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MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship Recipient to Speak at LIU Brooklyn


Michael Schiavetta,Director of Editorial Services

MajoraCarterBrooklyn N.Y. — Majora Carter, an internationally renowned urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award-winning broadcaster is set to speak at LIU Brooklyn on Thursday, Dec. 5, 6 to 8 p.m., at an event sponsored by the Urban Studies Department and the LIU Brooklyn Learning Communities.

Carter, who is also responsible for the creation and successful implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training and placement systems, will present “How I Discovered that Great Communities Can Be for All of Us” in room 107 of the Health Sciences Center at LIU Brooklyn, which is located at 1 University Plaza in Brooklyn, N.Y.

"She believes that environmental restoration work is not only good for the economy, the city, and the environment,” said Jose R. Sanchez, a professor of political science and chair of Urban Studies Department at LIU Brooklyn. “Locally grown food, greenways, green roofing, and urban forestry can all create many 'green-collar' jobs that can help develop communities and create great communities for all of us. It is for ideas and programs like this that she received, among other awards, the MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellowship Award."

Carter is dedicated to redeveloping and revitalizing urban neighborhoods in addition to reducing poverty in these areas. She is the founder of Sustainable South Bronx, a nonprofit environmental solutions corporation, and the president of The Majora Carter Group, a “green” economic consulting firm. She has earned awards and honorary degrees from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, Goldman Sachs, and the MacArthur “genius” Fellowship. In addition, her 2006 TED talk was one of the first six videos to launch the nonprofit website.

“Ms. Carter’s personal path of intellectual and policy discovery is what will resonate most with our audience,” added Sanchez. “LIU Brooklyn students and faculty are deeply engaged in the issues that she will present and are passionate subscribers to her ideas and program for change.”

Posted 11/27/2013

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