CDS 46th Annual International Conference

The Community Development Society is holding its annual international conference in Lexington this year and is inviting everyone to attend.  The conference is July 19-22, 2015 at the Hilton Lexington Downtown.  Here’s a brief description of the conference from their website:

“Named among the top 50 places to visit in a lifetime by National Geographic Traveler, Lexington, Kentucky promises to serve as a perfect backdrop to inspire and ignite creative thinking, engaging dialogue, and productive collaboration for the 2015 CDS conference. Please plan to join us in Lexington, Kentucky!

The conference will feature keynote presentations from Prentice Onayemi of ArtPlaceAmerica, Michael Rios, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design at the University of California Davis and author of Dialogos: Placemaking in Latino Communities, and Natasha Bowen, author of The Color of Food: Race, Resilience and Farming.

Sunday, July 19th conference will have the opportunity to participate in preconference workshops featuring:

  • Creating a Culture of Effective Public Engagement in Local Communities:  An Experiential Workshop
  • Capturing the Essence of Community through Participatory Photography
  • Tobacco, Bourbon and Beer:  A Visceral Community Development Experience
  • The Status Quo and Future of Community Development in Colleges and Universities
  • Grassroots Comics:  A Development Communication Tool

Mobile Learning Workshops on Monday, July 20th offer a wide array of community development learning experiences.

  • MLW #1 – Lexington LGBTQ:  A History of the Wildand Wonderful
  • MLW #2 – Horse Assisted Communities: How Horses Give
  • MLW #3 – Social Enterprise on the Rise
  • MLW #4 – Paint Your Town Red: The Challenges and Rewards of Mural Art in a Community
  • MLW #5 – Bicycling’s Contributions to Community Wellness
  • MLW #6 – How Community Engagement Impacts Our Shared Spaces: Lexington’s East End Neighborhood
  • MLW #7 – Seed, Glean, and Harvest”

Meeting with Congressman Barr

Jack&Angene Wilson and Lauren Goodpaster with Congressman Barr
Jack & Angene Wilson and Lauren Goodpaster with Congressman Barr

Kentucky RPCV’s Jack, Angene and Lauren met with Congressman Andy Barr this month to ask for continued support for Peace Corps activities.  Among items discussed were future appropriations for Peace Corps and whether Congressman Barr would join the Congressional Peace Corps caucus.  He has since agreed to join the caucus.  The Peace Corps caucus was initiated in 2013 by five returned Peace Corps volunteers who now serve in Congress.  The caucus serves to further and protect the interests of Peace Corps in Congress. More information about its purpose can be found here.

Jack, Angene, and Lauren also asked him to support the Respect for Peace Corps Volunteers Act which would allow use of the Peace Corps symbol on gravestones as recognition of service.  Click here for more information about this bill.