Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Weekly Guest Lectures: Spring ISP Seminar Announced

One of the many benefits of Cornell's CRP program involves weekly guest lectures. As a top-tier research university, Cornell attracts prominent practitioners, researchers, activists and urban leaders each Friday to Milstein Auditorium to present on a variety of topics. The Spring seminar is sponsored by International Studies in Planning (ISP) and focuses on urgent and foundational issues affecting urban populations worldwide. Representing an impressive list of leaders in the field, the Spring 2013 seminar lectures were recently announced:
FEB 01
Germà Bel, Department of Economics, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
The Economics and Politics of High-Speed Rail: Lessons from Experiences Abroad.
FEB 08
Elizabeth McKeon, Philanthropy Consultant
Planning Injustice
FEB 15
Stefan Ziegler, UNRWA Barrier Monitoring Unit (BMU) West Bank.
Accomplishing Advocacy through Field-Based Research
FEB 22
Jonathan Thompson, Water and Environment Center (WCC), Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Tribal First Foods and the Umatilla River Vision: Planning and Implementation of Large-Scale Habitat Restoration in the Inland Northwest
MAR 01
Alexander Zaitchik, Journalist, New York
Chinese Avatar in the Amazon
MAR 08
Paul Smoke, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service , NYU
The Emergence of Recentralization in Developing Countries: Forms, Motivations and Consequences
MAR 29
Savitri Bisnath, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University
Crisis Prevention and Recovery: What does gender equality or human rights have to do with it?
APR 05
Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps
Making a Difference: Peace Corps in the 21st Century?
APR 19
Randy Stoecker, Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, UW Madison
TBA [on CBR]
APR 26
Vani Subramanian, Film Maker, Fulbright Scholar
Delhi. New Delhi. Improved Delhi.
MAY 03
Diane E. Davis, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Urban Resilience in Situations of Chronic Violence

Recently concluded, the Fall semester lecturers represented a similarly robust agglomeration of talent, innovation and experience, many with educational or professional ties to Cornell. Below is a list of this past Fall’s lectures.

David DriskellExecutive Director, Community Planning and Sustainability, Boulder, Colorado
Ken Meter, President, Crossroads Resource Center

Donna Fathke*, East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission
Michael Likosky, Center on Law & Public Finance and Institute for Public Knowledge
Rolf Pendall, Director, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute
Laura Wolf-Powers, University of Pennsylvania
Mike McCoy, Executive Director, California Strategic Growth Council
Donald Greenberg*, Cornell University
CRP Faculty Authors
Vishaan Chakrabarti*, Director, Center for Urban Real Estate, Columbia University
Worrasit Tantinipankul*, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi
George Frantz*, Cornell University
* Cornell Alumni; Past or current faculty

For a full list of lectures each semester, visit