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NashvilleNext Speaker Series: Demographics, Equity, and Inclusion

photo of Mitchell Silver talking with audience member

"Changing Faces of America: The Opportunities and Challenges of 21st Century Demographics"

Mitchell Silver, President, American Planning Association and Chief Planning and Economic Development Officer, Raleigh, NC

February 25, 2013

Harambee Auditorium, Scarritt-Bennett Center

Video of the entire event, including comments by moderator Alistair Newbern, part of an original play written and performed by the Tennessee Women's Theater Project (begins at 06:34), and Mitchell Silver's presentation (begins at 22:11).

Background report

"Partnering for an Equitable and Inclusive Nashville"

This background report was prepared by 15 local community contributors, including representatives of the civil liberties, civil rights, disabled, immigrant and refugee rights, LGBT and Muslim communities, as well as the Metro Human Relations Commission and the Metro Department of Public Health. It describes some of Nashville's nationally recognized "socially integrative" achievements in promoting awareness, advocacy, and human services; identifies persistent and emerging trends in social exclusion in Nashville; and proposes a public-private partnership for augmenting and sustaining Nashville's capacity for addressing social exclusion and realizing itself as an inclusive community over the generations.

The arts and NashvilleNext

photo of Tennessee Women's Theater performer

Each NashvilleNext Speakers' Series event includes a performance or presentation by local artists, in cooperation with the Metro Nashville Arts Commission.

On February 25, Tennessee Women’s Theater Project showcased segments from a new play focused on the female immigrant experience in Nashville; that performance is included in the video link above. TWTP is a professional, nonprofit theater company with a special focus on women, which seeks to address the problems of gender inequity and gender discrimination through role parity for women as well as training and education in areas of professional theater that are currently male-dominated.

This short (just over two minutes) video presents comments from selected community members after Mitchell Silver's NashvilleNext speech.

"It was a great way to see what our future may be."

Several community leaders share their excitement about NashvilleNext:


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