Examining the influence of the Occupy Movement, panelists Laura Gottesdiener, Diego Ibanez, Michelle Crentsil discuss the “people power” movement and its theory for grassroots change… Continue reading
An interview with tenant rights organizer at the Cooper Square Committee, Brandon Kielbasa, and Lower East Side tenant leader, Claire Birmingham… Continue reading
A closed door roundtable on fighting displacement internationally and housing justice with speakers from Amsterdam, Berlin, Athens, Los Angeles, New York, and London… Continue reading
The Urban Democracy Lab interviews Rosalind Fredericks, an NYU professor, to discuss postcolonial identities in Africa, global urbanism, and the political economy of developments… Continue reading
Caron Atlas is the director of Arts & Democracy Project, which cross-pollinates art and culture, participatory democracy, and social justice. She is the co-director of the Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts New York (NOCD-NY), a coalition of artists and organizers that seeks to strengthen the unique creativity of New York City’s neighborhoods. Continue reading
Earlier this fall, the Urban Democracy Lab welcomed writer Melissa Bean as our chief blogger. Born in Rochester, New York, Melissa earned her B.A. at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study in May 2014. Her concentration, entitled Deviance and Social Control: Realities and Representations, combined an in-depth study of sociology, literature, and psychology, allowing her to take an interdisciplinary approach to questions of social regulation. Melissa is also a creative writer whose fiction has appeared in Scissors and Spackle, Literary Orphans, and The Gallatin Review. She is currently pursuing an M.F.A in Fiction at New York University.
Over the next several months, Melissa will be speaking with activists, scholars, artists, filmmakers, community organizers, and other changemakers who are helping us all think more creatively and sustainably about what urban democracy looks like. She will uncover the motivations and challenges that have helped shape her subjects. And, crucially, she will ask these important leaders to tell us what tools are necessary to advance our shared goal of a just and thriving urban future.
Please join us in welcoming Melissa Bean to the Urban Democracy Lab!