City and Regional Planning

Erica Kohl-Arenas: 'From Self-Help to Self-Determination: Radical Politics Off the (Non-Profit Industrial Complex) Grid'

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 6:00pm
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Meyerson Hall B1

Dr. Kohl-Arenas will speak on “From Self-Help to Self-Determination: Radical Politics Off the (Non-Profit Industrial Complex) Grid.”

Erica Kohl-Arenas is the faculty director of Imagining America and serves on the UC Davis faculty as Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies. Kohl-Arenas’ scholarship and teaching focus on critical studies of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, participatory community development, grassroots social movements and cultural organizing. Her recent book, The Self-Help Myth: How Philanthropy Fails to Alleviate Poverty (University of California Press, 2016), reveals how private philanthropy maintains systems of inequality through case studies of foundation investments in farmworker and immigrant communities in California’s Central Valley. Her scholarship also appears in a diversity of publications including Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, Social Movement Studies, Journal of Poverty, Geography Compass, Public: A Journal of Imagining America and public scholarship platforms including HistPhil and Transformation (at Open Democracy).