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WMA to host third annual academic conference, The City, April 4
WMA to host third annual academic conference, The City, April 4
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This all-day event will feature many speakers from around the region, including keynote by Professor Xiangming Chen, Dean and Director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies at Trinity College.

WMA to host full-day academic conference, The City, April 4 

Wilbraham & Monson Academy is sponsoring its third annual full-day academic conference, The City, on Friday, April 4, 2014, featuring keynote speaker Professor Xiangming Chen of Trinity College. Also speaking are Richard Walker of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the City2City Pioneer Valley initiative, and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse. The event will take place in the Athletic Center on the school’s campus on Faculty Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Professor Chen, Director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies at Trinity College, will give his keynote address at 9 a.m. Richard Walker will speak at 10 a.m. during the Economic and Urban Development portion of the conference, and Mayor Morse will be part of the political panel at 1:15 p.m. along with State Senator Gale Candaras and Denise Jordan, Chief of Staff to Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The panel will be moderated by WFCR’s All Things Considered Host Sue Kaplan.

A representative from MGM Springfield will also make a presentation on how MGM would approach building in the urban environment should its application be approved by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

The conference will engage students, faculty and members of the community in focusing on local and global changes, as well as the benefits and challenges of an increasingly urbanized world. Other conference speakers include: Professor Serin Houston, Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography at Mount Holyoke College; Guy McLain, Director of the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History; Marla Michel, Director of the Business Growth Center in Springfield; and Mary Steele, TV Producer of WaterFire: Art & Soul of a City

Participants will take part in breakout sessions including Economics and Urban Development; the History and Future of Innovation in Springfield; The Future of Global Cities; Culture and Arts; and Politics and Cities.

WGBY Channel 57 is sponsoring the event. There is no cost associated with the conference; however, registration is required to attend. To register, visit www.WMA.us/TheCity