April 03, 2012


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Ramon Borges-Méndez will give the talk, "Community Appraisals and Characterization: People, Places, and Assets," Thursday, April 5, at 4 p.m. in Walls Lounge of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Meerwarth Sociology and Anthropology Departmental Speaker Series, and the Nature and Human Communities Initiative of the Bucknell University Environmental Center.

Borges-Méndez is an associate professor of community development and planning and coordinator of the graduate program in community development and planning at Clark University in Massachusetts.

He will explore the idea that low-income communities in small, declining industrial cities can identify and mobilize assets that allow for social and economic development. He and John Kretzman, the originator of a related effort called Assets Based Community Development, believe that low-income communities should not be viewed as repositories of disadvantage and deficit.

Borges-Méndez will report on research from his developing book manuscript, Big Values in Small Towns, based on community information gathered in Lawrence and Holyoke, Mass., Bridgeport and Hartford, Conn., and Camden, N.J.

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