Welcome to Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts & Sciences. It draws on faculty and resources across the university and the city to offer students a multi-faceted approach to the study of urban trends. More...
Take a look at the Penn Current article on the special guests to Governor Rendell's class last week. Ed Rendell's former press secretary, campaign manager, and chief of staff David L. Cohen, and Penn President Amy Gutmann visited URBS 320 - Who Gets Elected and Why - to discuss the challenges that constant campaigning bring to the governing process.
Follow this link to read a New Yorker blog post from Liz Greenspan, an Urban Studies Graduate Certificate Program alum, called How to Manhattanize a City. Liz also was recently on NPR to discuss a post about gentrification in NYC and other cities. Listen to the piece here.
Professor Michael Katz makes the case in his New York Times op-ed, Bloomberg, Champion of the Poor, that while the former mayor of New York is "usually depicted as a champion of the rich, Mr. Bloomberg mounted an antipoverty program at a moment when poverty as an issue was off the national radar." Photo credit: Alexander Barrett.
Adam Goodman, a student in the URBS Graduate Certificate Program and PhD student in History, wrote a piece for The Boston Review called "Mexican Education Reform From Below."
Photo courtesy Adam Goodman. The sign on the right reads, "I am dangerous, I teach"
Paul M. Farber (URBS '05) worked with Getty Publications on a book of historic photographs by Magnum photographer Leonard Freed, This Is the Day: The March on Washington, to commemorate the March’s upcoming 50th anniversary, and wrote the afterward for the book.