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America’s rural-urban divide, it seems, has never been greater, a point reinforced by large geographic disparities in support for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. But it is also the case that big cities and rural communities are more tightly integrated than ever and are increasingly interdependent, both economically and socially. That’s the starting point for this free webinar drawn from the focus of the July issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. The webinar features the two guest editors of that special issue, Dan Lichter and James Ziliak, as well as Shannon Monnat and Mark Partridge, giving an overview of the divide and the bridges as well as the economic, labor force and social welfare implications of the nexus. Link to podcast recorded November 29, 2017.

More than ever, cities and metro areas matter for America’s future says Amy Liu, vice president and director of Brookings Metro. They are at the forefront of demographic change, innovation, competitiveness, adaptation to climate change, and more. Follow this link to the podcast and transcript.

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The National Urban Extension Leaders are proud to present the 2022 National Urban Extension Conference hosted by Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Camden, New Jersey (part of the Camden-Philadelphia metro area). 

Registration packages allow participation in all four days of the conference, including presentation sessions, the Welcome Dinner & Awards Ceremony, site visit tours, catering provided during the conference, and access to conference recordings. Registration is $495 and ticket sales are capped at 300 attendees. Register now to secure your ticket. Follow this link for conference details.

A new publication - Engaging Communities Through Issues Forums: A How-To Guide for Onsite and Online Community Engagement - is available from the Extension Foundation.

The publication explores the use of issue forums as a community engagement tool in Extension work. Both a process guide and content publication, it is a comprehensive “how-to” designed to help Cooperative Extension professionals successfully develop and implement issues forums in both onsite and online settings. Each section of the publication includes Our Story, a narrative of the key lessons learned by the authors. This publication will be of value to Cooperative Extension professionals and other organizations and institutions that are considering ways to increase community engagement to collaboratively address issues. The authors include Shoshana Inwood and Nicole Wright from The Ohio State University. Read more.

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The Urban Food Systems (UFS) Symposium is pleased to offer up to $500 travel awards for up to 25 UFS educators to attend 2022 UFSS. The scholarships can cover registration and other travel costs. Priority will be given to applicants from the North Central Region. The Symposium is September 26-29, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. More info about the scholarship opportunity and application form. Travel scholarship application deadline is April 16.

The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) invites proposals for its Annual Conference, The Essential Role of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, October 23–26, 2022 in San Diego. The conference invites participants to consider the essential role urban and metropolitan universities play in leading a recovery grounded in community, equity, and innovation. Proposals due March 25. More information and proposal submission.