Events

The CITY Institute hosts and co-sponsors numerous events throughout the year, with professionals and academics sharing their views on pressing urban issues. Check the list below to learn about our CITY Seminar series and what else is coming up.

CITY’s Meet and Greet 2017 and Book Launch (Oct. 13)

October 18, 2017 10:00 am : Events
Linda and Patricia during the Meet and Greet

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CITY Seminar Series 2017/18 Fridays 12:30-2pm

October 18, 2017 9:51 am : Events
626 Kaneff Tower Please join us for the CITY Seminar Series for 2017/18! Friday September 29, 2017 - Dr. Simon Bekker –  Capital Cities in Africa: Power and Powerlessness. (2012) Simon Bekker & Göran Therborn (eds.) –  The production and chief themes of this publication and the main challenges it raises October 2017 - Dr. Kevin more »

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CITY Seminar - From Sanctuary to Solidarity: Migrant Justice in an Age of Trump and Trudeau

October 18, 2017 9:36 am : Events
The City Seminar An interdisciplinary series of presentations and discussions on urban landscapes, past and present. Karl Gardner PhD Candidate, York University From Sanctuary to Solidarity: Migrant Justice in an Age of Trump and Trudeau Karl Gardner is an organizer, educator, and student based in Toronto. He is a member of No On Is Illegal-Toronto more »

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CCSEAS/CCEASE Conference 2017: People In and Out of Place

September 27, 2017 3:24 pm : Events
Panels on Urbanism The 33rd Biennial CCSEAS Conference York University | Toronto | 26-28 October 2017

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CITY events with Dr. Kevin Ward

September 27, 2017 2:09 pm : Events

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The City Seminar: Friday, September 29

September 14, 2017 5:15 pm : Events
An interdisciplinary series of presentations and discussions on urban landscapes, past and present. Dr. Simon Bekker Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Stellenbosch University in South Africa Capital Cities in Africa: Power and Powerlessness. (2012) Simon Bekker & Göran Therborn (eds.) –  The production and chief themes of this publication and the main challenges it raises. more »

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Café Scientifique - Healthy Cities: Wednesday, September 20

September 14, 2017 3:46 pm : Events
The Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH), along with the City Institute (CITY), invite you to join us for a discussion (and refreshments) on Healthy Cities, with: Panelists: Dr. David Buckeridge, Associate Professor, McGill University Dr. Buckeridge is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University in Montreal. He is also a more »

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It Ain't Business as Usual: Building a Geography of Solidarity for a New Geopolitical Order

March 31, 2017 2:33 pm : Events
The City Institute at York, and the Geography Departments at York University, University of Toronto – St. George, University of Toronto – Scarborough, and Concordia University invite you to a one-day alternative American Association of Geographers (AAG) meeting on Friday April 7th 2017 at York University, in HNES Building, Room 140 from 9am to 5pm. more »

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The City Institute at York University Annual General Meeting: March 17

March 10, 2017 4:09 pm : Events
  The City Institute at York University is pleased to invite you to our first Annual General Meeting. Time: March 17, 2017 from 2:30pm - 4:00pm Location: Room 280N York Lanes, York University.   At our inaugural AGM, we will be inviting members of the CITY Institute and those interested in being involved to come hear about the more »

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City Seminar: "Doing urban fieldwork: travelling across multiple types of borders for academic research"

March 10, 2017 4:05 pm : Events
Join on March 17th for a presentation by PhD students and recent graduates  as they share their personal experiences of conducting fieldwork outside of Canada. Speakers will focus on the intersections of their own fieldwork - in/on the 'urban', understood as a simultaneously physical, social and political space - with research methodology, critical urban theory more »

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City Seminar: “Variations on Urbanism and Planning: Johannesburg perceived from a Toronto Perspective"

February 2, 2017 8:21 pm : Events
Join us for a presentation from graduate students Ryan Adamson, Nabeel Ahmed, Joyce Chan, Carmen Charles, Stephen Closs, Ying Gu, Floyd Heath, Patrycja Jankowski, Victoria Moore, Assya Moustaqim- Barrette, and Orli Schwartz from Ute Lehrer's Critical Urban Planning Workshop in Johannesburg. Students will present a critical analysis of Johannesburg’s post apartheid urban development along a variety more »

