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Fall 2022

UST 494/594 Levin Chair Seminar: CLE Learning City Initiative

The United Nation's Institute for Lifelong Learning assists cities and regions throughout the world to develop and implement community-driven strategic plans to increase lifelong learning among all adults. These Learning City Initiatives are becoming essential parts of city and regional plans to improve communities, pursue economic development, and address issues of reconciliation and social justice.

This project course will use the UN's framework to assess the feasibility of creating a Learning City Initiative customized for the social and economic challenges and opportunities in the Cleveland metro area. Students will learn about innovative policies for adult lifelong learning in the U.S. and around the world, and how those policies are being integrated into city and regional plans for neighborhood and community development, smart city infrastructure, citizen participation, economic competitiveness, job training, and social justice.

Students will be advised by an international panel of experts who have assisted communities to develop Learning City Initiatives in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, as well as elsewhere in the U.S. Students will present their recommendations to Cleveland-area leaders at the end of the semester.