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>>Sustainable Cities Winter 2014 Final Presentation and Celebration

Join us for the Sustainable Cities presentations on Wednesday, March 12!

Sustainable Cities is a project-based, service-learning class where students collaborate with Bay Area NGOs and government agencies to support their sustainability efforts. The Winter 2014 class is working with four community partners on the following projects: 1) creating a feasibility study for establishing a farmers market at a health clinic in North Fair Oaks (San Mateo County Health Department); 2) defining and evaluating a potential transportation demand management program for cities along the Caltrain rail corridor (Friends of Caltrain); 3) conducting oral histories and creating a map of residents who have faced evictions in San Francisco (Anti-Eviction Mapping Project), and 4) re-envisioning Golden Gate Park to be accessible for all users (San Francisco Bicycle Coalition).

>>Transforming Communities through Mapping: Amy Hillier

Please join us in welcoming Professor Amy Hillier!

Profesor Hillier teaches courses relating to GIS, built environment and public health, and community development in city planning, urban studies, public health and social work. Her research focuses on issues of geographic disparities and access to services and resources in disadvantaged communities. Her research has included GIS applications in redlining and housing discrimination, affordable housing, and public health. Her dissertation, funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), considered the impact of the Home Owner's Loan Corporation on lending in Philadelphia. She continued this research as a HUD Urban Scholars Post-doctoral Fellow.

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>>Urban Studies welcome back lunch, September 27th, 2013!

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>>Gingerbread Cities: Program on Urban Studies

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The Program in Urban Studies presents:

Xavier de Souza Briggs

Date: October 25

Time: 4:00pm

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.


American Studies

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):


DATE: Wednesday, November 2

PLACE: Building 200, Room 205

TIME: 4:00pm

(More information below)

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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

Tags: Environmental

               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

TIME: Noon

PLACE: Avocado Court (behind bldg 1)

Please RSVP to the following link:


  • 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.


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