Levin College Forum

Growing a Healthy Community: What it Takes
Featuring Alex Kotlowitz, Journalist and Author

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Reception
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Forum
Student Center Ballroom
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

Click here to watch a video clip of this event and to view this photo of Kurt Karakul receiving the George S. Dively Award. Also see this article for more information about this forum event: Broadway neighborhood model increases literacy, graduation rates collaboratively: Kurt Karakul and Kathryn Wertheim Hexter (Opinion).

Please join us for the third and final forum in our series "Growing a Healthy Community." The series has examined the investment made in the Broadway/Slavic Community by addressing the basics of education, low-literacy, housing, healthcare and safety through the Broadway P-16 Program. We are very pleased to welcome back Alex Kotlowitz, award winning American journalist and author of the 2009 New York Times Magazine cover story on Slavic Village that brought national attention to the devastation caused by the foreclosure crisis. He returns to Cleveland after 7 years to deliver the June 29th keynote address entitled:

"The Things They Carry: Growing Up Poor in the World's Richest Nation -- and What It Takes to Build Community."

Kotlowitz has spent much of the last 35 years telling stories of those who have little left to lose, those who understand better than most the deep economic divide in this country. In his talks, he speaks to some of the myths that surround those growing up poor in the world's wealthiest country: the myth of community; the myth that people become accustomed to or hardened by the violence that plagues so many poor communities; the myth of the single story, the notion that if you're growing up poor we know the shape of your narrative; the myth that our poor are well taken care of.
Kotlowitz tells the stories of those he's encountered over the years to bring listeners into these neighborhoods, to help them understand all the forces bearing down on those who are struggling to get by and struggling to be heard.  And he suggests what needs to be done to strengthen and re-fortify community.

He will be joined by a panel of local guests to discuss the changes that have taken place in Slavic Village and what it takes to build, strengthen and re-fortify a community devastated by poverty and decimated by the foreclosure crisis.

The Growing a Healthy Community forum series is a partnership between the Third Federal Foundation, Cleveland State University's Levin College of Urban Affairs and WVIZ/PBS ideastream®.  

If you missed the first two forums in the series, you can listen to them here: Growing a Healthy Community Through Education and Growing a Healthy Community: Collaborating, Connecting and Educating.