The Aspen Institute to welcome Joel Kotkin on July 7

Staff report

The Aspen Institute is featuring Joel Kotkin, presidential fellow of Urban Futures at Chapman University and executive director of the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, in conversation with Aspen Institute Executive Vice President Elliot Gerson. This event will take place on July 7 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Paepcke Auditorium on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus. The McCloskey Speaker Series is made possible by a generous donation from the McCloskey Family Charitable Foundation.

Tickets are $20 available at, 970-920-5770, or in person at the Wheeler Opera House. Early ticket purchase is encouraged, as a full-capacity audience is expected for this event. Doors will open at 5:15 p.m., and any unclaimed tickets will be sold at the door.

Described by the New York Times as “America’s uber-geographer,” Joel Kotkin is an internationally-recognized authority on global, economic, political and social trends. His new book, The Human City: Urbanism for the Rest of Us, has just been published by Agate Press. Kotkin is executive editor of and writes the weekly “New Geographer” column for He is a regular contributor to the Daily Beast and Real Clear Politics. He is the author of seven previously published books, including “The New Class Conflict” (Telos Press), which describes the changing dynamics of class in America.

Over the past decade, Mr. Kotkin has completed studies focusing on several major cities, including a worldwide study focusing on the future of London, Mumbai and Mexico City, and studies of New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Houston, San Bernardino and St. Louis, among others. Currently Kotkin is coordinating major studies on Texas urbanism, the future of localism and the re-industrialization of the American heartland for the Center for Opportunity Urbanism.


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