Urbanism is a global phenomenon that presents a range of pressing issues to consider—economic, political, and material, but most of all human. This one-day conference is designed to stimulate a broad-based discussion about “the urban” in the 21st century, a much more complicated concept than 19th- and 20th-century cities. This change has been extensively studied by social scientists, but it is often overlooked how these new urban centers are being experienced by their inhabitants. This conference will take a multidisciplinary, international approach to exploring the challenges and tensions that people in urban communities face.
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- KEYNOTE ADDRESS by Angela Flournoy, author of The Turner House; Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellow at the New York Public Library Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers
- Eve Blau, coprincipal investigator, Harvard-Mellon Urban Initiative; adjunct professor of the history and theory of urban form and design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
- Julie A. Buckler, director of the humanities program, Radcliffe Institute; coprincipal investigator, Harvard-Mellon Urban Initiative; the Samuel Hazard Cross Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature and of Comparative Literatures in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
- Richard Burdett, professor of urban studies and director, LSE Cities, The London School of Economics and Political Science
- Dilip da Cunha, adjunct professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania
- Heidi Ewing, filmmaker; codirector of Emmy Award-winning film, DETROPIA
- Erik Ghenoiu, research manager, Harvard-Mellon Urban Initiative
- Anna Schuleit Haber RI ’07, visual artist
- Edgar Pieterse, South African research chair in urban policy and director, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
- Matthias Schuler, founder, Transsolar Klima Engineering
- Mark Shepard, associate professor, Departments of Architecture and Media Study, School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo
- Sooni Taraporevala, photographer; award-winning screenwriter (Mississippi Masala, Salaam Bombay!, The Namesake) and director (Little Zizou)
- Anja Thierfelder, architect
- Ana Elvira Vélez Villa, architect (Colombia)
The event is free and open to the public. We encourage you to share this invitation with people you know who may be interested in attending this event.
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