Hiram College


The Hiram College Environmental Studies Department will host its second annual Environment and Society Forum at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30, 2014, in the Kennedy Center Ballroom (new location). Majora Carter, a nationally recognized urban revitalization strategist and social-enterprise pioneer, will speak on “Home(town) Security: Building Sustainable Communities through Local Economic and Environmental Efforts.”

Carter’s work focuses on community revitalization and local problem solving, and she has been responsible for several successful community renewal initiatives. Among the many recognitions Carter has received, she is the recipient of a 2005 MacArthur Foundation “genius” Fellowship for her work as founder and director of the Sustainable South Bronx organization, and she is a 2010 Peabody Award winning radio broadcaster for her radio show The Promised Land. More recently, she is taking her approach through the Majora Carter Group, based in Bronx, N.Y., to other communities, from urban to rural, combining community building, economic development and environmental stewardship, to seek solutions to problems affecting those areas.

As Carter shares her experiences and message about sustainable communities, her words will stimulate discussions on topics such as: green infrastructure and economic growth, sustainability and community resilience. Carter’s talk emphasizes solving big problems with local solutions by thinking locally and acting locally. Her message speaks to those challenges and to the practical solutions she helped bring about, involving local entrepreneurial initiatives, community participation and growth, environmental management and local empowerment. These topics are timely and relevant to the Hiram area and many other communities in the Northeast Ohio region.

This event has been generously supported by the Hiram Community Trust and the Howard Seymour Bissell and the Robert Kenyon Bissell Symposium Fund.

Hiram College’s Hayden Auditorium is located at 11715 Garfield Rd. Hiram, Ohio 44234. The event is free and open to the public.

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