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Past Events

On April 1, 2011, the final CCSI event of the year allowed recipients of our first annual Burning River Awards to present their projects.  The Burning River Awards are $500 grants designed to help students with their independent research projects.  Any student, both graduate and undergraduate, pursuing a research project related to city or community was eligible to win the award.  The presenters were:
-   Chris Wallis and the Photojournalism II class (Undergraduate, Journalism) - A Time to 
    Share:  Preserving the Voices of WWII
-   Derrin Smith (Masters Candidate, Geography) - Place Marketing and the Image of
    Cleveland and Northeast Ohio
-   Amber Thorne-Hamilton (Doctoral Candidate, Political Science) Cincinnati Collaborative:
    An Experiment in Deliberative Democracy in an Identity-Driven Conflict

Burning River

On February 11, Francisca G-C Richter, a Research Economist for the Department of Community Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, presented on housing-related research performed at the bank and the implications that work has for Northeastern Ohio.   The presentation overviewed research focusing on the impact of subprime lending and foreclosure rates in our region, followed by a question and answer discussion session.  

In late October of 2010, CCSI hosted a timely discussion of urban politics in Northeast Ohio.  With a panel of individuals from both academia and journalism - Thom Yantek and Mark Cassell from Kent State's Political Science Department, Barb Hipsman from Journalism, and Steve Hoffman from the Akron Beacon Journal - the discussion revolved around how the current state of politics in Northeast Ohio will affect voter turnout during the November election; along with certain policies and legislation that were likely to surface because of the mid-term election.

Urban Politics

In early October of 2010, folks gathered for a research roundtable discussion of race and class in Northeast Ohio.  Associate Professor of Sociology Molly Merryman played clips from two of her documentaries, and discussed how this work connects with community engagement.  Dave Purcell and Joanna Dreby provided commentary during the event.

Documenting Communities

In April of 2010, author David Giffels visited the Professors Pub to lead a discussion entitled My City is Not Gone. Yet.: The Responsibility of Writing About One's Place.  The talk focused around the notion that “Writers of all types need to embrace the subject of place as a matter of responsibility,” Giffels stated. “The trend toward mass cultural homogenization and the much more recent decay of the local newspaper as a deep chronicler of locales makes it more important than ever for writers, community activists, and scholars to focus on the subject of place."

Giffels Talk

March of 2010 marked the reception of Joanna Dreby's new book, Divided By Borders: Mexican Migrants and Their Children.  The event was not only a celebratory reception and book signing for the Associate Professor of Sociology and Charter Faculty Member of CCSI; but it provided an educational forum on struggles of Mexican workers who come to America, and the emotional hardships faced by their families who still live across the border.

Dreby Talk
A panel discussion dealing with the quality of life in Kent was held as an on-campus event.  The informational talk revolved around the idea that economic vitality and population retention are tied to the perceived quality of life within a community, but -What Makes for "Quality of Life?
-How Might it be assessed?
-How does it affect other social and economic factors?
-And how can a community seek to enhance its quality of life at a reasonable cost?
The discussion was moderated by Barb Hipsman, Journalism Professor at Kent State.  Panelists included Kent's City Manager Dave Ruller, Architect and Forment Kent City Councilman Rick Hawksley, Kent State Sustainability Manager Melanie Knowles, and KSU Geography Professor Dave Kaplan.

Quality Panel