On Tuesday, November 26th, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY GC) will host an event in honor of the life and work of Marilyn Jacobs Gittell, a Political Scientist from New York City whose work, grounded in participatory action research (PAR), focused on cities, urban politics, public policy, and social justice. The event will bring together Professor Gittell’s colleagues and partners in this work, students she trained, as well as students currently studying the “Ocean-Hill Brownsville controversy” – a Brooklyn-based social movement, one of the most controversial of its time, that moved governance of neighborhood schools to the African American communities whom the schools purported to serve. This evening of celebration will also serve as the official unveiling of the Marilyn Jacobs Gittell Archive and the launch of a new hub at CUNY GC. Using the city itself as a living laboratory for community-engaged scholarship and experimentation, it will elevate the participatory action research scholarship already happening at the Graduate Center while supporting the development of exciting and important new intellectual initiatives focused on education, social justice and other pressing urban issues. This hub will be a new star in the firmament of urban and community research, drawing together a wide network of faculty and students engaged in community-based, policy-oriented research. The Marilyn Jacobs Gittell Faculty Chair will be named to anchor the hub, which will serve as an academic home for graduate students and faculty across disciplines, and will support research collaborations, seminars, conferences, and public discourse in the engaged scholarship tradition of Professor Gittell. The ultimate goal: to improve understanding of complex and rapidly changing challenges in cities and advance responsive, creative, and effective public policy and practice.
Location: Martin Segal Theater, Graduate Center, CUNY. 365 Fifth Ave (@ 34th), Manhattan, New York
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