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Combating Poverty in NYC Through Social Innovation

Fordham Graduate School of Social Service and Gabelli School of Business co-sponsor Social Innovation conference.

Fordham Social InnovationThis event happened on:
Monday, April 24

This April 24 at the Lincoln Center campus, Fordham University's Gabelli School of Business and the Graduate School of Social Service brought together students (graduate and undergraduate), faculty, social work practitioners, nonprofit leaders, impact investors, social innovators, tech entrepreneurs, policymakers, activists, community advocates, and social changemakers just like you to share new innovations, best practices, and sustainable solutions for alleviating poverty in New York City.

Solving poverty in the greatest city in the world takes collaboration and community. On April 24, New York City change agents come together to share best practices, provide mutual support, and collaborate on initiatives.

The all day program featured breakfast and lunch, keynote speakers, leadership and entrepreneurial presentations, mobile technology demos, hip-hop performances, and peer networking.

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Sanctuary CitiesSanctuary Cities

This event happened on:
Thursday, April 20

  • Randy K. Lippert, Professor, Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, University of Windsor
  • Rose Cuison Villazor, Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law
  • Idil Atak, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology, Ryerson University

Earth Month Research ColloquiumEarth Month Research Colloquium

Building Sustainable Cities and Living Sustainable Lifestyles
With Dr. Steven Cohen, Executive Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University

This event happened on:
Wednesday, April 19

Despite the current dysfunction in our nation’s capital, America is working to build sustainable cities and people across the country are adopting more sustainable lifestyles. We see this happening here in New York City and in cities all over America. Renewable energy, the sharing economy and technological advances are making it possible for people to live well while reducing their impact on the environment. The environmental movement began as a way to preserve nature, evolving into a movement to promote public health, then, more recently, sustainability, and is now increasingly integrated into how people live their day-to-day lives in the developed world. Earth Day reminds us of the importance of the planet, but the evolution from preservation to sustainability leads us to protect the planet not simply for its own sake, but for the well-being of humanity.

Dr. Steven Cohen is a former policy analyst and consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Homes for the Homeless, Board of Directors of the Willdan Group, Inc., and Advisory Board of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. Dr. Cohen is the co-author of Sustainability Policy: Hastening the Transition to a Cleaner Economy and Strategic Planning in Environmental Regulation, and the author of Understanding Environmental Policy and Sustainability ManagementDr. Cohen also is a weekly contributor to The Huffington Post.

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Urban Studies Week 2017Urban Studies Week Series 2017

A Panel Discussion on Green Cities, Sustainable Development, and Infrastructure

This event happened on:
Wednesday, April 5

The Fordham Urban Studies Program announces Urban Studies Week Series 2017: A Panel Discussion on Green Cities, Sustainable Development, and Infrastructure, featuring an eclectic group of planners, consultants, and analysts from the public and private sectors, who are experts in urban resilience, sustainability, and environmental protection to discuss the state of New York City's "green infrastructure," what it can learn from abroad, and its path for the future.

Urban Studies Week panelUrban Studies Week address

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4 – 5 p.m. informal coffee hour for students and panelists​

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Discussion
South Lounge



Refreshments will be provided.

This event was made possible with the generous support of Podell, Schwartz, Schechter & Banfield LLP.

NYBG Food, Tech and The City Colloquium

Food, Tech and The City

This event happened on:
Friday, March 24

As one of society’s most critical infrastructures, the food system must continuously evolve to meet the demands of a growing and increasingly urbanized population.

  • How can we sustainably feed the cities of today and the distant future?
  • How can we ensure that scientific and technological innovations in the food system lead to shared benefits for all?

This colloquium speaks directly to these key questions, bringing together scholars and practitioners with areas of expertise that traverse plant biology, agriculture and design, and economics and consumer behavior. The conversation explores case studies in both the developed and developing world, considering the futures of food, technology, and the city – from seed to field to table.

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2 p.m. Welcome and Introduction
Shelby White and Leon Levy Reading Room
LuEsther T. Mertz Library
6th floor Library Building


  • Vanessa Bezemer Sellers, Humanities Research Coordinator, NYBG
  • Rosemary Wakeman, Professor of History, Coordinator of University Urban Initiatives, Urban Studies Program, Fordham University
  • Garrett M. Broad, Assistant Professor Department of Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University

2:15 – 3:30 p.m. Presentations

  • Steven Franks, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Fordham University. Research on plant genetics in the context of climate change and evolution.
  • Elaine Kung, Designer, Blue Planet Consulting. Innovations in urban agriculture and vertical farming, including projects in the South Bronx.
  • Andrew Simons, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Fordham University. Research in the area of development economics and fuel-efficient cookstoves.

