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Evening Lecture in Cleveland
February 18, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
The Inevitable City: The Resurgence of New Orleans and the Future of Urban America
Featuring Scott Cowen, author and 14th president of Tulane University
After seven years of service as the president of Tulane University, Cowen watched the devastation of his beloved New Orleans at the hands of Hurricane Katrina. When federal, state, and city officials could not find their way to decisive action, Cowen, known for his gutsy leadership, quickly partnered with a coalition of civic, business, and nonprofit leaders looking to work around the old institutions to revitalize and transform New Orleans. The Inevitable City presents 10 principles that changed the game for this city, and, if adopted, can alter the curve for any business, endeavor, community—and perhaps even a nation. He envisions the book as a guide for people in other cities faced with the need for revitalization — such as Detroit or Cleveland. Both cities, once epicenters of manufacturing, have been ravaged by the poor economy in recent years. Prior to serving as President if Tulane, Cowen was a professor and dean of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.