Geneva, NY—The 12th annual Leo Srole Urban Studies Lecture, titled “Solving Homelessness: Work Works–New York City’s Doe Program,” will be presented by Harriet MacDonald, director of New York City’s Doe Fund, and three participants in the Doe Fund’s “Ready, Willing, and Able” program, at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13, in Albright Auditorium on the Hobart and William Smith campus.
This year’s Srole Lecture is the result of visits by professors Pat McGuire and Jim Spates and the students of their “Two Cities: NY and Toronto” course to New York City, where they spent a day cleaning the streets of the city with people enrolled in the “Ready, Willing, and Able” program. The program provides a structured environment in which homeless men and women restore their self-esteem and regain power over their lives by becoming self-sufficient and productive members of society.
The Srole Lecture is the flagship event of the Urban Studies Program, and named after HWS Professor Leo Srole, who taught in the 1940s and wrote the American city studies classic The Mental Health of the Metropolis. Among previous lecturers are William H. Whyte, author of The Organization Man and City; Reverend Martha Overall of St. Ann’s Parish, South Bronx, N.Y. (featured in Jonathan Kozol’s book Amazing Grace); Dr. Mitchell Kosny, chair of the Urban Planning Dept at Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto, and, last year, Edward Burroughs, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of the recent history of New York, Gotham.
The event is free and open to the entire campus and Geneva community.