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Susan Fainstein to present Robert A. Catlin Memorial Lecture


Susan FainsteinDr. Susan Fainstein, a professor of urban planning in the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and Professor Emerita of Rutgers University's Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, will present the Bloustein School's annual Robert A. Catlin Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, February 21. The lecture will begin at 5:30 pm in the Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building, on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University.



Dr. Fainstein's teaching and research have focused on comparative urban public policy, planning theory, and urban redevelopment. Among her books are The Just City, The City Builders: Property, Politics, and Planning in London and New York; Restructuring the City; and Urban Political Movements. She has coedited volumes on urban tourism (The Tourist City and Cities and Visitors), gender and planning, planning theory, and urban theory.

She is a recipient of the Distinguished Planning Educator Award of the Association of American Schools of Planning, and has also taught at Columbia University and been a visiting professor at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Witwatersrand. Dr. Fainstein received her AB from Harvard, AM from Boston University, and her PhD from M.I.T.

In her lecture, Dr. Fainstein will discuss the relationship between planning and justice in the city. Based on works in formal philosophy, she argues for three principles as underlying the just city: democracy, diversity, and equity. She then applies them to urban policy. She is critical of typical planning programs because rather than giving priority to justice, they focus on competitiveness. Using examples from New York, London, Amsterdam, and Singapore, she will evaluate the extent to which they do and do not embody principles of justice and will conclude by suggesting programs that would give priority to the three principles.

The Robert A. Catlin Memorial Lecture honors the legacy of Robert A. Catlin, Bloustein School professor, who died in July 2004. Catlin began his career as a staff planner for governmental agencies and community organizations in several cities, including Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York. He also served as dean of the College of Social Science at Florida Atlantic University, dean of the Camden College of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers, and provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Bakersfield. At the Bloustein School, he specialized in urban revitalization and the impact of race in public policy decision-making.


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