The Cincinnati Project

The Kunz Center for Social Research proudly announces the inaugural event introducing The Cincinnati Project.

As part of its new focus, the Kunz Center organized and co-sponsored two talks by Harvard Professor David R. Williams, an expert on how racial inequality affects health.  The event brought together hundreds of professors and community members to learn both about how the social environment affects health and how we can work to reduce inequality in health.  You can view one of Dr. Williams’ Cincinnati talks on the Center's website: http://www.artsci.uc.edu/departments/sociology/kunz/health.html. The Center will sponsor lectures during the 2014-2015 academic year, featuring local and national scholars.  More information about these events may be found at http://www.artsci.uc.edu/departments/sociology/kunz.html.

Last winter the Kunz Center organized students, faculty, and staff to attend the play Clybourne Park at Playhouse in the Park. The play, which deals with issues of race and gentrification, was the foundation for interesting discussions both on campus at an Urban Workshop, and at a community-wide forum co-sponsored by Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) and The Playhouse in the Park. Through the generous support of our donors, the Kunz Center was able to subsidize the cost of tickets to ensure that students could afford to attend the play. We plan to repeat this successful set of events with next season’s performance of Buzzer! We invite our alumni to join us then; additional detailed information will follow.

To support student research, the Kunz Center provides grant support (up to $500) to a number of exciting projects each year. Last academic year, the Kunz Center supported research with awards to Ciera Graham and Kelli Chapman. Ciera’s project, "Black Spaces at White Institutions: How Do African American Students Perceive and Utilize the Black Campus Community at Predominately White Rural and Urban Campuses?” studies how students adjust to college life on urban and rural campuses. Kelli’s research, "Negotiating Intimate Relationships as an LGBT Teenager," investigates the complexity of dating life among gay and lesbian teens.

The Center was established in 1989 and endowed in 1995 by a bequest in honor and memory of Margaret A. Kunz and her parents, Dr. John C. Kunz and Emma B. Kunz. 

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