Combining University and Community Knowledge in Research – April 9

8th Annual SoHE Outreach Planning Council Luncheon Talk and Workshop Symposium
Community-Based, Translational, and Transdisciplinary Action Research: Identifying and Overcoming the Obstacles

“Do We Know it All? Combining University and Community Knowledge in Research” by Prof. Phil Nyden, Director, Center for Urban Research and Learning, Loyola University – Chicago

Friday, April 9th, from 11:30 a.m.– 1 p.m., Main Dining Room, Pyle Center

Prof. Nyden has worked on projects aimed at promoting stable diverse neighborhoods, improving access to quality affordable housing, gaining an understanding of the needs of youth and families in our local community, and understanding business development in economically diverse communities. He has collaborated with the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations, the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities, the Organization of the NorthEast, the Evanston Human Relations Commission, Hull House, and the Human Relations Foundation.

Prof. Nyden, who is also on the faculty in the Sociology Department at Loyola University, will talk about how the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) came to be and how it currently operates. CURL is modeled on the European “Science Shop” concept of a collaborative approach, with multiple community partners giving regular input and bringing research questions and issues to the Center for assistance and action.

He’ll then ask us the question: “How could you see a Science-Shop model working here?” Or “How would it change your work?” We will discuss together and explore possibilities for using his experience in Madison.

Most recently, Prof. Nyden has examined how grassroots-level collaborative research in different cities and countries can be better connected to more effectively allow communities to share valuable information and insights in addressing pressing problems. In addition to authored articles and reports, Prof. Nyden has lectured extensively on collaborative university-community research approaches and center development in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Africa.

Lunches will be provided free to those who make a lunch reservation by April 2 or when we run out of space!
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Please specify if you want a vegetarian meal.

Following the luncheon, Prof. Nyden will discuss particulars of the Science Shop model with those interested until 2 pm.  From 2-3 pm,  we will present and discuss topics that emerged from the CBR, Translational and TAR roundtables during March.