Join Word Up for a conversation between Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove—author of Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, and What We Can Do About It (New Village Press)—and Coach Dave Crenshaw, on the effects of displacement on communities.
Like a sequel to the prescient warnings of urbanist Jane Jacobs, Root Shock reveals the disturbing effects of decades of insensitive urban renewal projects on communities of color. Fullilove passionately describes the profound traumatic stress—the “root shock”—that results when a neighborhood is demolished, and she demonstrates that urban renewal didn’t just disrupt black communities: it ruined their economic health and social cohesion, stripping displaced residents of their sense of place as well. Dr. Fullilove insists that understanding the damage caused by root shock is crucial to coping with its human toll and helping cities become whole.
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is a professor of urban policy and health at The New School, having moved there in 2016 after 26 years at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. Her research examines the mental health effects of environmental processes such as violence, segregation, and urban renewal. In 2004, she worked with colleagues in Upper Manhattan to start the CLIMB project, which has advocated for reinvestment in the area’s cliffside parks. This has spurred millions in new investment, including a 2016 $30 million investment to update Highbridge Park. Coach Dave Crenshaw is a youth sports coach and community organizer. His youth program—Team Dreamers, based at his first alma mater P.S. 128 in Washington Heights—trains up to 100 kids in athletics, life skills, and more.
The conversation will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. Books will be available for sale.
Root Shock: Dr. Mindy T. Fullilove & Coach Dave Crenshaw in conversation
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
New York NY 10032