The HPC meets on the 4th Tuesday of every “odd” month (January, March, May, etc.) at 7:00 pm ET to listen to an expert in the humanitarian and development field. Please join us by emailing our Chair for the contact information or watch our past presentation through the links below.


Upcoming Webinars


NOVEMBER 23, 7:30 PM EST

Design Beyond Borders: Community Engagement in rural Tanzania and the Global South

By Michael Zaretsky, AIA. Architecture Department Head and Associate Professor, University of Oregon.

In this lecture, Michael will showcase the Village Life Outreach Project and share lessons learned from rural Tanzania and the Global South.

Michael Zaretsky, AIA is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture in the School of Architecture and Environment in the College of Design at the University of Oregon. Zaretsky has extensive experience in local and international design/build projects with a focus on interactive community engagement. His research and scholarship address how high-resourced groups that are working in lower-resourced communities can do so as productive partners. He is the Design director for Village Life Outreach Project Inc., a Cincinnati-based non-profit that partners with communities in rural Tanzania to address life, health and education. His work is included in the 2018 book The Public Interest Design Education Guidebook edited by Bell and Abendroth. He is presently writing Design Beyond Borders: International Design/Build Community Engagement - a book that explores how those in practice, organizations and universities involved in international design / build projects engage those in underprivileged communities where they are working. 


Past Webinars


MAY 25

Community Leaders: Crucial players in the sustainable development of the excluded city

By Belén Gonzalez, US Department of State Humphrey Fellow and Former CEO of TECHO-Uruguay

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March 2021

Tuungane: Community-Driven Reconstruction in DR Congo

By Michael Kolber, AICP

Senior Planner for the City of Trenton, NJ; Chair of the APA International Division

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January 2021

Adapt Humanitarian Shelters to Cultural Living Patterns

By Dr. James Miller, RA

Assistant Professor at Western Washington University

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November 2020

The Humanitarian Field Today: Opportunities and Challenges for Planners

By Emily Clifton

Director of Humanitarian Program Portfolio, Save the Children


Watch the Webinar