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Urban Futures: Michigan Cities Bicentennial Symposium

LSA Bicentennial Theme Semester Symposium

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Suzanne Schulz, Director of Planning, City of Grand Rapids
Arthur Jemison, Director of Housing and Revitalization, City of Detroit

Margi Dewar, Professor Emerita, Taubman College of Urban Planning
Lou Glazer, President, Michigan Future, Inc.
Danielle Lewinski, Vice Presdient and Director of Michigan Initiatives, Center for Community Progress

Urban Futures: Michigan Cities brings together urban leaders from across the state for a conversation about how Michigan cities are challenging a public image of dereliction and decline and positioning themselves for the next century. Over the course of the afternoon symposium, Suzanne Schulz (director of planning for the City of Grand Rapids) and Arthur Jemison (director of housing and revitalization for the City of Detroit) will share their perspectives on two distinct Michigan cities, discuss what we can learn from their varied histories, and offer visions for the future. The two keynote speakers will focus their remarks on the distinctive challenges and opportunities Michigan cities present and how their cities are charting equitable, diverse, sustainable, and prosperous paths forward. Following these keynote addresses, a panel of experts will offer their thoughts on the two cities and lead a discussion with the speakers and the audience.

Speaker Biographies:

James (Arthur) Jemison is the director of housing and revitalization for the City of Detroit, Michigan. Most recently he was the deputy undersecretary of housing for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and deputy director of the Department of Housing and Community Development. Jemison has a BA in social thought and political economy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and a master of city planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Suzanne Schultz is director of planning for the City of Grand Rapids. She has a BS in urban and regional planning from Michigan State University. Schultz currently serves as vice president for Michigan Association of Planning Board of Directors.

The event is organized by the Detroit School Series, a Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop funded by the Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan, and presented in conjunction with the LSA Bicentennial Theme Semester. Additional support from the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; University of Michigan Bicentennial Office, Department of History; and Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.
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Map Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.) - Amphitheatre

November 2017

3:00pm - 5:00pm

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