Category: Urban Seminar Series

Posts about Urban Seminar Series events

Event Recap: Boston’s Hidden Histories

On November 14th, three experts across biology, archeology, and American studies converged at the Initiative on Cities to present on Boston’s hidden histories, whether physically hidden under the ground or figuratively hidden from documentation. From underground subways to undocumented artifacts, their work reveals the untold stories of Boston’s unique communities. Click here to read more […]

Event Recap: Transportation Vision to Transformative Reality

On September 27, the Initiative on Cities hosted a discussion examining how urban transportation can shift towards an equitable, sustainable future. Terrence Regan, from the Boston University Metropolitan College and the U.S. DOT Volpe Center, covered how regional governments are cooperating with private businesses to make large-scale projects more feasible. Lily Song, from the Harvard […]

Event Recap: Sustainable Development in Ghana

On September 29, His Excellency Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to the United States, came to the Initiative on Cities to speak about sustainable development in two of Ghana’s largest cities, Accra and Kumasi. Adjei-Barwuah noted the difficulty of developing an urban area without suburban expansion and emphasized the necessity of […]

Urban Seminar: Latin American Cities

According to UN-Habitat, Latin America is the most urbanized region in the world. Over 75% of its population lived in cities at the turn of the 21st century and that figure is expected to rise to almost 85% by 2030. Event recap coming soon. 

Urban Seminar: Faith and the City

What is the role of faith in the modern city? How do religious leaders and institutions impact urban residents, especially marginalized populations? Join us on Wednesday December 7th at 11:45am to discuss the multitude of ways faith based organizations contribute to the success of cities, particularly in the city of Boston. Moderated by Rev. Dr. Robert Hill, […]

Event recap – Understanding the Economic Development Gap

The Initiative on Cities brought together practitioners and academics for Understanding the Economic Development Gap to discuss the urban development gap, especially as it applies to Gateway and Legacy cities in the U.S. Why have some cities experienced an economic development boom, while others have struggled? Moderated by Boston University Professor of Economics and IOC […]

Understanding the Economic Development Gap

On Tuesday October 25th, the Initiative on Cities (IOC) welcomed students, faculty and staff to Understanding the Economic Development Gap, the first Urban Seminar for the fall 2016 semester. The Seminar examined why some cities have experienced an economic development boom while others have stagnated. Moderated by Boston University Professor of Economics and IOC Advisory […]

Boston Public Schools’ Assignment Plan February 4, 2016 By Patricia Cahill On February 4, 2016, The Initiative on Cities held a panel discussion that brought together members of the Boston Pubic Schools (BPS) and Boston University communities to discuss the newest BPS Assignment Plan that was rolled out in 2014. This new plan reorganized Boston […]

IOC Urban Seminar: Understanding the Economic Development Gap

Why have some cities experienced an economic development boom, while others have struggled? What can cities do to recover from decades of decline? This panel will focus on exploring and understanding the urban development gap, especially as it applies to Gateway and Legacy cities in the U.S. Join us for lunch and a conversation with […]

Jakarta: Making a Megacity a Smart City

With a population of nearly 10 million, Jakarta stands as one of the largest cities in the world. As the city government attempts to manage its massive population, overcome a history of corruption and implement Smart City technology, what are the chief challenges and the biggest opportunities for progress? On September 15th, alongside the Pardee School […]