On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, from 4:00 – 5:30, Tackling T.I.N.A. will host its second of three public discussions of the semester. As part of an ongoing effort to challenge the dominant narrative that “there is no alternative” to capitalism, this free event focuses on how narratives can impact and direct community development projects and local politics.
Shaping Change, Changing Worlds
For this discussion, we are introducing participants to the work of activist, author, and scholar adrienne maree brown. Concerned about the future development of post-industrial Detroit, brown’s science fiction writing and community organizing work focus on the justice and liberation of the urban poor.
Prior to this discussion, we encourage you to read brown’s short story “the river” (download here). This story dramatizes the anxieties that many of Detroit’s long-time residents feel in the face of increasing developmental pressure from outside agents. The narrative literalizes the power of place through the magic realism of a living river that protects the city. Along the way, the text challenges readers to think about community development, resistance, and economic (in)stability.
Second, we encourage you to read the community organizing strategy brown describes in her book, Emergent Strategy (download excerpts here). In this text, brown offers a poetic examination of change: what is it, where does it come from, why does it cause so much anxiety, and how can we direct it toward the future we desire? Yet, rather than looking for ways to resist change, emergent strategy develops a process to assess, understand, and ultimately shape that change. We hope this text offers some provocative ways to rethink the structure of community organization.
- “the river” by Adrienne Maree Brown, from the Science Fiction anthology Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements.
- Excerpt from Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds
- Anna Smith, Director at Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem.
- Javier Toro, Director of the OnTrack Program at Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley.
- Seth Moglen, Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University and a founding co-director of the South Side Initiative.
Save the Date:
- What: Public Discussion (Topic – Building a Better Future)
- When: Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 4:00 – 5:30
- Where: Humanities Center (224 W. Packer Ave., Bethlehem, PA 18015)
Note: The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.