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Urban revitalization strategist is 2015 Kelly Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence

Majora Carter will address revitalizing urban communities.
Majora Carter will address revitalizing urban communities.
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Majora Carter, an urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster is St. Catherine University's 2015 Bonnie Jean and Joan Kelly Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, April 8-10.

Her public lecture will address Rediscovering the promised land: revitalizing our urban communities. The free lecture is Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m., in The O'Shaughnessy. Tickets are available at The O'Shaughnessy Box Office.

Carter established Sustainable South Bronx and Green For All to implement green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training & placement systems.

She has built on this foundation with innovative ventures into urban economic developments designed to help move Americans out of poverty. Carter is also a Board Member of the U.S. Green Building Council, and The Andrew Goodman Foundation.

Her long list of awards and honorary degrees include accolades from groups as diverse as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, and Goldman Sachs. She also received a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship.

Carter's 2006 TedTalk was one of the first six videos to launch their groundbreaking website.

She has continually set new standards of excellence with projects in her South Bronx community, while expanding her reach through philanthropic pursuits and business interests that have all pointed toward greater self-esteem and economic potential for low-income people everywhere.

More about the Kelly program

The Bonnie Jean and Joan Kelly Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence is one of three programs endowed by Joan Kelly '46 in honor of her late older sister, Bonnie Jean Kelly, who died suddenly while she was a student at St. Kate's.

Joan Kelly was an English major and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate, and credits the liberal arts education she received at St. Kate’s for her success. The Kelly gift also funds annual student and faculty writing awards.

March 11, 2015 by Julie Michener

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