Think Tank Series

Community in Crisis: Understanding Housing Insecurity

Matthew Desmond
In his book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond examines how disruptive the loss of housing is to a family’s stability. Jobs are put at risk, as parents scramble to find housing after an eviction. Children may miss school days or be forced to relocate to a new school, perhaps even to a different city.  Securing money for rent becomes a priority, straining household finances needed for food and medicine. 

Dr. Desmond’s vantage point is national. Our Think Tank will examine the issues and themes of Evicted locally. We hope attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of housing insecurity in northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, how agencies and public officials are trying to address it, and some idea of how each of us can contribute to solutions that work.

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A Vision for the Future: Sustainable, Organic, Urban, and Local (SOUL) Food System

Featuring LaDonna Redmond
November 6-7, 2017

LaDonna Redmond

LaDonna Redmond, a food justice activist, inspired us to focus on how we can build a future of health and prosperity for all. 

Her keynote address and the discussions that followed challenged us to shift the current narrative of lack and insecurity to building societies free from various forms of oppression including food injustice.  


 

 

    

The Importance of Perseverance

Featuring Jessica Lynch, former Private First Class (PFC) in the United States Army
April 5-6, 2017

Jessica Lynch

Jessica Lynch, a former Private First Class (PFC) in the United States Army and a former Prisoner of War, spoke to us about the importance of perseverance during our Spring 2017 Think Tank event on April 5. She had been injured and captured by Iraqi forces in March of 2003 after her unit was ambushed in Iraq. She was rescued after nine days in captivity on April 1, 2003 by U.S. special operations forces. Jessica’s rescue was the first successful rescue of an American POW since World War II.

Our think-tank session on April 6 featured a plenary panel and breakout sessions on the topics of toxic stress, adverse childhood experiences, trauma-informed care and teaching, resilience and wellbeing.

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If Black Lives Matter – At School, Too – Then Act Like You Know

Featuring Dr. Crystal Laura
December 1-2, 2016

Dr. Crystal Laura

Dr. Crystal Laura helped us to broaden the discussion around school- and community-based efforts that can disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.

The goal of the think tank was to develop individual and collective commitments to address the issues raised throughout Dr. Laura’s talk and the resulting discussions.

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Community in Crisis: Confronting our Heroin Epidemic

Featuring Sam Quinones
April 19, 2016

Sam Quinones

His most recent book is Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Bloomsbury Press. His career as a journalist has spanned almost 30 years. He lived for 10 years as a freelance writer in Mexico, where he wrote his first two books. In 2004, he returned to the United States to work for the L.A. Times, covering immigration, drug trafficking, neighborhood stories, and gangs.

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Don't Tell Me What I Can't Do. Let Me Show You What I CAN Do!

Featuring Teddy and Cheryl Kremer
January 26-27, 2016

Teddy and Cheryl Kremer
He won the heart of Cincinnati as an honorary bat-boy for the Reds, Teddy Kremer along with his mom Cheryl illustrate Teddy's journey, and a call for inclusiveness.

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Addressing Educational Injustices Through Community-Based Reforms

Featuring Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig
December 3-4, 2015

Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig

Too many of today’s students, particularly those in impoverished neighborhoods, are not receiving the educational opportunities they need and deserve. Suggested strategies for integrating academic scholarship and reform efforts via social media and other alliances to improve student achievement and school success via community-based reform were presented.

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