September 20, 2005
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Professor Lawrence Vale, head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and a 1981 graduate of Amherst College, will speak on “The Resilient City: Disaster Recovery and the Urban Imagination” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the Cole Assembly Room (Red Room) in Converse Hall at Amherst College. Sponsored by the President's Initiative Fund on the Urban Imagination, Vale's talk is free and open to the public.

Vale will address how cities that have undergone substantial disasters—“natural” and “man-made”— restructure themselves, and how the relationships between the geo-political site and the imagined site manifest themselves during this process.

Vale also will address the current situation in New Orleans, the destruction caused in the city by Hurricane Katrina and the difficulties facing those who would rebuild it.