IHP Cities in the 21st Century: People, Planning, and Politics (Spring)
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Spring Program Sites
United States: New York, NY
The program starts in arguably the most prominent “world” city in the United States. In New York, students will meet classmates and faculty and be introduced to field experiences by exploring neighborhoods, visiting nongovernmental organizations, and hearing from public officials. The world journey commences with a discussion of local conditions and issues as well as an acknowledgment that while every city is local, it is also a piece of the global puzzle.
Our first international city will be in India, where we will study in the national capital, Delhi. The old city of Delhi retains much of its traditional city structure, while New Delhi, planned by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1911, was an integral part of British colonialist strategy for India. Contemporary metropolitan Delhi is an amalgam of the past, blended with post-independence nationalist fervor and recent pressure toward globalization. India's cultural, political, economic, gender, and ecological issues will be confronted as students learn firsthand from the city itself and from scholars, government officials, cultural leaders, scientists, and educators. The challenges of colonial interventions and postcolonial development are exhibited in Delhi/New Delhi.
Coordinated by Waly Faye, Mariane Yade
Senegal is a fascinating mix of African and Francophone traditions embedded in decades of stable democracy. From traditional rhythms to modern beats, music infuses daily life. Dakar, the capital city, is undergoing rapid change as it accepts new immigrants, constructs new infrastructure and expands its position as a thriving global crossroad. There will be a one-week vacation in Senegal.
Argentina: Buenos Aires
Coordinated by Carolina Rovetta
The cosmopolitan capital city of Buenos Aires has a history with an enduring legacy: European-influenced architecture, an extraction economy, large landowners, an influential Catholic church, charismatic political leadership and military dictatorships, a tradition of public protest, and a cultural heritage embedded in the tango. Underlying it all are the complex lives of a diverse society where former owners now work to survive and former workers now manage retaken factories.
Duration: Spring, 17 weeks
New York City, New York, USA; Delhi, India; Dakar, Senegal; Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Prerequisites: Previous college-level coursework and/or other preparation in urban studies, anthropology, political science, or other related fields is strongly recommended but not required. Learn More...
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