City as Nexus: Global Urban Humanities Fall 2017 Colloquium

Colloquium | August 30 – November 15, 2017 every Wednesday with exceptions | 12-1:30 p.m. | Wurster Hall, 494, South Tower

Various Guest Lecturers, Global Urban Humanities Initiative

 Global Urban Humanities

Fall 2017 (1 Unit)
Rhetoric 198-3 (Class Nbr: 21377) and CYPLAN 198-2 (Class Nbr: 12006)
Rhetoric 244A (Class Nbr: 46989) and CYPLAN 298-2 (Class Nbr: 47047)
Instructor: Kevin Block
Instructor of record: Susan Moffat
Wednesdays, 12-1:30PM
Location: Cal Design Lab, Room 494 SE Wurster Hall

The city is a social nexus. It binds people, things, forces, ideas together as a crossroads, grid, and network. But exactly how? And to what end? In this wide-ranging colloquium, speakers from a variety of disciplines will present research on the relational dynamic of cities. Speakers will include faculty and graduate students from departments including Architecture, Art History, Rhetoric, Classics, Italian Studies, English, History, City and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, and more.

The colloquium is part of the Global Urban Humanities Initiative, a joint project of the Arts & Humanities Division and the College of Environmental Design. Our aim with this speaker series is to provide a gathering place where people from different disciplines can learn about each other’s work on global cities.

Requirements for S/U credit: Attend at least 10 of 13 lectures including the November 29 wrap-up session and write two brief posts for the Global Urban Humanities blog. There are no required readings. However, relevant readings, videos, etc. will be posted to a course website in advance of each lecture. All lectures are open to the campus community, and visitors are encouraged to attend.

August 23
Course Introduction
Kevin Block
Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

August 30
“Humanizing Urbanism”
Margaret Crawford
Architecture, UC Berkeley

September 6, 5-6:30PM, Wurster Gallery
“Designing San Francisco”
Alison Isenberg
History, Princeton University

September 13
“The Scale of Global Modernisms”
Harsha Ram
Comparative Literature & Slavic, UC Berkeley

September 20
“Urbanism at the Border”
Ronald Rael & Stephanie Syjuco
Architecture & Art Practice, UC Berkeley

September 27
“The Making of a Roman Town”
Lisa Pieraccini
Italian & Classics, UC Berkeley

October 4
“Art and the City”
Jason Luger
City & Regional Planning, UC Berkeley

October 11
“Indigenous Urbanisation and the Politics of Care”
Daniel Fisher
Anthropology, UC Berkeley

October 18
Dissertation Talks!
William Gow & Aku Ammah-Tagoe
Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley & English, Stanford

October 25
“Ancient Egyptian Urbanism”
Carol Redmount
Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley

November 1
“Sounds of the City”
Nicholas Mathew
Music, UC Berkeley

November 8
“Learning from Shenzhen”
Winnie Wong
Rhetoric & History of Art, UC Berkeley

November 15
“Using Bodies to Measure Urban Public Space”
Erika Chong Shuch & Ghigo DiTommaso
Choreographer & LAEP, UC Berkeley

 Faculty, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Undergraduate

 All Audiences

 globalurbanhumanities@berkeley.edu, 5106644077

(No event on these dates: September 6, 2017)