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Orfield contributes to TPT documentary

MARCH 28, 2008 — Associate Professor Myron Orfield, executive director of the Law School's Institute on Race & Poverty, participated as an expert source for a documentary series to be aired on Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) beginning Apr. 6.

The six-part series, called "Close the Gap," explores regional stories of race, place, and class disparities, as well as the possibilities for addressing the problems.

The documentary is a collaboration between TPT and the Itasca Project, a coalition of Twin Cities business leaders that supports initiatives that advance the long-term economic health and quality of life in the region. The Project's partners include the McKnight Foundation, Greater Twin Cities United Way, Minneapolis Foundation, Best Buy Children's Foundation, and TPT.

Orfield's comments appear in three different segments of the series: "The Case for Change," "Making the Case," and "Place Disparities."

The series is scheduled to air in April and May, as follows:

  1. "Close the Gap: The Case for Change,"
      Apr. 6, 6 p.m. on TPT-2 (60 min.)
  2. "Close the Gap: Making the Case,"
      Apr. 12, 8 p.m. on TPT-17 (30 min.)
  3. "Close the Gap: Race Disparities,"
      Apr. 19, 8 p.m. on TPT-17 (30 min.)
  4. "Close the Gap: Class Disparities,"
      Apr. 26, 8 p.m. on TPT-17 (30 min.)
  5. "Close the Gap: Place Disparities"
      May 3, 8 p.m. on TPT-17 (30 min.)
  6. "Close the Gap: Making Change,"
      May 10, 8 p.m. on TPT-17 (30 min.)

The University of Minnesota's Department of Human Rights plans to create a high school course focusing on this topic, and human resource experts plan to build new hiring and training tools, based on the series. In coming weeks, segments will be made available for online streaming and downloading.

Professor Orfield holds a joint appointment in Urban and Regional Planning in the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs Graduate School. For several years, he has headed a regional research organization studying the legal, demographic, and land-use profiles of various American metropolitan areas.

 

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