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TalkBacks: Clybourne Park Post-Show Discussion Panel

Saturday, December 10 from 5:00pm - 5:30pm

Clybourne Park

TalkBacks are regularly scheduled for patrons as an opportunity to delve deeper into the experience of the play. No RSVP required.

This will be a special panel discussion exploring diversity, urban planning, and dramaturgy.

Panelists include:

Ronnie A. Dunn, Ph. D.

Dr. Ronnie A. Dunn is an associate professor of Urban Studies at the Maxine-Levin Goodman College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. He is an urban sociologist whose teaching and research interests include issues affecting minorities and the urban poor, with a particular focus on race, crime, and the criminal justice system. His most recent publication, Boycotts, Busing, & Beyond: The History & Implications of School Desegregation in the Urban North, (Kendall-Hunt Publishing, 2016) uses the Cleveland School Desegregation Case to examine the issue. Some of his other scholarly publications include, Racial Profiling: Causes and Consequences (Kendall-Hunt Publishing, 2010), “The Marginalization and Criminalization of the Black Male Image in Postmodern in America,” in the book Color Behind Bars (2014), and The Relevance of Race in Citizen Complaints Against the Police, in the journal Administrative Theory & Praxis (2010). It was his recommendation to two state legislators that led Governor John Kasich to establish a statewide commission on policing that led to the creation of The Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board, to which Dr. Dunn was appointed. He was also invited to and provided written testimony to the President’s Taskforce on 21st Century Policing and has travelled to Washington on several occasions to lobby legislators on Capitol Hill for reforms within the criminal justice system. Dr. Dunn is intimately involved in the efforts to address issues relative to race, policing, and community-police relations within the city of Cleveland, the state of Ohio, and the nation.

Dr. Dunn serves as the chairman of the Board of Commissioners for the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, the oldest and 12thlargest public housing agency in the nation. He is also chair of the Cleveland NAACP’s Criminal Justice Committee, as well as active in various professional and civic organizations. He is a frequently sought after commentator in the media and the community, and is an U.S. Air Force veteran.

Megan Hatch, Ph. D.

Megan Hatch is an Assistant Professor of Urban Policy and City Management at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. She has a PhD in Public Policy and Public Administration from George Washington University and a Masters of Public Administration from Cornell University. She teaches courses on public policy development, urban policy, public administration, and statistics at Levin.

Dr. Hatch's research focuses on the intersection of inequality, government redistribution, and social policies. Her research on redistribution focuses how spending and tax policy such as the Earned Income Tax Credit affect income inequality and health disparities. Her research on housing policy centers on rental housing, particularly the state and local laws that protect renters' rights. Her current research in this area with colleagues at Levin centers on source of income discrimination, which is when landlords refuse to rent to a prospective tenants because they receive a Housing Choice Voucher.

Dr. Hatch is a relative newcomer to Cleveland, but she has already fell in love with her new hometown because of its strong sense of community.

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