About Regionally Speaking

A series of programs produced and moderated by Gladys Haddad, PhD, Professor of American Studies, founder and Director of the Western Reserve Studies Symposium at Case Western Reserve University. These conversational interviews engage community experts and leaders, faculty and students to discuss important issues for the region and the central city of Cleveland. All the programs can be accessed on the blog by entering Regionally Speaking on Google.

Beginning in May 2007 with “University Circle: A Destination and a Neighborhood” Regionally Speaking engaged civic leaders about this important center of excellence in Northeast Ohio.

In 2008, Regionally Speaking began a specific focus on Neighborhood Progress, Inc. and its six Strategic Investment Initiative neighborhoods: Buckeye, Detroit-Shoreway, Fairfax, Glenville, Slavic Village and Tremont. In 2009, Regionally Speaking explored the Greater University Circle Initiative, a program in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation that seeks economic inclusion and community wealth building the neighborhoods surrounding University Circle.

In 2010, Regionally Speaking developed a partnership in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University’s Social Justice Alliance Institute with a focus on the City of East Cleveland. Programming focused on the challenges for economic redevelopment in East Cleveland and how SJA/I could bridge the gap between University Circle and East Cleveland.

In 2011, Regionally Speaking addressed the “Health Needs of the Region”, the “Challenge of Providing Educational Access and Quality Education”, “Creating Jobs in the Age of Regionalism”, “On Behalf of the City and Its Senior Citizens”, “Public Health Access in Greater Cleveland Social Justice in the Latino Community”, “University Faculty Serving as Stewards of Social Justice”.

In 2012, Regionally Speaking focused on the “Voice and Action” Project collecting narratives from East Cleveland residents by students, faculty, and citizens, “Building Bridges Between Communities,” “Environmental Justice” as applied to homes, “Living Social Justice, Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Future”, “Volunteering in New Orleans,” Ohio NAACP “City As a Classroom Course.”

In 2013, Regionally Speaking programs focused on faculty and student leadership in the Social Justice Think Tank, addressing the mission of the NAACP on campus, the student run Free Clinic, the Enrollment Management Leadership Team, and the School of Nursing emphasis on community based health.

In 2014, Regionally Speaking focused on the Social Justice Institute topics of Curriculum Development, Community Bridge Building, and Educating Agents for Social Change.