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PPS Announces 2020 Symposium

Providence, RI –  The Providence Preservation Society (PPS) announced that the 2020 Providence Symposium, Whose Places Matter (and Why), will be held virtually on Nov. 12-21. The symposium is a biennial event that explores big ideas in preservation and encourages the community to look at the world with fresh eyes.

Headline speakers include Pascale Sablan, founder and executive director of Beyond the Built Environment; Katherine Einstein Levine, housing policy expert and associate professor of political science at Boston University; Jerald “J Coop” Cooperman, founder and creative director [email protected]; and Angie Schmitt, author of Right of Way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America.

All headline programs are virtual and will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tickets to each talk are $1o.

Two panel discussions – “Who Decides What’s Worth Saving?” on Nov. 13 and “What Needs to Change?” on Nov. 17 – will dig into the practice of historic preservation and changes being brought to bear as the field responds to calls for greater social responsibility.

City of Providence’s director of sustainability, Leah Bamberger, and South Providence resident, Monica Huertas, will discuss the city’s climate justice plan as part of PPS’s virtual Bite-Sized Preservation series at 12:00 p.m. on Nov. 19. This program is free with advance registration.

PPS executive director, Brent Runyon, will close the symposium at 3:00 p.m. on Nov. 20 with his reflections on the presentations and conversations that have taken place during the symposium.

PPS encourages all to participate in this vital community conversation. To learn more about individual programs or to register, visit or call 401-831-7440.

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