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Urban Studies at LaGuardia Research Guide: Program Events

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POLICING AND MASS INCARCERATION , Annual Urban Studies Student's Conference

in the Little Theater, E building
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Somalia Samuel, Center for Constitutional Rights
Alex Vitale, Brooklyn College

Alexis Agathocleous, Center for Constitutional Rights
Jay Hamilton, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Michael Jacobson, CUNY Graduate Center
Victoria Law, author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women

2015 Urban Studies Winter Seminar

February 4, 2015. Gender. LGBTQ issues and the Prison Industrial Complex. Public Health and the Prison Industrial Complex.

February 18, 2015. Prisons in Literature and Popular Culture.

Roundtable Discussion of Orange is the New Black 

John Oliver Clip 

"The Inside Histories of the Global American Prison," by H. Bruce Franklin.

"The Challenge of Prison Abolition" A Conversation between Angela Davis and Dylan Rodriguez 

Urban Studies Train the Trainers Event, Tuesday, October 21, 2014 @ 3:15pm

The Urban Studies Committee has invited James Rojas to demonstrate to LaGuardia faculty how to incorporate his innovative experiential learning tool Place It! into our urban studies curriculum.

James Rojas is an urban planner, community activist, and artist from Los Angeles. He is a national leader in using art as a community engagement tool for underrepresented communities. He has facilitated over 350 interactive workshops and created over 43 interactive urban diorama across the US, Mexico and Canada. He holds a Master of City Planning and a Master
of Science of Architectural Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  James Rojas is one of the few nationally recognized urban planners to examine U.S. Latino cultural influences on urban design and planning. In New York City alone James Rojas has collaborated with the NYC department of health, public schools, and parks department as well as lectured at NYU, Pratt, and Columbia University.

Recent Rojas' event/projects

Urban Studies event on Race and Housing at Stuyvesant Town, Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Urban Studies committee is sponsoring a panel and discussion focusing on struggles over the construction of Stuyvesant Town, a public/private housing development in lower Manhattan. The discussion will consider questions about race, housing, and development through the lens of these conflicts. William Kelly will show pieces of his film, "The Burden of Eden," now in production. He will also discuss the historical and political context and questions that inform his project.

The panel and discussion will take place on Tuesday, October 28th. From 2:15 to 3:15 to accommodate classes. It will be in Room E-242.

Here is a link to the film's webpage:

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