Pictured from left to right: Christopher Niedt, Lawrence Levy
On Friday, March 3rd, the NCSS held a faculty retreat to discuss the further development of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra. In attendance were the executive Dean of the center, Lawrence Levy, academic director Christopher Niedt and Robert Brinkman, Vice Provost for scholarship and engagement, among others. The event was very well attended by professors from various departments looking to collaborate or further the projects they have been working on in various areas, from environment and sustainability to arts and culture.
It was fascinating to find where everyone’s work intersected, and to learn from people who have been so involved with suburban studies for so long. The suburbs are one of the least researched areas, despite making up 55% of the country. Over the years they have become more and more diverse and when it comes to elections, suburban populations make up more of the vote than urban areas. Over the years the demographic of the suburbs have been greatly changing, from being predominantly caucasian areas to being more diverse, even here on long island.
Our very own CCE co-director and Prof. from RTVF, Mario Murillo is even getting involved. Prof. Murillo is going to be working on a project that will focus on the stories of Latino immigrants on Long Island. Dr. Martine Hackett, who also serves on the CCE advisory board is also currently working on several projects with NCSS pertaining to the health disparities in the suburbs. With so much going on with suburban studies involving such hard work, it was no wonder that the attendees of the retreat were rewarded with wine at cheese at the end! All in all, the retreat was a great success and hopefully it will be expanding in the future!