The Penn Institute for Urban Research will host the discussion, "Urban Fiscal Stability and Public Pensions: Sustainability Going Forward," from 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 11 at the University of Pennsylvania's Van Pelt Library, sixth-floor pavilion, in Philadelphia.

Featured speakers at the free, public event include former New York Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch; Wharton School finance professor Robert Inman; Philadelphia city finance director Rob Dubow; Stanford University finance professor Joshua Rauh; Standard & Poor's managing director Robin Prunty; Chapman Strategic Advisors managing director James Spiotto; and University of Minnesota law professor Amy Monahan.

According to a Penn Institute statement, they will consider the complex fiscal challenges cities face, focusing on such legacy issues as pension funding and strategies that will support financial sustainability.

Nonprofit organization Next City is co-sponsoring the event, for which registration is required. Melanie and Lawrence C. Nussdorf are providing support.

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