M.A. Student, Individualized Program, Concordia University
I am beginning a research initiative that builds on the knowledge and experience of long-term residents in Hudson, NY to examine urban change in the city. Like cities throughout North America, Hudson has seen dramatic change: once a center for manufacturing and industrial activity, the city has more recently become a site of an arts “boom,” and has been celebrated as an example of arts-driven revitalization in post-industrial cities. I am interested in how Hudson’s recent development has been experienced by those living, working, and raising children in the city. This research will be in dialogue with my ongoing work at Kite’s Nest, a learning center for children in Hudson, and the Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center, an organization focused on issues of racial and social justice in the city — and will build on the Hudson Oral History Archive, an archive of the Oral History Summer School.