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Historical Conventions: How We Got Where We Are


Time: Oct. 18, 2021, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Location: Community Folk Art Center, 805 E. Genesee Street, Syracuse (with virtual option)

Part of the Syracuse Symposium

Part of the Syracuse Symposium series.

Deka Dancil (Syracuse University; Urban Jobs Task Force)
Dana Olesch (Syracuse University Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology)
Maggie Sardino (Syracuse University; City Scripts)
Joann Yarrow (Syracuse Stage)

Conversation facilitated by Yarrow explores the historical conventions and laws that influenced Syracuse's current housing issues. Panelists will guide participants through the history of redlining in Syracuse’s 15th Ward, describing how federal policies on “urban renewal” and unwritten rules on housing discrimination affected its residents. Balancing first-person accounts with expert historical and legal background, we'll hear stories of Syracuse neighborhoods thriving in spite of implicit segregation; resisting destruction in the name of economic development; and of communities dispersing as I-81 tore through their homes. This is the first in a series of four planned workshops hosted by Syracuse Stage (the next being November 15), which will continue to examine aspects of the city's present housing crises.

Participate in person or virtually! All in-person patrons must provide proof of vaccination or negative Covid test prior to entry. Masks must be worn properly at all times.

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This event is part of Syracuse Symposium’s year-long series on “Conventions.”