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...
Here’s on op-ed on what school closings really mean to neighborhoods, by Elaine Simon, Co-Director of the Urban Studies Program. She has studied and written about Philadelphia school reform for almost three decades and for the last six years taught a project-based learning course, “Schools and Community Development,” in collaboration with teachers at Penn and in West Philadelphia high schools.
Take a look at this article in Urban Omnibus - Learning to Read the Contemporary City - that discusses urban studies and specifically the International Honors Program. Its written by Andrew Wade, who taught Urban Planning for the IHP last fall. In his research, he places UPenn's Urban Studies Program among the first undergrad programs of its kind (early 70's) in the US!
In the New York Times this week - 2 Views of Buildings Around Grand Central: Special or Just Old - presents two new position papers from organizations with opposing interests, and offers disparate answers to the question of whether any more buildings in east Midtown merit official landmark status. Professors George Thomas and Susan Snyder, two Urban Studies faculty members, weigh in on the debate. Talk amongst yourselves.
Adam Goodman, a student in the URBS Graduate Certificate Program and PhD student in History, wrote a short piece called "The Other Side of the Wall", about immigration reform as seen through the Migrant's eyes. Read it and let Adam know what you think.
Photo: Immigration protest at the U.S. Capitol, courtesy of Narith5
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.