“Growing a Healthy Community: What It Takes” Featuring Alex Kotlowitz, Journalist and Author

Sponsored By Third Federal Savings and Loan, Maxine Goodman Levin
College of Urban Affairs and WVIZ/PBS ideastream

–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Media Reminder:

“Growing a Healthy Community: What It

Featuring Alex Kotlowitz, Journalist and

Sponsored By Third Federal Savings and Loan

Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and

WVIZ/PBS ideastream



  Wednesday, June 29, 2016
5-7:00 pm


Cleveland State University Student Center Ballroom
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115


Sara Shookman, anchor, WKYC TV


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About The Event

Please join us for the third and final forum in our series “Growing a
Healthy Community.” The series has examined the investment made in the
Broadway/Slavic Community by addressing the basics of education,
low-literacy, housing, healthcare and safety through the Broadway P-16

We are very pleased to welcome back Alex
, award winning American journalist and author of the 2009 New
York Times Magazine
cover story on Slavic Village that brought
national attention to the devastation caused by the foreclosure crisis.
He returns to Cleveland after seven years to deliver the June 29th
keynote address entitled:

“The Things They Carry: Growing Up Poor in the World’s Richest
Nation — and What It Takes to Build Community.”

Kotlowitz has spent much of the last 35 years telling stories of those
who have little left to lose, those who understand better than most the
deep economic divide in this country. In his talks, he speaks to some of
the myths that surround those growing up poor in the world’s wealthiest
country: the myth of community; the myth that people become accustomed
to or hardened by the violence that plagues so many poor communities;
the myth of the single story, the notion that if you’re growing up poor
we know the shape of your narrative; the myth that our poor are well
taken care of.

Kotlowitz tells the stories of those he’s encountered over the years to
bring listeners into these neighborhoods, to help them understand all
the forces bearing down on those who are struggling to get by and
struggling to be heard. And he suggests what needs to be done to
strengthen and re-fortify community.

He will be joined by a panel of local guests to discuss the changes that
have taken place in Slavic Village and what it takes to build,
strengthen and re-fortify a community devastated by poverty and
decimated by the foreclosure crisis.

About Third Federal

Third Federal Savings and Loan Association (Nasdaq: TFSL), is a leading
provider of savings and mortgage products, and operates under the values
of love, trust, respect, a commitment to excellence and fun. Founded in
Cleveland in 1938 as a mutual association by Ben and Gerome Stefanski,
Third Federal’s mission is to help people achieve the dream of home
ownership and financial security. It became part of a public company in
2007 and celebrated its 75th anniversary in May, 2013. Third
Federal, which lends in 21 states and the District of Columbia, is
dedicated to serving consumers with competitive rates and outstanding
service. Third Federal, an equal housing lender, has 21 full service
branches in Northeast Ohio, eight lending offices in Central and
Southern Ohio, and 17 full service branches throughout Florida. As of
March 31, 2016, the Company’s assets totaled $12.5 billion. For more,
visit us on Thirdfederal.com.

About Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs

The Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University is
dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and service and is
actively engaged in improving opportunities for the citizens of the
Greater Cleveland region and the state of Ohio. The college offers six
Undergraduate Degree programs, two nationally accredited and ranked
Masters Degree programs in Urban Planning and Public Administration,
recognized graduate programs in Urban Studies, Nonprofit Management and
Environmental Studies, and an interdisciplinary Doctoral program. The
Levin College Forum Program is known as the place “where the community
gathers to discuss challenges, create opportunities, and celebrate
accomplishments.” The Forum is a catalyst for thoughtful public debate,
innovative thinking, new ideas, and timely action addressing critical
issues that impact Northeast Ohio. Since its inception in 1998, the
Forum has tackled a broad range of civic issues including the lakefront
plan, economic growth and development, affordable housing, immigration,
education, the convention center, poverty, race and sustainable
development. The work of the forum is based on the premise that an
informed and engaged citizenry is a valuable asset for the region’s
future growth and prosperity. The public deliberation that takes place
at the Forums is intended to educate, inspire and engage.

About ideastream

The mission of ideastream
is to strengthen our communities. ideastream pursues its mission as a
multiple media public service organization by providing distinctive,
thought-provoking programs and services that enlighten, inspire, educate
and entertain.


Third Federal
David Reavis, 216-429-5036