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Keynote Presentations

Community Development Society 46th Annual International Conference 

July 19-22, 2015
Hilton Lexington Downtown
Lexington, Kentucky

Monday, July 20, 8:00 – 9:15 am


Welcome and Keynote Address


Speaker: Jamie Bennett, ArtPlace America


ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is a ten-year collaboration that exists to position art and culture as a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development in order to help strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities.  ArtPlace focuses its work on creative placemaking, the set of practices in which art and culture work intentionally to help to transform a place.


Tuesday, July 21, 8:00 – 9:00 am


Keynote Presentation


Speaker:  Michael Rios, University of California, Davis, author of Dialogos:  Placemaking in Latino Communities


Negotiating the Place of Culture and the Culture of Place:  Unlike the problems of sprawl, environmental degradation, and climate change, there are no straightforward technical solutions to working more effectively with culturally diverse communities. In this plenary session, Michael will discuss the difference that culture makes and how places can be viewed as sites of world-making through negotiations of belonging, authorship, and power to establish what groups can expect of one   another.


Wednesday, July 22, 11:45 am – 1:00 pm


Closing Luncheon and Keynote Presentation

Speaker:  Natasha Bowens, author





Join the author of the book, The Color of Food: Race, Resilience and Farming, released March 2015, as she provides a community development lens to look at food, race and social justice.  More information about the Color of Food may be found on: http://thecolorofood.com/.

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