From the CUGS Director posted by Yipeng Shen

WINTER 2019 NOTES FROM THE DIRECTORS

CUGS has been a busy place this Fall. It is going to be even busier in Spring 2020! The Cities Program and Global Vantage Point Lecture Series have brought a lot of energy to 70 Vernon Street.

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China posted by Gabby Nelson

CHINA SUMMER 2020: A TALE OF TWO CITY-REGIONS

The Center for Urban and Global Studies will run its field course in China for the 12th year in June 2020. This year’s trip will focus on “A Tale of Two Global City-Regions: Immigration and Innovation in Greater Shanghai and Shenzhen.” Students will earn 1.0 credits enrolled in URST/INTS 313.

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Global Vantage Point Lectures posted by Hannah Ward

GVP LECTURE REVIEW: “BREAKING THE BORDER: EXPERIENCES OF KURDS IN THE MIDDLE EAST” DR. SAVAŞ ERGÜL, VISITING SCHOLAR, CENTER FOR URBAN AND GLOBAL STUDIES

Our final GVPS Lecture of this semester’s series saw Dr. Savaş Ergül present Breaking the Border: Experiences of Kurds in the Middle East. Situating the history of Kurdish people, Ergül demonstrated the lived experiences of Kurdish people throughout Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria.

Global Vantage Point Lectures posted by Tanzanikia Taylor

GLOBAL VANTAGE POINT LECTURE SERIES: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE HISTORIC JAPANESE AND OTHER ASIAN MIGRATION TO THE HAWAIIAN ARCHIPELAGO

Trinity sophomore Emma Schneck’s Global Vantage Point Lecture, A Comparative Analysis of the Historic Japanese and other Asian Migration to the Hawaiian Archipelago, investigated the political and economic factors that spearheaded Hawaii into a heterogeneous state. Schneck received a Tanaka grant through CUGS to complete her research during summer 2018.

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Global Vantage Point Lectures posted by Hannah Ward

GLOBAL VANTAGE POINT LECTURE SERIES: THE GENDERED EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH

Dr. McOmber’s Global Vantage Point Lecture, How Understanding the Gendered Effects of Climate Change in the Global South can Help to Build a Climate Resilient Future, examined the gendered impacts of climate change in the context of communities of the Global South. Dr. McOmber explored four key dimensions of the way in which climate change is changing the gendered roles and the ways in which people adapt. Whilst Dr. McOmber interrogated Transformation and Adaptation and Resilience, her focus on Vulnerability and Development Intervention was particularly thought provoking.

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Urban Studies posted by Gabby Nelson

THE CITIES PROGRAM TAKES A TOUR OF HARTFORD

On Saturday, September 7, the new cohort of the Cities Program (class of 2023) took a tour of Hartford. The group first stopped at Colt Park, where Prof. Myers led the students on a walking tour of the park, highlighting a site on Wawarme Ave that is believed to have been visited by the spirit of the Virgin Mary as an example of the tension between the City’s intended purpose for the roadside site and the cultural and spiritual importance of the site to some of the residents of Hartford. After walking past the revitalizing factory, the group returned to the bus to head to downtown.

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Senior Spotlight posted by Gabby Nelson

SENIOR SPOTLIGHTS

We have some stellar students in our programs. Here we introduce a few of our graduating superstars.

China posted by Xiangming Chen

A LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE, A PAIR OF FRIENDSHIP CITIES, AND A DRAGON BOAT RACE

As a premier liberal arts college in a city, Trinity College has taken full advantage of its location and curricular assets in building linked local-global programming. This effort has been greatly facilitated by a little-known but special relationship between Hartford and the city of Dongguan in southern China as Friendship Cities. Dongguan became an important stop and site for a Trinity summer program organized by the Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS) to study China’s rapid urban transformation in 2016 and 2019. Facilitated by Trinity’s programming in Dongguan, Hartford and Dongguan have recently revived their Friendship City relationship. Dongguan sent a Dragon Boat team to compete Hartford’s annual Dragon Boat & Asian Festival on the Connecticut River on August 17, 2019, exemplifying a renewed commitment to the intercity relationship.