URI Feinstein Providence Campus to hold second Urbanscape Community Forum April 8

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Topic is ‘Your City! The Struggle for Equity, Diversity’

PROVIDENCE – April 3, 2014 – The University of Rhode Island’s Feinstein Providence Campus will hold its second Urbanscape Community Forum Tuesday, April 8.

Free and open to the public, the panel discussion, “Your City! The Struggle for Equity and Diversity in Providence and Cities Around the World,” will be held in the Paff Auditorium of the Providence Campus, 80 Washington St. Free and open to the public, the program will begin at 7 p.m.

The keynote speaker is Don Mitchell, distinguished professor of geography at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Considered an influential and radical scholar, he is best known for his work on cultural theory and the People’s Geography Project. He works on labor struggles, human rights and justice. In 1998, he became a MacArthur Fellow, and in 2008 a Guggenheim Fellow. He is the author of The Right to the City (2003 Guilford Press).

The panelists are:

• Buff Chase, managing general partner of Cornish Associates, Westminster Street Lofts, and Mashpee Commons.

• Renee Hobbs, professor and founding director of the University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media.

• Jori Ketten, co-coordinator of PRONK!, is a free, family-friendly, all volunteer-run, outdoor music festival, featuring brass and drum-based street bands playing alongside local performance groups.

• Fred Ordonez, executive director of Direct Action for Rights and Equality.

The sponsors are the Urban Initiative, URI Feinstein Providence campus, and the

Harrington School of Communication Studies.

The first forum, held in late March, addressed Class, Race and Gender Inequalities in Providence and in Cities Around the World