Jane Jacobs Lecture


The Jane Jacobs Lecture explores the challenges of political and community leadership in the urban context. Speakers are selected for their expertise and practice of creating diverse and vital communities, particularly in urban areas. Senator Cory Booker (NJ), then the Mayor of Newark, delivered the inaugural Jane Jacobs Lecture.

Jane Jacobs

About Jane Jacobs

Urbanologist and architectural critic, Jane Jacobs (1916-2009) attended Columbia University's School of General Studies and became an associate editor at Architectural Forum magazine in 1952. The Death and Life of Great American Cities was her most well-known book (1961). Jacobs was also an activist and was arrested in 1968 after she disrupted a public meeting about the Lower Manhattan Expressway, a project she opposed. Jacobs moved to Toronto with her family in 1969 in part due to her objection to the Vietnam War. She quickly became an influential figure in Toronto and soon after her arrival helped to stop plans for the construction of the Spadina Expressway. Jacobs was nominated to the Order of Canada in 1996 for her work on urban development. Her last book, Dark Age Ahead, was published in 2004.

An extentive collection of Jane Jacobs' papers and work are currently housed in the Burns Library archives.

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FALL 2018

Majora Carter

Majora Carter
Urban Revitalization Strategist

Sustainable Urban Development: Greening Communities

Monday, October 29, 2018
5:30 PM | Fulton 511

Majora Carter is an urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation & successful implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies and job training & placement systems. After establishing Sustainable South Bronx and Green For All (among other organizations) to carry on that work, she built on this foundation with innovative ventures and insights into urban economic developments designed to help move Americans out of poverty.

Her long list of awards and honorary degrees include accolades from groups as diverse as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, Goldman Sachs, as well as a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. Her 2006 TED talk was one of the first 6 videos to launch their groundbreaking website. Majora is a Board Member of the US Green Building Council and the Andrew Goodman Foundation.

Majora embodies the American Dream. She has continually set new standards of excellence with projects in her South Bronx community, while expanding her reach nationally and internationally. Her philanthropic pursuits and business interests have all pointed toward greater self-esteem and economic potential for low-income people everywhere.