The Chasm and The Prism: Deploying Magic Strategies in the Sorted-Out City

Look at our city. What do you see? Who do you see? Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, psychiatrist and founder of the University of Orange, with University of Orange colleagues Molly Rose Kaufman and Aubrey Murdock examine urban divides caused by serial forced displacement and offer new ways of seeing that help to restore the urban ecosystem. Moderated by Kyle Pedersen.

Mindy Fullilove

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, Hon AIA, is a professor of urban policy and health at The New School.  Prior to joining The New School in 2016, she worked for 26 years as a research psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute and was a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University.  She has conducted research on AIDS and other epidemics of poor communities, with a special interest in the relationship between the collapse of communities and decline in health. From her research, she has published numerous articles, book chapters, and monographs.  She has also written: The House of Joshua: Meditations on Family and Place, Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It, and Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities.  A second edition of Homeboy Came to Orange: A Story of People's Power, which she helped her father, Ernest Thompson, write, was released in May 2018 by New Village Press.

Molly Rose Kaufman

Molly Rose Kaufman is a community planner, journalist and youth worker.  Her writing has appeared in YES! Magazine, Kinfolk Magazine and The New York Times.  As a community organizer in Orange, NJ, she cofounded the University of Orange, a free people’s urbanism school and developed ORNG Ink, a youth-led, user driven arts collective.  She has a BA from Hampshire College, an MS in journalism from Columbia University and was a 2017 Next City Urban Vanguard Fellow.

Aubrey Murdock

AUBREY MURDOCK (MS Design & Ecologies, BA Film) is Head of School & Lead Designer for the University of Orange. She focuses on the role of design and media within civic education. Her most recent work includes a short film about Serial Forced Displacement: The Domino Effect, a multi-media site-based storytelling project: Hidden Treasure of Our Orange, and researching collaborative natural resource management practices in her hometown of Casper, Wyoming.

Kyle Pedersen

Kyle Pedersen is Director of the Connecticut Mental Health Center Foundation, lecturer at the Yale Divinity School, and an Episcopal deacon.  He has over 20 years experience in the non-profit sector and in community mental health services in New Haven, CT, and New York City. He currently serves as the treasurer of the New Haven Land Trust and was president of the board of Schooner, Inc..  He also serves on the board of Beulah Land Development Corporation (New Haven, CT) and the Yale Divinity School Alumni Board; and has served on the board of other local and regional organizations. Kyle lives in New Haven with his wife, two children, and yellow lab.  He received his MAR from Yale Divinity School and BA from The New School.

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