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The City Seminar: Riding the Train to Better Student Mobility in the GTA

December 2, 2016 2:19 pm : Events
Join panelists Roger Keil (York U), Matti Siemiatycki (U of T), Chris Harding (U of T), Sara Diamond and Carl Skelton (OCAD), Tian Lin (U of T), Sean Nash and Rakim Mitra (Ryerson), Md. Moniruzzaman and Steven Farber (U of T) as they discuss transit mobility for students and the StudentMoveTO study. Friday, December 2, more »

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The City Seminar: StudentMoveTO "Riding the Train to Better Student Mobility in the GTA"

November 18, 2016 4:59 pm : Events
Join us for a discussion with Roger Keil (York U), Matti Siemiatycki (U of T), Chris Harding (U of T), Sara Diamond and Carl Skelton (OCAD), Tian Lin (U of T), Sean Nash and Raktim Mitra (Ryerson), Md. Moniruzzaman and Steven Farber (U of T) about student mobility in the Greater Toronto Area. Friday, December more »

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THE SOCIAL GEOGRAPHY OF ATHENS AND THE IMPACT OF THE CRISIS

November 11, 2016 2:21 pm : Events
The Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History and the Hellenic Studies Program, the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, the Department of History, the City Institute at York University (CITY), and the Urban Studies Program invite you to the talk by Professor Thomas Maloutas, Harokopio University, Athens on: THE SOCIAL GEOGRAPHY OF ATHENS more »

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The Social Geography of Athens and the Impact of the Crisis

November 5, 2016 7:18 pm : Events
The Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History and the Hellenic Studies Program, the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, the Department of History, the City Institute at York University (CITY), and the Urban Studies Program invite you to the talk by Professor Thomas Maloutas, Harokopio University, Athens on: THE SOCIAL GEOGRAPHY OF ATHENS more »

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The City Seminar: The Ghost Economy

November 4, 2016 2:23 pm : Events
The City Seminar: The Ghost Economy Join panelists Tom Slee, Vicki Trottier, Steven Tufts, and Kristyn Wong-Tam as they critically address the impact of short-term rentals or ‘ghost hotels’ in Toronto. Panelists will discuss how platforms facilitating short-term rentals, such as AirBnB, affect housing affordability, decent work in the hospitality sector, and residential living in more »

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The City Seminar: The Ghost Economy

October 11, 2016 6:25 pm : Events
The City Seminar: The Ghost Economy Join panelists Tom Slee, Vicki Trottier, Steven Tufts, and Kristyn Wong-Tam as they critically address the impact of short-term rentals or ‘ghost hotels’ in Toronto. Panelists will discuss how platforms facilitating short-term rentals, such as AirBnB, affect housing affordability, decent work in the hospitality sector, and residential living in more »

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The City Seminar: “Urban Regeneration: Governance and Innovation – The Arts District in Los Angeles and the Lyon Confluences Project (France)”

September 27, 2016 5:35 pm : Events
The City Institute at York University (CITY) presents: THE CITY SEMINAR: An interdisciplinary series of presentations and discussions on urban landscapes, past and present. “Urban Regeneration: Governance and Innovation – The Arts District in Los Angeles and the Lyon Confluences Project (France)” presented by Dr. Sébastien Darchen, Lecturer in Planning, University of Queensland Friday October more »

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CITYTALKS: “Unpacking Shifts in Berlin’s Cultural Ecology: New Actors, New Communities, New Policies”

September 27, 2016 5:29 pm : Events
presented by Friederike Landau, Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technical University Berlin Friday September 30, 2016 1:00 -2:00 pm 764 Kaneff Tower The presentation sketches out the changing composition of Berlin’s cultural policymaking community: Since the 2010s, various attempts of the Berlin Senate Chancellery for Cultural Affairs (SKA) to engage with actors from the independent cultural more »

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SUBURBSTALK: Understanding the ‘Irrational’: The Contemporary Form of the Turkish State Through an Analysis of the Housing Market

