Reimagining the City-University Connection Symposium

Leading Scholars and City Officials Integrate Research, Policy, and Practice to Address Issues in Urban Violence, Education, and Governance
October 21, 2011

Alison Franklin
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University

Doug Gavel
Harvard Kennedy School

Cambridge, Mass.—Sponsored by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in collaboration with the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and the City of Boston, the “Reimagining the City-University Connection” symposium will advance new and strengthen existing collaborations involving mutually beneficial research and policy initiatives in greater Boston.

WHAT: The symposium brings together scholars and senior practitioners from across Harvard University, leading US universities, and the City of Boston to discuss ways in which cities and universities can work together to improve the quality of research for scholars and the quality of life for citizens. Experts will convene at the Radcliffe Institute to explore lessons and accomplishments from notable city-university partnerships that address violence, governance through new technologies, urban education, and the challenges of implementation.

WHO: More than 300 participants will join “Reimagining the City-University Connection,” which features a welcome by Boston Redevelopment Authority Director Peter Meade, Radcliffe Institute Dean Lizabeth Cohen, and Harvard Kennedy School Dean David Ellwood.

Symposium panelists—including Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol R. Johnson, Boston Police Department Superintendent-in-Chief Daniel Linskey, Jennifer Tour Chayes of Microsoft Research New England, Office of New Urban Mechanics Codirector Nigel Jacob, and scholars from seven Harvard Schools—will discuss issues facing cities during the following sessions:

  • Preventing and Responding to Violence, 9:00–10:30 AM
  • Governance and New Technologies, 10:45 AM–12:15 PM
  • Improving Urban Education, 1:45–3:15 PM
  • Lessons and Challenges of City-University Connections, 3:30–5:00 PM
  • Remarks by Harvard University Provost Alan Garber, 5:15 PM

A full list of symposium panelists is available at:

WHEN: Friday, October 21, 8:45 AM–5:15 PM

WHERE: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard, Cambridge, MA

More information about the symposium is available online at:

About Harvard Boston Research Initiative
The symposium is part of a larger effort, the Harvard Boston Research Initiative (HBRI), which seeks to spur active and mutually beneficial city-university research relationships in both the City of Boston and the Greater Boston region. HBRI, still in a nascent stage, is a collaborative effort of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard’s Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, and the City of Boston. It focuses on three strategies for achieving its goals: providing opportunities for scholars and students to work with public officials on a variety of projects, creating two-way “data pipelines” that give researchers easier access to public data and give public officials easier access to academic analyses of key issues, and developing mechanisms to bring together officials and researchers in ways that ensure officials are aware of research findings and researchers are aware of policymakers’ knowledge and can learn from policymakers’ experiences.

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