The Inevitable City: The Resurgence of New Orleans and the Future of Urban America

Speaker Series Event

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been canceled.

After seven years as the president of Tulane University, Scott Cowen watched Hurricane Katrina devastate his beloved New Orleans. When federal, state, and city officials couldn't find their way to decisive action, Cowen, known for his gutsy leadership, quickly partnered with a coalition of civic, business, and nonprofit luminaries to work around the old institutions and save the community. Cowen has continued this work ever since, helping to transform the wreckage into a hub of social progress and economic growth. The Inevitable City outlines the ten principles that changed the game for New Orleans, and that can do the same for other communities struggling in the wake of disaster - whether natural or manmade.

With Detroit's historic bankruptcy, the problems of urban America are clearer than ever - just as government paralysis hits an all-time high. It’s up to ordinary citizens everywhere to tackle the problems plaguing their own neighborhoods - including crime, poverty, and failing school systems - and rebuild the worlds they once knew. Here, Scott Cowen reminds us that leadership is the ability to see a future that does not exist and to work with others to realize it, as he did with the people of New Orleans.

Click here for Scott S. Cowen's bio

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Midtown Location (Note: Address will be sent via email to all registered guests 24-48 hours prior to the event to the "Primary Email" address listed in your profile. Please review your profile to confirm that the email address listed is correct.)

WCNY Supporting Members - $20.00 (WCNY supporting membership costs $95/yr at Join/Renew Membership)
Silver, Gold & Benefactor Members - $0
Other Wharton Alumni/Guests - $40.00