Responding to Reality: Film Screening of "East of Liberty"

February 21, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

Join the director, Chris Ivey for refreshments and a film screening of his documentary, East of Liberty which explores issues of race and class, and addresses residents' fears about gentrification. A hybrid version of the first two of the three-chapter series, A Story of Good Intentions and The Fear of Us will be shown. 

This unique documentary, called East of Liberty, explores issues of race and class and addresses resident’s fears about gentrification. The goal has been to create a historical record that captures the essence of community change and exposes taboos in frank conversation—from displacement to neighborhood violence to discussions of race and class—which most redevelopment efforts ignore. This series has been used in classrooms of higher education to engage students in a timely debate and discussion about urban redevelopment, gentrification and related social and economic issues. It serves as an ideal teaching tool for courses including those in urban studies, public policy, race and ethnicity, sociology and others.


Panelists include:


Alvin Pearman, Ph.D.



Harley Etienne, Ph.D.

(University of Michigan)


Medina Jackson, M.S.W

(Director of Engagement of P.R.I.D.E.)



This event is free and open to the public, though registration is appreciated. Light refreshments will be available.




Location and Address

Homewood Community Engagement Center

622 N. Homewood Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15208