Albert M. Greenfield Civic History Lecture

Albert M. Greenfield Civic History Lecture

Please join us for our first Albert M. Greenfield Civic History Lecture. In this lecture, Dr. Lynn Mandarano, associate professor of planning and community development in the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and Architecture, will explore the role history can play in building community identity, capacity, and cohesion after decades of disinvestment and recent onset of gentrification. 

For more than seven years, Dr. Mandarano has been partnering with community organizations in Eastern North Philadelphia for the capstone service-learning course in the Community Development major as well as community-based research projects. Recent student work has focused on uncovering the history of iconic businesses and buildings along Germantown Avenue between Girard and Lehigh Avenues and designing community events and walking tours. These projects engaged residents in remembering and learning about the community’s vibrant legacy while building capacity to envision the future and creating a shared sense of identity between longer-term and newer residents.

Dr. Mandarano is an expert in community engagement and capacity building for collective action to address complex social and environmental concerns. Her research explores how everyone from individuals to regional collaborative institutions develop capacities, such as knowledge, relationships and political will to plan and implement projects that have positive, long-term impacts. Her work in Philadelphia assists communities with capacity building and engages students through community-based service learning projects.

She is actively engaged in research and has been awarded over $1,000,000 in external funds. Mandarano’s work is published in leading planning journals including the Journal of Planning Literature, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Journal of Planning, Education and Research, Local Environment, Planning Practice and Research, and Society and Natural Resources, among others.

Prior to becoming a professor, Mandarano worked for more than 20 years as a professional consultant in the fields of environmental engineering and environmental policy for United States municipal, county and state governments, private business and international clients. In 1998, Mandarano started her own consulting practice, The Natural Resource, which is a certified as a woman-owned business enterprise in Pennsylvania and Philadelphia.

This Albert M. Greenfield Civic History Lecture is sponsored by the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation, as part of their generous gift to establish the Albert M. Greenfield Civic History Endowment Fund and name the Albert M. Greenfield Special Collections Research Center Reading Room in Temple University’s new Charles Library.

This program will be presented via Zoom. On the day of the program, use this link to join:

All programs are free and open to all, and registration is encouraged.

Thursday, February 18, 2021
5:30pm - 7:00pm
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