Urban Studies Annual Forum

2017 Urban Studies Forum: Assessing the South Sound's Prospects as a Welcoming Region

 

Thursday, February 16, 2017
8:30am-1:30pm
UW Tacoma, William Philip Hall

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Panel I: Immigrant contribution to urban revitalization
This panel focuses on national and regional experiences in immigrant rich areas, primarily on the contributions of immigrants to revitalizing neighborhoods, improving local economies, and enriching the cultural ecology of their adopted homes. We will also look at their collective contribution to the growth of labor, both in professional and service sectors.  Panelists will discuss the experiences of various cities around the country, including the Pacific Northwest. 

Panel II: What constitutes a welcoming region?
Welcoming cities are those that embrace immigrants and create an inclusive environment that provides opportunities for everyone. This panel will focus on the necessity for and growth of welcoming cities and regions in the U.S., particularly in the South Sound, highlighting some of the more interesting locally-created policies that positively shape immigrants’ experience. Relying on national and regional experts, we will highlight efforts in various cities around the nation and ask whether the South Puget Sound can be considered a welcoming region. We will also entertain ideas about additional measures that might contribute to our status as a welcoming region. 

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2016 Urban Studies Forum: Alternative Visions of Livability

Thursday, February 25, 2016
8:30am-1:30pm
UW Tacoma, William Philip Hall

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  • Opening Presentation
     Ali Modarres, Director, Urban Studies, University of Washington Tacoma.
  • Panel 1
    Livable Built Environments speakers: Lauren Flemister, City of Auburn, Senior Planner - Urban Design, Peg Staheli, SVR Design, Mark Hinshaw, Seattle Housing Authority, Jordan Rash, Forterra
  • Panel 2
    The Role of Cultural Institutions in Creating Livable Communities speakersKaren Brosius, Columbia Museum of Art, Susan Coliton, Luma Consulting, Janine Terrano, Representing Tacoma Art Museum (TAM), David Fischer, Broadway Center,  Amy McBride, Tacoma Arts Administrator, City of Tacoma
  • Keynote Speaker Video forthcoming
    Jason Schupbach, National Endownment for the Arts

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About the Forum - For a city or a suburb to be livable, we assume certain characteristics and experiences. What are these and how do we define a livable place? Is there an agreement on what defines livability? The 2016 Urban Studies Forum will focus on these questions and what they might mean to the South Sound. In two separate panel discussions, we will focus on both the built environment dimensions of livability, as well as cultural and sociopolitical processes that produce them. Our panelists will debate various aspects of urban form, governance, social equity, and cultural productions that shape our perceptions of ‘livability.’

  • Opening Presentation: Ali Modarres, Director, Urban Studies, University of Washington Tacoma.
  • Panel 1: Livable Built Environments speakers: Lauren Flemister, City of Auburn, Senior Planner - Urban Design, Peg Staheli, SVR Design, Mark Hinshaw, Seattle Housing Authority, Jordan Rash, Forterra
  • Panel II: The Role of Cultural Institutions in Creating Livable Communities speakersKaren Brosius, Columbia Museum of Art, Susan Coliton, Luma Consulting, Janine Terrano, Representing Tacoma Art Museum (TAM), David Fischer, Broadway Center,  Amy McBride, Tacoma Arts Administrator, City of Tacoma
  • Keynote Speaker: Jason Schupbach, National Endownment for the Arts

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