Humanities Council of DC Hosting 3 Part Series on Gentrification

Photo by PoPville flickr user Sanjay Suchak

From a press release:

Could be pretty interesting

The Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. (HCWDC) is pleased to bring back its think and drink program, HUMANITINI ™. The series will be held on Thursdays at Tabaq Bar and Bistro on the 13th and 27th and Jackie Lee’s, The Lounge Uptown on the 20th of September, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Humanitini is our after-work, think and drink program that encourages citizens to examine social and contemporary issues that impact their lives. This series of Humanitini programs will focus on the complex topic of gentrification. The Council has assembled thought leaders and newsmakers who will engage the public in open and honest dialogues on gentrification.

Each installment will examine one or more of the following topics: polarization among natives and newcomers, affordable housing, quality schools/education, public policy, and Community/Economic Development. We will discuss how the life of a city is preserved, how it inevitably changes, and ultimately what that means for residents.

Humanitini: Where Happy Hour Meets the Humanities

September 13, 2012, Tabaq Bistro and Bar, 1336 U Street, NW – Who’s a Washingtonian? Quelling the Clash Between Natives and Newcomers will examine the differences and commonalities between longtime Washingtonians, and new arrivals. The panel will feature Daniel Silverman founder of the city-wide blog, Prince of Petworth, Stephen Crockett, Jr. freelance writer and author of the “Swagger-Jacking” article that recently appeared in The Washington Post, Elahe Izadi, a reporter for National Journal and former writer for, a blog project of WAMU 88.5 FM, and Natalie Hopkinson scholar and author of “Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City.” The panel will be moderated by Clinton Yates, Washington Post Express editor and opinion writer for The Root DC.

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September 20, 2012, Jackie lee’s Place/Uptown Lounge, 116 Kennedy St. NW – The Rent is Too Damn High! Gentrification’s Impact on Affordable Housing and Quality Schools will explore the correlations between gentrification, the D.C. Housing market, and quality schools. The panel will feature Allison Brown, President of Allison Brown Consulting. and former trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division’s Educational Opportunities Section., Daniel Del Piealago, an Education Organizer with EmpowerDC, and Milan Griffin, Director of Training and Outreach, HomeFree USA. The panel will be moderated by Kavon Ward, Spoken Word Artist and President of United Speech Nation.

September 27, 2012, Tabaq Bistro and Bar, 1336 U Street, NW – Is it Renaissance or Gentrification? Examining the roles Public Policy and Economic Development Play will examine public policy and economic development’s roles in the city’s renewal, with a specific focus on architectural policy. The panel will feature Rauzia Ruhanna Ally, Architect at Scout Motor Company, Maria Casarella, Architect at Cunningham|Quill Architects, Jonathan O’Connell, Reporter for The Washington Post’s Capital Business section and Anthony Williams, former DC Mayor and President of the Federal City Council. The panel will be moderated by Mike Madden, Editor of Washington City Paper.

13 Comment

  • will there be cupcake eating contests, snowball fights, and lots of irony?

  • How about some balance? I’m not sure about the other events, but the September 13 lineup contains Crochette and Hopkinson who seem to enjoy glamorizing an era marked by thug culture, rampant gang violence, a murder rate four times that of today, the nation’s worst schools, and a city leadership so worthless its crack-addict mayor might have been its most competent element. How about some alternative perspective on how DC has become a safer, cleaner, more diverse and livable city thanks in large part to the infusion of a younger, more educated, populace that doesn’t view murder by drive-by as good old fashion Friday night fun? (I appreciate POP’s perspective, don’t expect him to say anything that anyone might find offensive. And Clinton Yates is great, but he is moderating rather than contributing as a panelist).

  • Agree with Allison re: demographic and “-tini” reference? I feel like a bad person for thinking “after work” at 6-8 pm is an excluding term for many locals who work all kinds of hours and “think and drink” pretty much discourages alcoholics in recovery from attending.

  • Zero interest in this and will refrain from patronizing Tabac in the future.

    I understand Dan wanting to promote PoP. At the same time, I lose a bit of respect for him. Why associate with old timers who continually vote for corrupt DC pols and bitch about dog parks, street cars and “newcomers”?

  • I don’t know, maybe I’m being overly optimistic or naive, but of the organizers and the panelists have good intentions and sincerely want to have an open dialogue, isn’t that the kind of thing we want to encourage and support? Sure, some of it might be BS and some of it we might not agree with, but…beats only ever venting about these issues to our mini-communities that more or less share our perspective, right?

  • “The Humanitini is our after-work, think and drink program”

    In my experience, drinking usually leads to the absence of thinking.

    Also, anyone else really hate the term gentrification? I can’t stand the racial connotations that go with it. Historically, the gentry were the landed class who owned their own property. Ergo, gentrification should mean an increase in the number of residents who own their own homes. Instead it has become a buzzword for people resistant to societal change.

    Perhaps we should call it ‘re-gentrification’ since the city is returning to something closer to it’s historical ethnic makeup that existed before 1960.

  • Great seriers

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