#GWA2017 Education | Opening Keynote Kevin Gaughan
Olmsted and Buffalo in the American Imagination
Saturday, August 5, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Buffalo-native and "Olmsted Guy" Kevin Gaughan opens #GWA2017 with a keynote highlighting Frederick Law Olmsted’s work in the City of Buffalo, the Buffalo Niagara region’s role in shaping American urban centers, and his current project: an effort to reimagine urban parks as catalysts for improving the lives of inner-city residents. His project partners are legendary golf champion, Jack Nicklaus, and Brookings Institution Co-Chair, John Thornton.
Kevin Gaughan is a Buffalo civic leader and nationally-known expert on government reform and community renewal. He brought regional cooperation and consolidation to Western New York, as the Washington Post wrote, “by sheer will power.” For his efforts to preserve Buffalo’s heritage and set the economic stage for Buffalo’s recovery, The Buffalo News has called Kevin “the conscience of our community.”
Kevin is a graduate of Harvard University, Georgetown University Law School, and he studied international relations at The London School of Economics. He is the author of At First Light: Strengthening Buffalo Niagara in the New Century” and he has written and spoken throughout the nation on local government and Buffalo history. His civic work has been profiled in USA Today, The Yale Law Review, and the international radio station, Voice of America.