Celebrating Cities: Panel Discussion on The Value of Cities and Placemaking

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Location: 1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 Rawson Learning Commons

Join us as a panel of special guests discuss the value of cities and placemaking against the backdrop of the Celebrating Cities photography exhibit currently showing in the Rawson Learning Commons. The event is cosponsored by the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs.

The event will be held in the Rawson Learning Commons



Nelson Beckford, Program Director, Neighborhood Revitalization & Engagement, Cleveland Foundation

Prior to re-joining the Cleveland Foundation, Nelson Beckford served for four years as the Senior Program Officer for Saint Luke’s Foundation, overseeing their Strong Neighborhood program, with the goal of making enhancements to the built environment and improving social conditions in the Buckeye-Shaker, Mt Pleasant and Woodland Hills neighborhoods. Before that, he served as Program Officer for the Cleveland Foundation’s Responsive Grantmaking, focusing on community development, environmental sustainability and program management of the Summer Internship program.



Jennie Jones, Noted Photographer

Jennie Jones has been a premier photographer of the City of Cleveland for more than three decades.  She has published multiple books, the most recent being The Flats, Poems and Images.





Steve Litt, Art and Architecture Critic, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Steve Litt joined The Plain Dealer in 1991 as the newspaper's art and architecture critic, a beat that includes visual art and cultural affairs, architecture, urban design, and city and regional planning. His work has also appeared in ARTnews, Metropolis, Architecture and other publications. He has been named best critic in Ohio nine times since 2004 by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists and the Cleveland Press Club.



Greg Peckham, Executive Director, LAND STUDIO 

Greg Peckham leads LAND studio’s organizational direction and sets its focus and priorities, identifying and selecting projects and opportunities that support LAND studio’s vision and mission to create places and connect people through public art, sustainable building and design, collaborative planning, and dynamic programming. He maintains a strong commitment to citizen participation in urban planning efforts.



Judy Rawson, Former Mayor, Shaker Heights; Noted Photographer

A 2017 inductee in the C|M|LAW Hall of Fame along with her husband, Robert, Judy Rawson served the City of Shaker Heights for 21 years, first as a City Council member, then as a two-term mayor.  Rawson has focused her photography on cities, both domestically and abroad, to help see the world in fresh and distinctive ways. The Cleveland-Marshall Learning Commons is named after Judy and Robert Rawson.


Dean Lee Fisher, Moderator

Dean Fisher has served as State Representative, State Senator, Lt. Governor of Ohio, Ohio Attorney General, President and CEO of the Center for Families and Children, and President and CEO of CEOs for Cities, a national network of cities that share the best ideas and practices for urban success.

Category: General, Learning Commons, Public Lectures

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