Lafayette Seminar in Public Issues

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 Dr. Chelsea Brislin (

Previous Lafayette Seminars

2017: University Cities: Are University Cities Island Paradises or Radiant Stars?

2016 University Cities: A Conversation with Mayors about Capitalizing on the Concept [Video Archived]

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