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Portland State University President to Speak at Pearl District Event
1000 Friends of Oregon Hosts Wim Wiewel for Discussion of University’s Role in the City

PORTLAND, September 24—As Portland has garnered international attention for its commitment to sustainability and smart urban design, Portland State University has played a central role. Just this week, the university received a $2.83 million grant as a US Department of Transportation center for livable communities.

When Portland State selected Wim Wiewel as its President in 2008, the university made a choice that reflected its commitment continuing this active participation in shaping Portland’s future—to fulfilling its motto: “Let Knowledge Serve the City.” Dr. Wiewel, who holds degrees in sociology and urban planning and has an impressive academic career including work in Amsterdam, Baltimore, and Chicago, has further enhanced Portland State’s reputation as a hotspot for innovation in urban planning and sustainability.

1000 Friends of Oregon is pleased to host Wim Wiewel in Portland on Wednesday, October 16, for the final event in our 2013 McCall Society Speaker Series. The event will begin with a reception at 5:30 PM, followed by a presentation and Q&A from 6:00-7:00 PM. The event will be held at the Augen Gallery, 716 NW Davis St.

This event is free and open to the public. Donations to 1000 Friends of Oregon will be accepted and appreciated. RSVPs are required as space is limited. Visit  to RSVP.

Wim Wiewel holds degrees in sociology and urban planning from the University of Amsterdam and a PhD in sociology from Northwestern University. Prior to coming to Portland, he was provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs at the University of Baltimore, where he spearheaded a new emphasis on the university’s role in that city’s revitalization.

Previously, Dr. Wiewel served as dean as the College of Business Administration and the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs of the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he helped establish the Great Cities Program and the Center for Urban Economic Development. He has authored dozens of articles in such publications as Economic Geography and the Journal of the American Planning Association. He is also co-author of Global Universities and Urban Development (2008), The University as Urban Developer (2005), and Partnerships for Smart Growth (2005), among other books.

At the Augen Gallery October 16, Dr. Wiewel will share his ideas and observations about the role of Portland State University, and universities in general, in the civic, cultural, and economic life of the city. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in a discussion with Dr. Wiewel about these topics and his vision for the future of Portland State.

“1000 Friends of Oregon is committed to making the most of Oregon’s urban centers—creating neighborhoods where people are proud to live, work, study, and play. We are fortunate to have a partner like Portland State University doing such great things in the heart of Portland, led by such a visionary individual as Dr. Wiewel,” said Jason Miner, Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Oregon.  “We are thrilled to hear his ideas about where Portland can go next.”

This event is free and open to the public. Donations to 1000 Friends of Oregon will be accepted and appreciated. RSVPs are required as space is limited. Visit  to RSVP.

About 1000 Friends of Oregon: 1000 Friends of Oregon is a nonprofit charitable organization with offices in Eugene, Grants Pass, and Portland. Founded in 1975, 1000 Friends works with Oregonians to enhance the state’s quality of life by building livable urban and rural communities, protecting family farms and forests, and conserving natural areas.