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CHT: Special Presentation and Panel Discussion with Dr. Theresa Williamson

From our friends at the Champlain Housing Trust:


As the Champlain Housing Trust celebrates its 35th Anniversary, we are inviting the community to join us for a special presentation and panel discussion on Thursday, November 14th from 7-8:30pm at Contois Auditorium. Dr. Theresa Williamson, an internationally renowned activists and city planner, will discuss how the Community Land Trust model is making an impact in a community over 5000 miles from Burlington.

With the price of land escalating worldwide and threatening people’s access to shelter, Community Land Trusts are now being explored more than ever as a way to protect vulnerable communities. In Brazil, residents of the informal settlements knowns as favelas are considering and applying the CLT model after-the-fact.  In this talk specially developed for her visit to the Champlain Housing Trust, Dr. Williamson will present the historical realities and current struggles of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, and how a model so close to home may just offer a revolutionary solution to communities half a world away.

This event is free and open to the public.

Theresa Williamson, Ph.D. is a city planner and founding executive director of Catalytic Communities, an NGO working to support Rio de Janeiro’s favelas through asset-based community development. She has received numerous awards and has been published several times including four op-eds in The New York Times. Dr. Williamson earned her B.A. in Biological Anthropology from Swarthmore College and PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

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