Philadelphia Fellowship on Inclusion and Equity Symposium Kicks off at Jefferson March 26, 2019

PHILADELPHIA, March 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — On March 26, 2019 the first of three fellowship events will take place at Thomas Jefferson University. Richard Florida’s keynote, “The Case for Inclusive Prosperity in Philadelphia” will touch on today’s urban challenges, which require a new strategy centered on inclusive prosperity. Florida will outline the state of, opportunities and challenges, for inclusive prosperity in Philadelphia. He will set the stage for the presentation of his research, which will be highlighted in subsequent events in 2019. On March 27, Florida will join Jefferson’s College of Architecture and the Built Environment for the Smart and Healthy Cities Forum. Supported by data and smart technologies, “Smart Cities” is an emerging paradigm in the development of urban environments in an attempt to be more efficient, healthier and livable.

Here is a rundown of the two-day symposium:


Tuesday, March 26, 2019


5:00 pm Doors open and registration begins
5:30-6:30 pm Welcome Remarks, Mark Tykocinski, MD, Provost and EVP for Academic Affairs, Thomas Jefferson University; Introduction for Richard Florida, Harris M. Steinberg, FAIA, Executive Director, Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, Drexel University; Keynote Address, Richard Florida

6:30 – 7:00 pm Audience Q & A


Connelly Auditorium, located inside the Hamilton Building – 1001 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107


The Case for Inclusive Prosperity in Philadelphia

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019


3:00 pm Welcome and Introduction, Barbara Klinkhammer, RA (DEU), Dean, Jefferson College of Architecture and the Built Environment

3:30 – 5:00 pm Session One

Understanding the Impact of Smart Cities: Policies, Economics, Big Data,

Environment and Population

5:00 – 6:30 pm Session Two

Drivers for Change: Population Health, Technological Innovation, Making Buildings, Entrepreneurs


Lawrence N. Field DEC Center, Center Forum, Jefferson East Falls campus 4201 Henry Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144


Smart and Healthy Cities Forum

Learn more here.

About the Philadelphia Fellowship:

The Philadelphia Fellowship—a collaborative program initiated by the three partner institutions—will invite thought leaders and scholars to Philadelphia for year-long research engagements focused on pressing urban issues, such as inclusive economic growth, infrastructure renewal and development of smart cities.

About Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) is a leader in interdisciplinary, professional education. Jefferson, home of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College and the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, is a preeminent university delivering high-impact education in 160 undergraduate and graduate programs to 7,800 students in architecture, business, design, engineering, fashion, health, medicine, social sciences and textiles. The new Jefferson is re-defining the higher education value proposition with an approach that is collaborative and active; increasingly global; integrated with industry; focused on research across disciplines to foster innovation and discovery; and technology-enhanced. Student-athletes compete as the Jefferson Rams in the NCAA Division II Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.

SOURCE Thomas Jefferson University

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