Interested in Urban Studies?
Monday, March 18, 2013
8:00pm until 10:00pm
29 Manning (Urban Studies Building)
The deadline for sophomores to declare is around the corner (April 1)! Have questions about concentrating in Urban Studies? Need help filling out your declaration form? Wondering what classes to take? Come to the Urban Studies Department between 8 and 10 pm on Monday, March 18 (29 Manning--the brick house to the right of the pathway as you head towards Barus and Holley) to talk to seasoned Urban Studies concentrators! There will be great food and conversation!
Prof. Thomas Sugrue presents “Planning for Justice: Race, Urban Policy, and the Legacy of the 1960s”
Friday, February 1, 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Rhode Island Hall, Room 108
With an eye toward current urban policy debates (urban development, public education, and economic growth), Sugrue traces the impact of civil rights, black power, community control, and devolution on the city planning from the Great Society to the Obama administration. His talk spans the history of urban planning, community organization, and presidential politics over the past fifty years.
David Boies Professor of History and Sociology, Director of the Penn Social Science and Policy Forum, Prof. Sugrue specializes in twentieth-century American politics, urban history, civil rights, and race. He is the author of The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit (Princeton University Press, 1996).
Co-sponsored by Taubman Center for Public Policy, Dept. of History, Dept. of Sociology, Dept. of American Studies, Dept. of Political Science.
Read the Brown Dailey Herald (BDH) article about this event.
The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown University presents a student-curated exhibit:
City - Plaza - People
Haffenreffer Museum at Manning Hall
1-21 Prospect Street
December 15th – March 31st
Tues – Sun, 10 AM to 4 PM
What does public space reveal about our city and society, past and present?
How might we envision and participate in the public spaces of tomorrow?
In the fall of 2012, Brown students in “Urban Life: Anthropology in and of the City” explored public spaces in transition, focusing on Providence’s Kennedy Plaza. This student-curated exhibit draws from their own anthropological fieldwork to explore how the plaza has evolved and how it continues to be shaped by historical and current events, urban planning and design, social movements, and everyday users. Plazas are critical spaces for urban anthropologists – key sites for understanding the constant reworking of social life. Yet, Kennedy Plaza today, represents just one moment in the social history of Providence. By understanding its development and considering its future we shed light on the evolving story of the American city. Join us at the Haffenreffer Museum to learn more about public space and the Plaza, and to explore urban life and change in Providence.
Prof. Elijah Anderson - The Iconic Ghetto
Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Light Refreshments 6:30pm
Urban Studies Seminar Room
29 Manning Walkway (behind 341 Brook Street)
Prof. Elijah Anderson, William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology at Yale University, will speak on "The Iconic Ghetto". Prof. Anderson is a leading urban ethnographer, his award-winning publications include Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City (1999); Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community (1990); A Place on the Corner (1978; 2nd ed., 2003), and most recently, The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life (WW Norton 2012).
Prof. Jonathan Wynn - Urban Music Festivals in Nashville, Austin, and Newport
Wednesday, November 7, 7:00-8:00 pm
Light Refreshments 6:30pm
Urban Studies Seminar Room
29 Manning Walkway (behind 341 Brook St.)
Commentary by Jay Sweet, Producer of the Newport Folk Festival®
Prof. Jonathan Wynn, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, will speak on “Urban Music Festivals in Nashville, Austin, and Newport”. Prof. Wynn is the author of The Tour Guide: Walking and Talking New York (University of Chicago Press 2011) and his work has been published in City & Community, Qualitative Sociology, Sociological Forum, and Contexts Magazine. He has a new article in Ethnography called, "Hobo to Doormen: The Characters of Qualitative Analysis, Past and Present."
Jay Sweet is co-founder of Sweet & Doggett, one of the East Coast’s premiere music consulting firms. He has also worked in film production and screenwriting, in the record and publishing industry, and as Editor-at-Large for the music and film magazine PASTE.
Prof. Andrew Deener - Feeding the City: The Transformation of the Food System and the Persistence of Urban Inequality
Wednesday, October 17, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Urban Environmental Lab (UEL, room 106)
135 Angell Street
Prof. Andrew Deener, University of Connecticut, will speak on "Feeding the City: The Transformation of the Food System and the Persistence of Urban Inequality". Prof. Deener is working on several projects that tie together his interests in cities, markets, politics, and culture. Venice: Conflict and Community in Los Angeles is his new book from the University of Chicago Press (2012).
Urban Studies Film Festival
Come see two great feature length documentaries on cities!
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (79 minutes)
Urbanized (85 minutes)
September 12th, 7:30-11 pm
Outdoor theater at the Granoff Center
(Indoors in case of rain)