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Reimagining the City-University Connection: Integrating Research, Policy, and Practice

  • Friday, October 21, 2011
  • Radcliffe Gymnasium
    10 Garden Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138

"Reimagining the City-University Connection” seeks to promote a new kind of partnership by stimulating mutually beneficial research and policy relationships involving Harvard and other universities with Boston and other cities and towns in greater Boston. Scholars and practitioners from a variety of fields and communities will explore accomplishments of—and lessons from—several notable university/city initiatives. Panels of leading academics and senior practitioners will focus on four areas: preventing and responding to violence; governance and new technologies; improving urban education; and the lessons and challenges of city-university collaborations. The symposium will create novel opportunities to strengthen existing collaborations and to begin to develop new ones—particularly those that cross academic disciplines and bureaucratic boundaries.

Sponsored by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in collaboration with the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Welcoming Remarks

Lizabeth Cohen (Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and Harvard University), David T. Ellwood (Harvard Kennedy School), Peter Meade (Boston Redevelopment Authority), and Robert J. Sampson (Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and Harvard University)

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Panel 1: "Preventing and Responding to Violence"

Anthony A. Braga (Rutgers University), Daniel Linskey (Boston Police Department), Felton Earls (Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health), and Deborah Allen (Boston Public Health Commission)

Moderated by Paula A. Johnson (Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Boston Public Health Commission)

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Panel 2: "Governance and New Technologies"

Jennifer Tour Chayes (Microsoft Research New England), Nigel Jacob (City of Boston), and Alex "Sandy" Pentland (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Moderated by David Lazer (Harvard University and Northeastern University)

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Panel 3: "Improving Urban Education"

Sarah Glover (Harvard Graduate School of Education), Carol R. Johnson (Boston Public Schools), Stephen Raudenbush (University of Chicago), and Catherine Snow (Harvard Graduate School of Education)

Moderated by Nancy E. Hill (Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and Harvard Graduate School of Education)

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Panel 4: "Lessons and Challenges of City-University Connections"

John Fantuzzo (University of Pennsylvania), Henry Webber (Washington University in St. Louis), Margaret Weir (University of California at Berkeley and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study), and Mitchell Weiss (City of Boston)

Moderated by Edward L. Glaeser (Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and Taubman Center for State and Local Government, Harvard University)


Christopher Winship (Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and Harvard University) and Robert J. Sampson (Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and Harvard University)

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