Neighbors: Conservation in a Changing Community


Tue, Mar 24, 2015
12:00 pm
Snell Library 90


The film, Neighbors: Conservation in a Changing Community examines the challenges and opportunities of neighborhood revitalization through the stories of twelve of Boston’s South End residents. The older, working class population is juxtaposed with the more affluent newcomers who are attracted by the prime location and historic architecture as well as the ethnic mix of the neighborhood. While documenting the differences among these residents, the film also reveals their common goals — to make their neighborhood a better place to live.

by Richard P. Rogers
produced by Janet Mendelsohn
color, 28 min with 12 min extra, 1977

Neighborhood Matters is a lunchtime series that celebrates the ways in which community groups have shaped the neighborhoods surrounding the Northeastern campus. This series is co-curated by the Northeastern Center for the Arts and the Archives and Special Collections at the Northeastern University Library.

Lunch will be served.

Partner: Northeastern Center for the Arts and Archives and Special Collections, Northeastern Libraries. Special thanks to the Northeastern Department of City and Community Affairs.


Special Guest: Karilyn Crockett

Director of Economic Policy & Research, City of Boston

Dr. Karilyn Crockett’s research focuses on large-scale land use changes in twentieth century American cities and examines the social and geographic implications of structural poverty. Karilyn’s dissertation entitled, “’People Before Highways:’ Reconsidering Routes to and from the Boston Anti-Highway Movement” investigates a 1960s era grassroots movement to halt urban extension of the interstate highway system. Prior to graduate school, Karilyn co-founded Multicultural Youth Tour Of What’s Now (MYTOWN), an award winning, educational non-profit organization. A Boston organization, MYTOWN hired public high school students to research their local and family histories to produce youth-led walking tours for sale to public audiences. During its nearly 15 years of operation, MYTOWN created jobs for more than 300 low and moderate-income teenagers, who in turn led public walking tours for more than 14,000 visitors and residents. The National Endowment for the Humanities cited MYTOWN as “One of ten best Youth Humanities Programs in America.”

Karilyn holds a Ph.D. from the American Studies program at Yale University, a Master of Science in Geography from the London School of Economics, and a Master of Arts and Religion from the Yale Divinity School. She pursues Post Doctorate studies at MIT. Her career goal is to continue to work at the nexus of education, economic development and urban revitalization.

Read about Karilyn Crockett inspiring youth to find their own history. 


Snell Library 90

360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115