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Infrastructures of Labor

December 8, 2014 ▪ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Infrastructures of Labor explores how infrastructures are not just technical artifacts but are comprised of human labor.  From networked infrastructures in the global North to do-it-yourself “people as infrastructure” systems in the global South, the panelists will present research considering how human bodies and communities are interwoven with the built environment and its technological systems.…

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“The Public Conversation on the Urban Environment”: Students Meet the Artists

December 2, 2014 ▪ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

December 2, 6-8pm, 20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor In Fall 2014, Gianpaolo Baiocchi’s course, “The Public Conversation on the Urban Environment,” sponsored by NYU/Gallatin, offered undergraduate students the opportunity to research communities along Manhattan’s Broadway corridor and learn what kinds of environmental concerns each community had. This information was incrementally shared with teams of artists…

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I am Lucrece: Rethinking Sexual Violence

November 10, 2014 ▪ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

How might Shakespeare’s “The Rape of Lucrece” shed light on current conversations about “rape culture” in the United States and on college campuses?  Offered in conjunction with a series of performances of this Shakespeare classic, the Urban Democracy Lab has invited New York Magazine writer Vanessa Grigoriadis, activist, Columbia graduate and SAFER board member Marybeth…

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The Message: The Hip-Hop-Head’s Guide to City Planning — a K(n)ow (Y)our (C)ity event

November 5, 2014 ▪ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Message: The Hip-Hop-Head’s Guide to Urban Planning Since its inception, Hip-Hop has been a form of discourse about city planning. The four pillars of Hip-Hop (Rap, Break-dancing, Graffiti and DJing) serve as a way for many city dwellers to interact with their environment. We will be using rap lyrics as a lens to view…

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Be the Catalyst: Turn Your Social Justice Ideas into Action

October 29, 2014 ▪ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

  Being an activist means you have to know how to organize, connect, mobilize—and hang tough. Gallatin alumni with careers in social justice will share their stories and discuss organizing techniques and follow through, and answer audience questions about how to transform an inspiring idea into action. To fuel the discussion, select Gallatin undergraduates will share their experiences with social…

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“Pardon the Inconvenience, We are Changing the Country”: Brazil’s Revolution in the Streets

October 8, 2014 ▪ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

In June 2013, unprecedented protests shook Brazilian cities. Millions of people took to the streets, first to demonstrate against an increase in bus fares, but soon to challenge other social justice breakdowns, including the massive allocation of resources and funds to World Cup preparations. Now, a little more than a year later, what have been…

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They Can’t Represent Us! “Occupy” in Global Context

September 22, 2014 ▪ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

They Can’t Represent Us! “Occupy” in Global Context Marking the three-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street and the inauguration of the first People’s Climate March scholar-activists Marina Sitrin, Dario Azzellini, Susana Draper, and Vicente Rubio tell us where the global movements stand today and where they are going next. A CONVERSATION / SEPTEMBER 22 / 4:30 – 6:30PM / RSVP HERE SPONSORED BY THE…

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The Progressive Mayor? Bill de Blasio So Far

September 3, 2014 ▪ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

In April, The Nation began a series of reports titled “Cities Rising,” making the claim that big cities were the new hotbeds of progressive reform and that Bill de Blasio, the newly elected mayor of New York, is at the forefront of this revolution. De Blasio himself, as chair of the Cities of Opportunity Task…

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Democratizing the Green City | The democratic green city: From above and below

May 8, 2014 ▪ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The twin disasters of environmental catastrophe and increasing socioeconomic inequality have dominated the first years of the twenty-first century. Around the world, people confront the relationship between the two by seeking to democratize the green city—some from above, some from below. Everywhere, they face massive obstacles. In this third and final session, we ask how…

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Democratizing the Green City | Green urbanism beyond greenwashing: Four strategies

April 22, 2014 ▪ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

  Cities will be greened. The question is how. Business as usual too often means greenwashing, exacerbating inequality and increasing the prospects for eco-apartheid. How can we, instead, democratize the green city by breaking the link between ecological enhancement and social displacement? On Earth Day, we explore four overlapping but distinct efforts to bring environmental…

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Book Launch for Making Democracy Fun

April 8, 2014 ▪ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Making Democracy Fun: How Game Design Can Empower Citizens and Transform Politics (MIT Press, 2014) brought together author and Executive Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project Josh Lerner with scholars and community organizers to discuss the ways gaming mechanisms, like competition, clear rules, and measurable progress, can enhance democratic involvement.

Democratizing the Green City | Greening global cities: Luxury ecology and its discontents

March 13, 2014 ▪ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

New York’s fame as a capital of sustainable urbanism keeps growing.  How can we distinguish between genuine ecological enhancements and mere green marketing? To what extent have greening efforts in New York and other cities in the North and South served first and foremost as “luxury ecologies”, which improve the local environment at the cost…

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