Urban Institute Schul Forum Series

​​About the Schul Urban Institute Forum Series

The Marianne M. & Norman W. Schul Urban Institute Forum Series was established in 2018 to serve as an annual event focused on policy issues affecting the Charlotte region, convening local leaders, national experts and researchers from the institute and other parts of UNC Charlotte. The institute’s first director, Dr. Norm Schul, and his wife, Marianne ‘73, enabled the creation of the series with a generous gift.

The first Schul Forum, to be held Nov. 21 at the UNC Charlotte Center City campus, will highlight research and conclusions from the Carolinas Urban-Rural Connection project, a two-year undertaking sponsored by the Duke Endowment. We will combine our research with a series of discussions between local and national policy experts and practitioners, seeking to illuminate ways to foster economic, social and cultural connections to increase prosperity throughout our region. 

Registration for the forum is now open. The cost is $30, and includes a light breakfast and lunch.

The day will include a keynote address by Sarah Smarsh, author of Heartland, a New York Times bestseller and 2018 National Book Award Finalist. Smarsh, a journalist and commentator, is featured frequently in national news outlets and hosts the podcast The Homecomers.

Event Parking

There are a number of pay-to-park options within walking distance of the Center City building. The Seventh Street parking deck, adjacent to the Seventh Street Public Market, is a short walk through First Ward Park. Additional pay-to-park options can be found on the Preferred Parking website. The closest of these is 422 E. 9th Street, on the corner of Ninth and Brevard Street.

Light Rail

Attendees are encouraged to take advantage of light rail. Center City is a half a block from the Ninth Street Station.  Free parking is available at eleven light rail park-and-ride locations. Sugar Creek Station and Scaleybark are the closest park-and-ride stations. Standard CATS fares apply.