Date: Thursday, March 23
Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Location: College Hall 207
Title: "Place, Violence, Resilience: Community-Engaged Research in Urban Neighborhoods"
Presenter: Dr. Eva Simms, Adrian Van Kaam Professor of Psychology, Duquesne University
Abstract: This talk will introduce the practice of thinking human experience from the perspective of place by discussing an outbreak of violence in Pittsburgh's African-American neighborhoods and the decades long consequences for local residents. Place allows for a multifaceted view of human life that reveals the practices of systemic racism experienced by individuals related to each other by virtue of their shared space. Dr. Eva Simms will be joined by other PlaceLab and community members in a discussion of the challenges, the lessons learned, and the hope for place-based, community-engaged research.
About the Speaker
Eva-Maria Simms, Ph.D. is the Adrian van Kaam Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Her areas of interest are phenomenology and phenomenological methods, ecopsychology and eco-phenomenology, child psychology and the psychology of place. Her research group, PlaceLab, develops philosophical concepts and qualitative methods for researching the intersection of community, nature, and place in collaboration with community organizations that steward neighborhood places. PlaceLab is looking for ways of giving voice to children's and adults' experiences of their local commons (natural and human-made) and to develop community features and practices which enhance the connection between people and place. She is the author of the book The Child in the World: Embodiment, Time, and Language in Early Childhood (Wayne State University Press), and of numerous articles on Merleau-Ponty, childhood, Goethean nature phenomenology, Rilke's existentialism, feminist phenomenology, and the psychology of place.