The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey has rescheduled its homelessness panel for Dec. 6, and the event's moderator said that in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the panel takes on even greater meaning.
“In the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy I believe this conversation assumes even greater urgency and importance in the cities and communities up and down the mid-Atlantic coast,” Dr. Joseph Rubenstein, Stockton Professor of Anthropology, said in a release issued by the college on Thursday, Nov. 29. “And the larger question remains, perhaps re-examined with a newer lens: In the context of urban revitalization, how do the proponents of redevelopment work with or square off against those that provide services to the poor and homeless?”
Rubenstein said the panel, which takes place on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m. at the Alton Auditorium (A-Wing), will examine how proponents of redevelopment work with or oppose providers of services to the poor and homeless, among many other aspects of this complex issue.
“It is Stockton’s goal to be the ‘honest broker’ by bringing together the stakeholders in this social issue so that this might be the first step in partnership and problem solving," Rubenstein said.
According to Stockton College, the panel discussion will include: Dr. Reva Curry, Executive Director, Stockton Center for Community Engagement; Bill Southrey, former chief executive officer at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission who worked there for more than 30 years; Lorenzo Langford, Atlantic City Mayor; John Emge, Executive Director, United Way of Atlantic County; and Howard Kyle, Chief of Staff for Dennis Levinson, Atlantic County Executive.
The panel will be preceded by opening remarks from Stockton Provost Dr. Harvey Kesselman, and will include a keynote speech from Dr. Ira Harkavy, the Associate Vice President and Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships of the University of Pennsylvania.
The event was originally scheduled for Nov. 1. It is free and open to the community.