NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate to Present “Empowering Cities under the New Administration,” a Panel Discussion Focusing on How Cities Can Advance the Urban Agenda Given the Nation’s New Political Realities

The February 2 Event Will Serve as a Kick-Off for the Newly Launched NYUSPS Urban Lab and Will Feature Ben Barber, Founder and President of the Global Parliament of Mayors; Richard Florida, a Noted Urbanist and Author; and Jonathan Haidt, a Professor at the NYU Stern School of Business


NEW YORK, January 30, 2017 — The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Schack Institute of Real Estate will host a panel discussion titled, “Empowering Cities under the New Administration,” on Thursday, February 2. The event will serve as a kick-off for the newly launched NYUSPS Urban Lab, and will explore the challenges cities may face in engaging with the new administration in Washington, DC. The timely discussion will focus on the ways in which cities can support urban development and continue to encourage urban innovation in the context of the sweeping changes taking place in this complex political environment.

The presentation will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the NYU Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life, 238 Thompson St, New York, NY.

Panelists will discuss the emerging political realities of empowering local communities to grow and prosper in these uncertain times. Richard Florida, clinical research professor, NYU School of Professional Studies, and author of The Rise of the Creative Class, will moderate the discussion, which will feature commentary from Benjamin Barber, founder and president of the Global Parliament of Mayors, Distinguished Senior Fellow of Fordham University’s Urban Consortium, and author of If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities; and Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership, NYU Stern School of Business, and author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion.

Steven Pedigo, director, NYUSPS Urban Lab, and clinical assistant professor, NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate, will deliver opening and closing remarks.

Collaborating with real estate investors and developers, city officials and practitioners, and faculty members and students across NYU and the NYU School of Professional Studies, the NYUSPS Urban Lab will develop applied research insights and case studies, convene leading thinkers and practitioners to discuss the challenges facing the real estate industry and cities, and offer a suite of professional development courses and programs for city builders, economic development practitioners, and real estate professionals.

The February 2 event is free and open to the public. Please use the link below to register.

If you are a member of the press and would like to cover the event, contact Alka Gupta at aag13@nyu.edu.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate
The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Schack Institute of Real Estate (sps.nyu.edu/schack) was founded in 1967 at the initiative of prominent members of the New York City real estate community, who encouraged NYU to establish an academic center that would provide a world-class education for real estate industry professionals. Fifty years later, the Schack Institute is at the forefront of real estate education and is recognized globally as one of the world’s leading centers of real estate research and pedagogy. Across the Institute’s graduate degree programs—notably the MS in Real Estate, the MS in Construction Management, and the MS in Real Estate Development—as well as a rapidly expanding undergraduate degree program, enrollment has grown to nearly 1,000 full- and part-time students from across the United States and nearly 50 other countries. In addition to its flagship degree programs, thousands of working professionals enroll in the Schack Institute’s executive education, Diploma Programs, and Career Advancement courses each year.

An anchor of real estate academia’s engagement with industry, the Schack Institute is home to the REIT Center, the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment, and the newly established Urban Lab. In addition, the Institute hosts national industry events, including annual conferences on real estate capital markets and the REIT sector. Under the direction of the Schack Institute’s faculty members, ongoing applied research at the Institute spans an exceptional range of issues in real estate development and investment, urban economics, and market structure and regulation.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies
Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates over 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 28,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses and Diploma Programs. The School’s community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.