On February 28, James Rusty Smith, associate director of the Rural Studio of Auburn University School of Architecture, Planning, & Landscape Architecture, will present “Communication is Key: Unlocking Home Affordability and Prosperity in Rural America” at the next Discover Auburn Lecture Series program sponsored by Auburn University Libraries. The lecture will begin at 3 p.m. in the Caroline Marshall Draughon Auditorium on the ground floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.
Smith’s research focuses on helping those in poor, rural areas gain greater access to resources that will ultimately lead them to finding affordable housing options. He is working toward the creation of a National Institute of Rural Prosperity that will foster partnerships to help rural residents more easily overcome barriers to home ownership, including mortgage lending, home insurance, and local ordinances and policies.
The public is welcome and a reception will follow the program.