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KI Forum 2017-2018

The Kinder Institute Forum lecture series is designed to share ideas about the most pressing urban issues facing us today. The Kinder Institute aims to convene and engage thought leaders, policymakers, and civic-minded members of the Houston community. By hosting these discussions free of charge, the Kinder Institute provides an opportunity for Houston residents to enhance their understanding of cities and contribute to positive changes in our community. 


Forum Sponsors and Partners

Special thanks to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for its ongoing partnership in presenting the Kinder Institute Forum. Financial underwriting generously provided by the Houston Endowment and the following: 

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For information on sponsoring the Kinder Institute Forum, please contact John Bradshaw, Director of Development, at 713-348-8068 or

Upcoming Events

Kinder Institute Forum: Harriet Tregoning

Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Community Planning & Development at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Brown Auditorium
February 21, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
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Kinder Institute Forum: Mayor Mitchell Landrieu

Mayor, City of New Orleans
Location: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Brown Auditorium
March 14, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
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Past Events 

Cecilia Muñoz
Vice President, Policy and Technology, and Director, New America National Network
November 15, 2017

Sean Reardon, Ed.D.
Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education, Stanford University
October 4, 2017
Matthew Desmond
Pulitizer Prize-winning author of the bestseller "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City."
May 9, 2017

Gov. Martin O'Malley
Former Governor of Maryland and Mayor of Baltimore
February 15, 2017 

Nigel Jacob 
Co-founder of City of Boston's Office of New Urban Mechanics
November 16, 2016
Richard Florida
Director, Martin Prosperity Institute, University of Toronto 
October 6, 2016