic priorities for training leaders, organizing multiracial middle-class city/suburban coalitions, and advancing a unified narrative and policy agenda for promoting racial justice and economic opportunity. 
  • Honoring our Outstanding Leaders 
    • Building One America will recognize Clayola Brown, President of the A. Philip Randolph Institute; Kenneth E. Rigmaiden, General President, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades; and Eva Henry, Commissioner, Adams County, Colorado. Congressman Charlie Dent, Representative, 15th District, Pennsylvania will be the recipient of the Steve LaTourette Unified America Award for Outstanding Bipartisan Leadership. We will remember Joe McNamara, a great friend and director of the New Jersey Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET) affiliated with the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA). 

National Summit for Inclusive Communities and Sustainable Regions, July 21 hosted by the Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE) at Rutgers University-Camden. Early registration is open and available here. Sponsorships can be purchased here.

CURE Seminar Series: Social Enterprise: Examining the Quest to Humanize Business

Flyer for the May 5th CURE SeminarSocial enterprises are businesses that utilize their revenue to combat social problems. Since the millennium, social enterprises have significantly grown throughout the United States. This talk will focus on Doctoral Candidate Rasheda L. Weaver’s empirical research study of 115 social enterprises throughout the nation. The discussion will describe the social issues social enterprises target, how they generate revenue, the laws they incorporate under, and the contexts in which they develop.

Photo of Rasheda WeaverRasheda L. Weaver is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Public Affairs program at Rutgers University-Camden that will graduate in May 2017. Her research interests include social entrepreneurship, community development, and applied psychology.

This event is FREE and open to the public. 
Lunch will be provided.