Unpaving Paradise in Cincinnati
by Franke James
Franke James at the University of Cincinnati
On May 18th and 19th, I’ll be speaking at the University of Cincinnati as part of their Climate Commitment 101 lecture series. My main talk will focus on Paradise Unpaved, and how nurturing your inner Alice-in-Wonderland can win over City Hall.
My whimsical, but very serious thought, is this: What would our cities be like if we asked more Alice-in-Wonderland questions that challenge the powers that be, conventional wisdom, and the old ways of doing things? I hope I can inspire the students that it would lead to creative solutions. Ones that can be environmentally sustainable, aesthetically pleasing, and also nourish the hearts and minds of urban dwellers. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.
I’ll also be leading two hands-on art workshops and doing booksignings at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, the University of Cincinnati bookstore and Park + Vine. (See the chock-a-block full agenda below.) I’m looking forward to meeting everyone — and I’m bringing along some colorful bookplates for the booksignings. If you are going to be in Cincinnati, please drop by one of these events and introduce yourself!
Credit for the organization of my visit goes to several people at the University of Cincinnati, including Mary Beth McGrew, University Architect and Chair of PACES (President’s Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability), Shaun Finley, Program Manager, Environmental Sustainability Asst., Deanna Stevens, Executive Staff Assistant, Utilities & Facilities Business Affairs, and to Shawn Tubb, University of Cincinnati graduate student and the PACES Coordinator.
Shawn Tubb was the main point person I dealt with. Shawn hustled the funding for my visit (no small feat in this economy), organized the events, and also designed the poster above. I was quite fascinated by his skill in arranging all of this so seamlessly, so I asked him what his plans are after graduating. He is planning a career in preservation architecture and sustainable design, combining his degrees in filmmaking, architecture and urban design. I think Shawn is well on his way to a fascinating and unique career.
Hope to see you in Cincinnati!
Agenda: Monday, May 18
12:00pm – 1:00pm: LECTURE
How nurturing your inner Alice-in-Wonderland can win over City Hall
Franke James, artist & author, speaks about her art and environmental activism
A Climate Commitment 101 Lecture and Book Signing
MainStreet Cinema (on UC’s West Campus)
3:30pm – 5:00pm: WORKSHOP
Six Tools for Climate Change Art
How to instill passion and motivate change through art
Hands-on workshop + discussion with Franke James
College of DAAP 5430 (on UC’s West Campus)
7:00pm – 8:00pm: BOOK READING
What is a Green Conscience?
And do you have one?
Book Reading + discussion + booksigning with Franke James
Joseph-Beth Booksellers (2692 Madison Road, 513.396.8960)
Agenda: Tuesday, May 19
What’s Bothering Your Green Conscience?
A lunchtime creative workshop + discussion
Park + Vine (1109 Vine Street, 513.721.7275)
Franke’s snapshots of UC campus:
See my May 26/09 post for an excerpt of my presentation:
How Alice in Wonderland thinking can win over City Hall