Annual conference focusing on gentrification and preservation

By Sara Birse ’20

The Noreen Stonor Drexel Cultural and Historic Preservation Program will hold its annual conference Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14. This year’s conference will center on the theme “Gentrification and Preservation: A Reappraisal,” and is free to all Salve students, faculty and staff.

The highly anticipated conference will explore the complicated and sometimes conflicted relationship between gentrification, preservation and community, and will feature position papers and case studies exploring this topic.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Lance Freeman, a professor in the urban planning program at Columbia University. His talk will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 in Ochre Court. For more information on Freeman’s career, visit the conference webpage.

Another event of interest is the guided tour segment, where members of the conference can choose from a variety of walking and site tours, including but not limited to:

  • The Newport Museum of Irish History
  • An African-American heritage walking tour of Newport
  • A tour of the gentrification of Bellevue Avenue
  • God’s Little Acre, an African and African-American colonial cemetery.

To learn more, or to register, visit the conference webpage.

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