As the news of violent tragedies continues to stun us, New Village looks to how we can change and heal what is broken in the social ecosystem. We are thankful to be connected to organizations working in the most openminded ways to reimagine the world we want. One of them is Imagining America , which hosted a gathering in Chicago last month to deepen understanding of the vast and visibly-hidden horrors of the prison systems in this country and to explore alternatives to incarceration. Another is the US Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC), which is starting a three-day Culture Shift conference today of artists and activists to use their imagination to build a “culture of empathy, equity, and belonging.”
We are grateful, too, to have a family of authors whose books examine ways to embrace dissonance and difference, to value marginalized subgroups and help them express their needs and dreams. We are glad to publish works and support events that show us ways to stand up for the oppressed and vulnerable, ways to create respectful, welcoming spaces, and ways to remain open, curious, and generous despite the winds of hatred.
And so in this month of thanksgiving, we remember our blessings and thank you for being part of our community in building community.
Important Events in November
“My City Was Gone: Gentrification, AIDS, and Urban Change”
November 1, New Brunswick, NJ: The Institute for Women’s Leadership will be holding a distinguished lecture with panelists Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Amber Hollibaugh, and Carmen Vasquez. The event will take place at the Institute of Women’s Leadership. Program: 4:30-6:00 pm. Free and open to the public!
Culture Shift 2018
November 1-3, Albuquerque, NM: Culture Shift 2018will bring together artists, activists, students and policymakers to ” create, explore, and amplify strategies for cultural healing, resilience, and resistance .” This year’s conference aims to gather together a community to deepen a movement for cultural democracy.
Carl Anthony Lecture, The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race
November 14, Berkeley, CA: Author Carl Anthony will present a UC Berkeley Architecture Lectureentitled The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race in conjunction with dean of environmental design. The event will include a luncheon with students of color on campus and a reception prior to the presentation. Program: 6:30–8:00 pm.
New Media Reviews
The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race reviewed in Humanity and Society
“…the ways that he weaves together the story of his life and what led him to do the work that he is passionate about with a deep macro and structural history of African Americans and black urban experience is extremely compelling and beautifully written–and engaging read.” ~Aisha A. Upton. | Read the full journal article.
Conversations Overheard, Rina Lazo in person!
This December 4th, New Village Press and the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York will celebrate the release of the first English edition of Conversation with Diego Rivera: The Monster in His Labyrinth by hosting presentations with art historian Anna Indych-Lopez and international muralist Rina Lazo. Rina Lazo, as a favorite student of Diego Rivera, overheard many of Alfredo Cardona Peña’s historic weekly interviews with Rivera. As she describes: “I witnessed the birth of this book take place in front of a picture window in the maestro’s beautiful studio in San Angel, through which a green-yellow foliage peeked, Diego Rivera’s favorite color, and mixed with the Congo-green of the floor.” More information here!
Victoria Derr on Placemaking with Children and Youth
February 7, lead author, Victoria Derr, will be giving a presentation on Placemaking with Children and Youthat the Common Ground Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz. More details to come!
Highlighting Recent Events
Dr. Sharon Egretta Sutton and Carl Anthony Share the Stage!
Dr. Sharon Egretta Sutton, keynote speaker, shared the stage with Carl Anthony, author of The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race , and other prominent Black architects and planners at the “Shifting the Landscape: Black Architects and Planners 1968 to Now” Symposium held at the Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC.
Dr. Sutton also shared the letter above (right) on her twitter, adding: “Carl Anthony, the person who opened the door to my free Ivy League education–forever grateful.”
Placemaking Celebrated Across the Country!
Coauthors Louise Chawla, Victoria Derr, and Mara Mintzer all did their part in spreading the word about their new book, Placemaking with Children and Youth: Participatory Practices for Planning Sustainable Communities . They gave presentations at conferences and bookstores in Arlington, TX, Boulder, CO, and Seattle and Spokane, WA.
Mara Mintzer TEDx Talk
Coauthor of Placemaking with Children and Youth , Mara Mintzer, has had her TEDx Talk selected by TED to be featured on their main platform, launching November 7th at 4:00 pm EST. Mara’s talk, “We let kids design our city — here’s what happened,” addresses just that, bringing children into the conversation of urban planning! Her TED Talk will be available Nov 7th here.