Penn Arts and Sciences

Conference: Immigration and Metropolitan Revitalization

Friday, May 2, 2014 - 8:30am - 5:30pm

MAJOR SCHOLARS FROM sociology, city planning, economics, history, and public policy convene to present research on the role of immigration in reshaping metropolitan housing markets, creating economic opportunity, and transforming neighborhoods throughout the United States (and beyond).

9:00-9:15: Introduction/Welcome (Thomas Sugrue)
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9:15-10:45: Revitalizing Small Cities and Suburbs

Introductions by Chair: Laurencio Sanguino (SSPF Postdoc)
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Marilynn Johnson (Boston College, History), "The Metropolitan Diaspora: New Immigrants in the Greater Boston Suburbs"
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Michael Katz and Kenneth Ginsburg (Penn, History), "Immigrant Cities as Reservations for Low Wage Labor: Bridgeport, Passaic, and Paterson"
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Comments: Stanton Wortham (Penn GSE)
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Panel 1 Q&A
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11:00-12:30: The Politics of Immigration and Revitalization

Chair: James Walsh (SSPF Postdoc)
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Jamie Winders (Syracuse, Geography), "Old Maps and New Neighbors: The Spatial Politics of Immigrant Settlement"
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Gerardo Sandoval (Oregon, City Planning), "Transforming Transit-Oriented (TOD) Projects via Immigrant Led Revitalization: The MacArthur Park, Los Angeles Case"
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Comment: Amada Armenta (Penn, Sociology)
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Panel 2 Q&A
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12:45-1:45 Lunch and Keynote

Robert Sampson (Harvard, Sociology): “Immigration and the New Social Transformation of the American City”
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2:00-3:30: Immigration, Housing, and Economic Impacts

Chair: Mark Stern (Penn, Social Policy and Practice)
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Philip Kasinitz (CUNY, Sociology), "Immigrants, Their Children and the Culture of Cities"
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Gary Painter (USC, Demography and Pubic Policy), "Immigrants and Housing Markets"
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Jacob Vigdor (Duke, Economics and Public Policy), "Estimating the Impact of Immigration on County-Level Economic Indicators"
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Comment: Susan Wachter (Penn, Wharton Real Estate)
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Panel 3 Q&A
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3:45-5:15: Transnational Urban Revitalization

Chair: Lorrin Thomas (Rutgers-Camden, History)
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Andrew Sandoval-Strausz (New Mexico, History), "Migrantes, Negocios, and Infraestructura: Transnational Processes of Urban Revitalization in the Americas"
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Domenic Vitiello (Penn, City Planning), "Liberian Reconstruction and Pan-African Transnational Urban Revitalization"
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Comment and Panel 4 Q&A: Erick Guerra (Penn, Design)
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