to Examine Massachusetts Cities
A selection, titled Jose
Diaz, from "City of Champions."
In conjunction with “City
of Champions,” an exhibition of photographs in the
Oresman Gallery, a panel of speakers will gather Tuesday,
Feb. 24, at 5 p.m. in Graham Auditorium, Hillyer Hall, for
a symposium titled “Rethinking Decline: New
Perspectives on Massachusetts' Gateway Cities.”
“City of Champions,” on
view through Saturday, Feb. 28, features photos by Mary
Beth Meehan of her hometown, Brockton, Mass., and explores
the personal effects of the global economic and cultural
changes under way there.
Panelists for the upcoming symposium are: John Schneider,
executive vice president, MassINC., and author of Reconnecting
Massachusetts Gateway Cities: Lessons Learned and an Agenda
for the Future; Joseph Krupczynski, professor of art
and art history, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who
will discuss his research and work to save the Skinner Building,
in Holyoke; Paola Ferrario, Harnish Visiting Artist in the
Department of Art at Smith, who will discuss the role of
art and documentary photography in effecting social change;
and Maria Salgado, acting director of Solutions Community
Development Corporation, who will talk about her grass-roots
work in the ever-changing Holyoke community.
Meehan, a former photographer for the Providence Journal,
is a 2009 Photography Fellow with the Rhode Island State
Council on the Arts.