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PhD Colloquium series to begin Monday, November 7

The Bloustein PhD Colloquium Speaker Series will begin on Monday, November 7 with Tom Angotti, a professor in the Hunter College Department of Urban Affairs and Planning speaking on Cities and Global Climate Change in the 21st Century: Enclaves and Urban Orientalism.

From 1995 to 2001 he was Professor and Chair of the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author of New York for Sale: Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate, Metropolis 2000: Planning, Poverty and Politics, Housing in Italy, and many articles in professional journals. He has worked and written extensively on urban planning and community development in the United States, Latin America and Europe. He is a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome, co-editor of Progressive Planning Magazine, and participating editor for Latin American Perspectives and Local Environment. He was previously a city planner with the NYC Department of City Planning, and worked for state government in New Jersey and Massachusetts. He has taught at the graduate level at SUNY, Columbia University, Harvard, and University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Angotti's talk will be based on his forthcoming (July 2012) book on climate change and urban orientalism. Climate change will be a “game-changer” for urban planning in the 21st century. Urban orientalism -- the city as seen from the wealthiest and most powerful nations and assimilated by elite planners across the globe -- is the main obstacle to change in planning. Urban orientalism focuses on “slums” and “the informal city” – the majority of the world’s urban population -- as the source of urban problems. Alternative approaches are needed that integrate urban and rural in new settlement patterns.

The event will begin at 4:00 p.m. in room 113 of the Civic Square Building. All faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to attend.

As part of the year-long celebration of the 20th anniversary, the Bloustein School is hosting several faculty research presentations as well as the annual Bloustein PhD Colloquium Speaker Series. The faculty research presentations will highlight the research of several members of the Bloustein faculty, while the PhD Colloquium speaker series features Bloustein PhD alumni who have gone on to teach in faculty positions at the collegiate level and have come back to share their expertise. In addition, the school will feature several alumni panel discussion events each semester on various topics.

In the next event of the PhD Colloquium Speaker Series, Philip Ashton, associate professor of urban planning and policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will present Sale of the Century: The Rise and 'Fall' of the High-Priced Infrastructure Lease on Monday, December 12.

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