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Joel Rast, Associate Professor of Political Science, named new Urban Studies director

USP Jasmine Alinder on the 4th Street Forum, MPTV

Urban Studies cosponsored and hosted the television show 4th Street Forum with the theme, City As Solution: Building the New Urban Agenda. Urban Studies Director Jasmine Alinder and Mayor Tom Barrett were among the panelists. The show is viewable online: webpage with photographs

Urban Affairs Association

The Urban Affairs Association, the major professional organization of urbanists in the United States, has come to UWM! After being located at the University of Delaware for many years, the UAA relocated to Milwaukee in July 2011. Executive Director Margaret Wilder and two graduate student Project Assistants work in the UAA’s UWM offices, which are temporarily located on the 9th floor of Curtin Hall. They will relocate to be near the USP offices in the future.

Urban Studies and Urban Affairs Association collaboration at UWM

In August 2011, The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) moved its home campus to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), in part because of UWM’s highly regarded Urban Studies Program, which offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in urban studies. Read UWM News article

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Program Events

2014-15 Academic Year

O'Neill Lecture

Urban Studies Fall Social and Lecture
Beyond Katrina: Strategies for Achieving Urban Flood Resilience

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
2:00pm in AUP 110
Please join us for our fall social and lecture with Dr. Eoin O'Neill, University College Dublin.
Event flyer

Urban Studies Update Newsletter

Fall 2015 Issue

UWM Urban Studies Programs 20th Annual Student Research Forum

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Please join us for the 20th Urban Studies Student Research Forum, Saturday, April 18th, 2015, noon -6pm at the Zilber School of Public Health, 1240 N. 10th St., Milwaukee.

Urban Studies Forum poster 2015

Forum Program

12:00 - 2:00 pm Juried Poster Session and Lunch
2:00 - 3:30 pm Student Paper Sessions
4:00 - 6:00 pm Screening of WPTV's new documentary "Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams" following by a talk back with the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Professor Michael Leo Owens will give the talk titled: "'Deviant' Democrats in the City: Community Organizing By, With, and For Decarcerated Citizens." View Event Poster

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014
Join us for the Henry W. Maier State of Milwaukee Summit at 4pm titled: Home and Garden: Can Urban Agriculture Save our Neighborhoods? Location: UWM Hefter Center, 3271 N. Lake Drive USP Milwaukee Summit info Summit Program. Read more

UWM Urban Studies Author Celebration

Join us Friday, January 30th at 4pm at Boswell Book Company, for a multi-author celebration in Urban Studies. Each book’s author(s) will give a five minute presentation, followed by a book-signing and light refreshments. This event is free and open to the public.

Boswell Book Company
2559 N Downer Ave.
Milwaukee WI 53211 414-332-1181
USP Author Celebration, jan.2015

Authors with books:

Margo Anderson, Amanda Seligman, and Ann Graf, Bibliography of Metropolitan Milwaukee, (Marquette Univ. Press, 2014)

Jenna Loyd, Health Rights Are Civil Rights: Peace and Justice Activism in Los Angeles, 1963-1978, (U of Minn Press, 2014)

Genevieve G. McBride and Stephen R. Byers, 'Dear Mrs. Griggs': Women Pour Out Their Hearts in the Heartland, (Marquette University Press, 2014).

Joe Rodriguez, Bootstrap New Urbanism Design, Race, and Redevelopment in Milwaukee (Lexington, 2014)

Arijit Sen and Lisa Silverman, eds., Making Place: Space and Embodiment in the City, (Indiana University Press, 2014)

2013-14 Academic Year

Urban Studies Programs is celebrating its 50th Anniversary at UWM. Celebrations and events began in the 2013-14 academic year. Watch for activities and events!

Friday, April 25, 2014 - Saturday, April 26, 2014

USP 50th Anniversary Gala & Conference

Thursday, April 10, 2014

USP Hosts 4th Street Forum at UWM

Friday, March 7, 2014

USP Co-Hosts "First Friday"
With the College of Letters & Science

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

3:00 pm, UWM Libraries Digital Humanities Lab (second floor near the Music collection)
Please join USP for "An Interactive Visualization of Segregation in Milwaukee" with USP Alum Jerome Knapp. "Segregation and its socio-economic impact on an entire city can be presented in a manner that invites broader discussion and action by making it easier for citizens to understand this very complex issue. One method of presentation is through an interactive application driven by real-world data that allows users to visualize how key segregation indicators impact and are impacted by other, standard economic and social indicators. The application will allow users to manipulate indicators through an online interface and generate useful reports based on their interaction."

Monday, January 20, 2014, 7:00 pm

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: William Jones
"The March on Washington, Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights"
Please join UWM Urban Studies Programs at Boswell Books for an MLK Day event with historian William P. Jones author of "The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights" (W.W. Norton, 2013). Location: Boswell Books (2559 N. Downer Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53211).
This event is free and open to the public. Dr. Jones is a Professor of History at UW-Madison.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Henry W. Maier State of Milwaukee Summit (Flyer - pdf)
"Life After Vouchers: Expansion, Accountability & Outcomes"
Hefter Center - 3271 N. Lake Drive - Milwaukee WI

With the recent expansion of school vouchers statewide, and legislative efforts to create accountability measures for all schools that receive public funding, what can we learn from the twenty year history of the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program? Join us for a panel discussion and Q&A followed by a reception. Free and open to the public.

Monday, October 28, 2013

The Milwaukee County Historical Society - 2013 Annual Banquet
Pfister Hotel - Milwaukee WI
Tickets are available through the MCHS for $75
Reception 6:00 pm - Program 7:00 pm

USP will be recognized at the Milwaukee County Historical Society 2013 Annual Banquet at 6pm at the Pfister Hotel

Friday, October 11, 2013

UWM Urban Summit
Collaboration Room - Zilber School of Public health - 2140 N. 10th St, Milwaukee WI
RSVP: by 10/4/13

The Urban Summit is about taking stock of urban-focused scholarship and university-community collaborations. The goal for this summit is to bring together faculty and staff from across the university whose research and teaching focus is on urban issues in order to start a new urban network on campus that could lead to research collaborations and community partnerships, as well as a larger goal of helping to reinsert and reinvigorate the “urban” focus at UWM as the state’s largest urban university. Another goal of this workshop will be to contribute to a UW-Milwaukee journal on urban research and scholarship.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Milwaukee Film Festival
12:30pm - Brownbag with Mark Schuller of Northern Illinois University, Cunnigham 195
4:00pm - Screening at the Oriental Theater
Tickets at the door $10
After the film - Talk Back at Hotel Foster (2028 North Ave, Milwaukee)

This year USP is a community partner with the Milwaukee Film Festival. We are partners of the documentary film Fatal Assistance (along with our colleagues in the Department of Africology). The film follows recovery efforts after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti that killed 250,000 people and left 1.2 million homeless. Although billions of dollars were promised to help with rebuilding, those efforts have failed. Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck tries to find out what went so wrong. Join us for the brown bag with Mark Schuller, an assistant professor of Anthropology at Northern Illinois University, whose own research focuses on Haiti and the earthquake recovery efforts. Dr. Schuller will also help lead the talk back after film.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fall Social Softball Game
(for the USP Community, families, and affiliated departments)
Please join us for our fall social and a friendly game of softball. From 3-5pm at the Lake Park diamond. Followed by a visit to the new beer garden in Estabrook Park.

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