Center for Urban and Global Studies Wraps Up Global Vantage Point Lecture Series

Fall Semester Featured Presentations and Research by Students and Faculty Members

​Hartford, Connecticut, November 29, 2016 – Four Trinity College students presented their research on November 15 during the last of the fall semester’s Global Vantage Point Lecture Series at the Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS). The lecture series at CUGS was launched in 2009. Besides invited outside speakers, the series has heavily featured CUGS-sponsored research by Trinity students and faculty discussing various topics of urban and global significance over a casual lunch.


​Shahzad Joseph IDP’17 .
Shahzad Joseph IDP’17 opened the Common Hour presentations with his research, “The Role of Civil Society in Supporting Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Thailand.” He explained that because Thailand is not a signatory to the UN Convention on refugees and does not provide help to refugees, nongovernmental organizations have taken the lead in offering support, despite pressure from the government to shut down. 

Daijun He ’18 and Nicole Duan ’18 followed with their presentation, “Wagashi: The Traditional and the Transformed,” which focused on the evolution of the traditional Japanese confections. He said that wagashi is typically part of a tea ceremony, and its design is consistent with the theme of the ceremony and with the season. Duan added that Japan’s largest wagashi brands have lasted so long because they evolve with the times. “The liveliness of wagashi lies within its diversity,” the presentation concluded.

Tom Rice ’17 called his work “A Tale of Two Cities: A Preliminary Study of Urban Development in Providence with Comparison to Hartford.” Rice observed that the population census trends of the two cities diverged around 1980, when Providence’s population began to grow and Hartford’s began to shrink. He said that the cities have similar histories but noted that Brown University is more closely tied geographically to the city of Providence than Trinity or any other college is to Hartford.


(Above) Daijun He ’18 and Nicole Duan ’18.
(Below) Tom Rice ’17. Photos by Andrew J. Concatelli.​

Three other students opened the series on September 20. Taylor Ogan ’18 presented “A Tale of Four Companies: Shaping Shenzhen as China’s New Silicon Valley,” Lydia Chen ’18 spoke about “Old Village vs. New City: The Case of Shenzhen,” and Aadyaa Pandey ’17 discussed “Financial Inclusion in Myanmar: A Look at Financial Inclusion with a Focus on Microcredit for Uplifting Standards in Myanmar.”

The September 27 presentations were “The Fate of the Shanghai Shikumen” by Rebecca Dedert ’19, “CSR in India: A Game Changing Opportunity for Corporations to Partner in Nation-Building” by Mudit Pant ’19, and “Pollution of Nhue River: A Case Study in Hanoi” by Thanh Nguyen ’19.

Resident scholar Vladimir Kananovich gave a talk on October 4 titled, “Oblivion and Damnatio Memoriae in the Late Medieval Aristocratic Society in East Central Europe.” That was followed on October 13 by a lecture by David Blake, Luce Visiting Scholar in Environmental and Urban Studies, on “Irrigationalism: Ideological Drivers of Hydraulic Development in Contemporary NE Thailand and Cambodia.”

Lizhan Fan, Thomas Visiting Professor of Urban and Global Studies, spoke about “The Mismatched Stakeholders of Religious Dialogue in China: Religious Group, Culture and Believers” on November 1. Visiting Professor of Urban and Global Studies Na Chen presented “The Plight of the Immigrants and the Compensational Function of Religion: A Preliminary Study of the ‘Lilies Fellowship’” on November 8.

CUGS will host a special informational session at 70 Vernon Street on Thursday, December 8, at 12:15 p.m., focusing on study and research opportunities through CUGS.

Written by Andrew J. Concatelli and Bhumika Choudhary ’18