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IU Bloomington Lecture: The 8 80 City: Creating Vibrant and Healthy Communities for All

The IU School of Public Health-Bloomington announced today that Mr. Gil Penalosa, founder of 8 80 Cities, will be the speaker for the 2017 Marian Godeke Miller Lecture. Mr. Penalosa’s lecture, The 8 80 City: Creating vibrant and healthy communities for all, will take place Wednesday, March 1 at 4 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested at eventbrite.com.

During this lecture, Mr. Penalosa will discuss the development of vibrant and healthy cities for everyone, the role of streets, and how parks can improve quality of life and attract and retain people in a community. His advice is based on a simple and effective principle for inclusive city building: ensuring the safety and joy of everyone from 8 to 80 years old are at the forefront of every decision. Highlighting international best practices, Penalosa will also provide practical, doable ideas that can be done right away that help community leaders address some of our most important global challenges.

Mr. Penalosa is the founder and chair of the internationally-recognized non-profit organization 8 80 Cities. He is chair of World Urban Parks, the international representative body for the city parks, open space and recreation sector. Mr. Penalosa also runs his own consulting firm and his advice has been sought out in more than 200 different cities across six continents.

He holds an M.B.A. from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, where he has been named one of the “100 Most Inspirational Alumni,” and he received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Faculty of Urban Planning at the prominent University of Sweden SLU.

This event, part of the Public Health Lecture Series, is made possible through the generous support of Mrs. Marian Miller and her husband, Dr. William Miller. Marian graduated with distinction from what was then the Indiana University School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, now the School of Public Health.  She received the James Darwin Maxwell medal, given to the outstanding woman leader in the school, as well as the John R. Endwright Distinguished Alumni Service Award Marian has been recognized for her numerous outstanding contributions, including the President’s Medal from the Indiana University Alumni Association, and has twice been named Sagamore of the Wabash, once by Governor Otis R. Bowen and again by Governor Robert D. Orr.

Since its inception in 2012, the Dean’s Public Health Lecture Series has brought the conversation about public health research, teaching, learning, and community services to the forefront by bringing researchers, public health practitioners, and leaders to speak on the Indiana University Bloomington campus to speak on a broad range of public health topics.