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The Noreen Stonor Drexel Cultural and Historic Preservation program at Salve Regina University will host its annual conference (October 13-14, 2017) on the theme “Gentrification & Preservation: A Reappraisal.” The purpose of this conference is to explore the complicated and sometimes conflicted relationship between preservation, gentrification, and community.

“Gentrification” is a term that carries a great deal of emotional weight. Because it is so often tied to issues of class and race, gentrification evokes strong reactions and inspires debates that reach far beyond preservation academics and practitioners. It is also true that historic preservation is not infrequently accused of being a handmaid to gentrifiers. The conference topics include position papers, conceptualizing gentrification, historical analysis, and case studies, to view more information visit the Schedule-At-A-Glance section.

Our keynote speaker for the conference is Dr. Lance Freeman, professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University. Dr. Freeman is a leading researcher in the study of gentrification, particularly the various relationships connecting race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, and housing markets.

A goal for this year’s Cultural and Historic Preservation conference is to make the conference more accessible to our local community. Thanks to the generous support of the Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust, we will be offering a number of fellowship awards to cover the total cost of conference registration. Applications are being accepted through September 15, interested parties may apply through the Conference Fellowship form.

For additional information, please email chpconference@salve.edu.