Urban Studies Events

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The Spirit of Cities: Why the Identity of a City Matters in a Global Age

July 25, 2012 // 9:00am10:30am
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
Cities define us. They shape the outlooks, opportunities and lives of over half of the world’s population. Yet most contemporary political thought neglects their role. The Ancient Greeks, by contrast, thought that every city had its own ethos and values that helped to determine its institutions, political systems and the lives of its citizens. Daniel Bell thinks it is time to revive the thinking of the Greeks and rediscover the spirit of cities.
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Urban Resilience in Situations of Chronic Violence

July 12, 2012 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
The relentless violence that besets many cities around the world prompts local responses in the neighborhoods and broader communities. Those responses can comprise what we call resilience. Elements of positive resilience can include an array of protective measures, some of which are organized by the communities alone, some with city or state officials, some with outside organizations like NGOs or development agencies.

Urbanization and Growth on a Finite Planet ***Webinar***

June 26, 2012 // 1:15pm2:45pm
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
Shifting populations are leading to new challenges and opportunities for cities. Join us for a free webinar series, “Urbanization and Growth on a Finite Planet,” which will introduce a host of challenges faced by cities in light of climate change. This first session will feature partner organizations’ current urbanization projects and present overarching research questions on the effects of climate change that are of particular concern to cities. ***online event only***

Brazil Forum Breakfast featuring Governor Alckmin

June 15, 2012 // 8:30am10:30am
Brazil Institute
On Friday June 15th, the U.S-Brazil Business Council and the Brazil Institute host São Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckmin

Beyond Smart Cities: How Cities Network, Learn and Innovate

May 24, 2012 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
To achieve the real promise of smart cities—that is to create the conditions of continuous learning and innovation that has led cities like Seattle, Barcelona, Ahmedabad and Curitiba to keep pace with economic change—we need to understand what is below the surface of smart and connected places. Yet, city learning is a blind spot in policy on urban development and city innovation.

Urban Governance and Citizen Rights in China and India

May 23, 2012 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Asia Program
A comparative look at urbanization in the world's two most populous nations.

Are We Becoming A Nation of Renters?

May 22, 2012 // 8:00am4:30pm
Program on America and the Global Economy
Three years after the 2008 financial crisis, America’s housing market still languishes and millions of families are losing their grip on “The American Dream.” Join us for an in-depth conference featuring policymakers, practicing mortgage capital experts, and academics to discuss the concrete steps forward to repairing and improving America’s mortgage finance system.
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Getting Past Megacities: How Peri-Urban Has Become the New City Center

May 15, 2012 // 10:00am12:00pm
Urban Sustainability Laboratory
Half of the world’s seven billion people currently live in cities, one billion of them in informal settlements; the United Nations projects that the global urban population will expand to as many as five billion over the next two decades. As a result of failing rural economies, conflicts, material inequalities, gentrification, and other urban development programs, people are moving into, out of, and through cities in search of profit, protection, and passage elsewhere.

St. Petersburg Regionalism as a Political Force: 1980s to 2010s

April 30, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
Lev Lurye, cultural historian, St. Petersburg
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Book Event: Eating Bitterness-Stories from the Front Lines of China's Great Urban Migration

April 24, 2012 // 9:00am10:30am
Kissinger Institute on China and the United States
Every year over 200 million peasants flock to China’s urban centers, providing a profusion of cheap labor that helps fuel the country’s staggering economic growth. Award-winning journalist Michelle Dammon Loyalka follows the trials and triumphs of eight such migrants,offering an inside look at the pain, self-sacrifice, and uncertainty underlying China’s dramatic national transformation.

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