Annual Urban Studies Program Lecture Series (2016-17)


"After Latino Metropolis"

Rodolfo D. Torres, Ph.D., Professor of Planning, Policy & Design and Political Science, School of Social Ecology University of California, Irvine

The role of class and spatial politics in Latino Los Angeles will be the subject of this timely talk. Professor Rodolfo D. Torres is co-author of the highly acclaimed book, Latino Metropolis (University of Minnesota Press, 2000). He will revisit this important book. Special attention will be paid to recent developments in urban theory and Latino urban studies and what contemporary Mexican/Latino Los Angeles can tell us about the future of American cities in a changing political economy.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
UW Tacoma Campus - Keystone 102 (Carwein Auditorium)

Video of lecture viewable through UW Tacom’a Library (UWNetID authentication required).

Event flyer


Past 2016 Lectures

"Justice as Subject and Object of Planning"

Robert W. Lake, Ph.d., Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Thursday, June 2, 2016
UW Tacoma Campus - Keystone 102 (Carwein Auditorium)

Video of lecture

Event Flyer


What's So Hard About Collaborative Governance?" 

Dr. Susan Clarke, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado at Boulder

"(Not) Hating Growth: If done right, growth will let this region grow gracefully"

Gene Duvernoy, President of Forterra

With the help of a pollster, the regional sustainability organization Forterra recently surveyed Puget Sound residents about attitudes toward growth. Hear the results, which may surprise you. Plus learn what values we hold most dear in the face of continuing -- or even intensifying -- expansion. Gene Duvernoy, Forterra President, will also discuss his organization's innovative efforts to protect the spots that are foundational to keeping this place we live, a place we love.  

 Event Flyer

Video of lecture

Thursday, April 7 2016
UW Tacoma Campus - Jane Russell Commons     
Reception immediatly following lecture.


"Hipster Lifestyles, High-Rise Living, Hard Lives: Fashioning, Urban Hegemony after the Crisis"
Dr. Jamie Peck, Professor, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Dougan 280, UW Tacoma     [1]

Event Flyer (PDF)[2]


2015 Urban Studies Public Lecture

New Deal Ruins: Race, Gentrification and the Dismantling of Public Housing in the United States

Dr. Edward G. Goetz, University of Minnesota

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Philip Hall, UW Tacoma

For more information call 253-692-5753 or email eventuwt@uw.edu[9]   

Event website[10]


2015 Urban Studies Forum: Jobs and Housing in the South Sound

Thursday, February 19, 2015

William Philip Hall, UW Tacoma


Urban Studies Panel: Density for Destiny?

Density for Destiny? Planning and Urban Design Implications of the Proposed New County Building[18]

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Jane Russell Commons, UW Tacoma

Panelists: David Boe, Architect, Tacoma City Council Member; Marty Campbell, Tacoma City Council Member; Jim Merrit, Architec
Moderator: Ali Modarres, Urban Studies UW Tacoma


2015 Urban Studies Public Lecture Series

"Co-Producing the City: UW Tacoma as an Anchor Institution"
Wim Wiewel, President, Portland State University

Thursday, January 15, 2015
William W. Philip Hall, UW Tacoma

Lecture Slides[19]



2014 Urban Studies Public Lecture Series

"Behind the Image of Urban Success: Learning from Baltimore and Atlanta"
Dr. Heywood Sanders, Professor, Department of Public Affairs, University of Texas, San Antonio

Thursday, October 16, 2014
GWP 320 - Lucien Boardroom, UW Tacoma.

Lecture Slides [21]


"The University and the City: Place-based Anchor Institutions and Community Development"
David Perry, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
William W. Philip Hall, UW Tacoma.

Lecture Slides [22]


"Place-based Leadership and the Inclusive City: An International Analysis"
Robin Hambleton, University of the West of England

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Carwein Auditorium, UW Tacoma

Lecture Slides[23]