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Cities in a Changing World: Questions of Culture, Climate and Design
AMPS Conference 2021

AMPS Conference 2021

June 16–18, 2021
Virtual / New York. City Tech, CUNY


The premise of this conference is that the city is a site of interconnected problems. No single issue dominates its needs. No single discipline has the answers to its questions. As a result, the range of issues we deal with is vast. Urban designers are developing new models of settlement planning to address housing needs. Architects are renovating ever more existing buildings. Infrastructure designers are developing faster modes of transportation. Planners are demanding lower C02 emissions from industry. Health professionals are rethinking movement in the city. Policy makers are addressing grass-roots demands for regional governance.

In looking at the city as a site of such inherent interdisciplinarity, the conference venue offers insights. New York is a city of over 8 million people. It has an affordable housing problem, . . . is threatened by rising sea levels, . . . is the site for the United States’ most iconic historic buildings, . . . is at the forefront of the healthy city agenda today, . . . knows the pressures of displacement and migration, . . . is a city for the wealthiest elites in the world, . . . exhibits poverty, social exclusion and periodic cultural tensions.

In this place, as in cites the world over, none of the issues that vex the metropolis are isolated, and none of their factors, consequences or responses are limited to single disciplines.

June 30, 2020: Early abstracts.

February Bronx Talks

Bronx Talks

This event happened on February 24
Campbell Multipurpose Rm | Rose Hill

The Rose Hill Honors Program presents the next Bronx Talks:

Learn more about the Rose Hill Honors Program.

Fordham Urban Law Journal Spring Symposium

Urban Law Journal Spring Symposium

CLE Credits

This event happened on February 14, 2020
Fordham Law School | Lincoln Center Campus

The 2020 Fordham Urban Law Journal Symposium is titled “Urban Cities and Accessibility.” The Symposium will provide a forum to discuss and address how disability and accessibility are considered in the design of cities, both through urban planning and incorporation of technology. With panels addressing the history and future of relevant law, urban planning, the role of smart cities, and the impact of inaccessible urban cities, the Symposium promises to be a diverse conversation on the challenges, possibilities, and future of accessible urban cities.

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  • 9:30 – 10 a.m. | Check-In
  • 10 – 10:05 a.m. | Welcome Remarks
  • 10:05 – 10:55 a.m. | History and Hope for the Future
  • Professor Samuel Bagenstos
    Frank G. Millard Professor of Law
    University of Michigan Law School
  • Professor Elizabeth Emens
    Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law
    Columbia Law School
  • 10:45 – 11:10 a.m. | Break
  • 11:10 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Urban Planning and Accessibility
  • Commissioner Victor Calise
    Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office
    for People with Disabilities
  • Professor Robin Paul Malloy
    E.I. White Chair and Distinguished Professor of Law
    Kauffman Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Syracuse University College of Law
  • Professor Michael Ashley Stein
    Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability
    Harvard Law School
  • Professor Nicholas Dagen Bloom
    Professor of Urban Policy and Planning
    Hunter College
  • 12:45 – 1:45 p.m. | Lunch
  • 1:45 – 3:15 p.m. | Technology and Accessibility
  • John Blascovich
    Chair, Board of Directors of the Matthew Foundation
    The Matthew Foundation
  • Professor Christopher Buccafusco
    Director, Intellectual Property & Information Law Program
    Cardozo Law
  • Rebecca Rodgers, Esq.
    Staff Attorney
    Disability Rights Advocates
  • 3:15 – 3:30 p.m. | Break
  • 3:30 – 5 p.m. | The Impact of Inaccessible Urban Cities
  • Professor Mariette Bates
    Academic Director, Disability Studies Program
    CUNY School of Professional Studies
  • Ruth Lowenkron, Esq.
    Director, Disability Justice Program
    New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
  • Professor Jessica Roberts
    Director of the Health Law & Policy Institute
    Leonard Childs Professor in Law
    University of Houston Law Center
  • Selma Sulejman
    Graduate Scholar, Master of Arts and Master of Disability Studies
    The CUNY School of Professional Studies
  • 5 – 5:10 p.m. | Closing Remarks

NYCDH Week 2020

NYCDH Week 2020

February 3–7, 2020
Fordham University | Lincoln Center Campus
All Week Long, All Over NYC

NYCDH Week 2020 begins on February 3 with a kickoff gathering at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus (113 W. 60th St., 12th Floor). This year's theme is History and Representation of Communities Across New York City. The afternoon-long event features speakers, round tables, lightning talks, and networking sessions.

