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readings & workshops
August 1

Poetry Reading: Ching-In Chen, Dawn Tefft & Brenda Cárdenas 

readings & workshops
August 8

Poetry Reading: Poetry in the Park

special events
August 12

Joan LoPresti & Bob Danner

readings & workshops
August 13

Poetry Reading: Matthew Johnstone, Annie Grizzle & Nathan Fredrick

Archived readings & workshops
Mar 31 Friday, March 31
7:00pm, FREE

 

We're excited to partner with Boswell Book Company in welcoming Evelyn M. Perry, author of Live and Let Live: Diversity, Conflict, and Community in an Integrated Neighborhood. Please join us for this discussion of Live and Let Live, a book about Riverwest! 

 


“We are in a bind,” writes Evelyn M. Perry. While conventional wisdom asserts that residential racial and economic integration holds great promise for reducing inequality in the United States, Americans are demonstrably not very good at living with difference. Perry’s analysis of the multiethnic, mixed-income Milwaukee community of Riverwest, where residents maintain relative stability without insisting on conformity, advances our understanding of why and how neighborhoods matter. In response to the myriad urban quantitative assessments, Perry examines the impacts of neighborhood diversity using more than three years of ethnographic fieldwork and interviews. Her in-depth examination of life “on the block” expands our understanding of the mechanisms by which neighborhoods shape the perceptions, behaviors, and opportunities of those who live in them. Perry challenges researchers’ assumptions about what “good” communities look like and what well-regulated communities want. Live and Let Live shifts the conventional scholarly focus from “What can integration do?” to “How is integration done?”

 

“In this timely and engaging book, Evelyn Perry’s rich ethnographic data and clear writing reveal the mechanisms that maintain the diversity of the neighborhood of Riverwest.”
--Japonica Brown-Saracino, author of A Neighborhood That Never Changes

 

“In Live and Let Live, Evelyn Perry paints a captivating picture of Riverwest and makes an important contribution to the literature on neighborhood effects.”
--Sarah Mayorga-Gallo, author of Behind the White Picket Fence

 


 

Evelyn M. Perry is assistant professor of sociology at Rhodes College.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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