A group of lectures on social inequality begins this week as a featured part of the ongoing fall speaker series presented by MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
The first such event features Kent Wong, director of the UCLA Labor Center, and Carlos Amador, a UCLA graduate student, speaking on the topic of “Immigrant Workers and Students and the American Dream,” on Friday, Oct. 15, in the Stata Center, Room 32-141.
Later events in the series include lectures by historian Emma Rothschild, director of Harvard’s Center for History and Economics; economist Robert M. Solow, Institute Professor Emeritus at MIT; and Nader Tehrani, head of MIT’s Department of Architecture.
"One goal of the series is to connect the work of the department with that of other researchers around MIT and the Boston area, on issues affecting cities and low-income communities,” said DUSP Head Amy Glasmeier, a professor of geography and regional planning. “Because urban planning is fundamentally a hybrid discipline, we wanted to bring in prominent scholars from fields such as economics, history, sociology and architecture, to provide a range of wide ideas, covering topics that include class, gender and ethnicity in an urban context.”
The lectures are linked thematically to DUSP’s foundational “Gateway” course, part of the department’s Master of City Planning degree program, which introduces students to the history and theory behind urban planning. A full list of the lectures and other talks DUSP’s fall speaker series can be downloaded here: http://web.mit.edu/dusp/dusp_extension_unsec/news/fall_2010_poster.pdf