Urban Studies Events

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Solutions for Sustainability and Resilience in a Constantly Changing World

November 19, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
In the past few years, natural and manmade disasters including Superstorm Sandy, the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, and the Boston Marathon bombing have highlighted the growing need for communities and societies to be resilient in the face of unexpected and constantly changing challenges. Join us, the Rockefeller Foundation, Thomas Lovejoy of the UN Foundation, and select authors to discuss how urban communities and industrial enterprises can “survive, adapt, and flourish in the face of turbulent change and uncertainty.”
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Building Peace Over Water in the Lower Jordan Valley: A Sister Cities Coalition

October 17, 2014 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Since its launch in 2001, EcoPeace / Friends of the Earth Middle East's Good Water Neighbors project (GWN) has brought together Palestinian, Israeli, and Jordanian youth, adults, and municipal representatives to cooperate over transboundary water resources and jointly advance sustainable development in the region - most notably in the Lower Jordan Valley. EcoPeace / Friends of the Earth Middle East has recently partnered with Sister Cities International (SCI) and Citizen Diplomacy Initiatives (CDI) to create sister city partnerships between American cities and the partnering communities of the GWN project. These new partnerships will build on the previous successes of GWN to create and empower a broad, international citizen coalition for peace in the region.

A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida

October 06, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
N. D. B. Connolly explores the history of real estate development and political power by offering an unprecedented look at the complexities of property ownership during the early and mid-twentieth century.
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Revisiting Our Black Mosaic: Black Mosaic 20th Anniversary

September 19, 2014 // 9:00am3:50pm
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
This symposium will address relevant urban issues over the past two decades. It serves to bridge past museum research with current initiatives and renew the community relationships that are crucial to the Museum’s work.
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Dawn of the Smart City? Perspectives From New York, Ahmedabad, São Paulo, and Beijing (Report Launch)

June 23, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Brazil Institute
On June 23, speakers from four cities will present their perspectives on the idea behind smart cities and the challenges their respective countries face.
VINCE TALOTTA / TORONTO STAR
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The Rob Ford Phenomenon: What’s going on in Toronto?

May 16, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
Canada Institute
Canadians and Americans look at the Rob Ford saga with a mix of amusement, curiosity, and horror. How did Ford become mayor of a sophisticated and progressive city like Toronto in the first place? And why does he continue to keep the support of a significant portion of the voting public?

Innovation in Urban Infrastructure Financing in Latin America

May 06, 2014 // 10:00am12:30pm
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
A panel of experts will speak about innovative approaches to urban infrastructure financing in Latin America.

Environmental Pressures on China’s Changing Cities and Countryside

April 23, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
China Environment Forum
China’s urban and rural areas are rapidly changing and are facing dire resource constraints. Cities and countryside both contribute to and are vulnerable to water pollution and scarcity, particularly in China’s dry north. At this CEF meeting, speakers will provide a comparative perspective of pollution, drought, and development challenges in China’s metropolitan and rural areas, particularly in the Gobi Desert region.

Cities at the Center of the World

April 22, 2014 // 9:00am4:00pm
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
In collaboration with the Center for Global Studies at George Mason University, The Wilson Center’s Urban Sustainability Laboratory invites you to a discussion of the nexus between urban growth and globalization. Please join leading urban scholars, practitioners and policy makers for a discussion of the social, spatial and political terrain of cities as critical global centers.

World Urban Forum, Medellín, Colombia--Safe + Smart Cities: Harnessing Technology for Urban Resilience

April 08, 2014 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
“Safe + Smart Cities” will highlight policies and practices that integrate new smart city technologies and planning concepts with efforts to make urban areas more resilient to natural and man-made disaster.

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