UWM Urban Studies Programs
17th Annual Student Forum

Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Urban Studies Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will host the 17th Annual Student Forum at the Zelazo Center, 219 E. Kenwood Avenue. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The Forum concludes at 5:30 p.m.

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Keynote Speaker: E.P. Clapp
Distinguished Professor of Politics, Occidental College, Los Angeles
"Occupy and Organize: Can Social Movements Fix the Urban Crisis?"
Forum Abstracts, pdf (pdf-75kb)
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Student Forum Program (pdf-4651kb)

The Student Forum provides a comfortable venue for students, alumni, and faculty to come together to investigate and discuss the complexities of the urban milieu. Organized by graduate students in the Urban Studies Programs, the Forum reflects the multidisciplinary nature of the curriculum as well as the varying interests of a diverse student body.

The Forum gives students opportunities to sharpen their presentation skills and to receive constructive feedback from other scholars who share an interest in the urban environment. Master's and Doctoral students present their research—class papers, theses, or dissertation chapters—in the professional, yet relaxed, atmosphere of the Forum.

The Forum is structured around panels of two to three presenters grouped according to topic. Each presentation is expected to last approximately 20 minutes with a brief question and answer period to follow. A new addition to the Forum this year is an undergraduate poster session.

Annually, three prestigious awards are presented at the Forum that recognize past and current students in urban studies. They are the Scott Greer award for Postgraduate Contribution to Urban Affairs and the Scott Greer Award for Postgraduate Achievement in Advancing Understanding of Urban Social Institutions. A third award, the Scott Greer Award for Outstanding Research in Urban Studies goes to a current graduate student presenting a paper at the conference. Scott Greer was Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies at UWM from 1974 until his death in 1996. He was the first director of the doctoral program in Urban Social Institutions at its founding in 1975. Scott Greer was an internationally renowned urban scholar, and a published poet.

There will also be an opportunity to talk to Dr. Dreier and the Scott Greer Award winners during a round table discussion session.

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