with Dr. June Manning ThomasTo view a recording of this session, please click here. Due to a technical difficulty, the first 2 minutes of Dr. Thomas’ talk are missing. Fortunately, during that time she had not really entered into the subject of the presentation.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá came to North America in 1912 and laid out the basic principles of Bahá’u’lláh’s vision for this continent. He was clear that economic progress could not take place without resolving fundamental issues of inequality, and He laid out an agenda for overcoming such inequality. He urged us to alter our view of riches as the ultimate goal of human life. He urged people to organize their efforts into social action and to look toward the day when government would set up laws which eliminate extremes. This seminar considers the implications of His teachings for the situation facing people now living in North American cities and metropolitan areas.
June Manning Thomas, Ph.D., is Centennial Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, the University of Michigan. Her books include Redevelopment and Race (1997); Planning Progress: Lessons from Shoghi Effendi (1999); and the forthcoming co-edited The City after Abandonment (2012). She is President-elect of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.