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Academic Year 2018-19    

· Fall 2018 · 
Mallach · DeLoughry, Greewalt, Russian

"The Crisis of the African-American Middle Neighborhood"

Alan Mallach

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 • Noon to 1:15pm, 3911 Posvar Hall

Alan Mallach is a senior fellow at the Center for Community Progress in Washington DC. A city planner, advocate and writer, he is nationally known for his work on housing, economic development, and urban revitalization, and has worked with local governments and community organizations across the country to develop creative policies and strategies to rebuild their cities and neighborhoods. A former director of housing & economic  development in Trenton, New Jersey, he currently teaches in the graduate city planning program at Pratt Institute in New York City. He has spoken on housing and urban issues in the United States, Europe, Israel and Japan, and was a visiting scholar at the University of Nevada Las Vegas for the 2010-2011 academic year.  His recent books include A Decent Home: Planning, Building and Preserving Affordable Housing and Bringing Buildings Back: From Vacant Properties to Community Assets, which has become a resource for thousands of planners, lawyers, public officials and community leaders dealing with problem property and revitalization issues. He is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and holds a B.A. degree from Yale University. 

Economic and social change, migration and the lingering effects of subprime lending and the foreclosure crisis have devastated and destabilized hundreds of predominately African-American middle income and working-class neighborhoods in America’s older industrial cities. Based on his research into these neighborhoods in St. Louis, Alan Mallach will explore the history of the African-American middle neighborhood, why they have been so powerfully affected by recent trends, and what the implications of these trends are for the future of these neighborhoods, the people who live in them, and the cities where they are located.

Alan is also giving a lecture on his new book, The Divided City, on October 30, 2018 at 5 p.m. at Carnegie Mellon University, A301 Hamburg Hall.

"From Bricks & Mortar to Virtual Spaces: Using Digital Innovation to Advance Nonprofit Missions"

Friday, November 9th, 2018 • Noon to 1:15pm, 3911 Posvar Hall


Interested in how nonprofit organizations are implementing digital innovations like chatbots and geofencing to strengthen relationships with their users and visitors? Join us for a roundtable discussion with Toby Greenwalt, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Regina Russian, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Innovation Studio, moderated by Catherine DeLoughry, Civic DecisionMaking, about encouraging innovation and implementing new technologies.


Catherine DeLoughry

Catherine DeLoughry, founder and principal of Civic DecisionMaking LLC, works with civic leaders to execute strategic decisions that accelerate change, to prototype and launch new initiatives and to be innovators. She has served as an executive director, a senior nonprofit professional, and a board member. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration and a certificate in nonprofit management from GSPIA.


Toby Greenwalt

Toby Greenwalt is Director of Digital Strategy and Technology Integration at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Exploring the intersection of community-building and cutting-edge technology, Toby works to create memorable library experiences for users in the physical space and the virtual space – and everywhere in between. He currently serves as an advisory committee member for the American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries and writes and speaks frequently on issues related to building community through technology. Toby received his MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Regina McDonald Russian

Regina McDonald Russian is the Digital Accessibility & UX Specialist with the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Innovation Studio. Her responsibilities encompass UX research and strategy, usability testing, media production, and inclusive design. She has a broad background in education, leadership, and technology. Regina believes universal design and technology allows museums to reach and impact people beyond brick and mortar.


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Bring your lunch and join us for presentations that highlight neighborhood, community, economic, and other social research by our esteemed colleagues. Presenters include local, national, and international social research experts. Lectures are Noon – 1:15pm, 3911 Posvar Hall, 230 S. Bouquet St. Posvar Hall is next to the Hillman Library on the Schenley Oval. On-street metered parking is available, as well as a metered parking lot at Semple and Bouquet Streets. Other parking is available at the Soldiers and Sailors Parking Garage.

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Center for Social & Urban Research
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