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Dallas Festival of lights

The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture in partnership with The Dallas Morning News, hosted the second annual Dallas Festival of Ideas on February 19-20 at Fair Park. The free event, made possible by Bank of America, focused on The United City, aimed to help shape Dallas as a city of the future by igniting, uniting and energizing the people of Dallas through the power of ideas and shared purpose.

In addition to national keynote speakers and panels moderated by local community leaders focusing on five “city” tracks, the festival offered interactive sessions, performances from local artists, a compelling literary stage, and the opportunity for members of the community to engage in the year-round committees that turn the festival’s ideas into action.The Healthy City panel addressed the question “What does the healthy city look like?” through the image of a wheel, with the hub as “access” and the spokes connecting this hub to three areas: a healthy lifestyle (health care and wellness in all its forms); healthy food and healthy eating habits; and mental health care.

Lauren Silverman, health, science and technology reporter/blogger at KERA, moderated the panel discussion among: Dr. Seema Yasmin, staff writer at The Dallas Morning News and professor of public health at The University of Texas at Dallas; Dr. John Siburt, president and COO of CitySquare; Dr. Eric Bing, professor of global health at SMU and the George W. Bush Institute; and Regina Montoya, chair of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings’ Task Force on Poverty