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MPC's mission is to create knowledge and propose solutions to our 21st century metropolitan and urban challenges.
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What is the MPC?

The Metropolitan Policy Center (MPC) was created in the Fall of 2014 within the School of Public Affairs at American University (AU). MPC serves as the metropolitan and urban research hub on AU's campus. MPC's mission is to create knowledge and propose solutions to our 21st century metropolitan and urban challenges. The insights gained through the Center are disseminated to policy makers, think tanks, foundations, nonprofits, community groups and academic and mainstream media outlets.

Announcements

A huge welcome to the new members of our team! Michael Bader has moved into an Associate Director position, Theo Greene is joining us as a Visiting Scholar, and Katherine Silva and Richard Takacs are our new Graduate Assistants. A welcome back is also in order to Lawrence Anderson, a returning Graduate Assistant at MPC.
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Fall 2018 Events

Our Urban Speaker Series will take place in Kerwin Hall, Room 301 on every other Wednesday from 2:30pm - 4:00pm during the Fall 2018 semester, beginning on September 12th and wrapping up on November 28th.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
A Place to Call Home: Immigrant Exclusion and Urban Belonging in New York, Paris, and Barcelona
Featuring: Ernesto Casteneda
Location and Time: Busboys and Poets, 5th & K, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Friday, September 21, 2018
DC Jazz: Stories of Jazz Music in Washington, D.C.
Featuring: Blair Ruble, Maurice Jackson, Carolyn Gallaher, Clarence Lusane
Location and Time: SIS Founder's Room, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Gentrification in Washington, DC: A Conversation on Improving Equitable Outcomes for Children and Families
Featuring: Derek Hyra, Sabiyah Prince, Parisa
Location and Time: SIS Founder's Room, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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LeDroit Park row houses in Washington D.C. Flickr User Andrew