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Suffolk University

Suffolk University is a private, comprehensive, urban university located on historic Beacon Hill in Boston, with three other Massachusetts locations and international campuses in Madrid, Spain, and Dakar, Senegal. Suffolk University's mission is to provide quality education at a reasonable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds with strong emphasis on diversity. The University is committed to educating students to become lifelong learners, as well as professionals who lead and serve the communities in which they live and work. Suffolk University is a teaching University, where research and scholarship are interrelated with the unique character of each academic discipline. It does so by means of courses that provide theoretical, experiential, and practical dimensions. The University seeks to prepare students to live in a diverse, global society, appreciating the richness of various cultures. The University supports and encourages diversity in a challenging, supportive environment for motivated and capable students from various backgrounds and cultures.

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  • For a recent graduate Greater Boston – which routinely ranks among the most expensive areas of the United States for housing – can seem a daunting place to lay down roots and launch a career. In significant part this is because the region does not build enough housing to meet demand, pushing costs upward. Communities around Boston make it incredibly difficult to build apartments and other less-expensive housing options. Much of the land in these communities is restricted to single-family homes, often on very large lots. These practices contribute to high housing costs, residential segregation, significant inequities in access to quality education, and residential construction that is often far from public transportation, exacerbating negative environmental effects. Why is this the case? How can it be changed? And what role can graduate students and young professionals play in advocating for such change both locally and at the state level? Join Abundant Housing Massachusetts and Suffolk University Law School for a panel featuring national experts on housing, zoning, and local government. Professor Vicki Been of New York University School of Law previously served as Deputy Mayor of Housing and Economic Development for the City of New York and will speak on possibilities for reform at the city and state level. Professor Anika Singh Lemar leads the Community and Economic Development clinic at Yale Law School and will discuss her work with affordable housing developers to bring needed housing to communities throughout Connecticut. Maxwell Palmer, a Professor of Political Science at Boston University, will discuss his groundbreaking research examining who participates in local land use decision making and how homeowners entrench their own interests by opposing new housing. Jenny Schuetz is a Senior Fellow at Brookings Metro. An expert in urban economics and housing policy, she will discuss how statewide zoning reform could improve housing affordability and more.
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  • *Harper's Magazine* editor Lewis Lapham observes that the media these days speak in so many forked and foreign tongues - film, book, video game, broadcast, blog - that without a dictionary or a concordance it is hard to know who is saying what to whom. Over the last 50 years it has come to pass that on an examination paper at the end of a year's course in the history of western civilization a sophomore at a high-end New England university can answer: "The Greeks invented three kinds of columns - Corinthian, Doric, and Ironic. They also had myths. A myth is a female moth." How does a writer tell a straight story to readers who think in circles? Maybe by sending smoke signals.
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  • Speakers discuss resource issues and the conflicting messages given to immigrant youth, who report they hope to go to college but cannot figure out how to pay for it.
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    Suffolk University
  • A panel discusses the cultural differences that pervade views on the validity of MCAS. Some students wonder why the test is so hard and why there is so little support for ESL students to pass it. Others think the testing resembles that used in their country of origin.
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