2018 Debra Friedman Memorial Lecture
The Earth, the City and the Hidden Narrative of Race
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Featured speaker: Carl C. Anthony Co-Founder of the Breakthrough Communities Project, and Visiting Professor at The Center for Regional Change, UC Davis
6 - 7 p.m.
University of Washington Tacoma, William Philip Hall, 1918 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma
Carl Anthony is an architect, regional planner, environmental justice pioneer, and a committed social activist. As the founding director of one of the nation's first environmental justice organizations, Urban Habitat, he led efforts to prod mainstream environmental movements to confront issues of race and class and to understand the dynamic intersections between them. Carl founded and edited the journal Race, Poverty, and the Environment. He led the Ford Foundation's Sustainable Metropolitan Communities Initiative and is the co-founder/co-director of the Breakthrough Communities Project, empowering grassroots communities in metropolitan areas and supporting multiracial leadership. As the sole African American architecture student at Columbia University in the 1960s, Carl recognized the contradictions of the profession and sought ways to change it. During those student years he kick-started the national Conversation on Regional Equity (CORE), a dialogue that brought national policy experts and advocates together to consider how to bring about metropolitan racial justice.
Carl has taught at Columbia, UC Berkeley, Harvard's Kennedy School, and is currently visiting faculty at UC Davis' Center for Regional Change. He has published widely and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Trailblazer Award from the Sierra Club, UC Davis Community Engagement Award, and the Duveneck Humanitarian Award. His work has influenced the lives of thousands of American communities.
2017 Debra Friedman Memorial Lecture
People, Place, Power: Advancing Racial and Economic Equity in Changing Communities
As communities face economic and demographic changes — and new forms of work and education, and policies that don't always consider all of us — they seek positive reforms and to understand the impact of advancing equity and greater inclusion. What successes and struggles can we learn from? How are communities addressing new levels of prosperity that are widening inequality and impeding upward mobility? The San Francsico Foundation, under Bell's leadership, sees equity as both a "moral imperactive, and an economic necessity."
JUDITH BELL is the Vice President of Programs at the San Francisco Foundation. Judith brings extensive experience in strategic planning and policy development, with a focus on economic and social equity to the Foundation. Previous to joining the Foundation, Judith was the President of PolicyLink where she had been since its inception, becoming President in 2004. As President, Judith worked to develop the organization into a national leader on a range of equity issues, with her particular focus being policy development and campaign strategy at the local, state, and national levels. Her leadership helped ignite a new national narrative around access and opportunity for all people with a focus on improving health and infrastructure, including increasing access to healthy foods.
2015 Debra Friedman Memorial Lecture
Co-Producing the City: UW Tacoma as an Anchor Institution
Presented by Dr. Wim Wiewel, President, Portland State University
Thursday, January 15, 2015
6 - 7:30 p.m.
William W. Philip Hall, UW Tacoma
2014 Debra Friedman Memorial Lecture
The University and the City: Place-Based Anchor Institutions and Community Development
Presentation by Dr. David Perry, University of Chicago at Illinois (UIC)
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
6 - 7:30 p.m.
William W. Philip Hall, UW Tacoma
Place based institutions in general, and universities in particular, are not going anywhere. The question is whether these institutions will simply be mired in their urban context or be foundational and instrumental to urban change—transforming and/or stimulating new rounds of urban development? For universities, it is not if they will be anchor institutions for urban change, but how they will do this and in what ways will the state and the region act to help them be foundational developmental institutions.
David Perry will address this question and report on the movement of the university from its pastoral roots as a ‘contemplative site of knowledge creation’ to a new role of ‘fully-vested urban institution.’ In such a role, the modern urban university may not be the “engine” of urban and global development (as some would rhetorically claim) but it certainly has acceded to a position of a key place-based institution in the urban and global economy.
DAVID PERRY is Senior Fellow of the Great Cities Institute and Professor of Urban Planning and Policy in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the UIC. He served for almost 12 years as Director of the Great Cities Institute and as the Associate Chancellor for the UIC's Great Cities Commitment. Perry is the author/editor of 12 books, including Here for Good: Community Foundations as the Challenges of the 21st Century and University Developers: Case Studies and Analysis.
Perry has worked with numerous international, national and local public boards and commissions, including Chicago's Zoning Reform Commission and the Urban Land Institute's national Public Infrastructure Committee.
Dr. Debra Friedman served as chancellor of the University of Washington Tacoma from 2011 until her untimely death from cancer in 2014. But she was not only our chancellor, she was also a valued member of the Urban Studies faculty.
She taught regularly in the program and mentored many of our students in classes and office hours. She did this while leading a transformation of our campus that brought a better understanding of our role as an urban-serving university.
As a leader she inspired us to strive for excellence in everything from daily student success to community-engaged research; and as a colleague she modeled commitment to the transformative nature of higher education. We honor her memory with this annual lecture, focused on community engagement and the role of urban-serving universities.