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 From High Above Cayuga’s Waters to Knee Deep in the Mississippi Mud: The Role Cornell Students Played in Advancing the Recovery Efforts of the Lower 9th Ward

This event has been cancelled.

 John Forester and Ken Reardon PhD ’90 will discuss how Cornell’s Department of City and Regional Planning mobilized planning students and faculty from Cornell, Columbia and Illinois to assist residents of New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward in devising and implementing a post-disaster recovery plan for this historic African American community. John and Ken will discuss the experience of working with more than 90 planning and design students to prepare a comprehensive revitalization plan for the Lower 9th Ward which, along with skillful organizing by local ACORN members, is credited with attracting more than $147 million in recovery funds for this frequently overlooked and often maligned minority community. This event is being co-promoted by the Cornell Public Service Center as part of its “Network for Change” series of alumni events.
This lecture is being scheduled on the occasion of Temple University Press’s publication of Rebuilding Community after Katrina: Transformative Education in the New Orleans Planning Initiative, co-edited by Ken Reardon and John Forester.

Ticket price covers the cost of light appetizers and refreshments.

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cost: $15 General Attendees; $10 Young Alumni (10 years out or less)
Location: Nonprofit Center
89 South Street, Boston, MA

About the Presenters:

John Forester has been on the faculty of the Department of City and Regional Planning since 1978. He served as department chair from 1998-2001 and Associate Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning from 1997-1998. His research into the micro-politics of the planning process, ethics, and political deliberation assesses the ways that planners shape participatory processes and manage public disputes in diverse settings. Dr. Forester received his BS, MS, MCP, and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ken Reardon PhD ’90 is professor and director of the master’s program in Urban Planning and Community Development at University of Massachusetts Boston. Prior to joining UMass Boston he was director of the graduate program for the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Memphis. Prior to joining the Memphis faculty, Reardon was an associate professor and chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning at AAP, where he pursued research, teaching, and outreach in the areas of neighborhood planning, community development, and community/university development partnerships. During his time in Ithaca, he coordinated the department’s New Orleans Planning Initiative, which produced a recovery plan for the Ninth Ward. Before joining the Cornell faculty, Reardon was a tenured planning professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where his work in establishing the East St. Louis Action Research Project earned him the AICP President’s Award and the Dale Prize for Excellence in City Planning 

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Registration questions, please contact Claire Stack at cms362@cornell.edu