Book and Author Series - Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology - April 4, 9-10:30 am

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Join us for an engaging dialogue with Richey Piiparinen and Anne Trubek,co-editors of Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology. read more...

Thursday, April 4
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
11235 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH

Admission is free, but registration is required.
1.5 CEUs available for social workers and counselors ($25)

Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology provides an inside-out snapshot of the city, containing contributions by established authors and newcomers alike. Rust Belt Chic tells stories about failure, conflict, growth and renewal. Put together, these stories create a new narrative about Cleveland that incorporates but deepens and widens the familiar tropes of manufacturing, stadiums and comebacks.

The idea for Rust Belt Chic was conceived as the editors witnessed former-Clevelanders returning to their hometowns, remigrating with the desire to recapture the past, revitalize their neighborhoods or simply rediscover the authenticity that only a city like Cleveland can provide. Rust Belt Chic exposes Cleveland's real self--revealing the city's resiliency, diversity and sense of community, while also embracing its imperfections.

Contributors include Connie Schultz, Roldo Bartimole, Jim Rokakis and Mary Grimm.

Richey Piiparinen is a writer and urban researcher with the Mandel School's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development and Thriving Communities Institute. Richey has graduate degrees in clinical psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago and in urban planning and design from Levine College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State. This hybrid formal training has influenced how Richey views the city: not just as a collection of forms, but as an aggregate of emotions. His writings are carved, then, by the philosophy that a city's psychology should be attended to no less than its streets, bridges, and buildings.

Anne Trubek, a professor at Oberlin College, is co-editor of Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology and author of A Skeptic's Guide To Writers' Houses. She has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Wired, Slate and numerous other publications.


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