Conference attendees can look forward to participating in the following types of activities:
- These sessions will feature keynote addresses by nationally-acclaimed scholars, policymakers
and activists, followed by brief remarks offered by pre-selected respondents.
- Panels sessions will feature groups of presentations (12-15 minutes each) facilitated
by a moderator to engage discussion.
Community Planning Charrettes
- Participants will spend a half-day learning about and contributing to local planning
efforts within the greater Memphis region. The goal of this portion of the conference
is to elicit the input of conference participants on a set of "wicked problems" being
faced by local equity-oriented planners and policymakers.
- Participants will share local work and research through posters, which will be presented
during the conference and displayed throughout.
- Film screenings will highlight and explore critical economic, environmental, and social
problems facing poor and working class communities. The 2011 conference will feature
screenings of I am a Man, an award winning documentary describing the context of the 1968 sanitation workers
strike in Memphis, and Leonie Sandercock's Healing Canada's Apartheid? Community and Regional Planning at the Margin.
- The organizing committee will host a reception highlighting and celebrating Memphis'
famous local music, culture, and cuisine! The event will take place at the Stax Museum
of American Soul Music in the historic Soulsville, USA neighborhood, where legends
like Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Same and Dave, and Booker T and the MGs put their
unique stamp on American music.
- A series of Saturday afternoon tours will allow participants to experience Memphis'
culture, history, recreational opportunities, tourist attractions, and planning successes
in greater depth.
- Publishers will display and sell relevant books and journals. Participants are also
encouraged to bring literature describing their work and research.