March 25, 2011

2011 Conference Keynote Speakers

The American Planning Association's 2011 National Planning Conference welcomes insightful experts to speak on national and global planning issues.

Michael J. Sandel, Opening Keynote
Sunday, April 10; 8:45 – 10:15 a.m.
Michael J. Sandel is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, where he has taught political philosophy since 1980. He is best known for his undergraduate course, Justice, which has enrolled more than 14,000 students. Sandel will be speaking about justice and its implications on our moral and political philosophies.

Global Planners Network International Plenary
Monday, April 11, 7:30 – 8:45 a.m.
This plenary provides an international perspective about sustainability planning around the globe. APA's President Bruce Knight, FAICP, will guide a discussion with members of the Global Planners Network. Speakers include incoming Royal Town Planning Institute President Richard Summers; Marni Cappe, president of the Canadian Institute of Planners; and incoming National President Elect Dyan Currie.

Raphael Bostic, HUD and the Federal Perspective on Sustainability Research
Sunday, April 10; 10:30–11:45 a.m.
Raphael Bostic is the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Bostic will provide an overview of the federal government's efforts to increase sustainability planning within our communities.

U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, Policy Plenary
Monday, April 11, 7:30–8:45 a.m.
The Hon. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) has represented the 9th District of Massachusetts since 2001. He is active in Congress on a variety of issues critical to planning and building communities of lasting value. He currently is a member of the House Financial Service Committee, which has jurisdiction over HUD and the nation's housing programs.

Edward Glaeser, Closing Keynote
Tuesday, April 12; noon – 1 p.m.
Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1992. He is Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and Director of the Rappaport Institute of Greater Boston. He regularly teaches microeconomic theory, and occasionally urban and public economics. He has published dozens of papers on cities, economic growth, and law and economics. In particular, his work has focused on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1992. He is the author of Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier.


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