News of the Week is a weekly publication designed to share news about opportunities, upcoming events on campus and around town, programs and activities, grants, publications, and other interesting news of interest about Levin College of Urban Affairs faculty, staff, students and alumni.

For job opportunities, click here to go to the Levin College Job Portal. To submit information for inclusion in News of the Week, please forward by Thursday at noon to News of the Week Editor Kim St. John-Stevenson at


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This page is for the information of Levin students and alumni, and is not intended to take the place of career counseling through CSU's Office of Career Services. 
Please forward any job announcements directly to Sharon Bliss at with the words "JOB ANNOUNCEMENT" added to the subject line. All announcements will be posted as they are received, in chronological order, without edits.  They may be removed as needed at any time. 


Last week, Sanda Kaufman participated at the first international conference on Complexity-Based Analytics and Policies for Social Good (or CAPS). This is "a cross-disciplinary conference for research, in which the tools of complex systems and/or agent-based modeling are used to examine a wide range of policies and procedures that promote, emphasize, contribute to, improve, or otherwise positively affect social good." She presented (together with Miron Kaufman) an article entitled "Scenarios of Conflict Dynamics on Duplex Networks." The article will be published in the Journal for Policy and Complex Systems. Additionally, this week Dr. Kaufman participated by invitation at the American Bar Association's Spring meeting Section on Dispute Resolution Conference, on a panel entitled: "Making Negotiation Theory More Helpful to Practitioners."


As part of April is National Poetry Month, WCLV - Cleveland's classical music station, held a poetry writing contest to honor composers or WCLV personnel. Specifically, it was a haiku contest to celebrate April 17th as National Haiku Day. A haiku is a  poem with three lines: the first line is 5 syllables, the second line holds 7 syllables, and the third line is 5 syllables. Levin's Dr. Lisa Thomas, head of the Center for Leadership Development at Levin College, had her haiku (below) about Gustav Mahler read on the air:

Mahler makes me cry.
His lachrymose melodies 
Disrupt emotion. 

On April 18, Levin Emeritus Professor Dennis Keating participated as a Paper Discussant in the 2017 Ohio State University Real Estate and Housing Doctoral Student Conference. On April 20, he presented his paper on "The Right to Housing" at the 47th Annual Conference of the Urban Affairs Association.


Dr. Roland Anglin, Dean, Levin College of Urban Affairs, presents at the recent TEDx Salon event at Cleveland State University. Dean Anglin was joined by Levin Professor Dr. Ronnie Dunn.
To see a collection of photos from the TEDx event, click here


Even though the official event is over, folks around Levin and around town are still talking about the housing hackathon! In case you missed it, a "hackathon is an event combining talent, expertise, data, and out-of-the-box thinking to solve community challenges. The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), Digital C, and Cleveland State University / Levin College partnered to make this event a reality. To see an overview of the hackathon event, check out the video below. 

2017 Cleveland Housing Hackathon

2017 Cleveland Housing Hackathon


Save-the-Date: MSNBC contributor and presidential historian John Meacham is coming to Cleveland to present at Cleveland State University's Arts and Humanities Alive! (AHA!) Festival on Friday, June 9. He will be discussing his biographies on Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson and George H.W. Bush, as well as his thoughts on leadership and what we can learn from how our Presidents have succeeded, and failed, in leading the nation. In addition, Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Sons, will speak Thursday, June 8 about the Great Migration and its impact on African American life and culture. For more information, click here

Levin College is offering an Introduction to ArcGIS workshop, taught by Jim Wyles. Classes will be held Wednesday, May 17 - Friday, May 19, 2017 from  8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Levin College in UR40. The workshop introduces participants to ArcGIS and its component applications. Workshop materials, including a workbook are provided. Upon successful completion of the workshop, certificates are awarded. No experience with desktop mapping or GIS technology is required, but registrants should know how to use Windows-based software. See the Levin Professional Development page for information about this and other workshops, or contact Sharon Bliss at Student and alumni discounts are available. Staff development funds are welcome.

Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Coming April 26, 2017: The End of U.S. Interventionism, featuring Congressman Dennis Kucinich! Mr. Kucinich has had an illustrious career as a public servant, serving as the Mayor of Cleveland, member of the Ohio Senate, and member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1997-2013). As a two-time Presidential Candidate (2004, 2008), Mr. Kucinich was a staunch advocate of anti-war and anti-intervention campaigns. During his tenure in Congress, Mr. Kucinich led the effort against the war in Iraq where he was able to gather 120 Congressional leaders against the U.S. invasion. Mr. Kucinich has visited the Middle East on multiple occasions to investigate on the ground conditions of the Syrian conflict. In 2013, Mr. Kucinich interviewed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and currently serves as a political analyst for Fox News. On Wednesday, April 26, Mr. Kucinich visits the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University to discuss the dangers of intervention and how the US ought to respond to conflict in the Middle East. For more information, contact Cameron Caputi at or by phone at 716-474-8889. This event is hosted by the Cleveland State College Democrats. 



Check out our recent advertising for Planetizen, the independent resource for people passionate about planning and related fields! This ad will appear online and in the Planetizen Graduate Guidebook. 

Did you know Levin College is 40?! Professor Emerita Roberta Steinbacher recently shared a comprehensive history of Levin College that includes a treasure trove of little known facts like the following: In  1967, the Cleveland State University Board of Trustees approved a process to create an urban studies program within the University. Now, our programs are listed among several at CSU that are nationally ranked. 

Have ideas about how we can celebrate 40 years of Levin College? We invite you to send thoughts, reflections and comments on this milestone to Dr. Stuart Mendel, Assistant Dean for Administration, via email at

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