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Thursday, April 13 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
What Role Should Universities Play in Cities? FULL

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What role should our universities play in the 21st century? Do we need a new generation of land-grant institutions? Are our current institutions of higher education fulfilling their educational missions? Additionally, what responsibility do universities have to the cities in which they exist, and the populations that they employ? This session takes a close look at a variety of models for high-impact town-gown collaboration, including tech transfer and venture creation, working world-class cultural amenities into the urban fabric, equitable statewide employment, and co-investment in downtown renewal.

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William Sherman

Associate VP for Research, University of Virginia
William Sherman is the Lawrence Lewis, Jr. Professor of Architecture, Associate Vice President for Research in Design, Arts and Humanities, and the Founding Director of OpenGrounds at the University of Virginia. As an architect and educator, his teaching and design research examine... Read More →

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Sarah Cunningham

Executive Director of Research, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University
As Executive Director of Research at VCU School of the Arts, Dr. Cunningham works with the school, faculty, and students to expand VCU’s presence as an international leader in arts research.Prior to VCU Arts, Dr. Cunningham served as the Director for Arts Education at the National... Read More →
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Scott Selig

Associate Vice President For Capital Assets, Duke Financial Services, Real Estate
Scott Selig, is the Associate Vice President of Capital Assets and Real for Duke University and the Duke Health. Scott has 30 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors of the commercial real industry .Scott is charged with developing and implementing the overall... Read More →
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Elizabeth Smyth

Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives, Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures
Elizabeth Smyth serves as Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures. In this role, she works to ensure that JHTV’s resources are deployed effectively to enhance commercialization activities across the university and economic development regionally... Read More →


Hung Truong

Scribe, Volunteer

Thursday April 13, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Room 207, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903