St. Louis Up Close
Join us for this series of casual dialogues with St. Louis nonprofit leaders about the issues they address. All are welcome to attend!
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St. Louis: Unique Neighborhoods That Make Up the Patchwork of Our City
Thursday, September 11, 5-6pm in Danforth University Center 233
Contact: Kitty Conroy
Whether you are a native of St. Louis or new to the area, this event is a great way to start out the year. Learn more about the diverse neighborhoods of St. Louis and all they have to offer. Come hear about hidden gems and where to go to see art, view unique architecture, experience delectable dining, and so much more! Featured speakers include:
- Leah Merrifield, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement, WU
- Mark Groth, Blogger at stlouiscitytalk.com
- • Stefene Russell, Culture Editor for St. Louis Magazine
Community Art as a Tool for Empowerment
Wednesday, October 8, 5-6pm in Danforth University Center 233
"A Show of Strength" is a 2012 documentary telling the story of the men in the The Community CollabARTive art program associated with Peter & Paul Community Services over a period of two years. Transitional housing residents and staff succeed and fail together, and learn to relate to one another on a personal level. How does community art impact the journey of men transitioning from homeless to housed? How do you "learn" and share about community art? This discussion will include a viewing of the film, a live performance by the gentlemen, and discussion facilitated in part by members of WU’s Sam Fox School of Art.
Mental Health in St. Louis: Innovative Approaches to a Complex Challenge
Thursday, November 6, 5-6pm in Danforth University Center 233
The 10-Year plan to end chronic homelessness: where are we after 10 years?
Thursday, January 29, 5-6pm in Danforth University Center 233
In March 2005, the city of St. Louis adopted a "Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness" as coordinated by the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Chronic Homelessness is defined as "long-term or repeated homelessness, often coupled with a disability". Ten years later, has chronic homelessness come to an end in St. Louis? What progress has been made? What will not change? Experts with the City of St. Louis and WU's Brown School of Social Work will join formerly homeless individuals in this discussion, which will include film clips from a ten-year retrospective from the documentary in progress “Ten Years to Home”.
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Tuesday, February 10, 5-6pm
in Danforth University Center 233Contact: Kitty Conroy, 314.935.9104
The local food movement: elite or accessible to all?
Wednesday, April 1, 4-5pm in Danforth University Center 233
"Local food from local producers" and "farm to table" have become popular topics in recent years. What does this movement look like in the St. Louis area? What significant changes and impact has it made on our community’s restaurants, farmer's markets, shopping and dining habits? Has the attention on local food been an advantage to those who experience food insecurity and live in our area’s food desserts? Local food producers, chefs, and WU Bon Appetit staff will help facilitate this discussion.
- Race matters: One street is not the only thing that divides us
- From homeless to entrepreneur
- Public Health: Unique & Promising Intervention Strategies
- Financial Deserts: Is paying 391% interest a problem for you?
- St. Louis: Is it the most dangerous city?
- Young, LGBT & Homeless: Unpacking the tensions & realities
- What keeps St. Louis from becoming a top tier city?
- Refugees in St. Louis: Insights on their experience & transition