School of Planning Lecture Series

Planning for Sustainable Urban Futures 

All lectures will be held in person at DAAP. Recordings of each will be available for viewing approximately one week after the scheduled event. 


Upcoming Lectures


Dr. William Turner - "The Harlan Renaissance"

Dr. William Turner

Date: Thursday, September 21st                              Time: 4pm                                                          Location: DAAP 3430

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The Harlan Renaissance describes African American life in Dr. Turner’s hometown of Lynch, Kentucky, a model coal town built by U.S. Steel. The book was awarded the 2022 Weatherford Award for the best nonfiction book about Appalachia. It was also awarded the best Kentucky history book in 2023 by the Kentucky Historical Society. Dr. Turner’s first book Blacks in Appalachia, (with Edward J. Cabbell), was the first study of African Americans in the southern Appalachian region.

Dr. Turner holds a B.S. from the University of Kentucky and both a master’s and Ph.D. in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame. His distinguished academic career includes service as Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at Winston-Salem State University, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Interim President, Kentucky State University, Vice President for Multicultural Affairs at the University of Kentucky, Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Studies and Regional Ambassador at Berea College, and Research Scientist Leader at the Prairie View A&M University College of Agriculture and Human Sciences. Dr. Turner also served as an advisor to film maker Alex Haley on the award-winning film, Roots. Haley said, “Bill knows more about black people in the mountains of the South than anyone in the world.”

Dr. Turner’s hometown, Lynch, Kentucky was built over three years by the U.S. Steel Company as a complete community with homes, schools, a hospital, theater, hotel, and production facilities for mining coal and producing coke for the steel furnaces in Pittsburgh and Gary, Indiana. Eventually, this planned community had over 6000 residents (about 20% of which were African Americans). The town’s design innovated many now common principles of urban planning and design.

This event is co-sponsored by the University of Cincinnati’s Office of Equity, Inclusion & Community Impact, School of Planning, and Center for the City, the Urban Appalachian Community Coalition, and the Over-the-Rhine Museum.


Congressman Greg Landsman - "Congress & the Urban Agenda"

Congressman Greg Landsman

Date: Thursday, October 12th *                              Time: 12:30-1:30pm                                            Location: DAAP 3430

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Join us for a discussion on how Congressional  actions affect urban issues: transportation policy, environmental equity, funding for urban revitalization, support for urban health initiatives and schools, support for minority entrepreneurship, and other issues. Congressman Landsman will explain how his background gives him a leg-up on contributing to Congress’s urban agenda and will share insights on how urban planners, urban designers, and architects will help shape the future of cities.

Representative Greg Landsman is a father and husband who is proud to call Southwest Ohio home.

Before joining the U.S. House of Representatives in 2023, Greg served on the Cincinnati City Council for five years where he led investments in public safety and core services. Greg also led the effort to establish the City of Cincinnati’s first-ever Office of Ethics and Good Government as well as the Balanced Development Scorecard to increase trust in local government and transparency in the development process.

Greg has spent his entire career advocating for children and families, especially those most marginalized. Prior to his time in elected office, Greg was a public school teacher and worked in education advocacy as the Executive Director of the Strive Partnership.

Greg also served as the Director of Faith-based and Community Initiatives under former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. There, he led Ohio’s efforts to help local churches and synagogues provide education and food programs in their communities.

A pragmatic leader, Greg has a long history of working with broad, bipartisan coalitions to get good, meaningful things done. In 2016, Greg led a successful ballot measure to pass the Cincinnati Preschool Promise, a program which provides two years of quality preschool education for every three- and four-year-old in Cincinnati. In 2018, he built a coalition of Democrats, Republicans, labor organizations, business leaders, and community members to pass the largest investment in transportation and infrastructure in Hamilton County’s history.

Greg earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Ohio University and a master’s degree in Theology from Harvard University. Greg and his wife, Sarah, live in Cincinnati with their two children, Maddie and Elijah. 


Past Lectures

Jeffrey Nesbit

Jeffrey Nesbit | Infrastructural Aesthetics - Focusing on General Infrastructural Urbanization ~ 2023.3.28

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Jennifer Jewell | "What We Sow" ~ 2023.09.06

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Stephen Kofi Diko

Stephen Kofi Diko | Conflicting Rationalities in Urban Green Space Planning: Addressing this conundrum for our sustainable future ~ 2023.3.9

Thomas Arnold

Thomas Arnold - The future of the Brent Spence Bridge Corridor ~ 2023.3.7

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Mayor Aftab Pureval - Cincinnati’s Exciting Future: How Urban Planners and Designers Will Help Make It Happen ~ 2023.1.26

Hayden Shelby

Hayden Shelby - Putting the “Planner” in Community Development Planning ~ 2022.10.11

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Charles B. Neer - Reimagining Futures for Urban Waterways: A Call for Visioning Agency ~ 2022.10.18

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Halina Steiner - Beyond Standard: New Design Standards & Interventions to Improve Water Quality & Habitat ~ 2022.9.13

Additional Past Lectures

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