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September 16, 2011
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Roosevelt House


The Urban Dialogue series recognizes trailblazers in urban planning and policy who embody those ideals central to the ethos of the department in particular innovation, advocacy, commitment to diversity and achievement.

Along with the Urban Dialogue series, we would like to establish the Robert C. Weaver Award for Distinguished Service to honor alumni and other urban professionals. Robert Weaver was the first Secretary of US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the first African-American to hold a presidential cabinet position. He was also a distinguished faculty member in Hunter Urban Affairs and Planning. It is this trailblazing spirit with which we bestow the award on dynamic urbanists who are at the forefront of their fields whether they be scholars, practitioners, or activists.

Our 2011 honoree, Mitchell J. Silver, is one of our most impressive alums. In May 2010, he was elected to serve as President-Elect of the American Planning Association (APA), a 43,000 member organization that provides leadership in the development of vibrant communities.

Mr. Silver is completing a four-year term as Director-at-Large on the APA Board. Previously, he served as president of the New York Metro APA Chapter.

He has held positions as deputy director in the Office of Planning in Washington, D.C., Northern Manhattan Planning and Policy Director for the Manhattan Borough President in New York, and as a city planner in the New York City Planning Department. He is the current Director of City Planning in Raleigh, NC.