CURA organizes multiple events each semester designed to appeal to a wide array of urban-related interests. From urban policy to time geography, the CURA event series offers engaging and englightening content for a variety of fields. Events are open to the entire community, on campus and off. As the university's hub for GIS and urban data science, CURA seeks to bridge the campus community with professionals around Central Ohio.


Upcoming Events


See the Events Calendar.


Past Events

Spring 2019 events // Natural Resources & GIS 

Josh Garver | Natural Resources & GIS: Applications at the Local Level

Autumn 2018 events // Mobility & Equity Theme

Panel Discussion | Mobility & Equity: Can Transportation Make Columbus a More Equitable Community? (video)

  • Jennifer Adair - North Linden Area Commission
  • Mandy Bishop - Smart Columbus
  • Josh Lapp - Transit Columbus
  • Aslyne Rodriguez - Empowerbus
  • Katie White - Age Friendly Columbus

Todd Litman | Preparing for a Changing Future: Emerging Planning Issues (video)

Spring 2018 events // Water and Cities Theme

Panel Discussion | Water & Cities in Ohio: Are we Prepared for Climate Change? (video)

  • Kristen Atha, Vice President, AECOM
  • Maria Conroy, Professor, Knowlton School
  • Jay Martin Professor, College of Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering
  • Keith Myers, Vice President, Planning & Real Estate, Office of Adminstration & Planning
  • John Stark, Ohio Freshwater Conservation Director, Ohio Freshwater Conservancy 

Christopher A. Impellitteri | Green Infrastructure Research in EPA's Office of Research and Development (video)

William Hunt | Green Infrastructure & Ecosystem Services: The Future of Stormwater Management (slides | video

Autumn 2017 events // People-Centered Cities Theme

Panel Discussion | Tactical Urbanism: Do Little Things Mean a Lot in Cities?

  • Amelia Costanzo, Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission
  • Halina Steiner, Knowlton School
  • Jess Mathews, Place Makes & Open Streets Columbus
  • Elissa Schneider, Transit Columbus

Spring 2017 events  //  Smart Cities Theme

Steve Liang | Smart Citizens for Smart Cities – Opportunities and Challenges of Building Open Smart Cities and Internet of Things

Shoshanah Goldberg-Miller | Planning for a City of Culture

Panel Discussion | Smart City, Healthy City?

  • Mysheika W. Roberts, MD, MPH  //  Assistant Health Commissioner, Medical Director, Columbus Public Health
  • Pam Salsberry, PhD, RN, FAAN  // Associate Dean & Professor, College of Public Health
  • Joanna Pinkerton, PE  // Co-Director, Honda/Ohio State Partnership
  • Jason Reece, PhD  // Assistant Professor, City & Regional Planning, Knowlton School
  • MODERATOR  // Harvey Miller, PhD  // Director, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis

Harris Solomon |  Vehicle of Death: Traffic, Trauma, and Movement in India

Richard Florida | How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class - and What We Can Do About It

Autumn 2016 events  //  Healthy Cities Theme

Sam Schwartz | Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars

Jennifer Dill | Livability on Two Wheels: Increasing Bicycling for Everyday Travel

Panel Discussion | Healthy places: Designing cities for walking and biking

  • Gulsah Akar, PhD  // Associate Professor, City & Regional Planning, The Ohio State University
  • Kerstin Carr  // Director of Planning & Environment, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)
  • Catherine Girves  // Executive Director, YayBikes!
  • Scott Ulrich, AICP, CNU-A, LCI  // Healthy Places & Bicycle Coordinator, City of Columbus
  • MODERATOR // Harvey Miller, PhD  // Director, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis

Spring 2016

Kajsa Ellegård | Achieving sustainable resource use in everyday life

Matthew Zook | Socializing Data: Mapping Culture & Governing Cities in the Era of Big Social Media

Panel Discussion | What is the Future of Suburbs?

  • Mr. Terry D. Foegler, AICP // Director of Strategic Initiatives/Special Projects for the City of Dublin
  • Bernadette Hanlon, PhD // Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning Section, Knowlton School
  • Clay Howard, PhD // Assistant Professor, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences
  • David J. Staley, PhD // Associate Professor, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Matthew Starr  // Director of Development, Crawford Hoying
  • MODERATOR // Harvey J. Miller, PhD // Director, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis

Kristin Tolle  | Collaborative analytics: Meeting global challenges through shared research and development

Autumn 2015

Feb. 26 - "What is the Future of Suburbs" Panel Discussion, Thompson Library, Room 165
Nov. 20 - Dr. Chris Klemek, George Washington Unidersity, Dept. of History
Nov. 3 - Dr. Jonathan Vespa, U.S. Census Bureau
Oct. 22 - Martin Raubal, Prof., ETH Zurich
Oct. 20 - Robert Goodspeed, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
Sept. 10 - Professor Stephanie Moulton, Glenn College of Public Affairs, Derby 1080, 12PM

Spring 2015

Thurs, Jan. 22 - Lavea Brachman, Executive Director of Greater Ohio Policy Center, Derby 1080
Thurs, March 26 -  Professor Karen J. Lewis, Knowlton School of Architecture, Derby 1080, 3:30
Thurs, April 16 -  Professor Noam Shoval, University of Pittsburgh (visiting), The Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 3:30

Autumn 2014

Thurs, Oct 2 - Professor Jean-Michel Guldmann, City and Regional Planning, Derby 1186, 3:30
Thurs, Oct 9 - Amanda Rinehart, Data Management Services Librarian, Derby 1186, 3:30
Thurs, Nov 13 - Professor Steven Farber, University of Toronto, Derby 1080, 3:30

Spring 2014

Thurs, Jan 23 - Anne Palmer and Amanda Behrens, Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins University, Derby 1080, 3:00-4:30
Thurs, Feb 27 - Rachael Woldoff, Associate Professor of Sociology at West Virginia University, Derby 1080, 3:30-5:00
Thurs, Mar 27 - Lynnette Cook, Community Research Partners (Columbus), Derby 1080, 1:00-2:30

Autumn 2013

Fri, Sept 13 - Harvey Miller, Reusche Chair of GIS
Fri, Oct 11 - William Murdock, Executive Director of MORPC
Fri, Nov 8 - Shoreh Elhami, Citywide GIS Manager (Columbus)

Spring 2013

February 21, 2013 - Dr. Bhudendra Bhaduri, Corporate Research Fellow and Leader of the Geographic Information Science and Technology Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
March 21, 2013 - Dr. Michael Widener, Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Cincinnati