Keynote Speech: Beyond Civil Rights and Liberal “Do Goodism”: Recreating the Urban Metropolis
Posted: 28 April 2008 01:24 PM   [ Ignore ]
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The purpose of this essay is to revisit the role of higher education in the struggle to transform the urban metropolis into a community based on participatory democracy and racial and socioeconomic justice—an urban region, where the only place you can see distressed communities, and the downtrodden souls that inhibit them, are in the history museum. The essay will be divided into three parts. I will begin by discussing the contextual setting within which Higher Eds in the U.S. are battling to bring about change in the nation as a whole. In the second segment, I’ll explore the significance of “place” and the community transformation imperative, and then finally, I will comment on the importance of developing and organizing regional networks between institutions of higher education.

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