Jessica Franzini, program director for the Camden Urban Airshed Reforestation Program, will lead an in-person discussion. The community-based street tree planting program began in Camden in 2002. Designed to improve air quality, manage storm water, and provide shade, the initiative has removed approximately 80,830 square feet of impervious surface in order to plant 5,052 trees along Camden streets. Prioritizing grassroots work, the program empowers residents to create positive changes in their own communities.
Filmmaker Lourdes Portillo will present a screening of her documentary, “Senorita Extraviada, Missing Young Women.” Courtenay Cavanaugh, an assistant professor of psychology, will lead a discussion to follow the film.
The third symposium in the series “Poverty, Race and Inequality” will explore "Youth, Civil Unrest, and the Fate of Urban America: Addressing Urban Violence." It will focus on the causes and effects of urban violence in the nation with a particular focus on the cities of Camden and Philadelphia.
The event features Marian Wright Edelman, the founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund and aleading voice for children’s rights in the United States. She is a prolific speaker and writer whose work includes Families in Peril: An Agenda for Social Change.
"Apollo's Muse: Cantatas and Instrumental Music from 17th-century Rome" will be peformed by Julianne Baird, an internationally recognized recording artist and a distinguished professor of music at Rutgers-Camden. She will be joined in this free concert by Rebecca Cypress on the clavicytherium and Christa Patton on the harp.
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