September 27, 2016 5:22 pm : Events
presented by Ezgi Dogru, Political Science, York University Wednesday, September 21st, 2016: 2:00pm-3:00pm Room 280A, York Lanes, York University With reference to the field work that she conducted in 2014 and 2015 in Istanbul and Ankara, the presenter will discuss how the Turkish Mass Housing Administration (Toplu Konut Idaresi [TOKI]) was first advertised as an more »

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Unions and the City: Negotiating Urban Change

June 1, 2016 2:17 pm : Events
Edited by Ian Thomas MacDonald Cornell University Press $ 134.95 CAD Cloth, 272 pages ISBN 9781501706547 $ 44.95 CAD Paper, 272 pages ISBN 9781501706820   Written by a US-Canadian team of labour researchers and labour geographers, Unions and the City: Negotiating Urban Change investigates how and why labour unions are becoming more involved in urban more »

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“Challenging Traditional Notions of Property in Land Use Planning”

May 18, 2016 7:30 pm : Events, News
Interdisciplinary Workshop, York University June 9-10, 2016 This workshop, supported by Osgoode Hall Law School and The City Institute at York University, is aimed at early career scholars in law, geography, urban studies and other cognate disciplines.  The goal of the workshop is to rethink, challenge, and critique ‘traditional’ forms of property, in theory and more »

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CITY@10: A Decade of Research Excellence

April 19, 2016 8:03 pm : Events, News
Happy Birthday, City Institute at York University! The York University research centre, known to its associates by its short name “CITY”, celebrated its tenth year of achievement on April 5 with well-wishers from near and far. Since then, CITY has become an internationally recognized research centre, facilitating critical, interdisciplinary and collaborative urban research, public policy more »

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The City Seminar: “Open Creative Labs: Critical Reflections on Creativity and Work in Berlin” – March 6

February 23, 2016 4:40 am : Events
The City Seminar: “Open Creative Labs: Critical Reflections on Creativity and Work in Berlin” Date: March 4, 2016 Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm Location: Room 626, Kaneff Tower   Please look to attend the City Seminar "Open Creative Labs: Critical Reflections on Creativity and Work in Berlin” on March 4th, 2016, Room 626 in the Kaneff Tower York University between more »

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Sub/Urbanizing Austerity: Impacts and Alternatives: March 18, 2016

February 20, 2016 7:59 pm : Events
Please look to attend the exciting Sub / Urbanizing Austerity: Impacts and Alternative event on March 18th, 2016 at York University, 280N York Lanes Sponsored by The City Institute at York University (CITY). Follow the attached link for more information. Four exciting panels have been organized, 1) Spaces of hope in the struggle against authoritarian neoliberalism more »

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Cancelled - "Urbanizing the Regions, Master Planned Transformations and the Change of Urban Shapes". Professor M. Facchinetti

February 5, 2016 6:31 pm : Events
We regret to announce that the below seminar has been cancelled for February 10.  We will attempt to reschedule it for later in the year.    SUBURBSTALK: Urbanizing the regions, Master planned transformation and the change of urban shapes  Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm Location: Room 764, Kaneff Tower, York University   The more »

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Call for Papers: “Challenging Traditional Notions of Property in Land Use Planning” - Interdisciplinary Workshop, York University, June 9-10, 2016

January 31, 2016 11:09 pm : Events
Keynote speakers: Nicholas Blomley (Professor, Simon Fraser University) Nicholas Blomley is Professor of Geography at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He is a geographer, with a general interest in law, and a particular interest in property in land. His work includes the tracing of property in many conflicts and social relations, including gentrification, urban gardening, the more »

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The City Seminar: "Why Don't Chomsky and Zizek Come to a Slut Walk and Announce the Revolution” – February 5

January 31, 2016 11:05 pm : Events
The City Seminar: Why Don't Chomsky and Zizek Come to a Slut Walk and Announce the Revolution?: The City and the Politics of Protest Date: Friday Feb 5th, 2016 Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm Location: Room 305, York Lanes, York University    The CITY Institute is pleased to announce its February City Seminar hosting Patricia Wood, a Professor within the Department of more »

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CITY: Two Analytic Windows into China's Intergenerational Bus Seat Conflicts

