Dr. Karilyn Crockett, Dr. Michael Liu & Dr. Claire Andrade-Watkins

Martin Institute Auditorium

Where Movements, Communities and Highways Meet: A Conversation About the Power of People

Dr. Karilyn Crockett's book People before highways: Boston Activists, Urban planners and a New Movement for City Making, takes a look at urban renewal in Boston and the anti-highway movement that prevented community displacement. Her work provides important insights into the unique coalitions, strategies and approaches that made up this movement as well as the broader social context.  Dr. Michael Liu has an extensive body of work that deals with Boston Chinatown and Asian American Activism, while being a long-time resident of and activist in Boston. His co-authored book Snake Dance of Asian American Activism: Community, Vision and Power, and forthcoming book about Boston's Chinatown provide in depth understandings of the reality of this particular community and how they build power.  Dr. Claire Andrade-Watkins is a filmmaker and historian whose documentary "Some kind of Funny Porto Rican: A Cape Verdean American story" chronicles the history of the Cape Verdean community in Fox Point Rhode Island that was displaced as a result of urban renewal and highway development. Her work captures the spirit of a community, and innovative ways that they continue to preserve community spirit and dignity, despite the displacement that occurred as a result of Urban Renewal.  Through their scholarship and wide range of community work, each of these panelists provide important perspectives on the different ways that vulnerable communities work to protect their collective integrity in the face of powerful opposition. In this conversation we will gain insights into the value and power of community as well as examining a variety of approaches that communities might use to create opportunities despite adversity.

Lunch will be served
Please RSVP to by Monday, November 26th