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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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About the Metropolitan Policy Center


MPC is a resource for understanding social unrest. We have a cluster of scholars who have been engaged with scholarship examining and addressing the undercurrents of unrest. Please reach out to us for assistance on this critical topic. We look forward to an exciting summer and can't wait to see you in the 2022- 2023 academic school year! 

Understanding urban policy and unrest course syllabus.

2021-2022 Academic Year Events

Wednesday, March 17, 2022
Annual Spring Lecture with Loretta Lees
Virtual Program, 4pm- 5pm 
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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Urban Speaker Series: Michael Fisher 
American University, Kerwin 301, 5:30pm- 6:30pm 
Register here 

Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Coming 'Home' to Cappuccino City: Gentrification & Reentry in the Nations Capital
American University, Kerwin 301, 5:30pm- 7pm 
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Saturday, April 23, 2022
Go-Go City: Live Film Screening & Concert
MLK Jr. Memorial Library, 3pm- 6pm 
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Professor Hyra, director of the Metropolitan Policy Center, collaborates with Southwest DC Action on a community research project.

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