« All Events Inspire Speakers Series and p4 Present: The Story and Power of Place with Joel Glanzberg, Valerie Goodwin, and Majestic Lane

There is something quite special about the Pittsburgh region that makes it unlike any other place. But what is it: the topography? The accent? The cuisine? The black and gold? Our story of place includes of all these, but also touches on something deeper. How do we express a place’s uniqueness in a way that captures the spirit of who we are, where we are, and where we are headed? We think our speakers have the answers.


Joel Glanzberg will share his life’s work on creating a symbiotic relationship between human existence and natural systems, and the role of mindfulness and self-reflection in understanding our place in the complex world around us. Valerie Goodwin will share how fabric, paint and thread can be used to map narratives through three lenses: the personal narrative, the fictional map narrative, and the political/sociological narrative.

Local guest to be announced soon!


** Please note: registration for this event closes at 12:00 noon on Thursday, March 10. If you miss the window for online registration, not to worry! You can register at the door.

More About Our Speakers:


Joel Glanzberg

Joel is a tracker and teacher of patterns in landscapes, and has focused on the integration of humans in their place. He works to help people learn to understand their places and how to live in them as inhabitants and co-creators. Drawing from two or three decades of experience in permaculture, traditional tracking, martial arts practice, as well as living systems thinking, he helps people to see and think as nature does and to solve problems by finding the “difference that makes a difference.” An

active author and educator in the fields of permaculture and ecological restoration, he is skilled in cross-cultural communication and teaching. Joel has taught throughout the U.S., South and Central America as well as Africa, and worked with a number of Native American tribes and communities. His research has focused on the application of patterns and the integration of traditional agricultural/agro-forestry techniques and species from dryland areas world-wide.

Classes and projects have spanned four continents including writing the living systems portion of green building standards for Abu Dhabi, co-writing regional sustainability and economic plans, designing several thousands of acres of farm and forest lands, watershed wide restoration projects, as well as the well-known Flowering Tree homestead, the development of Regenesis Collaborative, and ecological arts projects with internationally known artists Helen and Newton Harrison. His work has been chronicled in the books: Designing for Hope, Gaia’s Garden, and A People’s Ecology. For more information visit: patternmind.org, regenesisgroup.com and thetrackingproject.org.



Valerie S. Goodwin

Valerie S. Goodwin is a Fiber Artist and Associate Professor of Architecture at Florida A & M University’s School of Architecture and Engineering Technology in Tallahassee, Florida. She is also author of “Art Quilt Maps: Capture a Sense of Place with Fiber Collage-A Visual Guide”. She became very interested in designing and making quilts in 1998 as an outgrowth of her architectural background. Her interest began as part of her involvement in teaching architectural design classes at Florida A& M University’s School of Architecture. Her students investigate parallels between architecture and quilting as an introduction to ideas about composition, ordering systems, color and pattern. Her work as an artist uses architectural elements such as built form, city grid, mapping and composition as a source of inspiration. These pieces are part of a continuing investigation of ideas that focus on geometrical relationships, patterns and ordering principles found in architecture. Her work conveys these ideas abstractly, through the use of collage, layering, transparency, density and improvisation. Visit her website to learn more about her artwork and fiber art workshops at:www.quiltsbyvalerie.com

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