April 26, 2006

CUPID: Follow-Up To Urbanization Conference, And Other Final Events

Posted in cu groups and events at 8:27 am by Aditi Sriram

CUPID presents their final events of the semester:

1. Urban Planning Conference
(this is a great follow-up for those who attended, or those who
missed, our Conference on Urbanization in the Developing World)

“Searching for the Just City”

Saturday, April 29th
9:30AM – 6:00PM
Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall
Columbia University, GSAPP

Sessions include:

* Economic Development & Social Justice: Can the Just City Be a
Competitive City?
* Diversity and the Just City
* Planning New York City
* The Just City — Towards a New Urban Agenda?

Urban planning as a discipline has been strongly influenced by a
belief in social change and a desire to either diminish or
eradicate the manifold inequalities that characterize cities and
the societies in which they are embedded. Susan Fainstein’s
conception of the “Just City” encourages planners and policy makers
to embrace a normative approach to urban planning that combines
progressive planners’ earlier focus on equity and material
well-being with more recent concerns such as diversity,
participation, and sustainability to establish a better quality of
human and urban life within the context of a global capitalist
political economy. Organized by Columbia University’s Urban
Planning doctoral students, this one-day conference “Searching for
the Just City” aims to thank Susan Fainstein for her contributions
as a Professor and Director of our program, to honor her scholarly
contributions as one of the leading urban theorists of the present
day, and to critically discuss the question of whether her — or
any other — vision of the “Just City” can guide future planners to
make cities a better place.

Presented by: The Department of Urban Planning, the Graduate School
of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and Columbia University

2. Film Screening: China Blue

Wednesday, April 26 at 6:00 pm
SIPA Room 918, Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Snacks and drinks provided

Join us for a night of film, food, discussion, and action,

China Blue (2006, 87 minutes), shot clandestinely in China, is the
inside story of a blue-jeans factory where workers are trying to
survive the harsh working environment. The film paints a nuanced,
tender and ultimately moving portrait of the daily lives of the
young workers, mostly rural women, who make clothes for
multinational retail corporations. The film brings the complex
issues of globalization to the human level.

“China Blue makes a stronger case against worker exploitation than
any news item could.” =96 Variety. China Blue won the Amnesty Human
Rights Award at the International Documentary Festival in

Post-screening discussion and how you can get involved, featuring:

Andrew J. Nathan
Class of 1919 Professor; Chair, Department of Political Science,
Columbia University; Board Member, China Labor Watch and Human
Rights in China.

Christine Clarke
China Program Coordinator, National Labor Committee.

Moderator: Sara (Meg) Davis
China Action; Author of Song and Silence: Ethnic revival on China’s
southwest borders (Columbia University Press).

China Blue is co-sponsored by the CU Corporate Social Responsibility
Network, China Action, CU Partnership for International Development
(CUPID), and the Human Rights Working Group.

The Weatherhead East Asian Institute is located on the 9th Floor of
the School for International and Public Affairs (SIPA) on the
campus of Columbia University at Amsterdam Avenue and West 118th

2. Africa Townhall Meeting

Africa Townhall Meeting, A SPAN Initiative
Be a Part of Reform at Columbia University

When: Wednesday April 26th, 2006, 6-8pm
Where: Kent Hall, Room 413 (116th & Amsterdam)
Why: To revitalize the African Studies Program at Columbia

Did you know that the Institute of African Studies has not had a
permanent director since 2004? Make your voice heard!

In attendance: V.P. Nicholas Dirks (Vice President of Arts and
Sciences), Dean Lisa Anderson (Dean of SIPA), and more…


Supporting Student Organizations:
Africana (Business School)
African Law Students Association
African Students Working Group (TC)
Columbia University Partnership in International Development (CUPID)
Conflict Resolution Working Group (SIPA)
Humanitarian Affairs Working Group (SIPA)
Human Rights Working Group

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