september, 2020

23sep7:30 pm9:00 pmHomelessness: The Big Picture - Lecture by Prof. Dennis Culhane7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Event Details

Join us via Zoom or Facebook Live as Prof. Dennis Culhane discusses the large-scale forces contributing to homelessness in the United States, including wealth inequality, housing shortages, housing unaffordability, and historical and sociological factors. Culhane will summarize the academic research about issues contributing to the national homeless problem and explore what homelessness looks like on a national scale.

Culhane is the Dana and Andrew Stone Professor of Social Policy at the School of Social Policy and Practice at The University of Pennsylvania. He is a nationally recognized social science researcher with primary expertise in the field of homelessness. He is a leader in the integration of administrative data for research and directs Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP), an initiative that promotes the development of integrated data systems by state and local governments for policy analysis and systems reform. His homelessness work has positioned him as an early innovator in the use of administrative data for research and policy analysis, particularly for populations and program impacts that are difficult to assess and track. Culhane’s work has resulted in federal legislation requiring all cities and states to develop administrative data systems for tracking homeless services in order to receive HUD funding. His work has also been instrumental in a national shift in how cities address chronic homelessness and family homelessness. Culhane recently worked with colleagues in Boston, Los Angeles County, and New York City to complete a multi-site study on the emerging crisis of aging homelessness using linked administrative data.

This talk is presented in conjunction with two BMAC exhibits related to homelessness, STEVEN KINDER: 522,830 and COFFEE AND CONVERSATION: STORIES OF HOMLESSNESS, both on view through October 12, 2020.

Taking its name from the number of people who were unsheltered in America in 2018, STEVEN KINDER: 522,830 features portraits of people experiencing homelessness whom Kinder has met over the years in New York City.

Brattleboro artist Liz Lavorgna began working on COFFEE & CONVERSATION in 2015, in collaboration with filmmaker Wyatt Andrews and with support from Groundworks Collaborative.


Attendees are invited to make a donation to Groundworks Collaborative, which provides ongoing support to families and individuals facing housing and food insecurities in the greater Brattleboro area.

This event is presented in partnership with Groundworks Collaborative and is supported in part by a grant from The Thomas Thompson Trust.


(Wednesday) 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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