Film "From the Bottom Up" and Lecture and Public Discussion, Apr 16

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Part 5: What Is the Challenge Now

UC Berkeley Public Service Center presents a film- and novel-based lecture series to complement student social action
--5 Thursdays in spring 2015, 6-8pm: February 12 and 26, March 12, and April 2 and April 16
--Units available!

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Units available to students who commit to (all three below):
1) Attending all 5 sessions in series
2) Service at least 12 hours (1 unit) or 24 hours (2 units)
3) Attending UC Berkeley Poverty and Homelessness Symposium (Saturday March 14, 10am-4pm)

This 5-part series, led by Prof. Arthur Blaustein, will focus on issues of equal opportunity and economic opportunity, as well as economic, environmental political and social justice. It will examine how individuals, groups and communities organize and mobilize to achieve these goals. It will, in particular, focus on, in succession: the Civil Rights movement; strategies and programs of the landmark Economic Opportunity Act (The War on Poverty); Community and Economic Development movement and its strategies and programs; de-industrialization of America and the decline of the blue collar working class; and growing economic inequality and the economic pressure on the middle class.

Individual sessions open to students as space allows (first priority given to students who enroll in all 5 sessions), please use RSVP form.

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For 27 years Professor Arthur Blaustein taught Community and Economic Development as well as Urban Policy at Berkeley’s Department of Planning and Urban Studies. He also held joint appointments at American Studies where he taught Socio-Economic Policy and Public Policy; and at the Department of African American Studies where he taught Social Policy/History. Prior to teaching he was the Director of the National Economic Development and Law Center a public interest planning, policy and law center that helped to establish over 450 community-based development corporations and co-ops throughout the country. He served as Chair of the President's National Advisory Council for Economic Opportunity under Presidents Carter and Reagan; and is the author or editor of several books including "The American Promise--Equal Justice and Economic Opportunity" and "Democracy Is Not a Spectator Sport."

The UC Berkeley Public Service Center connects people through shared learning and collaborative action for social justice. The Center partners with the community, student leaders and faculty, and alumni to engage over 5,000 students each year as volunteers, and through jobs, internships, and courses.