‘Reimagining Cities: A Conversation with Majora Carter’ is April 27

Majora Carter, a real estate developer, urban revitalization strategist, MacArthur Fellow and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, will join two Vanderbilt University faculty members and an affordable housing consultant for the virtual 2021 Harry Howard Lecture on Tuesday, April 27, at 4 p.m. CT.

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What does it take to imagine a more just city—and then implement strategies and policies that can make it a reality? What are the roles of humanities scholarship and institutions of higher education in community-based cultural strategy, urban revitalization and equitable development? These questions are newly urgent during a pandemic, and even more so in Nashville, after a tornado, bombing, and flooding (yet again).

Carter is responsible for the creation and successful implementation of numerous economic developments, technology and green infrastructure projects, policies and job training and placement systems. She has firsthand experience pioneering sustainable economic development in one of America’s most notorious low-status communities—the South Bronx.

Carter will be in conversation with Paul C. Taylor, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, chair of the philosophy department and professor of African American and diaspora studies; and Dominque Anderson, affordable housing and social impact strategy consultant at Dominique Anderson Consulting. Leah Lowe, associate professor of theatre, will serve as moderator.

The Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture Series was established in 1994 through the endowment of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Nash Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. George D. Renfro, all of Asheville, North Carolina. The lecture honors Harry C. Howard Jr., who earned his bachelor’s degree at Vanderbilt in 1951, and it allows the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities to bring an outstanding scholar to Vanderbilt annually to deliver a lecture on a significant topic in the humanities.

For more information, email Terry Tripp.