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Humanities Council of DC Hosting 3 Part Series on Gentrification

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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.

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