Some of the most innovative solutions to the world’s challenges are now emerging from cities. With their diverse populations; confluence of creative people, organizations and ideas; economies that rival those of some countries; and a nimbleness that outstrips state and federal governments, Houston and other cities are well positioned to address local needs with globally relevant solutions. This course convenes Rice scholars and other community experts to explore how Houston is serving as a civic laboratory, piloting novel approaches to social, educational, health, economic, environmental and other challenges. We consider strategies to foster more equitable access to opportunity and how to promote quality of life for all residents. The class includes a social gathering to connect with fellow Houstonians and information on how to engage in community initiatives that are reshaping the present and future of our city and inspiring others around the globe.
You may also be interested in the free ‘Why Cities Matter: Cities as Laboratories’ lecture by Annise Parker on January 28, 2019 at 7-8:30 p.m. Please visit glasscock-info.rice.edu/cities to learn more and RSVP. Please note that space is limited and RSVP is required.
Feb. 18. “Inclusive, Equitable City.” Ginny Goldman, independent strategist and former chair of the Houston Mayor’s Task Force on Equity and Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston
Feb. 25. “Learning City: Fostering Equity in Education.” Patra Brannon-Isaac, regional director, Harris County, Leadership ISD, and Alexandra Hales Elizondo, founding executive director, Good Reason Houston
March 4. “Healthy City, Healthy Community: Innovative Approaches to Health Equity.” Umair A. Shah, executive director, Harris County Public Health
March 18. “Creative City: Arts, Culture and Collective Creative Action.” Eureka Gilkey, executive director, Project Row Houses
March 25. “Green City: Parks and Greenspaces.” Beth White, president and CEO, Houston Parks Board
April 1. “Entrepreneurial City: Thriving in an Era of Technological Disruption.” Michael Sklar, chair, Acceleration Strategy, Houston Exponential
April 8. “Collaborative City: Post-Harvey Challenges and the Houston Solutions Lab.” William Fulton, director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Rice University
April 15. “Engaged City: Sustaining Civic Engagement.” Caroline Quenemoen, Rice Center for Civic Leadership, associate dean of undergraduates and director of inquiry-based learning at Rice University
A short reception immediately follows the last class on April 15, 8:30–9 p.m.