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Urban Planning Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium

January 22, 2009 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This year’s symposium will explore the role and challenges of the urban and regional planner in creating a more equitable society, as well as success stories among professionals in the urban and regional planning field.

Keynote speakers include:

– Professor Kenneth Reardon is associate professor of urban and regional planning at Cornell University. He teaches city and regional planning at Cornell University where he focuses on community-based planning in severely distressed urban neighborhoods, alternative approaches to community development, urban social movements, and municipal government reform.

– Gloria Robinson is the 2009 Sojourner Truth Visiting Professor at Taubman College, as well as the former director of planning and development, City of Detroit. Ms. Robinson served in the administration of former Detroit Mayor Dennis W. Archer, first as director of planning & development, and later as group executive for economic development. Under her leadership, the city attracted over $20 billion in new development. In addition, Robinson also served in the administration of former President Bill Clinton as an appointee. She was assistant to the secretary for community empowerment at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C., where she led the Urban Empowerment Zone/Enterprise Community Initiative.

– Madeline Janis is co-founder and executive director of Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE). She led the historic campaign to pass L.A.’s living wage ordinance, which has since become a national model. Over the past decade, she has provided training and assistance to community organizations and unions in dozens of cities across the country and is widely regarded as an innovator in the fight against working poverty.

Professor Joe Grengs will be the respondent for this event. The symposium will be concluded with a reception following the panel. Our Urban Planning Symposium is one of the many events being held during MLK week. For a complete list of university-wide events, please visit www.mlksymposium.com.


January 22, 2009
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm