Presented by the Public Policy department, Urban Engagement is an out of the box way to increase public awareness on issues related to our work and the conditions of those we serve, in order to foster dialogue and ongoing community awareness of key issues.
Urban Engagement Book Club
What kind of book club is the Urban Engagement Book Club? A different kind of book club! You don’t have to read the book–Randy Mayeux will present the key content of the selected book each month, with a comprehensive handout of key quotes and key ideas from the book. Then, in conversation with a diverse group of fellow participants, we discuss the implications of the book out of our shared concern for social justice. It is a wonderful, challenging session that always puts us back in touch with the struggles of real people in an increasingly difficult time.
Calendar of Books for 2016:
Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education
by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica
All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America?
by Joel Berg
Latino America: How America’s Most Dynamic Population is Poised to Transform the Politics of the Nation
by Matt Barreto and Gary M. Segura
Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few
by Robert B. Reich
Urban Engagement Cinema
Another innovative method of raising public awareness around issues has been our Public Policy Department’s Urban Engagement Cinema. Like Book Club, we screen popular documentaries on social justice issues. After the screening, a forum is hosted to allow attendees an opportunity to interact with experts, ranging from the producers of the movie to area activists.Past films focused on education: Waiting for Superman; immigration: 9500 Liberty; and hunger and nutrition: Food Stamped among others. Our documentary screenings have been seen by nearly 2000 people since September 2010, with 90-97% reporting increased awareness of the issue after viewing the movie.
To be added to the screening mailing list or for more information on hosting a screening for your community group please contact Policy@CitySquare.org.Want to see a calendar of Urban Engagement events? Click here.