Nov. 2, 2011
Walljasper to visit UI campus, Iowa City community for 'A Conversation About the Commons' Nov. 8-9
Jay Walljasper, author of the recently published book All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons, will visit the University of Iowa and the Iowa City community Nov. 8-9. Walljasper's visit will include several events and will focus on discussions about "the commons."
Walljasper is senior fellow at Project for Public Spaces, a New York-based organization that helps citizens enliven their communities by improving public places. He is also a contributing editor of National Geographic Traveler, reporting on sustainable tourism initiatives, and is an associate of the Citistates Group, a public affairs consortium focusing on metropolitan regions. In addition to All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons, he is the author of The Great Neighborhood Book and Visionaries: People and Ideas to Change Your Life. Walljasper's experience includes being editorial director and editor of Utne Reader, executive editor of Ode magazine, and a travel editor at Better Homes & Gardens. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in journalism and English from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa in 1976.
Public events, which are free and open to all, include:
--Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, A Conversation About the Commons with Jay Walljasper, Room 1505, Seamans Center, University of Iowa.
--3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, Public Reception for Walljasper, M.C. Ginsberg: Objects of Art, 110 E. Washington St.
--7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, Reading by Walljasper from All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons, Prairie Lights Bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St.
Walljasper will also visit a section of the undergraduate course The Good Society and will meet with selected faculty who have participated in the service learning institutes and the Crossroads Institute. The faculty group will discuss creativity, information, and intellectual property.
For more information, contact Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsors of Walljasper's visit include the UI Leisure Studies Program in the Department of Health and Human Physiology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UI Office of the President, UI Public Policy Center, UI Iowa Project on Place Studies, UI Center for Teaching, UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, UI School of Urban and Regional Planning in the Graduate College, UI Office of Sustainability, Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, City Channel 4, Prairie Lights Bookstore, Brown Street Inn, M. C. Ginsberg: Objects of Art, Little Village, Devotay Restaurant, Red Avocado Restaurant, and Motley Cow Restaurant.
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500
MEDIA CONTACTS: Thomas Dean, UI Leisure Studies Program and Office of the President, email@example.com, 319-335-1995; Kelli Andresen, University News Services, 319-384-0070, firstname.lastname@example.org