Immigration and Urban History Seminar

Extended
to May 26

Exhibition

The Private Jefferson

Explore Jefferson’s complexity through select correspondence and writings including the Declaration of Independence, records of farming at Monticello, and his architectural drawings.

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Call for Papers: Deadline: March 15, 2016

The Boston Seminar in Immigration and Urban History invites proposals for sessions in its 2016-2017 series. The Seminar’s steering committee welcomes suggestions for papers dealing with all aspects of American immigration and urban history and culture. Programs are not confined to Massachusetts topics, nor are they limited to the research of historians.  Papers comparing the American experience with developments elsewhere in the world are welcome. For more information, view the CFP

 

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The Boston Immigration and Urban History Seminar provides a setting for local scholars as well as members of the general public to discuss all aspects of American immigration as well as urban history and culture. Programs may address one or both historical disciplines and are not confined to Massachusetts topics. Six to eight sessions take place annually during the academic year, and most focus on works in progress.

Seminar meetings revolve around the discussion of a precirculated paper. Sessions open with remarks from the essayist and an assigned commentator, after which the discussion is opened to the floor. After each session, the Society serves a light buffet supper.

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Immigration and Urban History Seminar Communities Must be Vigilant: The Financial Turn in National Urban Policy 26 April 2016.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM RSVP required Rebecca Marchiel, University of Mississippi Comment: Davarian Baldwin, Trinity College This research comes from a book project entitled "Neighborhoods First: The Urban Reinvestment ...

This research comes from a book project entitled "Neighborhoods First: The Urban Reinvestment Movement in the Era of Financial Deregulation." It explores how the U.S. financial system shaped, and was shaped by, the community organizing of low- and moderate-income urbanites during the last third of the twentieth century. This particular chapter explores the mixed results of 1970s efforts to revitalize neighborhoods through community-bank partnerships. In 1977, reinvestment activists successfully lobbied for the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), which gave them standing to stall bank mergers if banks redlined, or refused to lend in, the communities outside their offices. In effect, the CRA gave activists leverage to win new loan commitments from local banks. But just as activists gained traction here, new challenges emerged. The CRA offered no protection from gentrification, high interest rates, and bank deregulation that threatened neighborhood stability by decade's end.

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Immigration and Urban History Seminar Communities Must be Vigilant: The Financial Turn in National Urban Policy Please RSVP  Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required. 26 April 2016.Tuesday, 5:15PM - 7:30PM Rebecca Marchiel, University of Mississippi Comment: Davarian Baldwin, Trinity College

This research comes from a book project entitled "Neighborhoods First: The Urban Reinvestment Movement in the Era of Financial Deregulation." It explores how the U.S. financial system shaped, and was shaped by, the community organizing of low- and moderate-income urbanites during the last third of the twentieth century. This particular chapter explores the mixed results of 1970s efforts to revitalize neighborhoods through community-bank partnerships. In 1977, reinvestment activists successfully lobbied for the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), which gave them standing to stall bank mergers if banks redlined, or refused to lend in, the communities outside their offices. In effect, the CRA gave activists leverage to win new loan commitments from local banks. But just as activists gained traction here, new challenges emerged. The CRA offered no protection from gentrification, high interest rates, and bank deregulation that threatened neighborhood stability by decade's end.

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