"Innovation and the Warhol Economy" — As Rice University and Houston partner to transform the historic Sears building into a bustling innovation district, well-known author and researcher Elizabeth Currid-Halkett joins the Kinder Institute to discuss the importance of cities investing in innovation for a competitive advantage.

Seats will be available on a first come basis. The program will start promptly at 7 pm.

About Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

Author, speaker and researcher Elizabeth Currid-Halkett is the James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning and professor of public policy at the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on the arts and culture and most recently, the American consumer economy.

She is the author of three books: "The Warhol Economy: How Fashion, Art and Music Drive New York City" (Princeton University Press, 2007), "Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010) and "The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class" (Princeton University Press, 2017).

Currid-Halkett has spoken about her work to audiences at 92Y Tribeca, Google, Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, among others. Currid-Halkett’s work has been featured in numerous national and international media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Salon, the Economist, the New Yorker and the Times Literary Supplement.

She has contributed to a variety of academic and mainstream publications including the Journal of Economic Geography, Economic Development Quarterly, the Journal of the American Planning Association, the New York Times and the Harvard Business Review. She is currently working on a project with the World Economic Forum looking at key issues in the contemporary global consumer economy.

Currid-Halkett received her doctorate from Columbia University.

About the Kinder Institute Forum

The Kinder Institute Forum lecture series brings thought leaders from around the world to Houston to share ideas about the most pressing urban issues facing us today. Previous KI Forum speakers have included Pulitzer Prize-winning author Matthew Desmond, former transportation commissioner for New York City Janette Sadik-Khan and global urbanist Richard Florida.

CenterPoint Energy is the title sponsor of the Kinder Institute Forum series. This program is eligible for 1.5 CM credits from the American Planning Association.