Friday, October 3, 2008

Fair Housing Conference October 7 2008

On October 7th, the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) and Jane Addams Hull HouseAssociation are acknowledging the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act of l968 by co-sponsoring aconference, "The Next Forty Years of Fair Housing: Developing an Agenda for Integration for the 2lst Century". The event willtake place at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) campus in Student Center East at 750 S. Halsted Avenue.

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 was not only about protecting individual rights; it was also about fostering residential integration. The conference will focus on research, policies, and programs that move beyond issues of enforcement of anti-discrimination to examine the barriers to integration. We are bringing together researchers, policymakers, and community leaders from universities, government, and non-profit organizations across the country and throughout the city to work towards an action agenda for the future. The conference is organized around four sessions: (1) Government Policy and Housing Integration; (2) Individual Behavior and Housing Integration; (3) Policies and Programs Promoting Integration; and a final workshop session where participants will focus on "developing an action agenda." The conference has been fashioned to promote and benefit from active audience participation. As such, we hope that attendees can participate in the entire conference, including the final sessions during which we will develop an agenda and set in motion concrete "next steps" for research, policy, and grassroots organizing. Please see the attached brochure for the full agenda and further information.

The event is free of charge and is open to all interested individuals and agencies. Pre-registration is required by email (, phone (1-866-794-3340) or via the web ( by Friday, October 3rd.

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