Friday, March 30, 2012

Blogs . . . Camera . . . Action!

Advocacy through Interactive Media: Using Blogging and Web Video to Effect Change

Provided by Cornell AAP
Monday, April 9th, 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., 213 Kennedy Hall, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Milstein Auditorium

Act 1: Blogging for Big Change with Ben Fried, editor-in-chief of…Anyone can start and run their own blog. But how do you build and retain a substantial audience? How do you get policy-makers and influencers to pay attention? How do you write a headline, make a post go viral and raise money to keep yourself going? Learn the tricks of the trade.

Act 2: Streetfilms University with Clarence Eckerson, producer of…Learn how to create powerful web videos for advocacy, education and policy changes. Capture the essence of your message in inexpensive and entertaining ways. See how humor, animation and man-on-the-street interviews can be used to tell your story.

Q&A following

Sponsored by Cornell's Department of City and Regional Planning and the Department of Communication.  Information provided by Cornell's College of Art, Architecture, and Planning.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Giving Life to a River: Sustainable from the Ground Up

Image provided by Cymone Bedford

Morgan Powell is a local historian and landscape designer from the Bronx. A few years ago he undertook a historical research project funded by Fordham University's African American Studies Program to uncover the many unsung heroes of ecological restoration and redevelopment along the Bronx River. Today, he is the Director of the Bronx River Sankofa, a local movement to put African Americans back into environmental history. Its work is to celebrate African American ecological and social history in communities and institutions based near the Bronx River by hosting landmark walking tours and events with green activists.

Last Saturday, Powell gave an hour's presentation on his findings working in the Bronx. He also opened the stage for Cornell graduate students and researchers to ask questions about how to best incorporate and collaborate with the environmental and community development efforts of people of color in poor urban communities. The event had an excellent turnout from the Department of City & Regional Planning, Art, and Architecture as well as from the Departments of Development Sociology and Natural Resources. Cymone Beford (MRP 12'), the organizer of the event, said it, “represented a step towards further collaboration between CRP graduates and URS undergraduates concerned about diversity. Planning Students for Diversity (PSD) and Minority Organization of Art, Architecture and Planning (MOAPP) helped put this together.” Others who assisted in organizing the event that should also be recognized included Brandon Taylor, Ujijji Davis, and Nicolas Savides.

(Information provided by Cymone Bedford)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Come Celebrate Milstein Hall!

Tomorrow, continue the Milstein Hall festivities starting with a breakfast with faculty at 8:00 a.m. quickly followed by a presentation about the making of Milstein Hall by Shohei Shigematsu, Robert Silman, and Peter Neissen.  In the afternoon enjoy a lecture by John Reps about urban design, a conversation with William Forsyth and Timothy Murray, and a performance entitled Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time.  Most of all, don't forget the party in the Milstein and Sibley domes from 7:00 p.m. until midnight!  Walk-in registration is available for alumni on Saturday, March 10, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. in the basement level of Milstein Hall.  For more information about the events visit the AAP website or contact Beth Kunz.