The Beat Goes On: From Boarding Houses to Gen Alpha

The theme for the 2017 Housing Education and Research Association (HERA) conference is a great fit for Lowell, Massachusetts. It’s about change.

“The beat goes on” refers to the Beat Generation. The city was the birthplace of writer Jack Kerouac, who coined the term “Beat Generation.” A central element of Beat culture was the rejection of materialism.

In the 1800s Lowell established boarding houses to provide a place to live for the many females employed to work in the textile mills. In the early 1900s the textile industry declined. Since then some of the boarding houses have been repurposed.

“Gen Alpha” includes those born in the new 21st century. This is a generation of all things new. They were born into the world of Instagram, Apps, iPad, texting, vlogs, and all things digital.

HERA welcomes abstracts related to the conference theme as well as other housing-related abstracts. There is still time to submit an abstract for the Housing Education and Research Association (HERA) conference in October in Lowell, MA. The deadline is April 7, 2017. Learn more about sharing your research on the HERA website.

The Beat Goes On_ From Boarding Houses to Gen Alpha

 

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