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Fall Forums

'09 (The Final Fall Forum)
"100 Years of Community Organizing: Alinsky to Obama"
In recognition of the 100th anniversary of Alinsky's birth, a lecture was given by Dr. Sanford Horwitt, author of the critically acclaimed biography, Let Them Call Me Rebel: the Life and Legacy of Saul Alinsky.   In addition to his work as an author and critic, Dr. Horwitt has served as a national policy advisor, as an instructor at the University of Illinois, Circle Campus and as lecturer at colleges and universities around the country.  His lecture was followed by observations by local organizers about community change in the stateline area: 

  • Tammie King, Community Action, Inc.
  • Michael Ramsdail, Beloit Board of Education
  • Kurt Handrich, Justice Overcoming Borders
  • Mark Spreitzer, '09 Political Science 

This Forum was co-sponsored by the Beloit College Duffy Community Partnerships; the Beloit College Sociology and Political Science Departments; Community Action, Inc; and Justice Overcoming Borders.

"Views and Varieties of Entrepreneurship"

A panel presentation and discussion drawing on examples of local initiatives exploring varieties of entrepreneurship as means of improving communities.  Panelists included: Jerry Gustafson, Coleman  Professor of Entrepreneurship, Director of CELEB, Professor of Economics and Management, Beloit College; Tara Tinder, Executive Director of the Stateline Community Foundation; Ben Chrischilles, Senior in Economics and Management, Beloit College, with significant business throughout the community through his work with the Hendricks Development Group, Belmark, and CELEB; Christa Westerberg, attorney specializing in the areas of land use, environmental, municipal, civil rights and govermental law, Shareholder at Garvey, McNeil, McGillvray; and Jackie Gennett, co-owner of Bushel  and Peck's, Beloit's locally focused  food market.  Co-sponsored by the Duffy Community Partnerships, the WISE Foundation and Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce.

"Hunger in Our Backyard: Food Insecurity in the Stateline Area"
Looking at causes of and responses to hunger with Marion Fass, Professor of Biology and Health Studies; Judith Petree, Executive Director at Caritas; Deb Crockett, Program Director at The Learning Center at Angelic Organics; Ashley Vancil, Sociology, '08.

"Leadership From Beloit, For Beloit"

Beloit Alumni speak on forms of leadership in the Stateline area: John Erikson, Beloit Board of Education and business leader; Terry Monnahan, Beloit City Council and attorney; Prudy Harker, business leader; Steve Gregg, Assistant City Manager; Michael Ramsdail, Pastor and organizer.

"Immigration Demographics and Dynamics"

A look at immigration dynamics in the Stateline area compared with state and national demographics, including Michelle Erikson, Director of the Wisconsin Literacy Council; Neddy Astudillo, Pastor and organizer, Kim Pernell, Sociology, '06, and a demographer from UW Madison

"Education for Employment"

What kinds of education are necessary for tomorrow's workforce?  Mike Slavish, Director of Real Estate, Hendricks Development Group; Warren Palmer, professor of Economics and Management; Sue Green, Principal of Wright Elementary School; Ted Serafini, Economics and Management, '