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FAU to Host Cornell University Professor John Forester who will Speak on ‘Dealing with Differences’

            FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (February 12, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University will host Cornell University Professor John Forester to discuss his new book, “Dealing with Differences: Dramas of Mediating Public Disputes.”  In his discussion, Forester will study the micro-politics of planning and administrative processes, techniques and strategies of public dispute resolution. He will address the public and hold a book signing on Tuesday, February 16 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in FAU’s Higher Education Complex, Room 1110, 111 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale campus. 

            Forester also will hold several other engagements while at FAU, including –

Monday, February 15:

  •          10 a.m. – noon – “Conversation about Planning: Preparing for More Complex Futures” – Open to all of FAU’s College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs faculty.

  •          2 – 3:30 p.m. – “Rethinking Participation: Recognizing Processes and Outcomes of Dialogues, Debates and Negotiations” –  this colloquium is for FAU faculty and graduate students.

  •          5:30 – 8 p.m. – “Rethinking Public Administration and Planning: From Applying Knowledge for Action to Managing Interdependence” – Open to all FAU graduate students.

Tuesday, February 16:

  •          2 – 4 p.m. – “You are a Writer Now: On the Craft and Discipline of Academic Writing” – a workshop for FAU doctoral students and new faculty.

Forester is a city and regional planning professor and also has served as chair of Cornell’s department of city and regional planning, and as associate dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning. 

For more information, contact Marion Williams at 954-762-5140 or


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