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Urban Challenges in Globalizing Times: Making Cities and Urban Lives Across the Americas

The Georgetown University Americas Initiative presents a two-day symposium exploring social capital, urbanization and globalization across the Americas. 


The late twentieth century brought a global population explosion and accelerating urban expansions, together setting the foundation for globalization.  This gathering will continue thinking about the rise of our globalized urban world and why it has yet to deliver on the promises of shared welfare and effective political participation.




February 20, 2020

Opening Keynote: Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America

Copley Formal Lounge, 5pm - 6:30pm 

Speakers: Marcia Chatelain, Georgetown University

Moderated by: Joseph McCartin, Georgetown University

Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America

Book signing and reception to follow



February 21, 2020

Panel One: Beyond New World Cities

Copley Formal Lounge, 10am - 12pm

Speakers: John Tutino, Georgetown University; Martin V. Melosi, University of Houston; Bryan McCann, Georgetown University; Mark Healey, University of Connecticut; Michèle Dagenais, Université de Montréal; George J. Sánchez, University of Sourthern California; Joseph A. Pratt, University of Houston; 

Beyond New World Cities

(U. North Carolina Press, 2019)

Book signing and light lunch to follow, 12pm - 1pm


Luncheon Keynote

Copley Formal Lounge, 1pm - 2:30pm

Speaker: Brodwyn Fischer, University of Chicago 

Moderated by: Bryan McCann, Georgetown University

Intimate Inequalities: Informality and the Afterlives of Slavery in Recife, Brazile

Panel Two: New Perspectives on Urban Challenges

Copley Formal Lounge, 3pm - 4:30pm

Speakers: Douglas McRae, Georgetown University; Hillar Schwertner, Georgetown University; Patrick Scallen, Smithsonian Institution

New Perspectives of Urban Challenges: Sao Paolo, Tijuandiego, Salvadoran D.C.


Closing Keynote: Fresh Kills: A History of Consuming and Discarding in New York City

Copley Formal Lounge, 5pm - 6:30pm

Speaker: Martin V. Melosi, University of Houston

Moderated by: John McNeill, Georgetown University

Fresh Kills: A History of Consuming and Discarding in New York City

(Columbia University Press)

Book signing and reception to follow




This gathering has been organized by the Georgetown University Americas Initiative and is co-sponsored by the American Studies Program, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Department of History and the Georgetown Global Cities Initiative.


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