This keynote speaker for this year’s kickoff event will be Matt Knutzen, Linda May Uris Director, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Divisions at the New York Public Library.

The rest of the week will consist of a diverse selection of free workshops, demos, and events hosted at a wide range of institutions across the city, including:

Bard Graduate Center, Columbia University, CUNY Graduate Center, Fordham University (check out Shawn Hill's workshop!), Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), New York Public Library, NYU, Pace University, Pratt Institute, and The Frick Collection.

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Mapping (In)Justice Symposium 
digital theory + praxis for critical scholarship

Mapping (In)Justice Symposium

This event happened on November 7–9, 2019
Fordham University | Lincoln Center Campus

from This symposium creates space for critically considering digital mapping as both a method and an object of analysis. Specifically, we invite submissions that analyze or utilize spatial media so as to rethink and re-present distributions of capital, power, and privilege in historical, contemporary, and speculative contexts.

We center “mapping” as an organizing theme for understanding and engaging social (in)justice because of its expanding role in literally and metaphorically arranging contemporary life. The everyday adoption of new spatial media—such as web-based mapping platforms, geosocial applications, and locative data—increasingly orient how society understands the past, experiences the present, and plans for the future. To map social justice and injustice is to consider how spatial media can help draw together dichotomies such as medium/method, art/science, and ontology/epistemology so as to trace, represent, and rework matters of inequity. This symposium thus encourages submissions that explore structural inequities in or through spatial media, especially as they relate to matters of difference—such as race, gender, class, ethnicity, ability, sexuality, and religion. We also encourage submissions that utilize digital mapping to spatially represent historically marginalized perspectives through empirical, textual, archival, participatory, and/or pedagogical methods.

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keynote speakers:

featured projects:

hosted by Fordham University’s Digital Scholarship Consortium and Office of Research in partnership with New York University and Columbia University.

BIDs in NYC Panel Talk
NYC's Business Improvement Districts: Contributions and Critiques


This event happened on Wednesday, October 30
Fordham University | Rose Hill Campus

Join Fordham University alums Prof. Abe Unger and Rob Walsh, and Dr. Paul Kantor, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Fordham, for an evening of conversation on BIDs in New York City.

about the panelists:

from Abe Unger's Business Improvement Districts (2016):

Privatization has transformed cities, particularly through the role of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in the revitalization of America’s downtowns. These public-private partnerships between property owners and municipal government have developed retail strips across the United States into lifestyle and commercial hubs. BIDs are non-profit community organizations with the public power to tax and spend on services in their districts, but they are unelected bodies often operating in the shadows of local government. They work as agents of economic development, but are they democratic? What can we learn from BIDs about the accountability of public-private partnerships, and how they impact our lives as citizens?

sponsored by: Fordham Urban Studies Program and Department of Political Science.

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The Power of Place

The Power of Place

This event happened on October 29, 2019
The New School | Dorothy Hirshon Suite, Arnhold Hall

The India China Institute will host a reception for the book launch of The Power of Place: Contentious Politics in Twentieth-Century Shanghai and Bombay, written by Mark Frazier, co-director of ICI.

The reception will include remarks by Jonathan Bach, Professor of Global Studies at NSSR; Lei Ping, Assistant Professor of China Studies and Coordinator of Chinese and Korean Studies at TNS; Vyjayanthi Rao, Director of Terreform Center for Advanced Urban Research and lecturer in the Urban Design Program at the Spitzer School of Architecture at City College of New York; and Rosemary Wakeman, Professor of History and Coordinator of University Urban Initiatives at Fordham University.

Sixth Annual International and Comparative Urban Law Conference

Sydney Urban Law Conference 2019

This event happened on July 11–12, 2019
University of New South Wales Law School Sydney, Australia

Since 2014, the Urban Law Center's annual Conference has welcomed leading scholars from a range of urban law perspectives to present their research. Now in its sixth year, the Conference will build on this tradition, again providing a dynamic forum for legal scholars from around the globe to share diverse international, comparative, and interdisciplinary perspectives on the intersection of cities and law.