December 4, 2015 6:38 pm : Events
Event: Two Analytic Windows into China's Intergenerational Bus Seat Conflicts Date: January 20th, 2016 Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm Location: Sociology Common Room, 2101 Vari Hall, York University    Please join Professor Katherine Bischoping from the Department of Sociology and Zhipeng Gao from the Graduate Program in Psychology will be presenting on "Two Analytic Windows into China's Intergenerational Bus more »

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The City Seminar: Seeing like a Speculator: Making Real Estate in Fin-de-siecle Paris" - January 8

November 28, 2015 8:53 pm : Events
The City Seminar: Seeing like a Speculator: Making Real Estate in Fin-de-siecle Paris Date: Friday January 8th, 2016 Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm NEW LOCATION: Room 626, Kaneff Tower, York University    Alexia Yates is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at York University. She is an urban historian and a historian of economic life in modern Europe. more »

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Lecture with Ute Lehrer "Urbanism, Public Space and the Condominiums: Between Dark Age and the Good Society

November 10, 2015 6:44 pm : Events, News
                                    The international graduate PhD program “The World in the City,” run by a consortium of universities from Berlin, New York, and Toronto, is having its annual meeting in Toronto November 19-21, 2015. The topic of the meeting more »

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The City Seminar: "Queer Worlding in the Urban Age" - December 4

November 9, 2015 9:57 pm : Events
The City Seminar: Queer worldings in the urban age Date: Friday December 4th, 2015 Time: 12:30pm - 2:00pm NEW LOCATION: Room 305, York Lanes, York University    Please join the City Institute at York University (CITY) to welcome Natalie Oswin, on "Queer worldings in the urban age". Natalie is an urban social geographer and an Associate Professor more »

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The City Seminar: "Unearthing the Other Stories" - November 6

October 24, 2015 3:42 pm : Events
The City Seminar: "Unearthing the Other Stories: Political Spaces and Everyday Life at the Intersections of Cities, Gender and Nature" Date: November 6, 2015 Time: 12:30pm to 2:30pm Location: Room 140, HNES Building Panelists include Professor Gerda Wekerle, Professor Liette Gilbert, Donald Leffers, and Professor Ellie Perkins. The seminar will take place on Friday November more »

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Alternate Routes Journal: Conference & Call for Papers

October 14, 2015 4:03 pm : Events
Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research The goal of this conference is to explore how sub/urban and regional austerity measures have altered fiscal arrangements, social services provisioning, labour-management relations, socio-political and electoral landscapes. Alternate Routes and the City Institute at York University (CITY) are seeking critical submissions that advance or challenge theoretical approaches, more »

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Student Move T.O Transportation Survey

October 14, 2015 3:50 pm : Events
More Information ...? The Student Move Transportation Survey Symposium took place on Monday September 21, 2015 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. The survey will be rolling out within the next upcoming months. For more on the Symposium on Student Transportation Please check out the Student Move T.O Official website. . _____________________________ Please join us for a more »

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City Institute: Career Development Workshop in Urban Studies

October 7, 2015 2:16 pm : Events, News
We invite applicants for a 2-day career development workshop for early career urban studies scholars to be held on Thursday, November 12th and Friday November 13th, 2015, at York University. The workshop is an opportunity to consider the career development issues of most relevance to those contemplating a job search in urban studies and related more »

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The City Seminar: Shanghai Urbanism - October 2

September 25, 2015 8:42 pm : Events
Event: The City Seminar: Shanghai Urbanism: Reflections from the Outside in Date: October 2nd, 2015. 12:30pm - 2:00pm Location: Room 141, HNES Building, York University   The City Institute will be hosting a City Seminar on "Shanghai Urbanism: Reflections from the Outside in." Under the leadership of Professor Ute Lehrer, nine graduate students went to Shanghai and more »

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Arrival Cities: How Immigration Succeeds and Fails on the Edge of the City (April 11)

April 1, 2015 6:00 pm : Events
  Doug Saunders, author and international-affairs columnist at The Globe and Mail will deliver the Ismaili Centre Lecture on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm on the topic of Arrival Cities: How Immigration Succeeds and Fails on the Edge of the City. Register and purchase tickets here Click on the below poster for more more »

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Cancelled - City Seminar: Unearthing the Other Stories (March 6)

