The Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS) functions as Trinity’s main intellectual catalyst and home for faculty research and curricular endeavors. Working with departments and programs, the center sponsors or cosponsors academic conferences, workshops, lecture series, and reading groups that bring Trinity faculty and outside scholars together to discuss and debate a variety of urban and global topics.
In spring 2008, the center began to sponsor a series of seminars and symposia that have focused on the multiple facets of the transformation of Hartford.
In fall 2008, the center organized a major conference titled "Rethinking Cities and Communities," which brought scholars from Harvard, Yale, MIT, Brown, and other universities and colleges to Trinity. A book project based on the conference was completed in 2012. Co-edited by Xiangming Chen and Ahmed Kanna, the title of the book is: Rethinking Global Urbanism: Comparative Insights from Secondary Cities, and is available from Routledge.
Also, in fall 2008, the center began to host a Trinity faculty reading project titled "historical media" that has brought outside scholars to campus to speak to faculty gatherings and classes. The center is planning to sponsor a conference for this project in fall 2010.
During AY2009-10, the center launched a Trinity faculty lecture series (fall 2009) and spring 210 lecture series on world cities including Tokyo, Jakarta, Rio de Janerio, San Juan, Shanghai, and others. In fall 2011, the faculty lecture series was combined with the student lecture series, and called, "Global Vantage Point Lecture Series."
Through this variety of initiatives, the center strives to stimulate and sustain broader faculty interest and participation in urban and global research that can also enrich and extend their teaching and curricular connections to Hartford and other world cities.
The center also offers a number of faculty teaching, research, and engagement grants and programs, including: