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Posted on: January 21, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Continuing the Conversation: Part 4 Virtual Forum

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Topic: Lakeland: History, Community & Restorative Justice

Join us on Monday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. for another Town Hall on community and race relations in College Park. This forum will focus on the community of Lakeland, its history and an overview of restorative justice philosophies and practices. 

For more information, please visit the City’s website at https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/blacklivesmatter. Use the link to participate online: https://zoom.us/j/99141911702 or dial in at 301-715-8592. 

Moderator:
  • Councilmember Monroe Dennis

Panelists: 
  • Dr. Willow Lung Amam: Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and Director of Community Development at the National Center for Smart Growth at University of Maryland, College Park; her research focuses on issues of urban and suburban inequality, particularly redevelopment, gentrification, racial segregation, immigration, and neighborhood opportunity. She is the author of Trespassers? Asian American and the Battle for Suburbia, and a forthcoming book on redevelopment politics and equitable development organizing in the Washington, DC suburbs.  
  • Dr. Curt Rhodes: Founder/International Director of Questscope; a non-profit, non-governmental organization established in 1988 for youth mentorship, alternative education, juvenile justice, community-based health and humanitarian aid programs that foster social development among disadvantaged youth and women, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA). Curt holds an MPH degree (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and MS and PhD degrees (University of Wisconsin, Madison).
  • Dr. Johonna Turner: Assistant Professor of Restorative Justice and Peacebuilding at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University; for over 15 years, she has worked as part of arts collectives, community organizing coalitions, and other social movement organizations to develop youth leadership, empower disenfranchised people, and cultivate transformational approaches to safety and justice. A thoroughly interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Turner received post-graduate training in U.S. cultural studies, women’s studies, and biblical theology/urban ministry. Her areas of scholarship, practice and teaching include restorative and transformative justice, trauma healing, faith-rooted peacebuilding, and critical race feminism.
  • Maxine Gross: fifth generation Lakelander and founding member of the Lakeland Community Heritage Project. Her history of community service includes time as Lakeland Civic Association president and as a City Councilmember. Ms. Gross is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park and holds a Master of Arts degree from Bowie State University.  

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