3:45 – 4:15 p.m. Reception

Presented by the Humanities Institute of the New York Botanical Garden in collaboration with Fordham University's Urban Consortium.

Support for the Humanities Institute provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Roland White and Edésio FernandesUrban Dialogue Lecture

Value Capture: Innovations in Municipal Finance within Global Cities

With Roland White, Global Lead for City Management at World Bank, Edésio Fernandes, Lecturer at Payton Institute on Global Development, and moderated by Fordham Department of Economics Chair, Darryl McLeod.

This event happened on:
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

More about the participants

Roland White
Global Lead: City Management, Governance and Financing; Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank

World Bank interview: "Helping cities finance sustainable urban development" video interview.

Edésio Fernandes
Urban Planner, Payson Institute on Global Development, Tulane University, and Teaching Faculty, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

research article: "Constructing the 'Right To the City' ;in Brazil"

Darryl McLeod
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Economics; Director, CIPS Migration and Development group, Fordham University

Co-sponsored by the Fordham Urban Law Center.

Recent Events

Michael PetersYale Professor Michael Peters presents “Cheap Industrial Workers and the Big Push: Evidence from Germany’s post-war population transfer”

This event happened on:
October 18, 2016

Yale Professor Michael Peters examines the development impacts of one of the 20th Century’s largest population transfers.

After WWII more than 8 million Germans were transferred to Western Germany from the Eastern provinces. Data from the 1960s and 70s shows that East German refugees experienced substantial reallocation into unskilled occupations. This illustrates how firms respond to large changes in labor supply.

In the short-run, falling wages induce firms to substitute towards the abundant factor. In the long-run however, firms’ labor demand will depend on their technological adoption decisions. If firms’ technological choices are affected by the labor supply they face, labor supply shifts will induce movements in aggregate labor demand… this reasoning is at the heart of the literature on endogenous technological bias (Acemoglu, 2007).

Read the preliminary draft of the paper

Greg LindsayThe Legacy of Jane Jacobs: A Conversation with Greg Lindsay and William Easterly

Distinguished Visitor Series 2016

This event happened on:
Tuesday, April 12th 2016

Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He has been cited as an expert on the future of travel, technology and urbanism by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, USA Today, CNN, NPR, and the BBC. He has advised Intel, Audi, Ericsson, Samsung, André Balazs Properties, and Chrysler, among other organizations. He is a contributing writer for Fast Company, author of the forthcoming book Engineering Serendipity, and co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next.

Greg speaks frequently about globalization, innovation, and the future of cities, most recently at the OECD, the MIT Media Lab, Microsoft Research, McKinsey, and the U.S. State Department. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Young Leader of the World Cities Summit. His work with Studio Gang Architects on the future of suburbia was displayed at MoMA in 2012. He is also a senior fellow at the Work Futures Institute, exploring the intersection of the office with the city, the cloud, and Big Data. His forthcoming book Engineering Serendipity has been made possible with the generous support of the Knight Foundation. Greg is a two-time Jeopardy! champion (and the only human to go undefeated against IBM’s Watson).

"Engineering Serendipity" The New York Times Sunday Review April 5th, 2013

William Easterly

William Easterly is Professor of Economics at New York University and Co-director of the NYU Development Research Institute, which won the 2009 BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge in Development Cooperation Award. He is the author of three books: The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor (March 2014), The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Harm and So Little Good (2006), which won the FA Hayek Award from the Manhattan Institute, and The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists’ Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics (2001).

He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed academic articles, and has written columns and reviews for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Review of Books, and Washington Post. He is a Research Associate of NBER, and senior fellow at BREAD. Foreign Policy Magazine named him among the Top 100 Global Public Intellectuals in 2008 and 2009, and Thomson Reuters listed him as one of Highly Cited Researchers of 2014. He was named among 100 Scientist Stars of Twitter by Science magazine. He is also the 11th most famous native of Bowling Green, Ohio.

This event was made possible with the generous support of
Podell, Schwartz, Schechter & Banfield LLP.

Sheila FosterThe City as a Common Good
Sheila Foster

This event happened on:
March 30, 2016

The Reverend Joseph M. McShane, SJ, President of Fordham University, and Matthew Diller, Dean of Fordham Law School, are pleased to announce the appointment of Sheila Foster as a University Professor and request the pleasure of your company at her inaugural lecture.

