Lafayette Seminar in Public Issues

Lafayette Seminar

The annual Lafayette Seminar offers an opportunity for Lexington community members, elected officials, and faculty and students to discuss such issues as the local economy, town and gown relationships, and the creation of successful public spaces.  The Seminars are supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. For a fuller description of past Seminars, please see the archive document at the bottom of this page. For information about the Seminars, please contact Associate Director Lisa Broome.       

Coming soon: October 13, 2017 Lafayette Seminar: University Cities Conference


Join Us for the University Cities Conference

Ann Arbor, Durham, Fort Collins, Lexington, Lincoln, and Madison are the six former college towns that have become University Cities.
University Cities have extremely high levels of educated talent, entrepreneurship, and culture -- like the big coastal cities -- but they also have low costs and low violent crime rates. In short, they are seemingly purpose-built for the knowledge economy, with all the opportunities and challenges that come with that.

Join mayors, university presidents, academics and speakers from Kresge, Bloomberg, Brookings and more as we explore the idea of University Cities on October 13th at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Ed Glaeser, the Harvard economist and author of Triumph of the City, is the conference keynote. 

Registration is free but space is limited. Click on the logo above to learn more and to register!



2016 Lafayette Seminar: University Cities: A Conversation with Mayors

Video now available -- Click here to watch


Join us on April 7, 2016 for a conversation with Lexington's Mayor Jim Gray and Mayor Wade Troxell of Fort Collins, CO. We'll discuss the value of being a "university city."

Click anywhere on the image below to register for this free event. Seating is limited.







Previous Lafayette Seminars

2016 University Cities: A Conversation with Mayors about Capitalizing on the Concept View Video here.

2014 (fall): The Power of Food View Videos here.

2014 (spring): Creative Placemaking Symposium

2013: Vision to Action II: The Town Branch Commons: Vision, Design, Build View Video here.

2012: Vision to Action: Design Excellence & Economic Development View Videos here.

2011: Town & Gown III: The University-Neighborhood Connection View Videos here.

2010: Smart Growth: Mayoral Forum

2009: Growing Power, Growing Neighborhoods: Will Allen and Community Gardens

2008: Art VS. Public

2007: Hidden Treasures: Reviving Downtown Neighborhoods

2006: Redevelopment, Race, and Residential Neighborhoods in Downtown Lexington

2005: Growing Kentucky: New Directions for our Culture of Land and Food

2004: Town and Gown II: The Lexington - University of Kentucky Connection

2002: Town-Gown Relations in Lexington

2001: Why Have a City Center?

2000: Revitalizing Our Downtown

1999: Creating a Successful Urban Public Space

1998: The City as Spectacle, The City as a Site of Celebration