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Here are some pictures of our own Gingerbread City:
The Program in Urban Studies presents:
Xavier de Souza Briggs
Date: October 25
Place: Building 370, Room 370
Free and open to the public
Title of his talk: Are Inclusive and Just Cities Possible? Lessons After the Great Recession, from America and Abroad
Xavier de Souza Briggs is an American sociologist and planner, known for his work on social capital, civic capacity, and community building, as well as the concept of the "geography of opportunity," which addresses the consequences of race and class segregation for the well-being and life prospects of the disadvantaged. In January 2009, Briggs went on a public service leave from MIT, appointed by President Barack Obama to become Associate Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. At OMB, he oversaw policy and budget for six cabinet agencies (Housing and Urban Development, Treasury, Commerce, Transportation, Justice, and Homeland Security) as well as the Small Business Administration, General Services Administration, and other agencies, with a discretionary budget totaling approximately $225 billion per year. He returned to the MIT faculty in August 2011.
He is Associate Professor of Sociology and Urban Planning (with tenure) in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is also a former faculty member of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He was a presidential appointee in the Clinton Administration, serving as a senior policy official at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Center For Comparative Studies in race and Ethnicity
Center For the Study of Poverty and Inequality
Department of Sociology
Link to the Stanford events website (featured event): http://events.stanford.edu/events/341/34179
DATE: Wednesday, November 2
PLACE: Building 200, Room 205
(More information below)
Pastor's talk will cover what the Census tells us and what it means about the
future of metropolitan America's society and economy (including a rap on how
equity is now critical to resolving our economic crisis).
Please join us on welcoming Manuel Pastor, a professor of Geography and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California where he also serves as Director of USC's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and co-Director of USC's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. Founding director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Pastor holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In recent years, his research has focused on the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities in the U.S.; he has also conducted research on Latin American economic conditions. His books include Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future (W.W. Norton 2010, co-authored with Angela Glover Blackwell and Stewart Kwoh); This Could Be the Start of Something Big: How Social Movements for Regional Equity are Transforming Metropolitan America (Cornell University Press 2009; co-authored with Chris Benner and Martha Matsuoka); and Regions That Work: How Cities and Suburbs Can Grow Together (University of Minnesota Press 2000; co-authored with Peter Dreier, Eugene Grigsby, and Marta Lopez-Garza).
- Please join us for a lecture by Anne Whiston Spirn, “Restoring Mill Creek: Landscape Literacy and Environmental Justice.”
Professor Anne Whiston Spirn of MIT will present “Restoring Mill Creek: Landscape Literacy and Environmental Justice.” Spirn is visiting Stanford as the Model Scholar selected by the senior class in the Program on Urban Studies.
Spirn, a professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, has an international reputation for scholarship that combines an understanding of the natural and built environments. She has received numerous fellowships and awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship and the President’s Award of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects. In 2001, she received the International Cosmos Prize for “contributions to the harmonious coexistence of nature and mankind.”
Spirn’s talk will focus on the research-in-action project that she directs in the inner-city neighborhood of West Philadelphia. Since 1987, the West Philadelphia Landscape Project (WPLP) has integrated research, teaching and community service to enhance environmental quality, stimulate economic development, and strengthen public school curricula and undergraduate and professional education. The project is also the subject of Spirn’s forthcoming book, Top-Down/Bottom-Up: Rebuilding the Landscape of Community.
When: Tuesday, November 9, 2010. 5:00 pm
Approximate duration of 1.5 hours
Where: Building 370, room 370
Audience: Students, General Public, Alumni / Friends, Faculty / Staff
Lecture / Reading
Sponsor: Program on Urban Studies. Cosponsored by: American Studies, Architectural Design, Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Earth Systems, The Haas Center for Public Service, Woods Institute for the Environment
Please join us for an Urban Studies ‘welcome back’ lunch!
Come help us celebrate the beginning of the academic year and get a chance to chat with students, faculty and lecturers.
DATE: Tuesday, September 21st
PLACE: Avocado Court (behind bldg 1)
Please RSVP to the following link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CYTQLLV
- October 29th 2009, Thursday, —Gary Orfield, Professor, UCLA Graduate School of Education; and Co-Director of The Civil Rights Project at UCLA. Please visit Dr. Orfield's website here.
"Excluding the Majority: Separate and Unequal Education in Metropolitan
America." 7:00pm in Mendenhall Library, Building 120, 1st Floor
This talk will explore the myth of equal educational opportunity, the policies
that are based on that myth, and the way they smash on the rock of
segregation. The talk will include data from California and racially changing
suburbs and deal with the triple segregation of race or ethnicity, poverty, and
This talk is co-sponsored by:
• The Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality
• The Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE)
• Department of Sociology, Stanford University
• Stanford University School of Education (SUSE)
• Program in American Studies, Stanford Univers
October 30th 2008, Thursday, —Dolores Hayden, Professor of Architecture and American Studies, Yale University. "Building American Suburbia: Seven Landscapes or Only Two?" 7:00-8:15pm, Wallenberg Hall, Theater Room. Co-sponsored by: American Studies, Woods Institute - Sustainable Built Environment, Hume Writing Center, Writing in the Major Program.