Branigin Lecture to Explore Role of Metropolitan Parks
Events and Lectures

Daniel H. Jones, Ph.D.Park developer and historian Daniel H. Jones, Ph.D., founder, chairperson and CEO of the non-profit 21st Century Parks in Louisville, Kentucky, will deliver the 31st annual Branigin Lecture in History at Franklin College on Wednesday, April 18. The lecture will begin at 8 p.m. in Richardson Chapel.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Jones’ lecture, “The Park and the City: Explorations of the Past, Present and Future of Urban Life” will present examples from around the world of the role of metropolitan parks in the development of the modern city. As his presentation will show, rising global populations in the 21st century will lead to unprecedented concentrations of people in large urban areas. Extensive urban parks will be needed, therefore, to help address the ecological and social challenges of the explosive urban growth to come.

Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and literature from Yale University, a doctorate degree in American and world history from Indiana University, and a master’s degree from Yale’s highly regarded School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  He began his teaching career in the history department at Franklin College, and in recent years he has taught a series of honors seminars at the University of Louisville.

The Governor Roger D. Branigin Lecture Series is funded by the Governor Roger D. Branigin Endowment at Franklin College, established in 1984 in memory of the 1923 Franklin College alumnus and forty-second governor of the State of Indiana.

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.

To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please email

(Posted March 29, 2018)


POSTED Apr 13, 2018