Keynote speaker, Southern New England American Planning Association Conference, Springfield, MA, October 17, 2019.
Series speaker, “Living Large in a Waning Public Realm: Intellectual Engagement in a Privatized Age,” Syracuse University, April 14, 2017.
Keynote speaker, Governor’s Mid-Hudson Valley Conference on Sustainable Development and Collaborative Governance, Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY, October 19, 2016.
Panel speaker, Fifth Annual Front Porch Republic conference, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY, October 3, 2015.
Keynote speaker, Massachusetts Sustainable Communities annual conference, Devens, MA, April 16, 2015.
Series speaker, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 6-8 pm, April 8, 2015,
Keynote speaker, Conway School Graduate Program in Sustainable Landscape Planning and Design, Urban Collaborative speaker series, Holyoke, MA, 6-8:30 pm, March 2, 2015.
Panel speaker, After Growth: Designing the Environmental Settlement, Master of Environmental Building Design Program, University of Pennsylvania, April 11, 2014.
Plenary moderator for panel on Gateway Cities, “Know Your Place: Unleashing the Power of Local Philanthropy” conference, 9 am – 3 pm, Curry Ballroom, Northeastern University, April 7, 2014.
Panel speaker, Penn Institute for Urban Research Tenth Anniversary celebration and book launch of Revitalizing American Cities (UPenn Press, 2014), January 29, 2013.
UMass Lowell freshman honors program required-reading speaker, 6:30 pm, South Campus, O’Leary 222, November 7, 2013.
Destination Erie: A Regional Vision speaker series, Jefferson Educational Society, October 17, 2013.
Participant in panel discussion of The Metropolitan Revolution (Brookings Institution Press, 2013), with book co-author Bruce Katz, Northeastern University, September 24, 2013.
Sustainable Cities series keynote lecture, UMass Darmouth Urban Initiative Project and Department of Public Policy, New Bedford, MA, May 9, 2013.
Memphis Bioworks Foundation, “Small, Gritty, and Green,” with book-signing, Memphis TN, April 9, 2013.
23rd Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference, Keynote plenary speaker, Worcester Technical High School, Worcester, MA, March 23, 2013.
New England Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) Annual Building Energy Conference. Panel discussion participant: “What Small Cities Are Doing: Buffalo, NY and Northampton, MA,” Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA, March 7, 2013.
“Fields, Factories, and Workshops: Green Economic Development on the Smaller-Metro Scale,” Clark University, Worcester, MA, February 28, 2013.
“Fields, Factories, and Workshops: Green Economic Development on the Smaller-Metro Scale” Environmental Sustainability Cluster in Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Rochester, November 1, 2012.
“Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of America’s Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World,” CityWorks (X)po, Roanoke, Virginia, October 20, 2012.
“Fields, Factories, and Workshops: Green Economic Development on the Smaller-Metro Scale,” lunch keynote, Syracuse Center of Excellence 12th Annual Symposium on Environmental and Energy Systems, October 11, 2012.
“Small, Gritty, and Green,” University of Toledo Urban Affairs Center, October 5, 2012.
“The Death and Life of Smaller American Cities,” Saginaw Valley State University Dow Visiting Scholar Speaker Series, October 2, 2012.
“Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of America’s Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World,” Moses Greeley Parker lecture series, UMass Lowell Center for Arts and Ideas, September 24, 2012.
“Small, Gritty, and Green,” lunch keynote, annual meeting of the Schenectady League of Women Voters, September 12, 2012.
“A Bright Legacy: Local Economic Development for a Low-Carbon Future,” sponsored by The Partnership for the Public Good, Buffalo First!, the Oishei Foundation, and the Community Foundation, Burchfield Penney Art Museum, Buffalo State College, July 12, 2012
“Fields, Factories, and Workshops: Green Economic Development on the Smaller-Metro Scale,” panel on “How Good Is Going Green?” Reinventing Older Communities: Building Resilient Cities conference, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Banks of Philadelphia and Richmond, May 11, 2012.
Small, Gritty, and Green public talk and book-signing, Longfellow Books, Portland, ME, April 26, 2012.
“Fields, Factories, and Workshops: Green Economic Development on the Smaller-Metro Scale,” Ball State University, April 10, 2012.
“Down the ‘Boulevard’: Urban History and Sustainability on the Smaller-Metro Scale,” Rochester Institute of Technology, April 4, 2012.
Panel participant, “Sustainable Community Development in Action,” Hobart and William Smith College, April 2, 2012
“Small, Gritty, and Green: Urban History and Sustainability on the Smaller-City Scale,” Jamaica Plain Forum brownbag lunch, Boston, MA, January 26, 2012
Small, Gritty, and Green public talk and book-signing, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI, December 8, 2011
“Small, Gritty, and Green: Urban History and Sustainability on the Smaller-City Scale,” MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, December 6, 2011
“Down the ‘Boulevard’: Urban History and Sustainability on the Smaller-City Scale,” Washington, DC, chapter of the American Planning Association, November 21, 2011
“Rescaling Urbanism in Auto Alley: The Promising Future of Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World,” Rhode Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Providence, RI, September 12, 2009
“LED Lights, Small City: The Future of Small Cities in a Low-Carbon World,” Small Cities Conference: The Sources of Urban Growth, Center for Middletown Studies, Ball State University, April 18, 2009
“Young Howard Thurman and the Search for Mentorship,” Howard Thurman Centennial Celebration, John F. Kennedy Library, February 2000
“Howard Thurman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the Unredeemed Promise of Interracial Populism,” W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, Harvard University, October 1998
“Howard Thurman as Public Intellectual,” panel on “Howard Thurman and the Crucible of Culture,” 1997 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion
“Edward Bellamy and the Therapeutic Ethos,” Syracuse University History Department, February 1995
“A Politics of the Higher Self: Progressivism and the Roots of Psychotherapy, 1875-1910,” panel on “The 19th-Century Public-Private Conundrum,” 1990 Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association