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"Building the Just City"

Third Annual David Dillon Symposium

Friday and Saturday October 10-11, 2014

Sponsored by the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Dallas Morning News


In recent days, as the events of Ferguson, Missouri have reverberated around the nation, we have been confronted by the reality that the idea and experience of justice in the American city is contested and imperfect. We have an enormous population living in the shadow world of the prison system, and our streets are becoming increasingly militarized. This year's Dillon Symposium brings together an interdisciplinary group of speakers—architects, historians, sociologists, police professionals, and other experts in criminal justice — to examine the ways that we can construct spaces, in our streets and in our prisons, that better reflect our ideals of justice, fairness, and decency.

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Keynote address and opening reception

Friday October 10, 2014


3015 at Trinity Groves, 3015 Gulden St., Dallas

Raphael Sperry, Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility


Saturday October 11, 2014


Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St, Dallas

10:00, Introduction

Kathryn Holliday, University of Texas at Arlington

10:15, Morning panel “What Is a Just City?”

Opening remarks

David O. Brown, Chief of Police of the Dallas Police Department


Anna Andrzejewski, University of Wicsonsin-Madison

Colleen Casey, School of Urban and Public Affairs, University of Texas at Arlington

Chad Houser, Café Momentum


Courtney Cronley, PhD, University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work

Noon, break for lunch

1:00, Afternoon panel “Designing for Justice”


Theron Bowman, Assistant City Manager, City of Arlington

Gregory Cook, HOK – Justice

Yolanda Lara, Dallas County Sherriff’s Office

Raphael Sperry, Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility

Victor F. "Trey" Trahan, III, FAIA

Seema Yasmin, University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas Morning News


Mark Lamster, University of Texas at Arlington, Dallas Morning News

For further information, please contact Professor Kathryn Holliday, Director of the Dillon Center at