Panel Discussion: Issues of Urban Reinvention

Join the Department of Social Sciences for a panel discussion featuring guest speakers on pressing issues related to smart cities, urban development, and urban governance. The event will be held on Friday, June 7 from 2–4 p.m. in Tellabs Innovation Alley at the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship, Room 107.

Moderator: Matthew Shapiro, Associate Professor of Political Science

Introductory Remarks: Fred J. Hickernell, Vice Provost for Research: “Illinois Tech’s Urban Reinvention Initiative”


Sybil Derrible, Associate Professor of Sustainable Infrastructure Systems, University of Illinois at Chicago: “Designing Smart Cities Intelligently in a Technology-Addicted Era”

Kris Hartley, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian and Policy Studies, Education University of Hong Kong: “Power and Knowledge in the Era of the Smart City”

Chris Rudd, founder of ChiByDesign, adjunct faculty at Illinois Tech’s Institute of Design, community organizer, and youth worker: “The Future of Brownfields: Critical Paths for Regional Development”


Co-sponsored by the Office of Research, the event includes a 20-minute presentation from each panelist, followed by questions from the moderator and an audience Q&A. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

If you plan to attend, RSVP here.

For more information, please contact Matthew Shapiro at