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Urban Studies posted by Xiangming Chen

Urban Studies — Back to the Future

While the youngest major at Trinity, formally launched in Fall 2013, the Urban Studies program has been continuing to improve since its audacious start. In Fall 2020, we refashioned the curriculum from a less coherent three-cluster structure to a more focused two-track one with courses organized around the broad areas of Urban Society and Urban Planning and Policy, respectively. Clearly forward looking, this curricular reform also harkens back to two underlying strengths in our majors pursuing graduate studies and urban planning-related careers.

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posted by Garth Myers

Note from the CUGS Director July 2021

It is a quiet Summer at CUGS so far. The usual annual excitement with the China Program is missing, thanks to the pandemic, and we still have not returned to a “normal” state of activity on campus at 70 Vernon Street. We have a ton of things to look forward to and to plan for, though, and that is keeping us busy.

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Urban Studies posted by Gabby Nelson

Samia Khoder ’21 Writes Thesis Inspired by Study Away in Berlin and London, Receives Three Awards

Samia Khoder ’21 ended her senior year at Trinity with awards and accolades recognizing her for the academic rigor and unique experiences that defined her four years. This spring, Khoder was awarded first prize of the Jeffrey E. Kelter ’76 Student Urban Research Prize for her thesis titled “Urban Authenticity: The Changing Meaning of Racial Difference in the Making and Remaking of the City.” Khoder also received the Outstanding Urban Studies Senior Award and received a W.H. Russell Fellowship. The fellowship includes a scholarship for graduate school, which Samia will use as she furthers her studies at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany.

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Urban Studies posted by Gabby Nelson

“Urban and Global Rome” Course Brings Rome to Life from Afar

Rome campus Professor Piero Vereni's course "Urban and Global Rome" is being offered online this semester and is cross-listed with urban studies. Vereni has been teaching the course at Trinity’s Rome campus since 2009. Prior to teaching the class, he had never taught English native speakers before and took the opportunity as a welcome challenge. Though he has now become a veteran at teaching students in English, this year brought a new challenge to teaching American students about Rome.

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Urban Studies posted by Xiangming Chen

Urban Studies–Maturing through Growth

As the incoming Director of Urban Studies this semester, I begin by thanking Professor Yipeng Shen of LACS for his excellent service as the Interim Director of URST for the last three semesters. While contributing his valuable outsider perspectives and insights to URST, this temporary role has turned him into much more of an urbanist than when he took on his interim responsibility and a closely affiliated faculty of the program. I welcome Terry Romero back to her familiar role as the URST’s Administrative Assistant, which she performed admirably for a few years previously.

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From the CUGS Director posted by Garth Myers

Global Cities, the Pandemic, and CUGS

We have arrived at the point of Spring 2021 when those classes that are “in-person” have started. For the first time in 4 months, we have students on campus. A few faculty and staff are here too. On my twice-weekly visits to campus, which I have been doing since November, it is now finally the case that I see other human beings, but it is still a strange thing to see many nearly empty spaces. Extrapolating outward from Vernon Street, as we frequently do here at CUGS, it is hard not to miss what a year of pandemic closures and restrictions have done and are continuing to do to Hartford, and to cities around the world.

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Urban Planning Graduate Certificate posted by Gabby Nelson

Urban Planning Grad Student Feature: Daniel Kane

This feature of Daniel Kane M'20 is our first feature of an urban planning graduate student. The first cohort of the graduate certificate in urban planning finished the program in December 2020. Despite its newness, the program has attracted a strong initial cohort, with several more students finishing the program in May 2021.

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Urban Planning Graduate Certificate posted by Prof. Sean Fitzpatrick

The Public Policy Practicum: Trinity Grad Students in the Policy Arena

Last November, Gabby Nelson, Assistant Director of Urban Engaged Learning and a student in Trinity’s graduate programs in Public Policy and Urban Planning, presented her original research on the impact of Community Development Corporations (“CDCs”) in Connecticut neighborhoods at Tipping Point 2020, a national conference on affordable housing hosted by the Partnership for Strong Communities.

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Urban Studies posted by Gabby Nelson

Remote Urban Studies Courses Prioritize Engaged Learning

While some urban studies courses were in-person this semester, including those taught by Garth Myers and David Lukens, others took place in a remote format. Professors Jonathan Elukin, Laura Delgado, ...