Leading Scholars, Organizers Gather for Conference on ACORN

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Leading Scholars, Organizers Gather for Conference on ACORN


35 years of ACORN organizing will be examined at the two-day conference 
at The University of Connecticut.

Participate Via Webcast

Researching ACORN: Past, Present and Future will examine the history, 
strategies, and impact of the Association of Community Organizations for 
Reform Now, the nation’s largest community organization of low- and 
moderate-income families. The University of Connecticut’s Urban & 
Community Studies Tri-Campus and the School of Social Work are 
co-sponsoring the conference, which takes place on December 6th and 7th. 
Conference participants include ACORN Chief Organizer Wade Rathke, ACORN 
President Maude Hurd, Frances Fox Piven, Joel Rogers, Louise Simmons, 
John Atlas, Fred Brooks, Gary Delgado, Peter Dreier, Norm Fruchter, 
Donald Green, Stephanie Luce, Daniel Russell, Elaine Simon, Gregory 
Squires, Heidi Swarts, and Robert Fisher, who organized this event.

The two-day conference will be webcast at www.acorn.org. The hours of 
webcast are December 6th from 12pm to 4pm and 6pm to 9pm; and December 
7th from 9am to 12pm.

Of particular interest is a public event, “ACORN & UCONN: Still Going 
Strong After 35 Years of Community Organizing,” which takes place on 
December 6th at 6:30pm to 8:00pm EST. This panel discussion will feature 
Wade Rathke, Maude Hurd, Frances Fox Piven, Joel Rogers, and Louise 
Simmons. The panel meets in the Zachs Community Room at the University 
of Connecticut, Greater Hartford Campus, 1798 Asylum Avenue, West 
Hartford, CT 06117. To R.S.V.P. call 860-570-9129 or email 
Betty.Cronin at uconn.edu.

To sponsor a webcast of this event, please contact Diana Winingder at 
rebuild at acorn.org for more information. Or visit www.acorn.org for 
further details.

According to Bob Fisher, UConn Professor and event organizer, “At a time 
when progressive-oriented organizations seem to be in a decline or 
disarray, ACORN, even after 35 years, appears to be getting a second 
wind. It’s a good time to discuss critically its past and present as 
well as its potential for the future.”



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