From the CUGS Director posted by Garth Myers, Director of CUGS and Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Urban International Studies

NOTE FROM THE CUGS DIRECTOR SUMMER 2020

As Summer comes to a close and a new school year begins at Trinity, there is a lot of new energy around CUGS – despite all of the uncertainties that come with the COVID-19 pandemic and traumas of the crisis in racial injustice. We welcome (virtually) our new Kelter Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dr. Laura Delgado, and we welcome (or welcome back) several other colleagues – Sean Fitzpatrick, Dr. Don Poland, and Dr. Jonathan Elukin – into the CUGS orbit.

Urban Studies posted by Matin Yaqubi

A FAREWELL MESSAGE FROM VISTING SCHOLAR SAVAS ERGUL

“In April of 2020, I was accepted into the PAUSE Program at the University of Paris 8. The program provided me with the opportunity to study ‘political topology and place,’ specifically focusing on the work of French philosopher Alain Badiou, which was my original research project while I was applying to the program. My hope is that this program will allow me to eventually publish some of my own original work. Recently, one of my colleagues in Turkey and I wrote an article titled “Jacques Ranciére’s Politics Theatre,” which is set to be published this fall. I am also working with a number of exiled scholars who are members of The New University in Exile Consortium, a program directed by Arien Mack at The New School whose mission is to assist and empower academics and scholars who have been under attack around the world. The program has now been expanded to 19 universities across the United States, including Trinity College.

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Senior Spotlight posted by Matin Yaqubi

SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: GAVIN XU ’21

Over the next few weeks, the Center for Urban and Global Studies will be highlighting students of the class of 2021 who have left a mark on Trinity College and those around them. Kicking off our Senior Spotlights series, we have Gavin Xu, a senior Urban Studies major from China.

Meet the Team posted by Gabby Nelson

WELCOMING SEAN FITZPATRICK TO THE CUGS TEAM

This summer we were happy to formally welcome Sean Fitzpatrick, Professor of the Practice in Public Policy and Urban Studies, to the CUGS team.

posted by Gabby Nelson

URBAN STUDIES PROGRAM LETTER AND RESOURCES TO STUDENTS REGARDING THE MURDER OF GEORGE FLOYD

The following letter was emailed to our urban studies students on June 5, 2020. Dear students, We, the Urban Studies Program at Trinity College, write today to express our solidarity with those communities peacefully protesting the murder of George Floyd and we would like to add our voices to their call for an end to racism and police brutality. We want to reach out to you—our community of urban studies scholars—because we are all experiencing the deleterious impacts of this event amid the larger COVID-19 pandemic.

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From the CUGS Director posted by Garth Myers and Yipeng Shen

SPRING 2020 NOTE FROM THE DIRECTORS

We hope that this newsletter reaches you in a safe and healthy place. What a strange semester we have had! We began our series of GVP talks, and we managed to hold our March 6 workshop on Revitalization, Diversity and Gentrification – one of the last public events at Trinity before the COVID-19 Pandemic upended the entire world. Nothing has been the same since then. But we are still looking forward, as we begin to feel the Spring sun on our shoulders.

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posted by Gabby Nelson

TANZANIKIA TAYLOR ’23 AND HANNAH WARD ’20 SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH CUGS

We had the opportunity to work closely this semester with two students. Among other things, they wrote awesome reflections on some of our Global Vantage Point Talks. Click any title below to read more: Breaking the Border: Experiences of Kurds in the Middle East, A talk by Savas Ergul Taking a Step to Promote Quality Education, Health, and Menstrual Hygiene in Accham, Nepal, A talk by Digesh Chitrakar ‘22 A Comparative Analysis of the Historic Japanese and other Asian Migration to the Hawaiian Archipelago, a talk by Emma Schneck ‘20 The Gendered Effects of Climate Change in the Global South, a talk by Chesney McOmber