Global Urban Humanities Initiative (GUH)


Nov 19 Carlo Rotella | The World is Always Coming to An End: Pulling Together and Apart in a Chicago Neighborhood

7-8:30p in the Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler. Carlo Rotella, professor of English, American Studies and Journalism at Boston College, will speak on his new book, which one reviewer called “an urban history with the soul of a memoir.” The World is Always Coming to an End: Pulling Together and Apart in a Chicago Neighborhood is a hauntingly personal account of this scholar-journalist’s return to the Chicago neighborhood where he grew up. Fred Blackwell, CEO of the San Francisco Foundation, will also join Rotella in a converstaion. This is a public lecture organized by the Global Urban Humanities Initiative and the Department of English. For more on this event, click here. Carlo Rotella will also be in conversation with 2020 GUH Undergraduate Studio co-instructor Scott Saul on the craft of writing at the Townsend Center the same day at 4pm in 220 Stephens (click here for more details). 

GUH Faculty Walter Hood Receives 2019 MacArthur Fellowship

Landscape Architecture Professor Walter Hood received the 2019 MacArthur Fellowship. His innovative work reimagines urban environments that honor their layered histories and enriches the social fabric of their communities. Hood melds architectural and fine arts expertise with a commitment to designing ecologically sustainable public spaces that empower marginalized communities. He is also currently undertaking a $20 million renovation project for the outdoor portion of the Oakland Museum’s seven-acre campus. This project explores some of the themes Hood addressed with his students in the GUH Fall 2016 Graduate Studio Course on The Museum and the City. Read Hood’s MacArthur Fellowship announcement here and his plans for the OMCA rooftop here.

GUH Fellow Neyran Turan's Installation at the Seoul Biennale

Architecture Professor Neyran Turan has an installation on view at the 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. The installation, Manual of Instructions, is one of her many projects that focus on alternative forms of environmental imagination within architecture and their capacity for new aesthetic and political trajectories within architecture and urbanism. On view through November 10 at the Donuimun Museum Village. Learn more about the Seoul Biennale programming here.

Global Urban Humanities PI Jennifer Wolch Imagines the Future of Cities Alongside Animals

City and Regional Planning Professor and former CED Dean Jennifer Wolch spoke at the 2019 Institute of Australian Geographers Incorporated Conference in Hobart, Tasmania on “Zoopolis: Past, Present, and Future.” Wolch describes zoopolis as “an idea of how we might work toward a greater coexistence with many types of animals that live in cities.” She also sat down with Louise Sanders from ABC Radio Hobart for an interview and preview of her conference talk. Listen here

GUH Faculty Stephanie Syjuco's Exhibition Rogue States Opens at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

On view Sept 6-Dec 29. Assistant Professor of Art and GUH Faculty Stephanie Syjuco has new solo exhibition titled Rogue States at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Exploring the complicated ways we understand the politically charged concepts of citizenship, immigrant, nationhood and identity, Syjuco presents multiples projects throughout the main galleries that wrestle with contested forms of representation and photographic imaging and collide in sculptural tableaus and photography. More

Spring 2020 Core Seminar: The Demos: Politics, Art, and the City

The "demos" suggests the people, so often referenced in political discourse as the core of democracy. Yet, from its inception, exclusions and the promised benefits for those who operate within the demos (in western societies typcally as white citizens with property) have generated long-standing inequities and division. This course looks at contending sturggles to undo and reconstitute the demos in urban spaces through art, performance, and media. This course is taught by Jason Luger (City and Regional Planning) and Angela Marino (Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies) and listed as CYPLAN 291/THEATER 266.1 More

Spring 2020 Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Research Studio Course: East Bay

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: OCT 18. This course delves into the history of the East Bay in the 1960s and 1970s, with particular attention to the emergence of countercultural and social-movement communities. In this project-oriented course, students will work in teams as they reconstruct and analyze particular sites of protest and culture-making across the East Bay, from Berkeley to Emeryville and Oakland. This course is taught by Greg Castillo (Architecture) and Scott Saul (English) and listed as AMERSTD 102/ENVDES 109. More

Spring 2020 Traveling Graduate Interdisciplinary Research Studio Course: Berlin

APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED. Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Berlin has intertwined its urban renewal with landscapes of reconciliation and commemoration. The "New Berlin" that politicians imagined in the 1990s was to be forged by international investment, materialized in high-profile commissions to "starchitects," alongside preservation and memorialization of the city's past, often seen through the seemingly inevitable lens of the Holocaust, and more recently Colonialism. Yet the relationship between developing a European metropolis and preserving sites of memory is troubled, making Berlin the archetype of the contemporary guilt environment.  This course will travel to Berlin and is taught by Lauren Kroiz (Art History) and Andrew Shanken (Architecture) and listed as ARCH 209/HISTART 290. More