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.

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Student Research posted by Gabby Nelson

SUMMER RESEARCH GRANTS FROM CUGS

CUGS awards a number of student research and engagement grants each year. Check out the full list of 2019 awardees below: Photo from Nayantara Ghosh ’22, Kelter and Grossman grant recipient Photo ...

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China posted by Gabby Nelson and Xiangming Chen

MAKING CONNECTIONS THROUGH CHINA SUMMER STUDY

Trinity’s Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS) recently celebrated a decade of summer study in China by hosting a gathering of more than 20 past participants of the college’s China summer study away program. Alumni traveled back to campus from around the United States and overseas to join members of the faculty who have led the program and current students who have participated in China summer study, reconnecting with one another and making new connections as they reflected on their experiences and how they have influenced their educational and professional careers.

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Global Vantage Point Lectures posted by Gabby Nelson

SCHOLARS SHARE PERSPECTIVES ON IDENTITY AND CONFLICT IN TURKEY

Trinity College’s Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS) recently hosted a panel discussion on Turkey’s shift from a democratic to an autocratic regime. The March 28 event, titled “At the Crossroads: Identity and Conflict in Turkey,” served as both an academic exploration of the topic and a celebration of Trinity’s commitment to hosting academics in exile. Since 2008, CUGS has hosted seven visiting rescue scholars facing severe and targeted threats to their lives and/or careers because of their academic work in their home countries.

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Global Vantage Point Lectures posted by Gabby Nelson

ALUMNA’S PROJECT FOR PEACE CREATES CHILDREN’S ROBOTICS AND CODING CAMP IN ARMENIA

Trinity College alumna Mariam Avagyan ’18 was welcomed back to campus recently to give a presentation about a robotics and coding camp for children that she hosted last summer in her home country of Armenia using a Davis Projects for Peace grant. The April 9 presentation was part of the Global Vantage Point Lecture Series at Trinity’s Center for Urban and Global Studies. Avagyan, who double-majored in mathematics and electrical engineering at Trinity and is now an engineering Ph.D. student at Columbia University, was awarded a Davis Projects for Peace grant in 2018, as one of two Trinity students to receive the grant that year.

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Urban Studies posted by Gabby Nelson

TRINITY STUDENTS VISIT NYC AS PART OF THE POLITICS OF REAL ESTATE COURSE

Students visited NYC on Friday April 26 as part of the Urban Studies course The Politics of Real Estate with a community learning component. Taught by Kelter Post-Doctoral Fellow Emily Yen, the course examines the political, social, and economic dimensions of real estate in Hartford and New York. It delves into the tension between use and exchange values and how political context shapes the balance of power between stakeholders in these cities. On the trip, students had the opportunity to learn from non-profit, business, and academic leaders about the various stakeholders affecting real estate in New York.

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China posted by Gabby Nelson

INNOVATION, IN-MIGRATION, URBANIZATION: STUDENTS TRAVEL TO SHENZHEN, CHINA AND SURROUNDING CITIES WITH SUMMER FIELD STUDY TRIP

The Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS) at Trinity College took 14 students on a field study course to the Pearl River Delta in June. This was the 11th year the Center has taken students to China and surrounding countries to study cities. The course themes were urbanization, innovation, and migration in the cities of Shenzhen, Dongguan, Huizhou, and Hong Kong.

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The Urban Planet posted

CUGS CELEBRATES 10 YEARS!

October 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS) at Trinity College. Since its official launch in October 2007, CUGS has played a major role in developing and connecting urban and global initiatives and activities on campus, in Hartford, and around the world.

The Urban Planet posted

TRINITY COLLEGE UNVEILS NEW LIBERAL ARTS ACTION LAB

The Liberal Arts Action Lab is a new partnership between Trinity College and Capital Community College. Based in downtown Hartford at 10 Constitution Plaza, the Action Lab is a space where community members, nonprofits, government agencies, and social entrepreneurs can come with research questions or problems that they want solved to help their own work in the city. Using the resources of Trinity and Capital students, faculty fellows, and the Action Lab director, teams will develop and implement research projects to help offer solutions to these problems.

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The Urban Planet posted by Michael Lestz (History) and Joan Morrison (Environmental Science)

CUGS 2017 SUMMER PROGRAMMING

Since its founding, CUGS has been highly successful in developing an intellectual identity that encompasses academic study both on campus and abroad. Links to Hartford’s local communities were built into the package to create a smooth interface between global study efforts and our home base of Hartford.