JSU to hold student-led urban and regional planning conference

Beale Street in Memphis (Photo by Matt Lancashire/Flickr Creative Commons-Attribution License)

(JACKSON, Miss.) – Jackson State University’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning will host the student-led planning conference,  Emerging Issues in Southern Cities, March 25-26 on JSU’s main campus, 1400 John R. Lynch St in Jackson. The conference invites students, faculty, professionals and community members in urban planning and related fields to engage in presentations and discussions about the social, physical, economic, environmental, political and historical aspects of planning in southern cities. 

While many conference participants are active in urban planning initiatives in the Jackson-metro area, scholars from cities throughout the southeast will contribute to the discussion of what makes southern urban development unique. Ellen Dunham-Jones, a world-renowned expert on urban and suburban design and a board member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, will give the keynote address at 2 p.m. Friday, March 25, at the Jacob L. Reddix Building. Dunham-Jones, who teaches at the Georgia Tech College of Architecture, will speak about topics covered in her new book, Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs.

The other key participants are leading scholars from the region’s accredited planning programs: Mukesh Kumar of Jackson State University, Constance Wilson of Alabama A&M University, John Pittari of Auburn University, Jane Brooks of the University of New Orleans and Ken Reardon of the University of Memphis.

The event also will feature plenary discussions and symposiums on current urban issues including Connecting Communities, Universities and Professionals in the Planning of Southern Cities and Overcoming Divides:  Planning, Education, and Practice

David Powe of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Kimberly Hilliard of JSU’s Center for University-Based Development, and Jassen Callender of the Mississippi State University College of Architecture Art + Design are among the speakers who will participate in panel discussions. 

Student presentations will focus on emerging research topics such as the development of renewable energy infrastructure, community green space development, the social and economic impact of gambling in Mississippi, and the effects of soil erosion in the Ross Barnett Reservoir. Students also will present posters on their research topics that will be on display in the atrium of JSU’s School of Engineering from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, March 26.

The March 25-26 event is JSU’s first student-led urban and regional planning conference. Registration is $35 for students and $70 for non-students. More event details can be found at the department website, http://sites.jsums.edu/durp/, or by calling 601-432-6865.


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About Jackson State University: Bridge to a Brighter Tomorrow

Jackson State University, founded in 1877, is a historically black, high research activity university located in Jackson, the capital city of the state of Mississippi. Jackson State’s nurturing academic environment challenges individuals to change lives through teaching, research and service. Officially designated as Mississippi’s Urban University, Jackson State continues to enhance the state, nation and world through comprehensive economic development, health-care, technological and educational initiatives. The only public university in the Jackson metropolitan area, Jackson State is located near downtown, with three satellite campuses throughout the city. For more information, visit www.jsums.edu.

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