Mindy, an image from the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh (CDCP)

Dr. Mindy Fullilove is a social psychiatrist from Columbia University where she is also a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health. Her interests lie in the links between the environment and public health. In her 2004 book, “Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It,” Fullilove wrote about the traumatic stress suffered by people who had been displaced by urban renewal in the 1950s and 1960s. Fullilove adapted the term “root shock” from the trauma experienced by transplanted plants. In her book, Pittsburgh’s own Hill District neighborhood is prominently featured. Last year, the Pittsburgh City Paper interviewed Fullilove on her thoughts on the Hill District. You can read that article here.

On June 18th, the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh (CDCP) will present a free lecture by Dr. Fullilove titled “The Meaning of Things: Pittsburgh’s 21st Century Triumph Over 20th Century Urban Renewal.” This event is being co-sponsored by GTECH Strategies, Hill District CDC, Hill House, Kingsley Association, Leadership Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Pop City, Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development, Remaking Cities Institute, Sustainable Pittsburgh, University Center for Social Urban Research, University of Pittsburgh’s’ Graduate School of Public Health, the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Vibrant Pittsburgh.

Admission is free for this lecture, but an RSVP is requested. For more information or to RSVP, please email terickson@cdcp.org  or call 412-391-4144.

“The Meaning of Things: Pittsburgh’s 21st Century Triumph Over 20th Century Urban Renewal”
A Lecture by Dr. Mindy Fullilove
Monday, June 18 at 6:00 PM
Where: August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15222 (in the theater) (map)

Pittsburgh skyline at sunset, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Jason Pratt’s photostream