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Providence Symposium at the Power of Place Summit

Friday, 05/23/2014

Benjamin R. Barber

Friday, May 23, 2014 | Rhode Island Convention Center
Keynote Speaker | 2014 Power of Place Summit 

The Providence Preservation Society is happy to present the keynote speaker in partnership with Grow Smart RI.

Benjamin R. Barber is author of the recently-released If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities. With this book, Barber asserts that cities, and the mayors that run them, offer the best new forces of good governance.

Benjamin R. Barber is a Senior Research Scholar at The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society of The Graduate Center, The City University of New York; the President and Founder of the Interdependence Movement; and Walt Whitman Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Rutgers University. An internationally renowned political theorist, Dr. Barber brings an abiding concern for democracy and citizenship to issues of politics, globalization, culture and education in America and abroad. He consults regularly with political and civic leaders in the U.S. (President Clinton, Howard Dean) and around the world (Germany, U.K., Libya, Italy).

Barber blogs regularly for The Huffington Post and writes for The Nation, Harper's Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, The American Prospect, Le Nouvel Observateur, Die Zeit, La Repubblica, El País and The Guardian. He was a founding editor and for ten years editor-in-chief of the distinguished international quarterly Political Theory. He holds a certificate from the London School of Economics and an M.A. and Doctorate from Harvard University.

With our strategic partners, we are bringing national experts to Providence throughout the year to talk about creating healthy and successful urban environments. We are happy to partner with Grow Smart RI on presenting Benjamin Barber as our next speaker in the Symposium series.

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