Jay Walljasper, author and editor of several works including All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons will be in Iowa City on Wednesday, April 13. He will host an event at 3:30 p.m., in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum followed by a workshop starting at 5:30 p.m., in the Assembly Room at the Senior Center. Both events are free and open to everyone.

The evening gathering will focus on community development where Walljasper will give examples of how people have improved their communities through inclusiveness, walkability and more. The session will conclude with an open discussion about Iowa City’s strengths, challenges and ideas for improvement.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to engage in a conversation about making Iowa City a better place for all,” Interim City Manager Geoff Fruin said. “We hope a wide cross-section of our population will be able to contribute to the discussion.”

Walljasper graduated from the University of Iowa in 1976 with degrees in Journalism and English. He also worked as a writer and editor for the Daily Iowan.

His visit is co-sponsored by the City of Iowa City, the Iowa City Downtown District, the University of Iowa Public Policy Center, the UI School of Urban and Regional Planning and the UI Just Living Theme Semester through the Office of Outreach and Engagement.

The UI’s Just Living Theme Semester focuses on social justice with a goal of exploring values, beliefs and positioning.  Student ambassadors representing this group will be at both events to provide information and to collect donations for the VA Hospital in Iowa City. Attendees are encouraged to bring an item to donate. You can view the items needed at http://bit.ly//VAdonations.

To learn more about Walljasper, his works and other accomplishments visit jaywalljasper.com.

Date of publication

Monday, April 04, 2016