June 21, 2021
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Choose your path!

Each day of the seminar, you have the opportunity to choose your path! Although we offer sessions all day long, you will NOT be on a computer from 9:00 A.M.. to 8:00 P.M. CDT. Mandatory meetings will take up 4-6 hours of your day. The rest of the time is still yours! Be sure to take note of which sessions are marked “mandatory/required” and which ones are “elective”. The elective sessions are where you can choose what you will get out of the seminar!

To help you set your agenda, we will provide a few suggestions for designing your path forward each day. We hope that you will find this helpful.


  • Mandatory/Required: Sessions marked as “mandatory” or “required” are essential parts of your experience and you must attend these sessions, if you are able. We will be recording our keynote speakers, breakout speakers and other sessions, so if you miss a mandatory or required session, be sure to check back afterwards for the video recording! If you anticipate a scheduling conflict with a mandatory or required session, please inform your assigned counselor/facilitator before the start of the session.
  • Elective: Sessions marked as “elective” are also essential, but you have a choice to make. You are still expected to attend these sessions, but you get to choose which part of the session you participate in.

Tips for designing today’s path

Today’s required sessions include:

  • Keynote Speaker #3 (11:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT)

Today’s elective/optional sessions include :

  • Discussion Group: Cities for All (9:30 AM to 10:30 AM CDT)
  • “The Area” Film Screening and Q&A (12:00 PM to 1:30 PM CDT)
  • Breakout Speakers (choose 1) (2:00 PM to 3:00 PM CDT)
  • Discussion Group: Communication and Connection (4:00 PM to 5:00 PM CDT)

Presentations & Lectures

9:30 am CDT
  • 60 minutes
  • Elective/Optional Session

Daily Discussion: Cities for All

During this session, delegates will consider the following questions:

  • How do you make sure cities have spaces (physical as well as social, political, and economic) for all residents?
  • How do you build a more equitable, diverse city?

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Meeting ID: 824 7156 9840
Password: 484500
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Daily Discussions

Choose at least 1 discussion topic for today.

11:00 am CDT
  • 55 minutes
  • Required Session

Keynote #3: Demolition, Loss, and Recreation

David ShalliolSociologist & Filmmaker at St. Olaf College, will provide today’s kenote session.

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Meeting ID: 890 9766 8507
Password: 662383
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Click Here to view a recording of this keynote presentation.

12:00 pm CDT
  • 90 minutes
  • Elective/Optional Session

Zoom Session

Same Link as Prior – See 11:00AM Session Above.

“The Area” Film Screening and Q&A with Director David Shalliol and film subject, activist Deborah Payne

Director David Shalliol will show is film, “The Area” followed by a question and answer session with the film’s subject, activist Deborah Payne.

The Area is a five-year odyssey of a South Side Chicago neighborhood, where more than 400 African-American families are being displaced by a multi-billion dollar freight company. The documentary film follows homeowner-turned-activist Deborah Payne, who vows to be “the last house standing,” and the Row Row Boys, teen friends who must start a new life across gang lines.

Film will be screened via Zoom – Same Link as Prior Session.

Film Runtime 53:30 without credits. Followed by Q&A.

2:00 pm CDT
  • 60 minutes
  • Required Session

Zoom Session

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Breakout Speakers

Delegates can choose which breakout speaker they attend. See below for Zoom details!

“Jane Addams: American Humanitarian, Social Justice, Pioneer, and Nobel Laureate"

Rutherford H. Platt
Professor Emeritus
Department of Geography, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

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ID: 894 7996 3992
Password: 065340

“Environmental Justice and the City”

Richard Diaz
Coalition on Lead Emergency (COLE)

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ID: 886 7569 9345
Password: 302383

“Rural Urban FLOW: A Search for Balance, Reciprocity, and Joy in a Climate of Extremes”

Adam Carr
Rural Urban Flow and Deputy Editor for Community Engagement at Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

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ID: 882 7809 6834
Password: 938272

“Cities, Media, and Things”

Michael Stamm
Michigan State University

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ID: 850 0045 0192
Password: 287152

"Architecture and Social Change: Three Lessons from Harlem"

Brian Goldstein
Author of The Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and the Struggle over Harlem

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ID: 810 8980 8344
Password: 756493

“Renewal, Art, and History in the City” A Panel Discussion

Sharon Adams
Co-Funder of Walnut Way Conservation Corps and Adams Garden Park

Raoul Deal

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ID: 833 2488 3813
Password: 123102

4:00 pm CDT
  • 60 minutes
  • Elective/Optional Session

Daily Discussion: Communication & Connection

During this session, delegates will consider the following questions:

  • How can we better foster connections between diverse groups of city residents?
  • How can we facilitate communication and conversation between urban, suburban, and rural areas?

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Meeting ID: 818 6448 5766
Password: 236684
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Daily Discussions

Choose at least 1 discussion topic for today.

5:30 pm CDT
  • 60 minutes
  • Elective/Optional Session

Open Social Time

An open Zoom room for facilitated social conversation. Join us for an open-ended conversation to end the day.

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Meeting ID: 879 0730 7895
Passcode: 734158

Social Time

End the day with a little fun!

Rotary District 6270 with Rotary Wheel

A Rotary District 6270 Initiative

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