MaryAnne GilmartinInaugural Fordham Initiative in Real Estate (FIRE) Presentation

Sponsored by Sciame Construction, LLC

This event happened on:
March 7, 2016

Please join Nestor Davidson, JD, Associate Dean of Fordham Law School, the Reverend Robert Grimes, SJ, PhD, Dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center, Maura Mast, PhD, Dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill, and Donna Rapaccioli, PhD, Dean of the Gabelli School of Business for the Inaugural Fordham Initiative in Real Estate (FIRE) Presentation featuring MaryAnn Gilmartin, President and CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies.

Announcing Center on Race Law and JusticeLaunch of the Center on Race, Law and Justice

This event happened on:
February 29, 2016

Fordham Law announced the Center of Race, Law and Justice with Robin A. Lenhardt, Faculty Director, and a panel discussion featuring Christina Greer, Associate Professor of Political Science, Tanya Hernandez, Associate Director and Professor of Law, Kimani Paul-Emile, Associate Director and Associate Professor of Law, Clara E. Rodriguez, Professor of Sociology, and Olivier Sylvain, Associate Professor of Law. WilmerHale Partner Debo Adegbile, former Acting President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, delivered the keynote address.

Previous Events

J. Alan Clark, Sheila Foster, and Roger PanettaIs a Livable Urban Environment For All Possible?

This event happened on:
February 26, 2016

The humanities and sciences came together as the New York Botanical Garden's Humanities Institute hosted Ethical Spaces: Landscapes and Environmental Law, a colloquium featuring three Fordham professors.

Promoting innovative thinking about the rapidly urbanizing world we live in, the discussion centered on land, law, and ecology, focusing on the four classic elements—air, earth, fire, and water. Featuring three experts from Fordham University, the discourse ranged from bird migration (air) to legal ramifications of land ownership and social vulnerability (earth, fire) and the many challenges facing New York City’s waterfronts (water).

J. Alan Clark, Ph.D., J.D., Associate Professor, Program Coordinator—Conservation Biology, of the Department of Biological Sciences, Fordham University, spoke about Bird Migration through Urban Landscapes. Clark explained how many migratory bird species are in serious decline, and understanding how birds navigate increasingly large, brightly lit, and noisy urban landscapes is essential to their conservation.

Sheila Foster, University Professor; Albert A. Walsh Professor of Law; Faculty Co-Director, Fordham Urban Law Center, spoke about The City as a Common Good. “Much like the natural environment, the urban environment is subject to disproportionate consumption, through economic and cultural domination of its resources—depriving the less well-off of many goods necessary to survive and thrive,“ Foster explained.

Roger Panetta, Visiting Professor of History at Fordham, asked “Whose Waterfront?” in a discussion of issues relating to the reconstruction of the Brooklyn waterfront, an example of the newly appreciated relationship of the city and its waterways. “Maritime New York has been rediscovered as the intellectual and cultural underpinning for the radical transformation of the city’s waterfront,“ Roger Panetta explained.

Read more at Fordham News

Benjamin BarberUrban Consortium Press Conference with Mayor Jozias van Aartsen of The Hague and Dr. Benjamin Barber on Global Parliament of Mayors Project

This event happened on:
February 16, 2016

The Global Parliament of Mayors is an unprecedented new experiment in democratic global governance platform by, for, and of cities. Mayors from cities large and small, North and South, developed and emerging, will convene in September 2016 to identify and pursue in common the public goods of citizens around the world. For the first time, building on extant urban networks, the GPM will deploy collective urban political power manifesting the right of cities to govern themselves, as well as the responsibility to enact viable, cross-border solutions to global challenges.

Global Parliament of Mayors Press Conference at Fordham Law School, 16 February 2016 from Fordham Law School on Vimeo.

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Urban Consortium Inaugural Conference

This event happened on:
November 17-18, 2015

Bronx Summit 2015The 4th Annual Bronx Summit on Technology Innovation and Start Ups

Presented by Fordham University Gabelli School of Business Center for Digital Transformation in partnership with Urban Studies Program and Urban Law Center & Bronx Technology Innovation Coalition.

This event happened on:
October 14, 2015

The Bronx presents great opportunities for technology-based innovation and start up activity and the support of small businesses with digital information & communication technologies. The presence of higher education institutions, health care entities including hospitals and medical colleges, the Botanical Garden, the Bronx Zoo and other government and non-profit agencies makes it attractive to consider the Bronx for entrepreneurial and business support activities.