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Policy Briefing to Explore Changing Communities in Chicago, March 10

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February 28, 2006 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Three Northwestern University urban affairs experts will discuss contemporary trends in housing, crime and neighborhood diversity in Chicago at a policy briefing Friday, March 10, from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the University’s Chicago campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Titled “Community Change in Chicago: How Is the Landscape Shifting,” the briefing will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Kellogg School of Management on the 4th floor of Wieboldt Hall, 340 E. Superior Street, Chicago. Lunch will be served.

Over the years, a variety of factors have created an unusual mix of classes, races and ethnicities in Chicago and its suburbs. The speakers will talk about the trends that are shaping how Chicagoans live, work, and interact with one another.

“Community Change in Chicago” is sponsored by Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research (IPR). It will feature the following panelists and presentations:

“Crime and Fear Are Down – But Why?” by Wesley G. Skogan, professor of political science and IPR faculty fellow. An expert on crime and policing, Skogan has directed most of IPR’s major crime studies of the past two decades. Since 1993, he has led an evaluation of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) program, the nation’s largest experimental community policing initiative. Current projects include I-CLEAR, which gauges the use and impact of information and technology in law enforcement in 20 Illinois areas, and Project CeaseFire, a program of the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention that aims to reduce violence in targeted areas around the state. He is the author or editor of four books. His forthcoming book, “Police and Community in Chicago: A Tale of Three Cities” will be published this year by Oxford University Press.

“Politics and Promises in the Transformation of Chicago Public Housing” by Mary Pattillo, Arthur Andersen Research and Teaching Professor, associate professor of sociology and African American studies, and IPR faculty associate. Pattillo’s forthcoming book “Black on the Block: The Politics of Race and Class in the City” examines the simultaneous processes of gentrification and public housing construction in Chicago’s North Kenmore/Oakland area. As a researcher studying the socioeconomic fragility of the black middle class, Patillo authored “Black Picket Fences” (University of Chicago Press, 1999). She also is co-editor of “Imprisoning America: The Social Costs of Mass Incarceration” (Russell Sage Foundation, 2004).

“The Multicultural Metropolis: Neighborhood Diversity and Segregation” by Juan Onesimo Sandoval, assistant professor of sociology and IPR faculty fellow. Sandoval is currently engaged in research projects on transportation for vulnerable populations, neighborhood diversity and residential differentiation, and pan-ethnic diversity. Sandoval examines stable, racially diverse neighborhoods, and investigates ethnic and economic diversity in Asian and Latino populations. His projects are designed to foster a dialogue for a new urban sociology that captures the diversity of social life, social suffering, racial harmony and discord, and urban experience.

Although the briefing is free of charge, registration is necessary and must be completed by

March 7. To register online, visit the IPR Web site at www.northwestern.edu/ipr/regform.html. For more information, call (847) 491-8712 or e-mail p-reese@northwestern.edu.