INSIGHTS Events

Concerned about large-scale development in your neighborhood? The Annenberg Center is presenting an array of informative and engaging events surrounding The Civilians’ performances of In the Footprint:The Battle Over Atlantic Yards that are FREE for all ticket holders. Discuss the polarizing themes from the work, especially as they relate to current-day Philadelphia, ask questions and engage with experts on the subject—including most notably, former Mayor John Street and the developer behind the Northern Liberties boom, Bart Blatstein. In addition to pre- and post-performance events surrounding the performances, ticket holders are invited to attend two community forums bookending the play.

Megaprojects: Can we balance individual and social goods?
JAN 17 @ 7 PM (University of Pennsylvania’s Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery)
Panel discussion on the history and long-controversial politics of major urban projects. Moderated by John Landis, Crossways Professor of City and Regional Planning, and featuring Marilyn Taylor, Dean, School of Design; Eugenie Birch, Prof., Urban Research & Education; Laura Wolf-Powers, Asst. Prof., City & Regional Planning; Susan Wachter, Prof., Real Estate & Finance; Paulette Adams, People’s Emergency Center CDC; and Jim Burnett, Executive Director of the West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution. Presented in collaboration with Penn Design.

Post-show talk with Michael Friedman | JAN 18
Stay after the performance for a post-show talk with Michael Friedman who wrote the music and lyrics for In the Footprint: The Battle Over Atlantic Yards.  This talk with be hosted by Thomas Lloyd, D.M.A., Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Haverford College.

Post-show talk with Marion Friedman Young | JAN 20
Stay after the performance for a post-show talk with Marion Friedman Young, Managing Director of The Civilians.  This talk will be hosted by Elaine Simon, Ph.D., Co-Director of the Penn Urban Studies Program.

Post-show talk with PA Rep. James Roebuck and Jannie Blackwell | JAN 22
Stay after the performance for a post-show talk with Pennsylvania State Representative James Roebuck, Philadelphia Council Member Jannie Blackwell and Peter A. Angelides, a faculty member at the Fels Institute of Government and Vice President and Director, Econsult Corporation.

Post-show talk back with the company | JAN 24
Stay after the performance for a post-show talk with members of the company and Susan Yeh of Penn Law.

Post-show chat with the company | JAN 28
Stay after the performance for a post-show talk with members of the cast alongside members of Philadelphia’s own Pig Iron Theatre Company. This conversation will be hosted by Penn theatre professor, Marcia Ferguson, MFA, Ph.D.

Megaprojects: Can we balance individual and social goods?
JAN 31 @ 7 PM (Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Room 511)
Public forum and discussion featuring community members, stakeholders and developers with ties right here in Philadelphia, moderated by journalist Heshimu Jaramoji and organized by Harris Steinberg, Executive Director, Penn Praxis and Harris Sokoloff, Director, Penn Project for Civic Engagement, both central figures in the Delaware Riverfront Planning Process. Notable panelists include former Mayor John Street, Bart Blatstein, the developer behind the Northern Liberties boom, Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, City of Philadelphia and Chris Satullo, WHYY. Presented in collaboration with Penn Design.

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