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"[murmur] on Main Street: Multimedia Community-Based Research on Cities"

A brown-bag lunch discussion with Prof. Mindy Fullilove, MD (Columbia University School of Medicine) and Molly Rose Kaufman (project coordinator, [murmur] Orange) Tuesday, February 16 from 12-1 pm Thompson Hall 620 UMass campus

You are invited to a noon discussion of contemporary research on community activism, multimedia storytelling, and rebuilding urban neighborhoods.

An expert on serial displacement caused by disinvestment, gentrification, HOPE VI, mass incarceration and natural disaster, Dr. Mindy Fullilove is now studying community upheaval through the lens of Main Street. You can follow her visits to Main Streets in New Jersey and around the US and in other countries by visiting her blog at

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is an award-winning research psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute and a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University. She has conducted research on the relationship between the collapse of communities and decline in health. From her research, she has published Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It, and The House of Joshua: Meditations on Family and Place. She is co-author of Ernest Thompson's Homeboy Came to Orange: A Story of People's Power (1976) and Rodrick Wallace's Collective Consciousness and Its Discontents (2008).

Molly Rose Kaufman (a Hampshire College alumna) is a journalist and community organizer in Orange, NJ. In spring 2009, Kaufman organized a group of high school students to gather an oral history of Orange from its residents as part of an international multimedia project called [murmur]. The results of this project are available online at Kaufman will discuss this project at the noon session.

The [murmur] Orange project was profiled on New Hampshire Public radio. The podcast is available at

This discussion is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Heritage and Society, the Center for Public Policy and Administration, and the Emerging Methods Workshop at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Center for Heritage and Society, 215 Machmer Hall, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA 01003 phone: 413.545.2221  fax: 413.545.9494