Urban scholar to discuss investment in innovation at Sept. 26 Rice event

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Urban scholar to discuss investment in innovation at Sept. 26 Rice event
HOUSTON – (Sept. 12, 2018) – As Rice University works to transform the historic Midtown Sears building and its surrounding area into a bustling innovation district, author and researcher Elizabeth Currid-Halkett will discuss the importance of cities investing in innovation for a competitive advantage at a Sept. 26 event hosted by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. The event will take place at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater.
Elizabeth-Currid-Halkett. (Submitted photo.)
Who: Elizabeth Currid-Halkett.
What: Kinder Institute Forum event.
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26.Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater, 1001 Bissonnet St.
Currid-Halkett is the James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning and professor of public policy at the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy. Her research focuses on the arts and culture and, most recently, the American consumer economy.
She is the author of three books: “The Warhol Economy: How Fashion, Art and Music Drive New York City,” “Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity” and “The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class.” Her work has been featured in numerous national and international media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Salon, the Economist, the New Yorker and the Times Literary Supplement, and she has also contributed to a variety of academic publications including the Journal of Economic Geography, Economic Development Quarterly, the Journal of the American Planning Association and the Harvard Business Review.
Currid-Halkett — who has spoken to audiences at 92Y Tribeca, Google, Harvard University and Vanderbilt University, among others — is currently working on a project with the World Economic Forum looking at key issues in the contemporary global consumer economy.
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