February 25, 2015 6:49 pm : Events, News

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Toronto City Walks

January 21, 2015 8:53 pm : Events, News
CITY invites you to attend our first Toronto City walks of the year. Started last year, City Walks are a great opportunity to meet new people who are interested in knowing more about the city we live in. This year will start with a dim sum lunch and, in the following months, park walks through more »

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City Seminar: We don't have public spaces anymore

December 23, 2014 7:39 pm : Events
The City Institute at York University (CITY) presents: The City Seminar An interdisciplinary series of presentations and discussions on urban landscapes, past and present. Roza Tchoukaleyska Postdoctoral fellow, City Institute at York University   "We don't have public spaces anymore: The perceived failures of suburban high-rise revitalization programs in France"   Roza’s postdoctoral research considers the function and more »

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Watch: Flexible City Symposium

December 8, 2014 4:15 pm : Events, News

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Event: Remembering Stuart Hall

December 2, 2014 7:25 pm : Events
Articulating Inspiration: Remembering Stuart Hall December 5th  2014 Full day event: 10am - 4pm 2101 Vari Hall - The Sociology Common Room   On February 10, 2014 renowned cultural theorist and sociologist Stuart Hall passed away, leaving behind a three decade-long legacy of critical thought. In theorizing and re-conceptualizing the meanings of the social and more »

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City Seminar: Rethinking Suburban Sprawl, by Marcy Burchfield

November 18, 2014 7:41 pm : Events, News
 An interdisciplinary series of presentations and discussions on urban landscapes, past and present. Marcy Burchfield Neptis Foundation “Rethinking Suburban Sprawl: Is planning policy leading or following the market? Lessons from a 20 year-analysis of urban growth patterns in four Canadian cities.” Marcy Burchfield (MSc) is the Executive Director of the Neptis Foundation, a Canadian independent more »

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2014 Toronto Election: Implications for Politics & Social Justice in the Inner Suburbs

November 18, 2014 7:24 pm : Events, News
The event was a great success. We thank all those who participated! Below are some photos from the event as well as a description with bios of the panelists.     The City Institute at York University (CITY) presents: How has the 2014 Toronto municipal election affected residents of the inner suburbs, such as Etobicoke more »

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Panel: Planetary Urbanization

November 2, 2014 4:14 pm : Events, News
Planetary Urbanization: Cities, Heartlands and Home Tuesday, November 4 14:30 to 16:30, Verney Room, South Ross 674 York University Reception to follow. Focusing on feminist theories, methods, and politics, this roundtable examines possibilities and pitfalls of “planetary urbanization” as a presumed reality and analytical lens. Many herald planetary urbanization as a landmark theoretical frame for more »

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CITY Seminar: Mapping Iranian Women in Tehran’s public spaces (Nov 4)

October 21, 2014 6:33 pm : Events, News

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Event: Massive Convergence with Jennifer Keesmaat

October 17, 2014 3:42 pm : Events, News
CITY invites you to attend a talk by Jennifer Keesmaat Friday, 24 October 2014 Vari Lecture Hall C 3:00 p.m. The York Geography Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series, in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Geographers - Ontario Division and the City Institute, present "Massive Convergence," a talk by City of Toronto Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat. more »

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Event Series: Celebrating Feminist Interdisciplinary Urban Research

October 17, 2014 3:26 pm : Events, News
YORK UNIVERSITY SHOWCASES LEADING-EDGE FEMINIST URBAN RESEARCH IN A SERIES OF EVENTS IN EARLY NOVEMBER 2014 Watch for detailed descriptions of these events in forthcoming announcements and on posters around campus. SERIES A: NOVEMBER 3 1. POLS 4404/5504 UNDERGRADUATE-GRADUATE STUDENT ONLY EVENT WITH DR. FARANAK MIRAFTAB. Dr. Faranak Miraftab (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) will make a special visit to more »

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Graduate Student Session with Professor Nazgol Bagheri (Nov 5)

October 17, 2014 3:15 pm : Events
The City Institute would like to invite interested graduate students to attend a session with Nazgol Bagheri (University of Texas at San Antonio) Wednesday November 5, 2014 2:00 to 4:00 pm Room 749, Kaneff Tower Crossing disciplinary boundaries, including feminist and transnational studies, Professor Bagheri's work focuses on Iranian women’s presence and preferences in Tehran public spaces more »

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