During the 2010-2011 academic year, Rutgers is hosting a series of lectures as part of its membership in the Space of Democracy/Democracy of Space Network. The international Network, with eighteen nodes around the globe, focuses on how people are connected with and responsible to those who live in distant places. With more and more emphasis on spatial connections and ethical responsibilities to others, the Network looks at how are we to understand and constitute new spaces of democracy today.
The Rutgers node of the Space of Democracy network is a joint initiative between the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the School of Arts and Sciences, as well as interested faculty across the New Brunswick campus. Faculty and graduate students in these programs have a long and continuing record of research and outreach on citizenship, civic participation, participatory planning, and democratic practice stretching from local New Jersey municipalities to the emerging regions of Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and elsewhere.
The Rutgers node has designated eight specific events during the 2010-2011 academic year to inaugurate the Space of Democracy initiative at the university. These are as follows:
Sept 27 Steve Lerner, Research Director, Commonweal
Sacrifice Zones: The Front Lines of Toxic Chemical Exposure in the US
Oct 26 Etienne Balibar, Paris X-Nanterre, University of California-Irvine
Europe: the Final Crisis?
Oct 27 Matthew Jelacic, Architecture, University of Colorado
Traumatic Urbanization and its Consequences
Oct 29 Carolyn Finney, Geography, University of California-Berkeley
There Goes the Neighborhood: Race, Resilience and Environmental Change
Nov 19 Mazen Labban, Geography, University of Miami
State, Class, and Oil: Sovereignty Over Natural Resources, Nationalization, and Economic Development in Mexico, 1920-2000
Feb 9 Ananya Roy, City and Regional Planning, University of California-Berkeley
The Urban Century: Ecologies and Epistemologies of Dwelling in the Global South
Feb 23 Daniel Nepstad, Woods Hole Research Institute
Can Carbon Carry the Global Conservation Agenda?
March 23 Sharyle Patton, Health and Environment Program, Commonweal
Our Body Burden of Toxic Chemicals: Implications for Chemical Policy Reform