[URBANTH-L] ANN: War on Poverty & Grassroots Struggles for Racial & Economic Justice Workshop (Charlottesville, VA)

Angela Jancius jancius at ohio.edu
Wed Oct 31 00:15:42 EDT 2007

From: Lisa Hazirjian <dr.lisa.hazirjian at gmail.com>

Sponsored and hosted by the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, November 9-10, 2007.

Note the extended registration deadline of Monday, November 5th.

Please join us as we share & discuss path-breaking scholarship that
re-evaluates the War on Poverty from the perspectives of grassroots
activists who sought to harness the Johnson administration's federal
antipoverty initiatives to advance their local campaigns for racial &
economic justice. While examining the interplay of federal policy and
grassroots social movements, panelists will discuss such topics as the
gender, racial, ethnic, and class dynamics of local struggles over War
on Poverty programs; the urban and rural variations of the War on
Poverty; the impact of the War on Poverty on Chicano, Native American,
African American, and poor white community-based movements; and the
reverberations of these movements within the Johnson administration.

Schedule of Events

Friday, November 9, 2007

*Friday's conference events will take place in the Scripps Library of
the Miller Center of Public Affairs unless otherwise noted.*

8:30 AM                    COFFEE AND LIGHT BREAKFAST

9:00 AM                    WELCOMING REMARKS

9:00-10:45 AM           PANEL I - Urban Politics & the War on Poverty
- Ivy Holliman - "'We do not have large areas of poverty &
discontent': Urban Renewal, Unrest, & Antipoverty Programs in Atlanta,
- Guian McKee - "This Government is With Us: Lyndon Johnson and the
Grassroots War on Poverty"
- Wesley Phelps - "Local Implementation of Antipoverty Programs in
Houston in the 1960's"
- Rhonda Y. Williams - "'We Had Better Listen': Community Action, Poor
People, and Municipal Politics in Baltimore"
- Moderator: Tom Jackson

11:00 AM-12:30 PM   PANEL II - Movement Politics & the War on Poverty
- Robert Bauman - "Opal Jones and Francisca Flores: Gender, Civil
Rights Activism and the War on Poverty in Los Angeles"
- William Clayson - "The War on Poverty and the Origins of the Chicano
Movement in Texas: Confronting 'Tio Tomás' and the 'Gringo
- Laurie B. Green - "Black Women, Community Health, and Racial
Justice: The Memphis Antipoverty Movement"
- Moderator: Lisa Gayle Hazirjian

12:45 PM                   LUNCH

2:00-3:30 PM              PANEL III -  The War on Poverty in the Deep South
- Susan Youngblood Ashmore - "Going Back to Selma: Organizing for
Change in Dallas County after the March to Montgomery"
- Kent B. Germany - "Poverty Wars in the Louisiana Delta"
- Amy Jordan - "Fighting for the Child Development Group of
Mississippi: Poor People, Local Politics, and the Complicated Legacy
of Head Start"
- Moderator: Benjamin Houston

3:30 PM                     LIGHT REFRESHMENTS

4:00-6:00 PM              FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION
- "Change Comes Knocking - The Story of the North Carolina Fund"
(Southern Documentary Fund)
- Rebecca Cerese and Steven Channing (tentative)
- Moderator: Lisa Gayle Hazirjian

6:00-7:00 PM              RECEPTION

Saturday, November 10, 2007

*Saturday's conference events will take place in the Forum Room of the
Miller Center of Public Affairs unless otherwise noted.*

9:00-10:30 AM            PANEL IV - Community, Space, & Identity in
the War on Poverty
- Daniel M. Cobb - "No More 'Lo, the Poor Indian: The War on Poverty
in Mississippi and Oklahoma"
- Tom Kiffmeyer - "The Cities in the Hills: Urban and Rural Space and
the War on Poverty"
- Marc S. Rodriguez - "Defining the Space of Participation: Tejanos
and the Struggle for the War on Poverty in Milwaukee"
- Moderator: Brian Balogh

10:45-11:45 AM          CLOSING REMARKS
- Annelise Orleck

12:00-1:00 PM            LUNCH/DISCUSSION
- Moderator(s): Lisa Gayle Hazirjian and/or Guian McKee

Panels will be conducted as roundtable discussions with paper
abstracts available in advance via secure website. We hope this format
will foster greater dialogue among all present at the two-day event.
The conference is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is
required for web access to abstracts.  For conference information and
registration, please visit:


Further inquiries about the conference program may be directed to the
conference co-organizers, Lisa Gayle Hazirjian, lgh at andrew.cmu.edu,
and Guian McKee, gam2n at virginia.edu.

Lisa Gayle Hazirjian, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor & Research Associate
Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies & the Economy (CAUSE)
Department of History
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
412-268-1869 extension 1
412-268-1019 fax
lgh at andrew.cmu.edu

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