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PPS: 2020 Providence Symposium Whose Places Matter (and Why)?
November 12 @ 8:00 am - November 21 @ 5:00 pm
The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) announces the 2020 Providence Symposium, Whose Places Matter (and Why), to be held virtually November 12-21, 2020. The 2020 Providence Symposium will present events over 10 days aimed at engaging communities across Providence, cultural heritage and design professionals, students, and PPS members in conversation about the systems and inequities that shape our built environment and the communities that inhabit it.
The events of the past year have brought deep social divisions to the fore and prompted calls for urgent change across all areas of our society. This year’s Providence Symposium will respond by exploring how biased policy and practice impact the places where we live and work. Speakers will examine place-based social justice through the lenses of transportation, climate, housing, diversity in the fields of architecture and design, pop-culture, and historic preservation.
“It’s never been more important to reflect on whose places have historically been prioritized and to recognize what needs to change moving forward,” said Brent Runyon, Executive Director of PPS. “The interdisciplinary approach to this year’s symposium gives us a good framework for thinking about the systemic nature of these issues and their possible solutions. The preservation movement has to reorient itself around the questions people care about in order to affect meaningful change in our neighborhoods and cities.”
PPS encourages all to participate in this vital community conversation. To learn more about individual programs or to register, visit www.ppsri.org or call 401-831-7440.